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Lunch Ideas for Work

With a busy work life schedule it can be hard to think of inspiring lunch ideas. You may find yourself reaching for that high-street meal deal more often than you’d like. We’ve dedicated this weeks blog to bring you some simple tasty recipes to brighten up your lunch time.

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Super Speedy Spicy Chicken and avocado wraps

Prep Time= 10 minutes                 Cook Time= 8 minutes                  Serves 2

​Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Chicken in Lunch Box and WrapIngredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp of chilli powder
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 wholemeal wraps
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • A few sprigs of coriander
  • Optional- grated cheddar cheese

Method

1) Finely chop the garlic clove and add to a mixing bowl

2) Add the chicken, chilli powder and lime juice. Leave to stand for 5 minutes

3) Cut a red bell pepper into 5-6 large chunks

4) Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and tip in the chicken and lime juice. Cook for a few minutes

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Chicken Frying in Wok

5) Once the lime juice has evaporated, add the pepper pieces into the same pan. Cook the pepper until it becomes soft and starts to char

6) Chop the avocado into chunks and sprinkle with a little lime juice (this stops them going brown

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Chopping an Avacado

7) Once the chicken is cooked (cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken breast), carefully slice into 8 pieces

8) To make sure your wraps don’t go soggy. It’s best to assemble them just before you plan to eat lunch. So put all the cooked ingredients in a little container (chicken and peppers) and add the fresh ingredients to another (coriander, avocado and grated cheese)

9) Just before eating: Heat the wraps (Follow the back of pack instructions) and then the chicken and peppers in the microwave (for around 3 minutes or until heated throughout. You can also have the wraps cold if you prefer

Tuck in and enjoy!

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Tortilla Wrap with fillings

Tasty Tuna Pasta Salad

Prep Time= 10 minutes                 Cook Time= 15 minutes               Serves 2

IngredientsEarly Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Pasta and Tomatoes

  • 150g Wholewheat pasta
  • Zest and juice of 1 Lemon
  • 160g cherry tomatoes
  • 80 g peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tin of tuna in spring water
  • ¼ red onion
  • Handful of parsley

Method

1) Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions

2) Boil the peas for 5-6 minutes and allow to cool

3) Meanwhile dice the red onion and halve the cherry tomatoes

4) Grate half the lemon zest and then squeeze the remaining juice. Add a little black pepper to taste

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Squeezing a Lemon

5) Drain the water from the tin of tuna

6) Mix the pasta, tuna, peas, tomatoes and onion together with the lemon juice

7) Chop the parsley and scatter

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Fresh herbs on a chopping board

Serve and enjoy!

Scrumptious sweet potatoes with chickpeas and tahini yoghurt

Prep Time= 10 minutes                 Cook Time= 10 minutes               Serves 2

Ingredients​Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Filled Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 200g of chickpeas
  • 40g of spinach
  • Small bunch of dill
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 30g of low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of tahini
  • 10g of pine nuts
  • 60g of pomegranate

Method

You can either bake your sweet potatoes (around 45- 60 minutes), or to make it quicker, you can microwave them at work (around 5-8 minutes).

1) Heat 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat

2) Add the crushed garlic and chopped onion and cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Frying Onions and Chickpeas in a Wok

3) Stir in the drained chickpeas and gently cook these for a couple of minutes

4) Add the spinach and leave to wilt for a few minutes

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Wilting Spinach

5) Add the chopped dill

6) Wisk together the lemon juice, zest and 1 tsp of olive oil in a mixing bowl

7) Add a little black pepper to taste

8) Add the mixture to the chickpeas

9) Gently mash the chickpeas, so they are slightly crushed

10) Mix together the Greek yogurt with the tahini, again adding a little black pepper to taste

11) Halve the pomegranate and carefully extract the seeds

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Pomegranate

12) Once your potatoes are cooked (at home or at work), split them open lengthways. To check your potato is cooked, use a knife to test how soft the center is

13) Drizzle over the tahini and yogurt and then fill them with the chickpea mix

Early Start Group Wellbeing and Nutrition Lunch Ideas for Work Blog Yogurt on Sweet Potatoes

14) Top with pine nuts and pomegranate

 Serve and enjoy!

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