1. Pasta Salad
Convenience food as its best; just cook up a batch of pasta at home the night before and pop in the fridge, the next day you’re ready to go. It’s delicious cold, or simply re-heat if you prefer a hot lunch. The possibilities are endless so you can be sure you won’t get bored; just add whatever takes your fancy.
If you fancy some more inspiration, we like the sound of these recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/power-packed-pasta-boxes
Batch-cook a healthy and warming lunch for the week ahead, using a base of cooked onion and garlic, chuck in whatever veggies take your fancy, cover with stock and cook until soft. Blend up using a hand blender until smooth or leave chunky if you prefer.
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try this spicy soup with a Mexican twist: https://recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/baking/mexican-chilli-bean-soup
3. Layered Salad Jars
Not only super healthy, but they look great too! Start with pouring your choice of salad dressing into a jar, followed by layers of any ingredients you like; vegetables, quinoa, cheese, even fruit! Your pretty rainbow lunch will be the envy of your colleagues. By putting the dressing in first your salad stays crisp and fresh until you’re ready to eat.
Click here for a more detailed guide: https://hurrythefoodup.com/how-to-pack-a-salad-in-a-jar/
4 Burrito Bowls
Using cooked rice as a base, top with chicken, avocado, black beans, sweetcorn and peppers. Use a shop-bought chipotle sauce or tomato salsa, or go one better and make your own. A tasty lunch treat which will be sure to keep those afternoon snack cravings away.
Click here for the full recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2014/09/10/easy-burrito-bowls/
5. Protein Pots
Gym bunny or trying out a low carb diet? Whatever your reason for wanting to up your protein intake, these recipes might be the answer to your lunch conundrum and help you stay on plan, even while out and about.
Low on time? Just hard boil some eggs, and mix with tuna and spinach.
Or for something with a bit more spice, try this Indian Chicken recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/indian-chicken-protein-pots