Salads in lunchboxes

Meal prep recipes

29 Recipes

Cook in advance for the week ahead. We have recipes for freezable soups, big-batch family meals and simple lunch ideas from salads to protein pots. 

Meal prep: pasta

3.8125

(16 ratings)

Make three lunchbox pasta meals in one go to save you time midweek. They're nutritious and healthy with variations using salmon, chicken and aubergine...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Big-batch bolognese

4.5

(48 ratings)

Whip up a huge batch of bolognese that's fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal...
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

For-the-freezer ratatouille

3.875

(8 ratings)

Make a batch of our healthy veg mix, then serve three ways- with feta, as pictured, with jacket potatoes, or in stuffed peppers
  • 2 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Courgette & tomato soup

4.166665

(60 ratings)

Batch cook a vegetable soup when you have a seasonal bounty and you'll always have a healthy meal in the freezer...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Creamy chicken & sweetcorn soup

4.11111

(9 ratings)

Make the chicken base for this recipe and freeze it so that you can cook this creamy chicken and sweetcorn soup in just 20 minutes during a busy week
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Smoky black bean chilli

4.25

(4 ratings)

Freeze the mince base so you can have this chilli on the table in minutes during a busy week. The kids can have fun packing their own tortillas
  • 3 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

Vegetarian bolognese

4.81818

(33 ratings)

Make the most of Quorn mince for this easy veggie bolognese that's low in fat and calories. Cook a large batch ahead and freeze for easy family dinners...
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Mini lentil shepherd’s pies

5

(17 ratings)

Make these mini veggie shepherd's pies ahead and freeze them for a nutritious family supper when you're pushed for time. They contain three of your 5-a-day...
  • 1 hour and 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Vegan breakfast muffins

4.583335

(12 ratings)

These easy vegan breakfast muffins with muesli and pecans are perfect for making ahead of time and freezing in batches for a quick morning snack
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Italian vegetable soup

4.60194

(103 ratings)

Warm up your week with this good-for-you vegetable soup that's easy to freeze ahead
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Tuna Niçoise protein pot

4.333335

(3 ratings)

Looking for a tasty protein fix after a workout, or a lunch that will fill you up? Try a tuna and egg Niçoise pot, delivering 30g of protein per portion
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Steak & broccoli protein pots

4

(1 rating)

These protein pots feature steak with a tasty Japanese twist served with wholegrain rice and a zing of sushi ginger. Rustle them up in less than 20 minutes
  • 19 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Vegan shepherd's pie

4.292135

(89 ratings)

A warming vegan supper with porcini mushrooms, leeks, carrots, and butternut squash, topped with crispy potatoes. It's low calorie, low fat, and perfect for when the nights draw in...
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Storecupboard pasta salad

4.29508

(61 ratings)

This pasta salad makes a quick and healthy lunch, or is perfect prepared ahead for a picnic or lunchbox
  • 5 mins
  • Easy

Picnic quiches

4.6

(5 ratings)

A crisp, short pastry base and a pancetta, cherry tomato and parmesan filling make these perfectly portable tartlets ideal for picnics and summer days out
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • More effort

Vegan ragu

4.454545

(11 ratings)

Make this healthy vegan ragu base and turn it into a variety of meals, like warming lasagne, mouth-watering moussaka or a hearty bolognese
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Big-batch chicken soup

4

(1 rating)

Use a whole chicken to make a big batch of family-friendly chicken soup. Treat the recipe as a base and add your choice of veg, or bulk it up with grains
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Bulgur & quinoa lunch bowls

4.42857

(14 ratings)

These meal prep grain bowls use one base and two deliciously different toppings. Choose from avocado, olives and rocket or chickpeas, beetroot and orange
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup

4.911765

(34 ratings)

Cook a big batch of this filling spiced lentil and squash soup and freeze the leftovers for a speedy supper another day. It's healthy and low in fat...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Mozzarella, pepper & aubergine calzone

4

(1 rating)

Try these healthy Italian-inspired mozzarella, pepper and aubergine calzones for a working lunch, or pack up and eat outdoors on a warm day
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Apple & penne slaw with walnuts

3.5

(6 ratings)

Try a fresh twist on the classic pasta salad with a tangy, veggie yogurt-based dressing, plus apples, walnuts and chickpeas. It's a healthy, low-calorie lunch option that provides 3 of your 5-a-day...
  • 27 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Wholemeal wraps with minty pea hummus & beetroot

4.42857

(7 ratings)

This quick lunch option contains 3 of your 5-a-day and makes great fuel for exercise. Homemade wraps are easy to make and are much tastier than shop-bought.
  • 16 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Tomato, pepper & bean one pot

4.75

(12 ratings)

Make a batch of this stew at the weekend, then chill or freeze it in portions for easy midweek lunches. See our different toppings to keep it interesting
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Scandi beetroot & salmon pasta

5

(3 ratings)

Eat well at work with this easy-to-prepare Scandinavian-inspired beetroot and salmon fusilli salad. It'll keep you going through the afternoon...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Indian rice salad with chicken

4.375

(8 ratings)

Raid the fridge and rustle up this hearty yet healthy salad with pulses, nuts, tikka chicken and a mango curry dressing
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

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