15 healthy working from home lunch ideas
Need inspiration for healthy lunches to make at home? Try a new way with avocado on toast, tuna orzo pasta salad, halloumi wraps, grain bowls and more.
Whether you've got a few spare minutes to squeeze in lunch or you have time to make something more substantial, we've chosen 15 of our best healthy recipes to satisfy every craving – all ready in 30 minutes or less. Try our lighter pasta salad, best avocado on toast, nourishing grain bowls and filling wraps – all made with good-for-you ingredients that will give a natural boost of energy. And, if you do find yourself needing a pick-me-up, why not dig in to our easy healthy sweet snack recipes?
Find even more healthy lunch recipes to try at home, check out our gluten-free lunch ideas and browse our 30 healthy colourful recipes.
15 healthy working from home lunch ideas
1. Orzo, bean and tuna salad
For a tasty lunch, turn storecupboard staples into this vibrant, nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers and black olives. It's lighter than most pasta salads, which usually come with a heavy mayo dressing.
2. Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts
For an alternative way to enjoy eggs on toast, try this quick and easy lunch idea. Simply cook haddock in milk, then flake on top of the spinach and egg toasts for a healthy, high-protein dish.
3. Halloumi and Greek salad wraps
Slices of golden halloumi make a satisfying wrap filling when you're in the mood for a quick veggie lunch. Greek yogurt provides a nice contrast to the salty cheese. Serve a fresh, bright salad on the side or you can add it to your wrap.
4. Vegetable omelette
To get your hit of protein and green goodness at lunch, fill an omelette with plenty of grated courgette, kale, peas and chilli flakes. Serve alongside cherry tomatoes dressed simply with white wine vinegar.
Need more easy omelette inspiration? Check out our recipes.
5. Quick Japanese-style rice salad
Use a pack of ready-cooked or left-over rice to put a fast (and low-calorie) king prawn salad together. Make it green with edamame beans, cucumber and avocado.
6. Broccoli and peanut soba noodles
Choosing wholegrain carbs at lunch is a good way to make sure you'll feel full and energised all afternoon. Try cooking soba noodles with broccoli, then coat in a zingy peanut sauce and top with roasted peanuts for extra crunch. You only need 20 minutes to throw this easy veggie dish together, and it's bursting with good fats.
We have lots more healthy carb recipes to fuel your day.
7. Grilled chicken wraps
Zhoggiu is a Sicilian mint and nut pesto that adds colour and flavour to these healthy chicken wraps. On the table in 20 minutes, these are a great lunchtime option for warmer days when you're looking for something fresh and filling. Best eaten outside in a sunny spot, if possible.
8. Avocado on toast
Need inspiration for new ways with avocado on toast? Try our 13 best recipes and take yours to the next level with our unique twists. From Moroccan spices and quick pickled veg, to posh crab and soft-boiled egg toppings, we have something for every taste. There's even a spicy crumpet recipe we know you'll love.
9. Sriracha and lime salmon with avocado cream
This healthy dish might look too complex for lunch, but it only takes 15 minutes to make. All you need to do is blitz ingredients for avocado cream together while the sriracha and lime-coated salmon cooks under the grill. It's a great high-protein, low-calorie lunch option for anyone who's gluten-free.
Looking for more avocado recipes? We have plenty more to choose from.
10. Sardines and peppers on toast
If all you have is 10 minutes to make lunch, you have enough time to top toasted sourdough with tinned sardines and pieces of roasted pepper from a jar. It's more nutritious than other toast toppings, giving you a healthy dose of good fats.
Want a healthy vegetarian toast topping? Try our quick, healthy homemade baked beans.
11. Falafel, beetroot and hummus grain bowl
Serve warm microwaved grains with lightly spiced falafel (we like Cauldron), ready-cooked beets, greens and hummus to make this almost effortless, colourful bowl for lunch. To keep it vegan, we've served it with sliced avocado, but feta would be good, too.
We have more healthy grain bowls for you to choose from.
12. Pea and ham soup
An absolute classic, our pea and ham soup is made with just five ingredients in 20 minutes. Serve with crusty bread for a nourishing, colourful lunch.
Looking for more warming recipes like this? Check out our best easy soup recipes.
13. 10-minute Moroccan prawn rice bowl
For a speedy meal that's guaranteed to keep you full until dinner, try frying prawns with spring onions, harissa paste, chickpeas and a pouch of microwavable rice. It delivers big flavours in just 10 minutes, making it perfect for a working from home lunch.
We have plenty more delicious 10-minute recipes to choose from.
14. Smashed chickpea and feta salad
This chickpea and feta salad makes a hearty, no-cook lunch for two that's ready in just 15 minutes. Smashing the chickpeas helps them to soak up some of the spicy lemon dressing. It travels well, too, so you can easily take it into the office for a healthy packed lunch.
Have a block of feta to use up? Check out our healthy, easy feta recipes.
15. Miso soup with crispy smoked tofu
This gluten-free miso soup with crispy smoked tofu is a perfect low-calorie midweek meal – it's warming, cleansing and easy to make.
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