Making the time to have a lunch that’s packed with flavour and nutrients is really important, even when you’re working from home. Downing tools and heading to the kitchen will give you a much-needed break and a delicious meal can bring a bit of excitement to your 9 to 5.
From wraps and baps to salads and soups, these workday lunches are fresh, fast, and make the most of what you’ve got. Here are some brilliant working-from-home lunch ideas to get you inspired.
Baps and wraps
Sandwiches are a regular on the lunchtime scene – they’re super-easy to make and the possibilities for incredible fillings are endless when the contents of your fridge are ripe for the picking! Try mixing it up with a Mexican-inspired bean wrap, or rustle up a quick bap with marinated chicken and a quick homemade coleslaw. Quesadillas are an amazing vehicle for leftovers – crispy on the outside and oozy on the inside, they’re always a winner.
Things on toast
Piling up toast with tasty toppings is a tried-and-tested quick fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Get creative with the classics: have a go at posh beans on toast, personalise your smashed avo and rye, and try out new flavour combos for cheese – anything goes!
Having a couple of quick soup recipes up your sleeve enables you to easily pack veg into your lunchtimes. Whether it’s a classic minestrone or a vibrant tomato soup, a basic soup recipe is fully flexible and perfect for using up leftovers or adapting to whatever you’ve got. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and it’ll be yours to enjoy for days.
If you’re in need of a fast and filling lunch, eggs are your friends. A basic omelette is quick, easy and versatile – try adding spices for Indian-inspired eggs, or throwing in tomato and basil for a hit of fresh flavour. And don’t forget frittatas – you can take whatever you have in the fridge, in particular, any cooked veg and meat. Or use frozen veg and any cheese you can get your hands on.
A vibrant salad is the best way to add a healthy dose of veg to your working lunch and celebrate fresh, seasonal produce. Mix-and-match different textures and flavours – roast enough veggies to last you the week, choose a grain mix as your base or bake some crunchy croutons with leftover bread. Make a quick dressing in a jam jar that you can keep in the fridge and your salad will be something to really get excited about.