10 Lunch Ideas with NO Sandwiches!

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Buying lunches for work or days out can be an expensive habit. I’ve been trying to eat a little more healthily this month and planning homemade lunches ahead definitely helps on this mission too.

Here are 10 recipe suggestions for packed lunches, without the usual sandwiches!
Chicken Pad Thai Salad
This zingy salad, packed with vegetables contains all of the much loved Pad Thai flavours but without all of the calories. This would brighten up even the dullest of lunchtimes!


Hot Smoked Salmon Salad with Quinoa
A quick five minute high protein lunch box recipe packed full of flavour. Easy to pull together from ready to go ingredients.



Pomegranate and Pistachio Tabbouleh
This twist on the traditional Middle Eastern dish is a fun and flavoursome lunch which will perk up your day in the office. Packed with bursting pomegranate seeds and with the addition of nuts for texture, this is a must try recipe.


Cheese and Red Onion Muffins
These tasty muffins from would make a super lunchbox filler, quick, tasty and affordable.



Easy Nutty Noodle Salad
A simple and delicious cold noodle salad served with a spicy, nutty sauce. Made with peanut butter, chilli sauce, garlic, lime and a few other store-cupboard goodies to create a flavourful lunch.



A cross between a Croque Monsieur and a quiche, these clever little tartlets are a handy make ahead lunch idea, perfect for picnics too.

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Scottish Barley and Smoked Salmon Salad

This unusual salad is packed with salmon for Omega 3 and barley to make a change from the usual salad grains.

salmon and barley salad

Butterbean Salad
This light, fresh salad would make a super lunchbox filler on sunny days, with butter beans to help bulk the salad and keep you full until home time.

butterbean salad


Feta, Pepper and Courgette Filo Pie
For a lighter version of a quiche, why not use filo pastry for the case and make a feta, pepper and courgette filo pie. This filo pie is filled with colourful vegetables and is an ideal summer lunch dish.

feta pepper courgette pie


Apple Beetroot and Pecan Salad
This salad pairs crisp slices of apple, a mixture of green salad leaves and peppery rocket, crunchy pecans and refreshing slices of cucumber finished off with pickled baby beets for a little piquancy and a drizzle of honey and mustard dressing. What a treat for any lunchbox!

Apple, Beet & Pecan Salad

I hope these recipes are useful, let us know your packed lunch tips.

PS There’s a really useful post here about the top 10 lunchboxes for adults if you’re thinking of investing in something to carry your creations to work in:

The 10 Best Adult Lunch Boxes

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