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Lunch Ideas for Teachers

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50+ Delicious Lunch Ideas for Teachers to Enjoy at School

Are you tired of the same old sandwiches and salads for lunch? Or what about the classic teacher burnout? Craving something new, scrumptious, and nutritious? Look no further! We’ve compiled a mouthwatering list of 50+ surprisingly easy lunch ideas for teachers to spice up your lunch break and keep you fueled throughout the day.

From hearty oatmeals to comfortable thermos lunches, these meals and recipes are perfect for busy teachers who want to enjoy a satisfying and tasty meal during their well-deserved break.

Key Takeaways

  • Enjoy delicious and nutritious lunch options like hearty oatmeals, overnight oats, energizing salad bowls and ready made meals!

  • Create unique mason jar meals or grain bowls for a convenient meal on the go.

  • Indulge in comforting recipes such as red pepper meatball soup or homemade energy bites to keep you energized throughout the day!

Hearty Oatmeals

A bowl of Proper Good's hearty Banana Bread Oatmeal

On chilly days when you’re seeking something warm and filling, hearty oatmeals come to the rescue. Proper Good Oatmeals are not only tasty, but also filled with nutritious ingredients like fruit, pumpkin seeds, and whole grains steel cut oats.

For more flavor variety, we've seen our satisfied customer top their oatmeals with Greek yogurt, wheat bread with , and crunchy veggies.

Plus, they’re perfect for meal planning, so you can prep your lunches for the entire week ahead!

Overnight Oats

Time is precious, especially for teachers. This is what makes Proper Good's overnight oats an outstanding healthy lunch option! Simply combine the package contents with your choice of milk into our Overnight Oats Jar and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Pouring a packet of Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Banana Overnight Oats into a Proper Good Jar

In the morning, you’ll have a tasty meal packed with fiber, protein, and fueling bits of deliciousness!

Try our Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats, Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats, or Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats to experience the deliciousness yourself.

Energizing Salad Bowls

An energizing salad with apples, cabbage, cucumbers, and a bowl of Proper Good Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Keeping up with your students and staying on your feet all day requires a considerable amount of energy as a teacher. To power through the day, energizing salad bowls prove to be indispensable. Filled with healthy ingredients like hard-boiled eggs, tuna salad, and crunchy vegetables, these salads are not only scrumptious but also perfect for your lunch.

With minimal prep required, you can easily enjoy your salads in no time. Plus, you can add a side dish such as one of Proper Good's tasty, ready made meals for extra protein and flavor! We have anything from hearty and protein rich like our Meatball Minestrone or a lighter, more refreshing option like our Tomato Basil Soup.

Fresh bread dipped into Proper Good's Tomato Basil Soup

Get creative and mix things up with your salad ingredients to keep your taste buds excited. Try a Tuna & Olive Spinach Salad, Meal-Prep Turkey Cobb Salad, or a refreshing Spinach & Strawberry Meal-Prep Salad for a burst of energy and flavor.

Don’t forget to experiment with different dressings and toppings, like a tangy vinaigrette or crunchy nuts and seeds, to make your salads even more enjoyable.

For a truly energizing and customizable salad experience, why not create your own signature salad? Here are some ingredients you can combine for an egg salad or any other salad of your choice.

  • Personal-size cheese plate with fruit and crackers

  • Cubed deli turkey

  • Cheddar cheese

  • Eggs

  • Bacon

  • Olives

  • Feta

  • Tahini dressing

  • Baby spinach

The possibilities are endless!

Wholesome Wraps and Pinwheels

A wrap with Proper Good's Brown Rice & Quinoa Blend, eggs, and tomatoes

Wholesome wraps and pinwheels, offering a variety of flavors and textures in a single meal, are not only yummy but also quick and easy to prepare. Whether you prefer a vegetarian wrap with a whole wheat tortilla filled with:

Or something more indulgent like Turkey and Swiss Pinwheels, these lunch ideas for teachers are perfect for a quick and easy lunch.

Not sure where to start? Try the Veggie & Cream Cheese Sandwich, filled with flavor from cream cheese, cucumber, peppers, beets, and banana peppers. Or, if you’re looking for something low-carb, opt for a tasty Turkey & Cheddar Lettuce Wrap instead. The options are endless, so feel free to get creative and find the perfect wrap or pinwheel recipe for you.

Nutritious Mason Jar Meals

Three jars of Proper Good's Overnight Oats

Mason jar meal prep options stand as the ultimate lunch option for teachers, balancing both convenience and nutrition. These meal prep options are perfect for taking to school and can easily be customized to suit your taste preferences.

Some easy lunch examples of mason jar lunches include:

  • Greek Salad with feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a Greek vinaigrette

  • Southwest Salad with black beans, corn, tomatoes, and a cilantro lime dressing

  • Thai Peanut Salad with edamame, carrots, bell peppers, and a peanut dressing

  • Shredded Chicken Salad with baby spinach, fruit, and hummus

  • Egg salad with hard boiled eggs, celery, mayonnaise, and fresh lemon juice

Give them a try and see how easy and tasty lunch can be!

Satisfying Grain Bowls

A satisfying grain bowl with Proper Good's Brown Rice & Quinoa Blend

Satisfying grain bowls serve as an ideal choice if you’re in search of a filling and nutritious lunch option. These hearty bowls are filled with tasty grains like quinoa, rice, or barley, and can be topped with a variety of tasty ingredients to suit your preferences. Some popular toppings for grain bowls include:

  • Shredded chicken or tofu

  • Roasted vegetables

  • Fruit

  • Crackers

  • Avocado

  • Fresh herbs

  • Nuts or seeds

  • Dressings or sauces

Get creative and mix and match your favorite ingredients to create a tasty and satisfying grain bowl. We like to add our Golden Lentil Dahl or Chana Masala on a bed of our Basmati Rice for a filling and nutritious bowl.

A bowl of Proper Good's Basmati Rice topped with lemon slices and cilantro

From protein filled meats to healthy veggies, you can customize your grain bowl to make it the perfect teacher lunches! You can even make it gluten free by sticking with Basmati Rice.

Brown Rice & Quinoa Blend

A versatile and healthy brown rice and quinoa blend recipe is the perfect base for a satisfying lunch. This healthy lunch combination of grains can be easily customized with your favorite ingredients, such as spices, vegetables, or oils.

To make this tasty blend, simply microwave the Brown Rice & Quinoa Blend for 90 seconds, then combine the grains in a bowl and mix in any extra ingredients to your liking. It’s a quick, easy, and nourishing lunch that’s perfect for any teacher lunches.

Proper Good's Brown Rice & Quinoa Blend

Delectable Pita Bites

A delectable dish of Chana Masala, Basmati Rice, and Pita Bread

Easy to customize according to your taste buds, lunch ideas like pita pockets offer a portable and enjoyable lunch option. These yummy sandwiches are perfect for teachers who need a quick and convenient lunch on the go. Choose from a variety of tasty fillings like:

For a truly tasty and satisfying pita pocket, try the Greek Yogurt Personal Pizza. It’s a mouthwatering combination of:

  • Greek yogurt

  • Fresh mozzarella

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Basil

All stuffed into a warm and fluffy pita pocket. It’s a delectable and nutritious lunch option that’s sure to become a favorite.

Better Ready Made Meal Ideas For Teachers

A shelf of Proper Good better ready lunch time meals

Protein filled ready-made lunch time options serve as an excellent quick and nutritious easy lunch option, providing the much-needed energy for teachers. They are pre-made and high in protein, making them perfect for teachers on the go that can be ready in just minutes.

Some healthy options include:

  • Chicken and vegetable stir-fry

  • Turkey and cheese wrap

  • Hummus Wrap

  • Beef and bean burrito

  • Sausage and egg breakfast burrito

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • Seafood salad

  • Egg and veggie scramble

  • Tofu and vegetable stir-fry

  • Tempeh and vegetable wrap

Give these protein-packed lunch ideas a try and see how they can fuel your day.

Comforting Thermos Lunches

A comforting bowl of Proper Good's Southwest Chili

On a chilly day, the warmth and comfort of a thermos lunch is incomparable. These harty and comforting lunch ideas are perfect for teachers who want to enjoy a warm and satisfying meal during their lunch break. Explore these teacher lunch ideas for a delightful midday meal, and make your teacher lunches more enjoyable.

From soups to stews, chili to macaroni and cheese, there are plenty of options for a tasty and heartwarming thermos lunch.

Proper Good has a wide selection of options available for all dietary needs. Jump into a bowl of Southwest Chili, a creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup, or a even a silky smooth Spiced Pumpkin Soup. There's something for everyone!

Red Pepper Meatball Soup

For a seriously thick, textured, and filling lunch, look no further than this Red Pepper Meatball Soup. Made with:

  • Red bell peppers

  • Beef Bone Broth

  • Beef and Pork Mini Meatballs

  • Onion

  • Garlic

  • Tomato paste

  • Oregano

  • Basil

This soup is sure to keep you warm and satisfied and is a perfect healthy lunch for teachers and is one of our best sellers!

Proper Good's Red Pepper Meatball Soup

Ready in just 90 seconds, you’ll have a scrumptious soup that’s perfect for pairing with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or a crunchy salad.

Meatball Minestrone

For a comforting and filling thermos lunch, try this Meatball Minestrone. Packed with:

  • mini meatballs

  • farro

  • red kidney beans

  • dried basil

  • garlic

  • salt

  • onion

  • tomato paste

  • beef broth

  • carrots

  • oregano

  • celery

This dish is guaranteed to keep you warm and full throughout the day.

Proper Good's Meatball Minestrone

Microwave for just 90 seconds and you’ll have a flavorful and energizing meal that’s perfect for a teacher lunch.

Chicken Noodle Soup

A classic and soothing Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect thermos lunch for teachers in need of a warm and comforting meal. Made with:

  • chicken broth

  • vegetable broth

  • chicken breast

  • noodles

  • carrots

  • onions

  • garlic

  • ginger

  • oregano

  • turmeric

This soup is sure to hit the spot and provide the nourishment you need during the school year.

Proper Good's Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep time only takes 90 seconds of heating and you’ll have a tasty and soothing soup that’s perfect for pairing with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or a crunchy salad.

Savory Flatbread Pizzas

A savory flatbread pizza with cheese, fresh olives, and crunchy green peppers

Flatbread pizzas serve as the perfect lunchtime solution when you’re craving something quick and easy. These tasty recipes can be whipped up in no time and are easily customizable to suit your taste preferences. We usually make enough to eat for dinner as well! And if you don't like flat bread than a whole wheat tortilla is a great option, too!

Choose from a variety of mouthwatering options like:

  • Classic grilled cheese with cheddar and mozzarella

  • Grilled cheese with bacon and tomato

  • Grilled cheese with pesto and mozzarella

  • Grilled cheese with brie and fig jam

For a truly indulgent treat, why not try the Greek Yogurt Personal Pizza? This delightful recipe features:

  • a creamy Greek yogurt base

  • fresh cheese

  • bell peppers

  • basil

  • warm and fluffy flatbread or whole wheat tortilla

It’s a delectable and nutritious lunch option that’s sure to become a favorite.

Veggie-Loaded Pasta Dishes

Pesto Pasta topped with microgreens and basil

Veggie-loaded pasta dishes, both tasty and nutritious, are always a hit for lunch. These recipes are packed with a variety of vegetables, providing a satisfying and healthy meal that’s perfect for teachers.

Try dishes like Mediterranean Pasta Salad with hummus, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers, or a classic pasta primavera loaded with colorful veggies.

For a truly tantalizing veggie-packed pasta dish, experiment with different combinations of vegetables, sauces, and pasta shapes to create your own unique recipe. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and enjoy a delicious and nutritious veggie-loaded pasta lunch.

DIY Sushi Rolls

A simple DIY Sushi Roll - perfect for lunch ideas for teachers

Making your own sushi rolls offers a creative and healthy lunch option. These options are perfect for teachers who want to enjoy a nutritious and customizable meal at school. Choose from a variety of tasty fillings like:

  • sashimi-grade raw fish

  • avocado

  • cucumber

  • cooked shrimp

Start by preparing some cheese roll ups and roll them up in nori (seaweed) for an impressive and yummy lunchtime treat.

Not only are DIY sushi rolls a fun and unique lunch option, but they also provide an opportunity to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. Try making:

  • California rolls

  • Spicy tuna rolls

  • Salmon avocado rolls

  • Cucumber rolls

For a refreshing and healthy lunch that’s sure to impress your taste buds, consider exploring these lunch ideas.

Powerhouse Smoothie Bowls

Proper Good's Perfectly Plain Oatmeal under a blanket of fruits and cream

For a nutrient-dense and scrumptious lunch, smoothie bowls are an outstanding choice. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these delicious bowls can help keep you energized all day long.

Some mouthwatering examples include acai bowls, green smoothie bowls, and chocolate smoothie bowls, all of which can be topped with a variety of tasty ingredients like granola, Perfectly Plain Oatmeal, chia seeds, or dried or fresh fruit for added texture and flavor.

To create your own powerhouse smoothie bowl, simply blend your favorite frozen fruit with a liquid base like milk or yogurt, and then top with your choice of nutritious add-ons. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to get creative and design a smoothie bowl that suits your taste preferences and nutritional needs.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

A group of bell peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice

If you’re seeking a flavorful and healthy lunch option, stuffed bell peppers are the ideal choice. These delicious options are filled with a variety of ingredients like:

  • ground beef

  • rice

  • tomato

  • cheese

Making them a satisfying and nutritious meal that’s perfect for any teacher’s perfect lunch.

To create your own stuffed bell pepper recipe, simply follow these steps:

  1. Choose your preferred filling ingredients.

  2. Stuff the filling into a hollowed-out bell pepper.

  3. Bake the stuffed peppers in the oven until they’re tender and the filling is cooked through.

With so many delicious filling options to choose from, you’re sure to find a stuffed bell pepper recipe that’s perfect for your taste buds.

Chana Masala or Lentil Dahl

A chana masala or lentil dahl with peta bread

Indian-inspired dishes like Chana Masala or Lentil Dahl make for a delicious and satisfying lunch. These hearty options are packed with flavor and are sure to keep you satisfied throughout the day.

Chana Masala is a delicious dish made with chickpeas, tomato, onions, and a blend of fragrant spices, while Lentil Dahl is a comforting and flavorful dish made with lentils, vegetables, and spices.

Not only are Chana Masala and Lentil Dahl delicious, but they’re also packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious and satisfying lunch choice. Give these Indian-inspired options from Proper Good a try and experience the warm and comforting flavors for yourself.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

A grilled cheese with avacado, fresh mozzarella, wheat bread, and Proper Good's Butternut Squash Soup

At times, the comforting taste of a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich is unbeatable. These delicious options take the classic grilled cheese to the next level, with mouthwatering combinations like:

  • cheddar and mozzarella

  • bacon and tomato

  • pesto and mozzarella

  • brie and fig jam

Paired with a side salad or a warm bowl of soup, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich makes for a delicious and indulgent lunch.

Tomato Basil Soup

For a classic and comforting accompaniment to your gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, try Proper Good's Tomato Basil Soup recipe. Made with:

  • tomato

  • creamy coconut milk

  • basil

  • vegetables

This soup is the perfect combination of flavors for a cozy meal.

Proper Good's creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Simply follow the steps provided in the knowledge base, and you’ll have a delicious soup that pairs perfectly with your gourmet grilled cheese.

Make-Ahead Mini Quiches

A make-ahead mini quiche with cheese roll ups, greek yogurt, fresh mozzarella, great for teacher lunches

Make-ahead mini quiches offer a tasty and convenient lunch option. These delicious lunch ideas options can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer, making them perfect for teachers who need a quick and easy lunch.

Simply choose your preferred quiche filling ingredients, like cheese, vegetables, or meat, and enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal for teacher lunches.

Veggie-Packed Frittatas

A veggie-packed frittata with wheat bread, mozzarella, and asparagus

Veggie-loaded frittatas present a nutritious and delightful option for a satisfying lunch. These scrumptious options are packed with a variety of vegetables, providing a filling and healthy meal that’s perfect for teachers.

Try dishes like Mediterranean Frittata with hummus, raw veggies, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers, or a classic frittata primavera loaded with colorful veggies.

For a truly tantalizing veggie-packed frittata, experiment with different combinations of vegetables, sauces, and frittata shapes to create your own unique recipe. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and enjoy a delicious and nutritious veggie-loaded frittata lunch.

Cold Noodle Salads

A cold noodle salad with green beans, peanuts, and mint

For those warmer days, cold noodles salads offer a refreshing and flavorful lunch option. These delicious recipes are light and satisfying, making them an ideal choice for a midday meal.

Choose from a variety of tasty options like Mediterranean Pasta Salad with hummus, canned tuna, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers, or a classic pasta primavera loaded with colorful veggies.

For a truly unique and delicious cold noodle salad, experiment with different combinations of noodles, cottage cheese, vegetables, chickpea salad, and sauces to create your own signature dish. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and enjoy a refreshing and satisfying cold noodle salad for lunch.

Protein and Veggie Skewers

A protein and veggie skewer with crunchy veggies, chicken, and fruit

Protein and veggie skewers serve as a healthy and delicious lunch option. These easy-to-make recipes are perfect for busy teachers who need a quick and nutritious meal. Choose from a variety of tasty options like:

  • Chicken and bell pepper skewers

  • Beef and mushroom skewers

  • Shrimp and zucchini skewers

  • Tofu and cherry tomato skewers

  • Halloumi cheese and red onion skewers

Not only are protein and veggie skewers a fun and unique lunch option, but they also provide an opportunity to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. Top with salsa, hot sauce, a yogurt bowl, more fresh fruit, or other tasty dressings you desire.

Try marinating your protein in different sauces or dressings to create a delicious and customized skewer that suits your taste preferences and nutritional needs.

Homemade Energy Bites

Try a mixture of granola bars, MnM's, raisins, and nuts

Homemade energy bites make for a quick and energizing lunchtime snack that will last all week. A delicacy made with greek yogurt, teacher lunches, granola bars, veggies, and cherry tomatoes. These nutrient-packed options are perfect for busy teachers to bring to school who need a little boost during the day. Made with wholesome ingredients like:

  • rolled oats

  • chocolate chips

  • ground flax seed

  • peanut butter

  • honey

  • sometimes even chia seeds or maple syrup

These delicious bites are sure to keep you going throughout the day.

To make your own energy bites, simply follow these steps:

  1. Mix together your chosen ingredients.

  2. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls.

  3. Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  4. Enjoy a delicious and energizing snack whenever you need a pick-me-up.

Summary

In conclusion, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious healthy lunch options available for busy teachers. From hearty oatmeals to energizing salad bowls, these options are perfect for keeping you fueled and satisfied throughout the day and are the perfect teacher lunch ideas.

Meal prep can make lunch ideas for teachers much easier to accomplish. With a little prep for the week, you can have healthy food to eat in just minutes. You may even have enough leftover to make for dinner!

So why not try something new and give one of these delectable lunch ideas a go? You might just discover your new favorite meal!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good teacher lunch?

For a good teacher lunch, enjoy tasty salads, sandwiches and wraps that are easy to make and don’t require reheating.

Try recipes like Turkey & Cheddar Lettuce Wraps and Chickpea Salad for a delicious and healthy meal!

What should I eat as a teacher?

Treat yourself to healthy snacks for Teacher Appreciation Week - they’re a great way to stay energized and nourished throughout the day!

Snacks like nuts, fruits, and vegetables are a great way to get the nutrients you need without feeling weighed down. They also provide a great source of energy to help you stay focused and productive. Plus, they’re a great product.

What to pack for school lunch ideas?

Pack a delicious and nutritious lunch with ideas like pasta salad, homemade Lunchables, chicken and guacamole, nut or seed butter cracker sandwiches, deconstructed tacos, egg salad, ham and cheese roll-up, cream cheese on wheat bread, cottage cheese, yogurt bowl, chips and salsa, fruit, leftovers from dinner, and healthy pasta.

Your kids will love it!

What are 5 lunch options?

Choose from a variety of delicious lunch options including pasta, soup, salad, sandwiches, toast, smoothies, jar recipes, grilled vh, mug recipes, and crackers with dip!

What are some quick and easy lunch ideas for teachers?

Energize your lunch break with salad bowls, wraps and pinwheels, Mason jar meals, and ready-made meals - fast and healthy options to make lunchtime a breeze!

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