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9 packed lunch recipes to eat al-desko

by Malou Herkes

published on 2 January 2024

Planning and prepping your own packed lunch is a great budget-friendly habit, but even with the best of intentions it can be difficult to maintain.

If you’re looking for fresh inspiration, or simply ideas for where to start if you’re new to making packed lunches, these recipes have you covered. Set aside a bit of time on Sunday and weekday evenings to get them ready, and you’ll be in for a treat come lunchtime.

Cinnamon-spiced Aubergines with Feta Cheese, Olives and Herbed Bulgur Wheat

Cinnamon-spiced Aubergines with Feta Cheese, Olives and Herbed Bulgur Wheat

Herbed bulgur, roasted aubergines, sharp feta cheese and pops of sweetness from the pomegranate seeds make this an epic lunchbox salad. Simply throw the lot into two roasting tins, chuck in the oven for 25 minutes, then portion it up for the week ahead. Simple!

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Chipotle Chicken Bowl

by Chilly’s

Perfectly designed for prepping in advance and storing in the fridge, this salad of chicken, quinoa and greens packs a punch.

Pasta with Feta, Peppers and Hazelnuts

Pasta with Feta, Peppers and Hazelnuts

This tasty Mediterranean-inspired salad brings together crumbly feta, sweet peppers and crunchy hazelnuts. Just as good hot as it is cold.

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Spiced Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

by Chilly’s

Who says packed lunches have to be cold? This versatile, flavour-packed winter warmer can be stored in the fridge for up to five days – and made vegan if you leave off the bacon garnish.

Italian Tuna Salad

Italian Tuna Salad

by Amelia Freer

This healthy salad can be thrown together and into your lunchbox in minutes. Keep the dressing separate in a jar, then give it a shake and drizzle over when you’re ready to eat. 

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Vegan Poke Lunchbox

by Chilly’s

Recreate a lunch takeaway staple with this fresh and filling plant-based recipe, featuring marinated tofu, edamame, and diced avocado.

Cauliflower Biryani Salad

Cauliflower Biryani Salad

by Simon Rimmer, Tim Lovejoy

Full of wholesome veggies, this vegan-friendly salad is packed with flavour. Quinoa and greens, roasted spiced cauliflower and a zingy carrot garnish, this salad is best served at room temperature. Keep the dressing in a separate jar, then toss through before eating. 

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

It’s a classic for a reason… make a tasty quiche and it’ll last the week, portioned up and served with a simple green salad. Delicious!

Sesame Chicken Salad with Cucumber Noodles

Sesame Chicken Salad with Cucumber Noodles

Team zingy-sweet chicken with spiralised cucumber noodles for a tasty low-carb dish that’s easy to adapt to what you’ve got at home. “This is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken or serve instead with a little fish or sliced seared beef”, say the Hemsley sisters. 

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