Top 10 things to put in your lunchbox

  • By
    Lily Barclay - Senior writer - bbcgoodfood.com

Give your lunchbox some love with our scrumptious, homemade recipes...

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 and you're sure to save some cash too.

Smoky beef stewSmoky beef stew

If it's raining outside, 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.

Smoky beef stew

Roasted veg and couscous salad
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.

Roasted veg & couscous salad

Supergreen mackerel salad
Super-green mackerel 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.

Super-green mackerel salad

Bulghar wheat, date and clementine salad
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.

Bulghar wheat, date & clementine salad

Healthier flapjacks
Healthier flapjacks

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.

Healthier flapjacks

Ham, pea and mint pasties
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.

Ham, pea & mint pasties

Chicken, carrot and avocado rolls
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.

Chicken, carrot & avocado rolls

Spinach and courgette frittata
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.

Spinach & courgette fritatta

Salmon and chive bagel topper
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.

Salmon & chive bagel topper

Apple and sultana muffins
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.

Apple & sultana muffins

Do you have a lunchbox favourite? Share your ideas with us below. Or for more help and inspiration, take a look at our lunchbox recipe collection