Good Food Blog
Top 10 things to put in your lunchboxPosted at 12:02PM, 08 January 2013 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
Does the prospect of a limp shop-bought sandwich feel about as appetising as the crumbs stuck in your keyboard? Try whipping yourself up something a bit special at home to see you through the January blues, and you're sure to save some cash too.
Smoky beef stew
It's bound to be raining outside, so get the comfort of a super-healthy, homemade supper in the office. Whip this up for dinner the night before and simply bundle away the leftovers for a tasty lunch al 'desco.
Roasted veg & couscous salad
Meltingly, slow-roasted vegetables do all the talking in this fragrant, filling lunch. This simple recipe can be quickly thrown together the night before, but you are sure to be feeling smug all day.
Super green salad
Eating mackerel at your desk might not make you too popular with your workmates, but trust us it will be worth it. This scrumptious salad takes just twenty minutes to prepare and is packed full of good stuff.
Bulghar wheat, date & clementine salad
Citrus, spice and all things nice make up this Middle-Eastern style bulghar wheat, date & clementine salad. This super-speedy recipe makes enough for two, so great if you have paired up with a work-time lunch buddy.
Can't make it through to lunch without a little elevenses? We know the feeling. These delicious flapjacks are packed with seeds, oats and agave syrup to give you the perfect morning pick-me-up.
Ham pea & mint pasties
One for the show-offs, these homemade ham, pea & mint pasties will put the poshest of sarnies to shame. They do require a bit of effort, but they make a fun and satisfying Sunday night project.
Chicken, carrot & avocado rolls
Already got a little lunchbox to prepare in the morning? This super healthy recipe should be a hit with the whole family, so there's no excuse not to pack yourself something tasty up too.
Spinach & courgette frittata
Pack yourself a wedge of this healthy, Spanish-style omelette and try your hand at a relaxed, continental lunch away from your desk. All that's missing is a generous jug of sangria.
Salmon & chive bagel topper
Not had time to make anything the night before? Go all Gordon Ramsay and whip this simple recipe up at your desk, just maybe hold back on the obscenities.
Apple & sultana muffins
Want your muffin without the muffin top? These low-fat, fruity fillers make the perfect lunchbox snack, and they won't leave you feeling deprived.