When you’re running from the copier to recess duty and back again, it’s easy to fall back on fast-food teacher lunches and granola bars wolfed down in the car. We get it. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for better ideas that are inexpensive, easy to pack, and nutritious too. These teachers showed us how it’s done.

1. Greek yogurt personal pan pizzas

Personal pizzas in glass meal prep containers

Because pizza is always a good idea.

Source: @teachertastes

2. Lots of nibbles

Pistachios, vegetables, and other snacks in a container

Who says you have to pack a sandwich or leftovers? Snacks FTW.

Source: @thepinspiredteacher

3. Mac + cheese

Mac and cheese plus peas, baby carrots, and fruit

It’s not just for kids! Mix in some peas or broccoli and pack some raw veggies or fruit on the side for a healthy twist.

Source: @taylorcaitlyn_

4. Salads in a jar

Salads in jars on a countertop

We love all the clever variations on these portable, prepable salads.

Source: @ericabohrer

5. Chickpea salad

Chickpea salad on a cracker

For when you’re tired of both chicken and tuna salad. Pack some crackers to go with it for an extra-special lunchtime treat.

Source: @getbusyteaching

6. Sheet pan meal prep

Sausage, peppers, and veggies in glass meal prep boxes

You had me at sheet pan.

Source: @teachertastes

7. A hearty veggie soup

Still from @katienorris27 channel

This is great for quick and healthy lunches throughout the week.

Source: @katienorris27

8. When in doubt, go simple

Simple doesn’t have to mean boring! Sometimes the best lunches are those that rely on easy, wholesome ingredients.

Source: @teacherandtoddlermeals

9. Chicken tikka masala

BRB, drooling.

Source: @themindfuleducator

10. Couscous and veggies

Served cold or warm, this combination makes for a great salad that will fill you up.

Source: @let.a.girl.eat

11. Breakfast for lunch

Still from @kate_in_the_kitchen channel

This is inspired.

Source: @kate_in_the_kitchen

12. Individual quiches

Still from @teachingtable channel

Imagine opening your lunch box and seeing this beauty waiting for you.

Source: @teachingtable

13. Pasta to go

Still from @millennialmusicteacher

Standing on your feet all day does require carb loading.

Source: @millennialmusicteacher

14. Greek tuna salads

Feta and lemon jazz up tuna salad. Stuff it in a pita or eat it out of the bowl!

Source: @captivatescience

15. A protein-and-veggie bowl

Still from @comprehensibleclassroom channel

It doesn’t get any easier than this. A variety of your favorite vegetables, a little protein, a little Greek yogurt, and you’re good to go.

Source: @comprehensibleclassroom

16. Roasted-cauliflower taco bowls

Roasted cauliflower and veggie bowl

Literally salivating.

Source: @budgetbytes

17. A rainbow of veggies

Colorful veggies in a bowl

Get your colors in.

Source: @heymissreception

18. Wrap it up

Still from @teacherandtoddlermeals channel

Switch up your sandwich.

Source: @teacherandtoddlermeals

19. Mini cheese board

Still from @easylunchboxes channel

It’s like your own personal charcuterie platter.

Source: @easylunchboxes

20. Burger bowls

Burger with pickles and fries in a glass meal prep container

You heard me.

Source: @teachertastes

21. Corn salsa and chipotle chicken bowls

Chipotle chicken bowls with corn salsa

Pretty confident I would eat all five of these meal-prep bowls on a Monday.

Source: @teachertastes

22. Chicken gyros

Still from @

I want to be this teacher’s friend.

Source: @carollovescupcakes

23. Stir-fried goodness

Still from @

Beats whatever they’re serving in the cafeteria.

Source: @archers_all_stars

24. Beef with Brussels sprouts

Still from @

This easy two-ingredient lunch will have you counting down the seconds until you can eat it.

Source: @gettingfitwithlusee

25. Ravioli sandwiches

Bento box with crimped sandwiches and snacks

Plus lots of other yummy things … but the world’s cutest mini sandwiches.

Source: @schoollunchbox

What’s your favorite teacher lunch? Share with us in the comments!

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25 Real Teacher Lunches That Will Inspire You To Pack Your Own