The Ultimate Shopping List for Quick and Tasty WFH Lunches

With so many people working from home, one productivity-enabling and appetite-satiating perk has emerged—work-from-home (WFH) lunches. This means no more packing meals at midnight, and no more wasting time and money buying expensive meals on the go.

Like any successful project, WFH lunches start with a little bit of planning. First, select a handful of quick recipes, looking for elements you can prep in advance. Then, make a list and get your grocery shop done before the week starts.

With some easy assembly, you’ll have a bevy of wholesome, affordable, and home-cooked meals that give you the energy you need to tackle the work week. So get inspired and prep that grocery list with these three easy WFH lunch ideas.

Turkey Bacon Avocado Toast

When it comes to quick WFH meals, few dishes are more convenient than avocado toast. This simple and sumptuous snack is popular for a reason. Supplement this staple with some lean protein and fresh herbs in Godshall’s recipe for turkey bacon avocado toast.

Shopping List

Pantry Items

  • Lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Make sure to buy the avocado a few days in advance, so it’s ripe and ready to go when you need it.

Sourdough bread is best eaten within a few days of purchasing. If you need to keep it for longer, slice it and store in an airtight bag in the freezer. When toasted, you’ll find it’s almost as good as new.

Chives are easy to grow at home in a container and will come back year after year, saving you the need to buy them at the grocery store.

You’ll only need about six cherry tomatoes for this recipe, but there’s no harm in buying a full punnet—they make delicious WFH snacks.

Black and Blue Beef Bacon Wrap

For the days when you’re feeling like something a bit more decadent, try this recipe for a black and blue beef bacon wrap. Godshall’s Beef Bacon adds crunch, and has a smoky and savory flavor that pairs perfectly with blue cheese.

Shopping List

Pantry Items

  • Blue cheese dressing
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

If you can’t find portabella mushrooms or want to reduce the prep time for this recipe, any type of mushroom will work. Slice them thinly and cook in a pan with olive oil over medium heat until soft and reduced, then splash in the balsamic.

For the lettuce, any mild green lettuce will do, such as butter lettuce or iceberg.

Roasted red peppers are usually sold in glass jars and found in the canned goods aisle of your grocery store. If you can’t find them, try substituting sundried tomatoes or thinly sliced red bell peppers.

Turkey Bacon Chicken Salad

Turkey bacon chicken salad is also a delectable and easy WFH lunch on busy days. It’s refreshingly crunchy, easy to prep in advance, and perfect for a grazing board to snack on while you work.

Serve on a board with your favorite crackers and sliced raw veggies, or spread on sourdough for a turkey bacon chicken salad sandwich. As always, we recommend working with Godshall’s Original Turkey Bacon, made from high-quality cuts of whole turkey and real wood smoke with no artificial chemical flavors.

Shopping List

  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Godshall’s Original Turkey Bacon
  • Greek yogurt
  • Celery
  • Red onion 
  • Fresh dill

Pantry Items

  • White wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

This recipe is also helpful if you’re looking to use up leftover chicken breasts or thighs. If you don’t have any already cooked, cut one boneless chicken breast or thigh into 1-inch cubes, pan-fry over medium heat in a tablespoon of oil or butter, and let cool before shredding. The Greek yogurt can be substituted with any plain yogurt, sour cream, or tzatziki.

Max Out Your Meals With Minimal Effort

With a little planning, work-from-home lunches are a wonderful way to enjoy a fresh and nutritious meal that sets you up for the rest of your day. By starting with some solid lunch ideas, making a grocery list, and prepping what you can in advance, you can count on an anxiety-free week of eating well and maintaining that work–life balance.

Have your grocery list ready to go? Find the shop nearest you stocking Godshall’s turkey bacon and beef bacon products.