Healthy lunch ideas — smoky veg patties on a plate

Ready to take the fuss out of lunchtimes? Our healthy lunch ideas are packed with the good stuff, deliver big on flavour and will keep you going until dinnertime. 

Whether you’re looking for healthy working-from-home lunch ideas or perfectly portable packed lunch inspiration, we’ve got you covered. From vibrant salads and comforting soups, to speedy fritters and flavour-packed pasta, you can stop settling for the same old sandwich day in, day out. Lunchtime just got a whole lot healthier, tastier and more exciting!

Who knew a 5-ingredient salad could look and taste this good? Crispy webs of halloumi work so well with sweet sticky peaches and pickled cucumber here. And if that’s not enough to tickle your tastebuds, it’s ready in just 15 minutes – lunch, sorted.

If you’re flying solo at lunchtime, this fun pasta ticks a lot of boxes. It makes the most of store-cupboard ingredients and is ready in under 15 minutes. Why settle for a soggy tuna and sweetcorn sandwich when this exists?!

Sprouts aren’t just for Christmas, and this 5-ingredient salad proves it. Feel free to swap in any other brassicas you’ve got in the fridge – think sprouting broccoli, kale, cauliflower or romanesco. 

By using tomatoes in two clever ways, this dish is packed with flavour, and uses just 8 ingredients. By frying half of the tomatoes to create the crispiest fritters and using the rest in a vibrant tomato salad this is about cooking smarter, not harder! 

When it comes to healthy lunch ideas, a chicken Caesar salad doesn’t always spring to mind, but you’ll be pleased to know that this version is full of the good stuff! And with Parmesan, rosemary and golden croutons, there’s no compromise on the flavour-front, either. 

If you want something hot and tasty for lunch, these patties are super satisfying. Use this as a principle recipe, swapping the broccoli for any chopped leafy greens as you see fit – check out the Tips section for inspiration. 

You won’t need a long list of ingredients or heaps of time to make this comforting vegetarian lunch. With warming garam masala, quick pickled red onion and the easiest homemade tomato chutney, this looks super-impressive, but is actually a doddle to make.

Celebrating freezer staples, this speedy soup is on the table in just 15 minutes! If you want to get ahead, batch it up and it’ll keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Big-up your microwave with Jamie’s budget-friendly curry. It’s vegetarian, utterly delicious and will go easy on your energy bill. What’s more, each portion contains all five of your 5-a-day – so good! 

Spiced crispy beans make a fantastic filling paired with crumbly feta and crunchy cucumber here. Feel free to add any leftover grilled or roast meat to the mix, if you like. You can rustle these up in 15 minutes and each wrap contains four of your 5-a-day – result!

Eggs are great for lunch, but these aren’t ordinary eggs. We’re poaching the egg inside a piece of smoked salmon and fresh chives here to create something really fun and nutritious. Give it a go!

Mix up your lunchtimes with Jamie’s baked eggs recipe. We’re talking macerated tomatoes, popped beans and ricotta on toast – yes please! Plus, it’s rich in protein and fibre, too. 

Want more healthy eating inspo? Start your day right with our healthy breakfast ideas 


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