Lunchbox mains

Lunchbox mains

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Satisfying and nutritious lunchbox fillers which take minutes to make

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  • chicken guacamole wrap
  • very easy pasta salad



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • mini ham rolls
  • cheese ploughman's lunch
  • sweet potato & chickpea soup (all recipe ingredients below)
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…


  1. Chicken guacamole wrap Take 1 tortilla wrap and spread 2 tbsp shop-bought guacamole down the middle. Lay ½ shredded chicken breast and ½ sliced red pepper on top. Sprinkle with 30g grated cheddar and roll up tightly. Wrap in baking parchment and tie with string, or roll tightly in cling film (serves 1).

  2. Very easy pasta salad Cook 85g pasta shapes, adding 3 tbsp each frozen peas and frozen sweetcorn for the final min. Drain; rinse in cold water. Mix 1 tbsp each natural yogurt and shop-bought balsamic dressing, with 1 tsp mayo. Pour onto the pasta, then stir in 1 tbsp chopped basil and 3 halved cherry tomatoes (serves 1).

  3. Mini ham rolls Mix 1 tbsp mayo with 1 tsp each wholegrain mustard and honey. Split 2 small wholemeal rolls in half and spread each side with the mayo mix. Stuff each roll with 2-3 slices cucumber, 1 Baby Gem leaf and 1 slice ham (serves 1).

  4. Ploughman's lunchbox Cut a chunk of cheddar and 1 apple into wedges (squeeze over some lemon juice to stop them going brown). Place 2 Baby Gem leaves in a container, then spoon 2 tbsp chutney into one leaf and use the other leaf to hold a salad made of 1 small grated carrot, 3 cherry tomatoes and 1 tbsp cress. Serve with a selection of crackers, if you like (serves 1).

  5. Sweet potato & chickpea soup Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan; soften 1 finely diced onion for 3 mins. Add 2 sliced garlic cloves, cook for 3 mins more. Add 1 tsp each ground cumin and ground coriander, cook for 1 min. Add 1 sweet potato, cut into 1cm cubes. Fry for 2 mins, then pour over 600ml hot vegetable stock. Boil for 10 mins until potato is tender. Add 220g can drained chickpeas. Heat through before whizzing until smooth. Stir in 1 tbsp soured cream and 50ml milk. Pour into a thermos when hot (serves 2).

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16th Oct, 2016
Kids quite like taking the ploughman's to school. I keep the apple whole and also add celery sticks and sometimes some ham. They particularly like the lettuce leaves holding the other salad items. They also prefer to take a chunk of baguette. Haven't tried the pasta salad but can't help but think it is lacking nutritionally. The soup is always a winner and all my kids love taking some to school in the winter
13th Jun, 2014
I made the soup. Was really tasty and healthy. A tad more liquid needed but other than that, great!
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19th Feb, 2013
Soup is really fantastic!
22nd Jan, 2013
just made the pasta salad, and its tasted yummy. Next time I just need to cook a bit more pasta. Going to making for my lunches instead of boring old sandwich's.
24th Sep, 2012
Just made the pasta salad, didn't have any balsamic dressing so used lemon juice instead and it's really tasty. I've set some aside for tomorrow's lunch. Going to give it a go with the balsamic dressing next time.
19th Feb, 2012
The pasta salad is great and tasty also very easy. Also I made the soup and that was yum too! Very warming :-)
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