With 2018 nipping at our heels, we’re getting into that “new year, new you” mindset with resolutions to have us looking and feeling better than ever (is there any other kind of resolution?). We’ve already found the fitness gear that’s chic enough to coax us off the couch and into the gym and learned how to organize our lives (or at least our vanities), and now we need a little help learning how to whip up healthy lunches with minimal effort—’cause, you know, we’re busy! We sympathize with your struggle to just say no to takeout day after day while still avoiding the dreaded sad desk lunches and we’re here to help. These five dishes only have five (or less) ingredients—which you may already have in your kitchen—and can be prepped and stored the night before so they’re ready to take to the office. And considering how healthful and flavorful they are, you might just be the envy of your workplace.
Winter Salad with Pomegranate, Feta, and Balsamic
This seasonal salad is bright, tangy, and totally beautiful, which makes it hard to believe that it's so simple to make. Use a slightly bitter lettuce (like chicory, radicchio, or escarole) for an even more flavorful result.
Vegan Black Bean Soup
This fiber-rich soup has just three ingredients—all of which are probably already in your cupboard. The black beans will give you a midday protein boost, plus they make the creamiest texture when pureed. And who doesn't love a nice bowl of soup during winter time? Get the full recipe here.
Hummus, Avocado, and Sun-Dried Tomato Sandwich
Use a sprouted grain (or gluten-free if you prefer!) bread and a handful of fresh arugula to make this simple vegan sandwich even more healthful.
Kale and Quinoa Bowl
You only need about 30 minutes to prep this super-healthy and hearty salad that's perfect for tossing into a reusable container and enjoying as a very non-sad desk lunch the next day. Get the full ingredient list and instructions here.
Sweet Potato Chili
Using pre-made salsa is the secret to this vegan chili recipe. If you can wrangle up an avocado for a sixth ingredient, it will take this tasty lunch over the top. Find out how to make it here.