A quick blog to kick start the week! You’ll probably agree with me when I say that sandwiches are boring (I’m not talking about Subway or TGI sandwiches). Unless I’m at home or out for the day, 90% of my lunches have been some sort of sandwich. Sometimes, I’m sick of them and I get organised and think of something creative like spicy prawn noodles. But then I forget to make something the evening before and it’s back to the sandwich. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-sandwiches, I just hate eating the same food everyday and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t fill me up! Perhaps it’s just me, maybe all of you have really lovely banquets for lunch, maybe you eat out during your lunch breaks or maybe you have a canteen that offer a selection of hot and cold options. If you’re in a desperate need to vamp up your lunch without breaking the bank or having to call dominoes in an emergency then look no further; I’m about to share 5 simple lunch ideas that are so much better than a sandwich.
Soup – Cheap, healthy, easy to make and super tasty (I could go on). Don’t be lazy and buy pre made soup, you can make this quickly during your evening; you don’t have to prepare anything in the morning. Homemade soup is so flavoursome, full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. You can have soup on it’s own, with a warm crusty roll or topped with croutons. There’s an array of cook books and online recipes; there’s bound to be one you will love.
Broccoli & Stilton Soup
Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Chorizo and Chickpea Soup
Chicken & Noodle Soup
Leak & Potato Soup
Leftover Supper – A bit vague, but certainly something for everyone which will keep you extra full and away from the junk food. Whatever your pallet, be sure to save wasting left over food and pack it into your lunch box ready for the next day. This could be absolutely anything from: stir-fry, curry, vegetable lasagne, the last slice of BBQ pizza, slow cooked beef meals, you name it! Save it, re-heat it and enjoy it. Or if you’re really organised, spend your Sunday evening making a couple of hot meals for the week ahead.
Salad – This is a great option because you can put your own spin on it and make it as filling or a light as you wish. Weather you’re vegetarian or a meat lover looking for a low calorie dish or something that bursting with flavour, a salad might just be what you’re after. Quick and easy to prepare the evening before or in the morning.
Warm Goats Cheese Salad
Warm Mushroom Salad
Thai Beef Salad
Eggs – Eggs are so easy for lunch! A good source of protein (6g), 13 different vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and low calories that will definitely keep you full for the afternoon. Most establishments will have a microwave or cooker so you can make whatever you wish with a piece of toast: boiled eggs, dippy eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs!
Sushi – Now let me just point out that Japan have the highest life expectancy in the world (83.7 years) and of course diet is a major contributor to this. Consisting of white or brown rice, crunchy vegetables, raw fish, pork, chicken, beef, duck, sea food and more; sushi is a great option for lunch. So get that chef’s hat on and make some delicious homemade sushi!
Ditch that same old lunch routine and opt for a more exciting, healthy and super tasty lunch that will keep you full and your colleagues jealous! Happy Monday everyone ❤
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