Packed lunches don't have to be mundane - find a new fix that will fuel you through your working day
Stuck for packed lunch ideas? Look no further – lunchtime doesn’t have to be boring or limited to a white bread ham sandwich, we’ve got plenty of quiches, salads, savoury tarts, and open sandwiches for you to try this week.
Our goats’ cheese and roasted red pepper tart (pictured) is the perfect lunchbox filler as it’s really delicious, filling and a lot less carb-heavy than a sandwich. The filling is intensely creamy and the fact that the peppers have been roasted means that they are really sweet and are perfectly complemented by the Parmesan and goats’ cheese. This is the sort of lunch that you need to make the previous day, though so it does require a little forethought, but the good thing is that the flavour only improves the longer you leave it. So by the time you get to enjoy this tart at lunchtime the next day, it’ll be an absolute dream.
Salads are also a great option for your lunchbox. Our roasted squash and goats’ cheese salad with breadcrumbs is really easy to throw together first thing in the morning after having roasted the squash the night before.
The same goes for our quinoa salad with chickpeas, soy beans and poached chicken. This recipe can easily be made with any leftover chicken you have from a Sunday roast, so it’s ideal for a Monday when you need a bit of a boost at work. Plus, quinoa is super healthy and is sure to make the start of your week a little brighter.
If you fancy something new for lunch this week try our Greek dolmades recipe, scotch eggs, a quiche, tart or salad recipe. Lunchtimes never have to be boring again with all this inspiration so there’s no excuse to try something new this week!
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Try making your lunch a little more flavoursome – we suggest this chargrilled aubergine with feta sandwich. You can grill these aubergines to give this recipe a summer flavour.
For lunch full of our favourite superfoods, give this beetroot, kale and feta salad a go – you can rustle it up in no time and it’s delicious.
This Turkish bulgar wheat salad recipe makes a great lunch, if you make extra kisir use it as a side dish for your dinner. It can be eaten with grilled meat or veg.
Stuffed with plump rice, raisins, pistachios and fresh herbs wrapped in vine leaves, these Greek dolmades are a great alternative to sushi.
For those days when you want a twist on a classic sandwich the tomato, mozzarella and basil sandwich is ideal.
Get your tupperware out for this quinoa salad with chickpeas, soy beans and poached chicken. It’s a super healthy, filling salad that’s ideal for lunch.
Easy to eat and a lunch you can warm up on colder days, these asparagus and pesto tarts will become a favourite when you want a little bit more.
For a meat-free dish that’s not flat on flavour try a roasted squash and goats’ cheese salad with breadcrumbs.
Swap up a sandwich for our rich red onion and cheese quiche. It makes a change from your usual lunchbox filler.
Mini scotch eggs aren’t just great picnic food, they’re also great in a lunchbox.
Forget two slices of bread, it’s all about the open sadwhiches like this mozzarella open sandwich. It’s a real delight.
You can make this lentil risotto with asparagus ahead and enjoy it either hot or cod – perfect for lunch!