Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

Get Lunch Ready in Less Time Than it Takes to Walk to the Shop

Do you find it difficult to come up with ideas for lunch?

I mean with breakfast and dinner, there is so much to think about. So many ideas to have and so much time needed to prepare and cook it all. 

So you figure, hey, I'll just get a sandwich from the shop. 

But, did you know that some of those sandwiches contain just shy of 500 calories. In just one, let's face it, pretty unappetising looking sandwich. 

When you add it the rest of the meal deal, snack, drink, you could be looking at 1000 calories, just for lunch. 

That's not going to help your healthy eating effort much. 

What can you do about it?

My top tip for making easy, healthy and cheap lunches is make a little more of your evening's meal. Eaten cold, or reheated in the microwave, what could be easier. 

But sometimes that just not possible, or you might want something a little different. For those times, why not try one of these quick and easy lunch recipes...

Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes - Avocado and Tuna layered Salad

Avocado and tuna layered salad...full of healthy fats and protein, sure to keep you feeling full all afternoon.Serves 2. Prep Time 10 mins. Nutrition per serving: 279 kcal; 20g Fats; 14g Carbs; 15g Protein.

What you need...

  • 5 oz. (140g) canned tuna in brine, drained
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. coriander, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 avocado

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  •  ½ small white onion, diced
  •  ½ jalapeno pepper, dice and de-seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup coriander, chopped
  • 1 lime, juice only

What you need to do...

In a bowl, mix tuna, mayonnaise, coriander and juice from half a lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chop the flesh of the avocado and place in a bowl. Drizzle it with the remaining half of a lime—season with salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl mix all of the ingredients for the Pico de Gallo, until well combined.

On a plate layer, the salad with half of the avocado, then half of the tuna, and finish with a layer of Pico de Gallo. Use the other half of the salad for the second serving.

Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes - Kale, Quinoa and Cranberry Salad

What you need...

For the dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey

For the salad:

  • 7oz. (200g) kale stems removed
  • 1 cup (185g) quinoa, cooked
  • ¼ cup (20g) almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup (30g) cranberries, dried
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

What you need to do...

Cook quinoa according to instructions on the packaging.

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper.

Place the chopped kale in a large bowl, and drizzle with the dressing. Massage the dressing into the kale with your fingers for about 2 mins to soften.

Add in the cooked quinoa, chopped almonds and dried cranberries, then toss to combine.

Kale, quinoa and cranberry salad...great prepared the night before ready to take to work in the morningServes 4. Prep Time 10 mins. Nutrition per serving: 219 kcal; 11g Fats; 26g Carbs; 6g Protein.

Divide the salad between bowls and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese to serve.

Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes - Chickpea and Egg Salad

Chickpea and egg salad...it's so easy to do. Make up a batch and that's lunch for the weekServes 4. Prep Time 10 Mins. Nutrition per serving: 241 kcal; 16g Fats; 8g Carbs; 11g Protein.

What you need...

  • 4 eggs
  • 14 oz. (400g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. capers, drained
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

What you need to do...

Cook the eggs in water until hard-boiled, around 5 minutes. Once cooked, rinse with hot water and chop.

In a large bowl, mash chickpeas with a fork. Add chopped eggs and stir to combine. Next, stir in mayonnaise, spring onions, capers, mustard, and season with salt & pepper.

Serve on its own, over lettuce leaves, or on bread.

Quick and Easy Snack Recipes - Healthy Coronation Chicken Salad

What you need...

  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. Greek yoghurt (0% fat)
  • 1 tsp. curry powder (or more, to taste)
  • 5 oz. (150g) cold cooked chicken, chopped (leftover roast chicken is perfect)
  • 6 dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped

What you need to do...

Mix the mayonnaise, yoghurt and curry powder. If needed, add a splash of water to thin the sauce to the consistency you like. 

Stir in the chicken, apricots, celery and almonds and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with a side salad or as a sandwich filling.

Healthy coronation chicken salad, a healthy version of on old classic. Serve on it's own or with a crusty role.Serves 2. Prep Time 10 Mins. Nutrition per serving: 217 kcal; 8g Fats; 10g Carbs; 25g Protein.

Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes - Stop Settling for a Shop Bought Sandwich

With these 4 delicious recipes there's no need to settle for a cardboard sandwich from your local shop.

What's your best tip for quick and easy lunches? Do you like taking leftovers to work? Or, do you like something a little different.

Let me know in the comments below...

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