Pack a better lunchbox

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23 May, 2017

Warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your lunch away from your desk. The following recipes and easy tips, all gathered from the library, mean you’d never need to unpack a soggy sandwich come lunchtime again.

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A delicious, vibrant lunch doesn’t come without a little bit of planning. Bec Dickinson, author of Love your lunches, suggests taking a couple of minutes to write a weekly menu and add the extras that you need to your shopping list.


Be flexible




Bec also advises a mix-and-match approach. Most grains can be substituted for whatever you have in the cupboard. Starchy vegetables and leafy greens are usually interchangeable too. And if you’re having a Sunday roast, why not cook up extra vegetables? Even raid the fridge for raw veg and add to leftover grains for a versatile Homemade bento box.


Think beyond the bread


 


While a sandwich is always our go-to lunch mainstay for ease, try swapping the bread to add variety. Wraps are handy because they stay fresh and can even be made the night before, speeding up that mad morning rush. This salmon and avocado one from Dale Pinnock packs a nutritional punch too, with a massive omega 3 hit.


Try a new salad 



If you’re usually a die-hard sarnie fan, then summer is the time to branch out into salads. Bulk it out with grains or pasta and you’ll stay full for the whole afternoon. Serve a grainy salad on its own or with leftover meats from the weekend roast, or even smoked trout, prawns or poached salmon. Sarah Raven’s Jewelled freekah is one we can’t get enough of in the Cooked office.


The essential work larder 



While it’s not possible to keep all the extras you need at work there are a few clever tricks that are guaranteed to perk up your lunch in a flash. Keep small pots of salt and pepper, a tub of roasted seeds or crushed nuts and a jar of olive oil in your desk drawer. Then, you can sprinkle your salad with seeds, mix some into your hummus or if you pack a lemon quarter in your lunchbox, you can make a dressing with the olive oil and seasoning.


Rain or shine?


And as Bec Dickinson says, don’t forget to check the weather forecast, to anticipate what kind of food you’ll be in the mood for. Salad on a rainy day will have you reaching for a chocolate pick-me-up and no one wants hot soup when it’s sunny outside.


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