Drop the Premade Salad—These Work Lunch Ideas Are So Much Better

Few things become more mundane than eating the exact same salad for lunch every day at work (trust us—we've been there). While some routines allow you to be more efficient, chowing down on the same combination of five ingredients every day come lunchtime shouldn't be one of them. If you're hoping to save a buck by making your meals in advance and forgoing the $20 delivery bill, why not have a little fun with your mid-day grub?

Admittedly your options for lunches that can withstand a hectic commute, stay fresh in the refrigerator, or reheat well in the community microwave are limited, but there's still room for a bit of creativity and innovation. There are plenty of ways to revive your weeknight dinner and combine ingredients in new ways for a lunch that's fresh and inspired.

You can turn kitchen staples like quinoa, vegetables, and chicken into a tasty grain bowl. You can experiment with a homemade soup that comes to life simply by adding boiled water in the kitchen. Or you can put a twist on a traditional sandwich by adding a standout ingredient like berry preserves. Find a chic lunch bag and pull out the Tupperware, you're going to want to try all of these work lunch ideas.