Taking lunch to work, even if it's only a couple
of times a week, is a great strategy for your wallet.
However, in the morning and weekly rush you can end up
taking the same old things over and over and over again. Which gets a bit tedious.
If it's time to re-vamp your lunchbox meals for spring
here are some healthy options:
1. Spinach and feta
I love Greek-style spinach and
. It's easy to make and quite delicious. You can make a pie on the
weekend, cut it into serves and then freeze. Then pack a piece for lunch, together with a
big salad and a wedge of lemon. It makes a delicious and nutritious meal. While you can
reheat the pie in a microwave, the pastry does tend to go a bit soggy. Usually I'm happy
to eat it cold, with the salad on the side and fresh lemon juice squeezed over the
2. Wholegrain salads
salads are perfect lunch box fodder. They can be delicious, healthy and filling. Plus it's
possible to make a version which keeps for a couple of days in the fridge - so from one
lot of work you get a couple of meals. The trick with wholegrain salads is to make
sure there's plenty of flavour, plus plenty of vegetables - you don't want your salad to
be just boring tasting grain.
I love the ideas in this
post from Nourish
. There are a whole lot of different suggestions, plus two full recipes. The
brown rice salad is particularly good. If I'm making this one for lunch I add a couple of
large handfuls of leafy greens like baby English spinach or rocket, just to bump up the
3. Chicken Soba Noodle
This Chicken Soba Noodle
also makes an excellent lunchbox meal.It's filling, tasty and, if you've done a
bit of prep work, only takes a few minutes in the morning to put together. I often make
this with strips of grilled tofu, instead of the chicken and top with cashew nuts when
I've run out of sesame seeds.
The trick is to have the
vegetables and chicken or tofu ready to go. I've found you can chop a couple of days worth
of vegetables in one session, place in a resealable plastic bag and store in the
In the morning I put the noodles on to cook while I
have a shower and then toss the lot together in a plastic container. I often tuck in a
wedge of lime, to squeeze over just... Read More...