Nailed it! Easy lunch ideas for work

We’ve put together some easy tips and tricks for affordable, tasty working lunches for the office that you’ll love. You don’t have to resort to eating unhealthy take-away all the time now!

Things to remember

Don’t be afraid to make too much

Yes, we’re talking about leftovers from last night’s dinner. Just cook extra and you’ll always have something ready for tomorrow’s lunch. Soup, pasta, salad, stew and other slow-cooked foods are great.

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Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose

If you’re roasting a large leg of lamb on the weekend, portion and repurpose leftover meat for different meal options throughout the week. Add sliced lamb to Greek salad, or in a panini with salad and drizzled with yoghurt. The same can be applied to chicken. Sunday’s roast chicken can be Monday’s chicken salad or sandwich.

No more boring salads

Do you cringe at the thought of eating a boring green salad at work? Put it a rice paper roll, or in a wrap along with some sliced ham, beef or chicken. For something different, check out some of our favourite salad recipes below for inspiration.

Sides for your sandwiches

Round out your salad or sandwich with these quick and easy sides that you can enjoy after lunch or throughout the day (if you’re a grazer). Try pickles, baby carrots, celery sticks with hummus, crackers and dip, fruit snacks, cookies, bananas, yoghurt or brownies. 

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Easy recipes

Here are some of our favourite recipes that anyone can easily make at home.

Avocado and chicken salad – this easy to make salad only has 4 ingredients! Yes, you heard right!

Chorizo and tomato salad – it only takes about 10 minutes to prep and cook! It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Sun-dried tomato pasta salad – portable and easy to make in large batches. You’re sorted for the week.

Taco salad in a jar – the jar is super functional and cute, and it’s packed full of flavour.

Hummus and veggie sandwich – not just another boring vegetarian sandwich.

Prawn and broccoli stir-fry – if you’re craving some Chinese, make your own delicious and healthy stir-fry.

Sausage casserole – this tasty casserole is perfect for a mid-week meal and freezes well. Your colleagues will be jealous when you bring this in the next day.

Easy minestrone soup – this hearty Italian soup makes full use of seasonal veggies and you can add pasta, potatoes or sausages to it.

Salami and cream cheese sandwich – a healthy and satisfying sandwich you’ll love.

Healthy Thai chicken lettuce wraps – you can easily use a wrap or lettuce leaf for the fillings. Either way, it’s pretty tasty.

Muffin tin frittatas – make a batch using your muffin tins and freeze the extra frittatas. Great for when you’re on the go or as an afternoon snack. You can also add any filling to it – salmon, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken and more.

10 minute spinach lasagna – quick and easy to prep and tastes great.

Greek yoghurt and chicken salad sandwich – easy to whip up and it’s good for you too. 

More tips for a yummy office lunch

  • Toss red kidney beans with diced tomato, avocado, cheese and shredded iceberg lettuce. Pile into soft tortilla wraps at lunchtime and top with salsa.
  • Toss cooked rice vermicelli noodles with roast beef, diced tomato, peanuts, basil and mint. Take a jar of sweet chilli sauce, soy and lime juice to dress it with during your lunch break.
  • Make a frittata or quiche with leftover roast potato or tubular pasta, pumpkin, spinach and peas. Serve with tomato chutney.
  • Use iceberg lettuce leaves as cups for a rice salad. Or toss together canned tuna, white beans, chopped red onions, capers and black olives as a filling for the lettuce leaves.
  • Cook some couscous, then toss with salmon, cherry tomatoes, coriander, flaked almonds and a lemon-harissa vinaigrette.

We hope these tips provide you with some inspiration for your working lunch. Let us know if you have any other tips or recipes you love. 

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