A while ago I wrote an article about some healthy lunches that could quickly and easily be made while working from home (you can find it HERE) . One article doesn’t do it justice so I’ve pulled together some more work from home lunch ideas.
The benefit’s of working from home are many and I’ve written a few articles on them, but one of them is that it allows us to take some time away from work and get a proper break at lunchtime. At work, we sometimes don’t get the chance, as we’re either sitting at our desks eating a sandwich (and probably doing some work) or out and about going to pick up shopping, or doing some errand or other.
So working from home is great, it gives us access to our own kitchen and allows us to perhaps eat healthier than we would at work. The downside is that we only have an hour and it’s nice to go for a walk and stretch our legs after a morning of sitting at a desk. So here are some quick, easy and healthy lunch ideas.
Quick Vegetable Soup
Last time I did a quick leek and potato soup (still my favourite) but you can’t have that every day so now and again I mix it up a bit with a (very) easy vegetable soup.
1 Veggie soup mix – available from most supermarkets
1 vegetable stock cube
1 big mug of water
Handful of parsley or any other herb you have
This really is the easiest soup I have ever made, made even easier by the addition of utilising a soup maker (see the last article HERE or directly on Amazon HERE). If using the soup maker just throw everything in along with some water and switch it on. A piping hot pot of soup will be ready in less than 20 minutes.
I personally prefer smooth soup and it is all mashed up and just right. Have it along with some fresh bread and some pepper. There should be a picture of this soup under the dictionary definition of quick and easy (if that was one word and in the dictionary……………….!) Making it in a pan shouldn’t be anymore difficult, chuck everything in and heat it for ten to fifteen minutes until hot. Use one of those hand held blenders if you like it smooth, otherwise just serve, real easy.
Mexican Penne with Avocado
Another really easy dish to prepare, and the pasta could even be prepared the night before (or you could make some extra when making the evening meal) making it super quick and it covers all the bases – veggies, carbs, and healthy too.
100g penne pasta
1 large onion chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp mild chili powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 small can of sweetcorn
Cook the pasta in salted water for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a pan heat some oil and add in most of the onion (leave a bit for the avocado) and the pepper both sliced until golden. Stir in the garlic (grated) and spices then tip in the can of tomatoes and the corn. Simmer for 15 minutes. Cut up the avocado and mix in with some lime juice if available and the remainder of the onion. Drain the pasta and put into a serving bowl. Pour over the sauce and top with the avocado. Mmmm delicious.
(MPTS) Mozzarella, Pesto and Tomato Sandwich
this sounds like a simple recipe and it is really simple. I included it here as it’s a combination of items which you may not have thought of before, or maybe you have, anyway my son swears by them and is always asking for me to make them for him to take to school.
2 slices of your favourite bread
1 ball of mozzarella
1 large tomato
1 jar of pesto
Butter if you want it
So, this is a fairly basic recipe. I’m not going to tell you how to make a sandwich but if you have a toastie machine these taste really good if you stick them in there for a few minutes until the mozzarella is melting, ooh yummy!
Some people don’t like pesto so feel free to substitute. This is cheating – this isn’t a recipe is it? This is just me saying…..go make yourself a sandwich with stuff you like!
If you’re looking for something really quick and really healthy then there’s nothing easier (apart from the sandwich!) than a quick smoothie bowl. Both healthy and nutritious it’s great for a quick lunch or as a healthy snack for the kids.
3 cups of frozen fruit of your choice
250g of oat milk
1 measure of protein powder (optional)
1 sprinkling of granola
This really is one of those recipes that you can utilise anything you have to hand. Smoothies can be made with (almost) any fruit and some veggies you have in the fridge. Chuck the fruit and oat milk into a blender (or nutribullit type machine) along with the protein powder if you’re adding it and blitz it for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth (there’s always one large bit of fruit that seems to escape!) and pour into a nice large bowl. As an alternative you can add apple juice rather than oat milk and normal milk obviously works just as well. This is just one of those things that you can experiment with. I’ve seen me adding the remains of a bag of spinach to use it up.
Now you can be as adventurous or as simple as you want. We quite like having the crunchy granola over the top of the smooth fruit as a nice change but you can get as “instagrammy” (that is a word……right?) as you want (see above picture) for your toppings adding fresh fruit, nuts, coconut or even some honey as a few examples. It’s also a great alternative to going for the biscuit jar for growing kids and mine are making smoothie bowls at all times – easily made and one they can make on their own too once they get the hang of it.
So, there we have it. Another four recipes to keep hunger at bay and give you some time left over during your lunch break. Remember it is VERY important to get the time away from your desk, get some exercise and get some fresh air if possible.
I know myself, that’s its way too easy just to sit at the desk and check your phone or read the news but when your spending so long in the one place you need to be moving about a bit to get the blood pumping and to stretch those muscles. Before you know it your lunch break is over and you’ve done nothing.
I would love to hear from you if you have tried any of the recipes here or if you have a favourite one of your own that you could share with everyone. I would also love to hear from you if you have any comments or would just like to say hi.
I really do enjoy hearing from you all.
Until the next article, take care,