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Affordable Cold Lunch Meal Prep Ideas

Posted on July 27 2018

When it comes to packing lunches in the mornings for yourself or the kiddos, it can be time consuming and expensive buying store bought lunch items.

Here you can put together great lunches for the entire week that you and the kids will love and so will your pocket book.

Find hot lunch meal prep ideas here >


Ham and Cheese Sandwich



  • 4 Slices Bread
  • 4 Slices ham
  • 2 Slices Swiss or Provolone Cheese
  • 4 leafs of lettuce (Romaine)
  • 6 Slices cucumbers
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Small group of grapes
  • 1 Granola bar
  • 1/2 Apple


Find more sandwich bento box ideas here>


Chicken Salad Lunchbox


  • 3 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup Lemon-Thyme Chicken Salad
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 Peppadew peppers stuffed with 1 oz. goat cheese and sprinkled with thyme
  • 2/3 cup cantaloupe cubes or slices

Read full directions for Chicken Salad >



BLT Wrap

lunch meal prep kid friendly



  • 6 slices cooked bacon
  • 2-3 lettuce leafs
  • ½ tomato, sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 2 large tortillas
  • 1½ Tbsp. Tessemae's Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Tessemae's Green Goddess Dressing
  • fresh cracked pepper

Read full instructions for BLT Wrap >


Turkey Tortilla Pinwheels

meal prep ideas cold lunch turkey pinwheels


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 large or burrito size flour tortillas (I used whole wheat), room temperature
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce with ribs removed, or any lettuce
  • 6-8 slices fresh deli turkey (medium thickness works best)
  • 3 slices of provolone cheese, thin sliced

Read the full directions for Turkey Pinwheels >


Ham and Cheese Wraps with Greek Quinoa Salad (Optional)

meal prep idea ham and cheese quinoa salad

H&C Roll-Ups Ingredients:

  • 3 Large tortillas (I used whole wheat)
  • Approx 12 slices of thin sliced ham
  • 6 slices cheese of choice (I used white cheddar) 
  • 8 oz. container chive & onion cream cheese (If you don't like this flavor, choose plain or another of your choice!


Quinoa Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • Handful kalamata olives, pitted & halved
  • 1/2 cup + feta cheese
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Sea / Himalayan salt


Read directions here for Ham and Cheese Wraps >




Banana Peanut Butter Wrap


  • 1 Wheat Tortilla
  • 2 TB Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • Fruits and veggies on side


  1. Spread peanut butter onto tortilla and place sliced bananas on top.
  2. Roll and cut in half
  3. Place banana wrap, fruits and veggies into a container to keep cold until lunch!


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30 Days of Healthy Meal Prep from


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