When you’ve got a good lunch waiting for you in the fridge, it’s all you can think about during those first few hours of work. But, like us, do you find yourself eating the same thing over and over again? Sandwiches have become boring and it’s getting tricky to find inspiration for new lunchtime recipes. Well, you’re in luck!
We’ve conjured up a range of exciting dishes that’ll get you counting down the clock until it’s time to eat! From smoked salmon lunch pots to chicken wraps, we’re sure there’s something on this list that’ll make its way into your lunchtime routine (and we promise we haven’t included any sandwiches).
Smoked salmon and quinoa pot
Not only is this smoked salmon recipe incredibly delicious, but it’s full of nutrients. Cook up some quinoa, add in dill, radishes, crunchy cucumber, and smoked salmon.
For the sauce, use soured cream and lemon juice, the perfect tang to give it a real bite! This super quick recipe is so tasty and good for you. It’ll become a first lunchtime favourite in no time at all.
Avocado egg salad
Egg mayo salads are boring. But in comes the addition of avocado and we’re listening! Packed with healthy fats, this lighter version is a great lunch choice with a creamy texture and versatile options.
Eat it alone, on some toast or even spread across a cracker! Quick and easy.
Buffalo chicken wrap
A wrap is a tastier version of a sandwich, right? You can fit a whole load of ingredients in there to make them exciting. We love this mixture of Buffalo chicken, Greek yogurt, cheese, slaw, and avocado.
A healthy combination, but one that’ll leave you wanting more. No worries if you don’t have these specific ingredients, you can swap them for what you already have in your cupboard or add in your favourite wrap ingredients. Home-made Nando’s wrap anyone? Yes please!
Pasta and avocado Caesar salad
Cold pasta salads are a firm favourite in the warmer months, and this one is no exception. Easy to make ahead the night before work, whip together some pasta, croutons, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado and Caesar dressing for one of the most delicious salads you’ve had to date.
Avocado toast with eggs, spinach and tomatoes
Avocado on toast is a popular meal choice for many, but adding eggs, spinach and tomatoes gives it that extra twist we’re looking for. This healthy meal tastes great, will keep you full and make your co-workers very jealous! Why not add a bit of feta cheese on top if you’re feeling fancy?
Fan of sushi? Then listen up. This quick throw-together lunch is the perfect alternative for when you fancy sushi but don’t have the time to create your own. No need for sushi-rolling, simply throw together your favourite sushi ingredients and you’re good to go!
Add in cooked white rice, chopped cucumber, pickled ginger, avocado, dried seaweed, sesame seeds, soy sauce, rice vinegar and a squeeze of lemon for the traditional take on a sushi bowl.
Chicken and quinoa salad
Full of protein and fibre, this salad is a great healthy option for lunch. You can add in ingredients to suit your taste, but we suggest balsamic chicken with lemon quinoa, accompanied with some veggies and cheese.
Chicken and mushroom soup
Perfect for a cold, wintery day, this creamy soup is like a hug in a bowl. Whether you want to feel cosy or just love a bowl of soup, you can’t go wrong with chicken and mushrooms. You can make a batch in the slow cooker for the week, making prep time much less stressful every night before work! Quick and easy to reheat, you can’t go wrong with this lunch idea.
Pizza pasta salad
With pepperoni, mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers, pasta, and cheese with Italian dressing, what more could you want from a lunch? You can also switch up the ingredients to include your favourite pizza toppings! We’re sure that this tasty bowl will get you excited for lunchtime again.
Hopefully you’ve got a bit of inspiration out of these alternative lunch ideas. Say goodbye to those boring sandwiches, and hello to a range of exciting new dishes!