Work From Home Lunch Ideas

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Hi everyone,

So today I thought I would take a look at some simple but tasty recipe’s that can be quickly cooked up – always good to have some work from home lunch ideas.

I’m not exactly going to be going on Masterchef anytime soon but it’s nice to get away from the desk for a few minutes. On the other hand you don’t want to spend your lunch break mainly cooking so you need something fast and tasty (and hopefully with stuff you already have in the house!) so let’s get cooking up some great work from home lunch ideas!

 

 

Vegetarian Chilli with Rice

Ingredients

1 pack of supermarket oven ready roasting vegetables

1 tin of kidney beans in a chilli sauce

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 pouch of microwave rice

 

Take one pack of oven-roasted vegtables and cook them in the oven at 200C / 180C fan / Gas 6 for 15 minutes. (most of these are already in a tin-foil tray so it’s easy enough to just utilise that and it saves on washing up as well) Add one can of kidney beans in a chilli sauce, one tin of chopped tomatoes, give them a good stir and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Heat up one of those microwave rice pouches and hey presto you have a really delicious lunch. This would be enough for two or can easily be halved, put in the fridge and heated up in the microwave later in the week,

Veggie chilli

Soup of the Day

Ingredients

1 leek

1 small onion

3 or 4 small potatoes

1 vegetable stock cube

Dash of herbs to taste

Now I got a Christmas present last year of a Soup Maker and I originally just wasn’t sure if I would use it but after the first attempt I was hooked. They are brilliant and makes for a healthy and very quick lunch. Now I just keep some veggie’s in the fridge and just chop up whatever I feel like making. Soup Maker

My current favourite is leek and potato so for this I take one leek, four medium sized potatoes and half a red onion, chop them up and throw them into the soup maker. I then add a veggie stock cube and some boiling water. That takes about two minutes to do, I then turn the soup maker on, choose the smooth setting and then leave it for 20 minutes to do its thing and when I come back its all ready to pour into bowls. Its souper (sorry!)

As you can see from the picture the soup maker just looks exactly like a dumpy kettle. The lid just lifts off and you can throw in whatever ingredients you want. On the model I have you can choose chunky or smooth soup and it can also has a smoothie option.
If your interested the soup maker you can read more about it here. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. Anyway, when the leek and potato soup comes out, it looks like this…………

Soup

Quick Ramen

Ingredients

1 pack of dried noodles

1 vegetable stock cube

1 pack of precooked chicken

2 spring onions

Dash of soya sauce

Take your pack of dried noodles, the vegetable stock cube, and pack of pre-cooked chicken, boil a kettle of water and pour over the noodles which have been placed in a bowl, as per its instructions, adding in the veggie stock cube. Chop up a couple of spring onions and sprinkle over the top and then place some of the chopped chicken on to the noodles. Spice up with some chilli, soya sauce or some lemongrass. My son loves this as a quick dish when he’s hungry.

Twist on Avacado Toast

Ingredients

1 Avacado

2 slices of bread toasted

1 pack mozzarella cheese

1 tomato

Dash of lemon juice

 

As the meal that was blamed for preventing millennials from saving for a house it certainly has got a bit of a reputation but it’s filling, tasty and very healthy too.

Mash up an avacado in a bowl and splash in some lemon juice and pepper. Spread over a couple of slices of toast.

For a fresh twist on plain old avacado on toast, combine it with a couple of slices of mozzarella cheese and a slice of tomato. Simple!Avacado toast

 

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Ingredients

120g dry pasta

100g of precooked chicken (or pan fry while the pasta is cooking)

2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt

1 large teaspoon of pesto paste

This simple but filling dish is quick to make too.

Take the dry pasta and cook as per the instructions, once cooked and drained throw in thecooked chicken, the tablespoons of natural Greek yoghurt and the large teaspoon of pesto paste. Return to the hob for a couple minutes and voila it should be ready to eat. Another simple and tasty dish. The quantities will depend on your own preferences of course and there should be enough to do you for two days so it’s all good.

Pesto pasta

 

 

So there we have it. That’s five recipes to keep you going for a week of healthy lunchtime recipes which, unless you eat the whole lot, a couple of which should do you a couple of more days the following week if you keep them in the fridge and just heat them up. One thing I hate about recipes is that they never give you a proper shopping list so here is the complete shopping list for these recipes.

 

Shopping List

1 pack of supermarket oven ready roasting vegetables

1 tin of kidney beans in a chilli sauce

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 pouch of microwave rice

1 leek

1 small onion

1 pack of small potatoes

1 packet of vegetable stock cubes

1 pack of dried noodles

1 pack of precooked chicken (200g)

2 spring onions

1 Avacado

2 slices of bread toasted

1 pack mozzarella cheese

1 tomato

120g dry pasta

2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt

1 small jar of pesto paste

 

Would love to see what you have for your own home office. Feel free to share any recipes or pics of your lunch below in the comments. I would love to hear from you as always.

Take care and happy cooking.

 

 

 

Simple wfh

6 thoughts on “Work From Home Lunch Ideas”

  1. Hello and thank you for your article and all the cool recipes and ideas to consume while working from home. Often times I find myself staying on the computer working way too long and not taking enough breaks throughout the day which needs to be accomplished. Have these great food ideas ready would make any work from home individual excited. Good job!

    Reply
    • Hi John,

      I’m glad you liked the article. You need to try and schedule breaks into your day to give you some time away from work. Especially at lunchtime when you need to give yourself an hour, especially if you’re not getting breaks at other times.
      It also has the benefit of allowing you time to enjoy some lunch (and make one of the recipe suggestions 😉)

      Take care,

      Dave

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  2. Hello and thank you for your article and all the cool recipes and ideas to consume while working from home. Often times I find myself staying on the computer working way too long and not taking enough breaks throughout the day which needs to be accomplished. Have these great food ideas ready would make any work from home individual excited. Good job!

    Reply
    • Thanks John,

      Make sure you’re not working too long hours, take enough breaks and have an hour at lunch time to completely separate yourself from your work (and obviously cook one of my recipes 😉)

      regards,

      Dave

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing all these amazing recipes! I know what you mean. When I work from home, I do actually getting away from my desk for a bit but I tried not to get away for so long. I enjoy something simple and nutritious for my health. The veggies chili looks so simple and I can see myself enjoy it many days of the week! I love chili especially in this weather! Maybe I should buy some corn bread with it, yumm. 

    I also love Ramen, I usually throw in with whatever veggies that I have in the fridge and some hard boiled eggs or any type of meat on top. Super quick but such a comfort food.

    I like to make veggies wrap and have it with a soup that I made it on the weekends. I find tomato soups to be so satisfying with my veggies quesadilla 🙂

    Reply
    • Hi Nuttanee,

      Those sound like nice quick meals. I particularly liked the veggie chilli, was so easy to make and just a nice change from the normal stuff like sandwiches. Soup is such a filling meal too and I must admit so easy to make (especially with my soup maker)

      Good luck with the corn bread, you should send me a pic once you’ve done it.

      Take care,

      Dave

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