We’ve put together some easy tips and tricks for affordable, tasty working lunches for the office that you’ll love to eat. You don’t have to resort to eating unhealthy take-away all the time now!
Yes, we’re talking about leftovers from last night’s dinner. Just cook extra food and you’ll always have something ready for tomorrow’s lunch. Soup, pasta, salad, stew and other slow-cooked foods are great options.
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.
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 for your next working lunch.
Round out your 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.
Here are some of our favourite lunch recipes and ideas that anyone can easily make at home and any leftovers are perfect for work.
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 with this recipe.
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 for your work lunch.
Easy minestrone soup – this hearty Italian soup recipe makes full use of seasonal veggies and you can add pasta, potatoes or sausages to suit your taste.
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 to eat and a great healthy lunch option.
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 – for a healthy lunch that's easy to whip up and it's good for you, look no further.
Chicken quinoa burrito bowl salad - a big ole burrito bowl of yummy goodness! And the best thing is you can customise your bowl to suit your tastes.
Crunchy cashew Thai quinoa salad - you'll be the envy of the office. Plus, you can adapt to make it vegan and gluten free.
Avocado, chickpea and tuna salad - no cooking required - just toss everything in a bowl and enjoy. Plus, it's good for you and will help keep your energy levels up while at work.
We hope these tips provide you with some inspiration for your work lunch. Let us know if you have any other tips, ideas or recipes you love.
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