The 2 Best Office Lunches You Can Prepare Ahead Of Time
By Marian Bull
The best thing to happen to desk dwellers since Post-it notes.
Working towards fiscal-year-end deadlines and lacking lunch inspiration? Try these three delicious, nutritious, easy-to-pack meals.
Bowl Them Over
If you’d rather eat takeaways than brave the mystery splatters inside the shared office microwave, this hearty, best-served-cold bowl is your answer. Toss with dressing the night before and the flavours should achieve perfection just in time for your afternoon meal.
What You Need
1 cup shredded Chinese cabbage
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup cooked rice noodles
85g cooked chicken breast
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
Pinch chilli flakes
Toasted sesame seeds
1 squeeze lime juice
1 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
1/ Sauté cabbage in olive oil over medium heat for one minute and set aside.
2/ Top rice noodles with chicken. Add in the cabbage and the rest of the ingredients. Toss to combine and refrigerate overnight.
Serves 1: Per serving: 1 504kJ, 7g fat (1g sat), 50g carbs, 490mg sodium, 3g fibre, 23g protein
Collard greens, flat-leaf kale and chard all make for great carb-free tortillas. Remove their stiff backbones and they become pliable, while still holding up to travel (no tearing or sogginess). Add flavour by filling them with crumbly cheeses mixed with crisp vegetables and bright herbs.
What You Need
2 large collard green
leaves or kale leaves
4 tbsp hummus
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
2 tbsp grated carrots
1 radish, finely sliced
2 tbsp chopped roasted red peppers
2 tsp finely chopped Italian parsley
2 tsp crumbled feta
1/ With a paring knife, shave the thick spine from the two leaves, being careful not to cut into the leaves.
2/ Flip the leaves over and spread hummus on each “wrap”.
3/ Divide the rest of the ingredients among the two wraps, then fold them like burritos.
Serves 1: Per serving: 1 212kJ, 17g fat (6g sat), 14g carbs, 510mg sodium, 4g fibre, 21g protein