I basically work from home away from home. At this time of year I generally spend Sunday night to Friday afternoon living with my parents (with whom I work) and working from our on-site office, and if I'm not working there, then I work from home. It means I don't have to prep my lunch the night before to take into work, or worry about transporting it, but I do still have to fight for my kitchen space and think ahead. I also used to work in a more conventional office space at a time when Tom & I were strapped for cash and therefore taking my lunch to work was a necessity.
So, with that in mind, yes, these are on proper plates or eaten from a dining table not a desk, but this is a small collection of my favourite working lunches which would work equally taken to work in a box as they can be prepped the night before (or multiple evenings if bulk prep is your thing) don't have to be heated and don't have a high liquid content...
1. Crispy Chickpea & Soft Boiled Egg Salad
Chickpeas roasted in a half teaspoon of coconut oil, garlic powder & salt for approx 30 mins at 200C (leave to cool to ensure they stay crispy)
Shredded spinach, half an avocado sliced, cherry tomatoes & 2 soft boiled eggs. Toss the avocado and spinach together with a decent shake of lemon juice for flavour, but especially if you're prepping ahead to stop the avocado browning.
2. Hot Smoked Salmon Burger Bowl
Remember my hot smoked salmon burger recipe (available HERE)? Add it to a bowl full of shredded spinach (yes, I eat a lot of spinach, it's good for iron content and I like that I can eat it hot or cold), sliced tomatoes & half a slice avocado topped off with toasted mixed seeds. Mine is topped with sriracha sauce but this would also be nice topped with a spoonful of natural yoghurt & sriracha.
3. Cauliflower Fritter Bowl
My Cauliflower Fritter recipe (hint: cheese, ground nuts & garlic give these an awesome pack of flavour) is team up with old favourites spinach, avocado and seeds here but would be amazing with roasted peppers, onions and tomatoes stirred through with lettuce or spinach. Avocados are high in fibre and the fats that are necessary in all our diets, so although everyone is forever Instagramming them (on toast), there's a good reason to eat them regularly.
4. Stuffed Aubergines
Remember these stuffed aubergines? They're just as tasty cold. Check out the recipe post HERE.
5. The Ultimate Sandwich
I still salivate when I think about this sandwich- if you know you've got a busy or an active afternoon forthcoming, this is for you! Homemade granary bread, a 1 egg omelette, bacon (or ham would work just fine) & mashed avocado. Seasoned with Dijon mustard. You know you want to.