6 Simple Work Day Lunch Recipes

April 16, 2024

Any of these sound familiar??

"I don't have time to meal prep"

"I need quick and easy lunch options"

"I don't really like cooking"

I hear these kind of challenges a lot from busy women (self included)!

The good news is there are actually a HEAP of nutritious convenient food options available these days:

  • Breads and Wraps
  • Pre made salad bags
  • Pre marinated meats 
  • Frozen veggies 
  • Canned veggies 
  • Frozen bags of carb and veggie mix 

The truth is you really don’t need to be making everything from scratch if you don’t have the time, energy or headspace to do so. 

In the long term, meal prep can save you money and help you get more VARIETY into your diet…. in the short term (or during your busier weeks) these kinds of convenient options are the bomdiggity! 

Unfortunately, many convenient foods get a bad wrap in the health and wellness world. I think we have the “whole food” and “real food” movements to thank for that. Personally speaking I find meals like this seriously handy for the busy weeks, the resettling into routine weeks, and the ‘end-of-week-can’t-be ‘bothered-energy-lull’, etc etc etc

6 Simple Work Day Lunch Recipes

CHICKEN WRAP

Ingredients: Wraps, Kaleslaw, grated cheese, fresh carved chicken breast

Method: To assemble: On the wrap bread layer kaleslaw, followed by the carved chicken breast, grated cheese, and a drizzle of the kaleslaw dressing. A great way to fold wraps can be seen here

**If you’re packing these wraps to go, wrap them individually in foil tightly. I recommend you also pack a small ice pack to help keep them fresh. If storing in the fridge, place in a sealed container, or wrap individually in foil and store for up to 3 days.

CURRY FISH WITH SLAW & RICE

Ingredients: Steamfresh fish fillets, coleslaw and microwave rice. 

Method: Cook fish and rice as per instructions on packet. Serve fish with rice and slaw.

** This would be a meal I would make AT work so requires access to a microwave

TERIYAKI TUNA WITH SOBA NOODLES

Ingredients: .Tinned Tuna (Teriyaki flavour), soba noodles, pre-mixed bag of salad

Method: Cook noodles as per instructions on packet (ensure you run under cold water). Combine all other ingredients in bowl, include oil from the can of tuna if you wish. Add the cooked soba noodles and mix well.

** Refrigerate for up to 2 days. Not suitable to freeze. When draining soba noodles you can add a few drops of sesame oil (or oil from the tuna) to loosen.

SMASHED AVO ON TOAST

Ingredients: Bread of choice, ricotta, avocado, tomato, baby spinach

Method: Toast bread. Slice tomato. Mix ricotta and avocado together.  Layer all ingredients onto toast. Season with your fav Mingle Seasoning, or Salt and Pepper.

** This would be a meal I would make AT work so requires access to a toaster. Otherwise, I swap the bread for RYVITAS. I pack all ingredients separately, cut up and ready to use in suitable lunchbox with sections (BBox mini lunchbox is a go to of mine).

CHICKEN AND CHICKPEA PASTA

Ingredients: Steamfresh penne pasta, fresh carved chicken breast, small can chickpeas, baby spinach

Method: Cook penne pasta as per instructions on packet and allow to cool. Cut up chicken. Shred baby spinach. Drain chickpeas. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
** This would be a meal I would make AT work so requires access to a microwave. I’d pack all other ingredients cut and combined in suitable container, Then I’d add cooked pasta (slightly cooled) and mix through.

CHICKEN AND CHICKPEA SALAD

Ingredients: Basil Pesto Chicken Strips, Snack Time Chickpeas, Pre-mad coleslaw

Method: Prio to day, pre-cook chicken as per instructions on packet. At lunchtime combine all ingredients and serve.
** I would pre-cook chicken on the Sunday. once cooled I’d cut into smaller pieces and pack it along with all ingredients in suitable lunchbox. I’d combine together on the day.

This blog article was written in collaboration with our RESIDENT NUTRITIONIST Sarah Moore.

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