Recipes Lunch on a Budget

March 14, 2019by Sarah Ruter

Everyone spends way to much time trying to decide what to get for lunch. Not to mention, we spend way too much money on going out to eat daily, AND fast food really doesn’t taste that good.  So, dump fast food and spending loads of money on terrible food. Instead try these cheap, healthy, easy lunch ideas. Best part~ very little prep time.

Mexican Pasta Salad


  • Whole-wheat pasta (I used Gluten Free)
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • ½ cup Canned Black Beans
  • ½ cup Frozen Thawed or Canned Corn
  • ½ cup Shredded Cheese (I used Sharpe Cheddar)
  • ¼ cup Diced Red Onions
  • ¼ cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • ***Optional 2 Cooked Shredded Chicken Breasts

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ Ripe Avocado
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP Lime Juice
  • 1 small Clove of Garlic
  • ½ TSP Salt
  • ¼ TSP Cumin


  1. Dressing: In a food processor or blender puree avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic, salt, and cumin till smooth
  2. Pasta Salad: Cook the pasta as package suggests. Drain. Stir in tomatoes, beans, corn, cheese, onion, and cilantro then add dressing.
  3. Suggestion: Dish out the pasta salad, but don’t stir in the dressing till that day or right before eating.
  4. Enjoy a tasty lunch and more money in the bank!

Spring Rolls


  • 1 TBSP Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 TSP Rice Vinegar
  • ½ TSP Sriracha Sauce
  • ⅓ cup Coleslaw Mix
  • ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 6 or so Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 2 Sheets of Rice Paper
  • Chicken or Lunch Meat 
  • ¼ cup Thin Slices of Cucumber


  1. Dipping Sauce: Whisk chili sauce, rice vinegar and sriracha sauce all together. Set aside.
  2. Combine the shredded coleslaw, cilantro, and basil together.
  3. Rice Paper: Dip one rice paper into a bowl of lukewarm water for 10 seconds. (Note: the paper will continue to soften while assembling the spring roll)
  4. Next, place half the lunch meat, cucumber, and coleslaw on a rice paper. Roll up paper and it’s ready to eat.
  5. Serve with the dipping sauce and enjoy this delicious lunch!

Mason Jar Salads

How-to fill a mason jar salad:

  1. 2-4 TBSP of your choice of salad dressing on the bottom
  2. Next, hard veggies like: carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, broccoli, etc.
  3. Soft veggies like: tomatoes, onions, avocados, corn, etc.
  4. Now for the protein: meat, cheese, eggs, bean, etc.
  5. Lastly greens: lettuce, spinach, etc.

Create your own or stick to an original like cobb, mexican, mediterranean it’s totally up to you!

Hopefully, these three cheap, healthy lunch ideas will satisfy your hunger and help you save up for something special!

Sarah Ruter

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Holland, MI 49424
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