Healthy lunch ideas

27 November 2014

These healthy recipes make great lunches, including some delicious healthy lunch ideas for work.

Chickpea, hazelnut and butternut squash salad

This salad is a good mix of healthy fats, protein and vegetables. The hazelnuts and chickpeas make it very satisfying, and the cherry tomatoes and butternut squash is great for people with a sweet tooth.

Chickpea, hazelnut and butternut squash salad recipe.

Wild rocket and salmon salad

This healthy lunch recipe looks and tastes great and is deceptively easy to make. Salmon fillets are baked in the oven with red pepper and red onion, and a delicious and easy dressing is made by mixing lemon juice and red wine vinegar with the sweet, flavourful juices from the baking tray.

Wild rocket and salmon salad recipe.

Bruschette with sun dried tomato pesto

More and more research points to a Mediterranean diet being the healthiest diet to follow. This bruschette with sun dried tomato pesto recipe from Gino D’Acampo is a great example – full of good things like olive oil, tomatoes and garlic.

If you are avoiding bread you could toss mixed vegetables (eg courgettes, peppers, aubergines) in the pesto and roast in the oven until soft instead.

Bruschette with sun dried tomato pesto recipe.

Forget-the-pastry quiche

This 'forget-the-pastry' crustless quiche recipe is much healthier than a normal quiche because it doesn’t use any pastry. It is similar to a frittata but baked in the oven for the same consistency as quiche. You can serve it warm with salad, but it can also be packed up and eaten cold for a work lunch or picnic.

Forget-the-pastry quiche recipe.

Falafel in pitta pockets

Falafel can be made in advance so is a perfect thing to make in bulk on Sunday night to serve up with fresh salad and pitta pockets during the week. Falafel can take time to make but it does freeze well – simply arrange them with a line of baking paper between each layer to stop them sticking to each other and put in the fridge to thaw out before you cook them.

If you are really short of time you can, of course, buy falafel from any supermarket as either pre-made balls or as a dry mix you can make at home more quickly, but you have more control of the ingredients if you make your own.

Falafel in pitta pockets recipe.

Carrot soup

Soup is an extremely versatile lunch and can be made in bulk at the weekend and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. You could also freeze it in portion sizes to defrost as needed. Soup can be taken to an office and microwaved - microwavable bowls with clip-on lids are easily available from most supermarkets.

This spicy carrot soup recipe is healthy, tasty and very low cost. Adjust the level of spice to suit your taste.

Spicy carrot soup recipe.

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