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7 Healthy Lunches You Can Freeze For Easy Meals

May 6, 2023
Photo Credit: David Illini

It’s so easy for the day to slip away from you when you’re busy. Whether being enthralled in your work or running around doing your errands, it’s easy to forget that you need to eat lunch in between all the hassles. And then, if you find a small amount of time to eat lunch, odds are you’re grabbing foods no matter the quality because it’s quick and easy. It may sound unheard of, but there are ways to eat quick lunches without having to sacrifice health. Here are some healthy lunches you can freeze and whip up in no time!

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1. Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

Courtesy of Live Made Sweeter

Cauliflower gnocchi has been taking on the country by storm with its long-lasting frozen shelf-life. It also has fewer calories and higher fiber when compared to traditional potato gnocchi. While this frozen food can be very versatile in ways you can cook and eat it, air frying it is one of the quickest ways to go, while still maintaining its healthiness. This version requires little prep work, and you can either enjoy them crispy as-is or with your favorite canned sauce.

Try the recipe from Life Made Sweeter.

2. Green Goodness Acai Bowl

woman holding breakfast smoothie bowl with fruit and almonds


Thanks to the bountiful fruits and veggies in this bowl, you’ll be sure to have one of the best healthy lunches you can freeze. This dish is made simple because of the frozen ingredients, but to make this even easier, swap out the raw spinach and kale for a frozen variety and you’ll be able to create a simple yet nutritious lunch.

Try our recipe on Clean Plates.

3. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie

Using cauliflower is a great low-carb alternative to regular rice that can also be very tasty. Prepping with the frozen variety will help cut down overall time. Throw the bag in the microwave or a pan, add your favorite seasonings, and your lunch is done in no time.

Try the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie

4. Frozen Burger Patties

burger patties

Courtesy of David Illini

Trying to eat protein during the day can be tough, especially if the meat is in the freezer and then you forget to thaw it out beforehand. Get your protein in at lunch with these ready-to-go frozen burger patties that don’t need to be defrosted before cooking. Pan-frying them will take 10 minutes, and you can eat them as is or dress them up a bit.

Try our recipe on Clean Plates

5. Frozen Air Fryer Shrimp

Frozen Air Fryer Shrimp

Courtesy of Summer Yule

Shrimp is a beneficial food to eat, and frozen shrimp is no different. Packed with protein and low in saturated fat, you can easily make shrimp for one of your healthy freezer lunches because it defrosts quickly and cooks faster than most other proteins. Air frying these crustaceans is the easiest way to prep a quick meal, and adding your favorite dipping sauce or some lemon will heighten the overall flavors.

Try the recipe from SummerYule

6. Roasted Frozen Vegetables

broccoli roasted on a sheet pan


Frozen vegetables are not only a time saver, but they’re also great for when the fresh variety is out of season. You stowe them away for when you need them and they still provide you with various health benefits. Roasting frozen veggies with olive oil and salt will make the outcome crispy and caramelized, just like how it would taste if they were fresh. Mix different veggies together for a delicious and nourishing lunch bowl.

Try our recipe on Clean Plates

7. Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Love and Olive Oil

This recipe is something that you can do ahead of time and store in the freezer for a healthy frozen lunch later on in the week, which is why it’s such a good choice. While the dough may need to take some time because it’s homemade, it freezes really well, so when you’re in a punch for a quick lunch, you can pop one of your premade pizzas into the oven. Top with some protein and veggies for a nutrient-dense dish.

Try the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.

Read next: 17 Best Healthy Freezer Essentials To Have On Hand

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