Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes For Your Work from Home Meals
Recently, (took a while but I’m here!) I have jumped on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon of clean eating. I became mindful of the food I was eating and the ingredients in them. Not to mention, how much I was eating and how it made me feel. I found that I enjoyed simple, whole meals – as did my body. Now, I do not suffer from bloating and stomach aches after my meals anymore.
Have you been craving tasty food for your lunch but have no time to cook? Have you been trying to eat healthier meals but continue to be tempted by the convenience of fast food and instant noodles?
Fret not, here are 7 quick, healthy and easy to make lunch recipes to meet your work from home needs.
1. Avocado Toast
This is great for avocado lovers and is super easy to make. This is essentially, guacamole on toast. You can also use the avocado mash alone as a dip for chips.
- Any bread you prefer
- 1 ripe (soft) avocado
- 1 tsp Lime
- A pinch of Salt
1. Firstly, cut the avocado open using a knife and remove the seed carefully. Ensure the avocado is not spoiled. It should be a bright green colour.
2. Secondly, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the avocado into a bowl.
3. Next, mash the avocado using either a spoon or a fork until it becomes a paste-like consistency.
4. Then, squeeze lime and some salt into the bowl. Mix it well.
5. Toast your bread, or grill it on a pan (I prefer mine toasted with butter on it).
6. Spread the avocado mash onto your bread.
2. Scrambled Eggs on Toast
This is a simple recipe and may seem like a breakfast option but is a suitable as a healthy lunch meal as well. Feel free to experiment with the amount of salt, pepper and milk. You can also pair this with some lettuce or cherry tomatoes if you like.
- Any bread your prefer
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Milk
- A pinch of Salt
- 1 tsp Butter
- A pinch of Pepper
1. Firstly, crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them.
2. Secondly, add the milk, salt and pepper. Mix it well.
3. Prepare a pan on medium-high fire.
4. Add the butter to the pan.
5. Once the butter has melted, add the egg mixture into the pan.
6. Keep stirring the egg as it cooks in the pan.
7. Once the egg is no longer liquid, it is cooked.
8. Lastly, pour these eggs over your bread.
3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
If you enjoy cheese, then you will enjoy this easy yet delicious recipe. Surprisingly, it is filling too. Pair this with any soup of your choice if you have more time or want a bigger meal.
- Any bread you prefer
- Cheese Slices
1. Spread butter on both sides of your bread slices.
2. Next put one cheese slice onto each bread.
3. Put the bread on top of each other with the cheese in the middle.
4. Optional step: Slice the sandwich into half.
5. Place the sandwich on a pan with medium-high heat.
6. Use a ladle to press the bread down while the cheese melts.
7. Then, flip the bread over to the other side and keep pressing similarly.
8. Once the cheese has melted, you can put your bread onto your plate.
4. Tuna Wrap Baked Oatmeal
This requires almost zero effort to make and is a perfect go-to meal. You just need to eat it once it is prepared otherwise, the bread may harden if left for too long. You can also mix the tuna with some pepper and chopped onions. The great thing about wraps is their versatility; you can use sausages, bacon, chicken or even beans instead of tuna and add cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicum or even mushrooms. Yum!
- One can of Tuna (Chilli tuna is recommended)
- 1 Wrap (wraps are flatbreads or sometimes called tortillas)
- Lettuce (As much as you prefer)
1. Wash the lettuce.
2. Take your wrap and heat it on a pan for about 30-60 seconds on each side.
3. The time would vary depending on your fire and your pan. Once the bread is hot and soft, you can take it off the fire.
4. Next, spread mayonnaise on the wrap (You can also use another sauce that you prefer).
5. Lay your lettuce on the wrap.
6. Put as much tuna on the lettuce as you would like.
7. Roll the wrap up. Cut it into half or eat as it is.
5. Baked Oatmeal
This is my most recent discovery and I LOVE IT. This is the sweetest out of all the recipes here and is more of a cake but made of oats! Worry not, this does not taste like oats for you oat-haters out there. However, this recipe requires a blender and an oven.
- ½ cup Rolled Oats
- 1 ripe Banana
- ½ cup Milk (any milk is fine)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- Toppings (optional) : Cooking chocolate/Choc Chips/Nuts/Raisins/Dried Cranberries
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
2. Add all the ingredients, except for the toppings, into a blender and blend it for 1 minute or until there are no clumps.
3. Pour the blended mixture into a ramekin or any bowl that can be used in the oven.
4. Add toppings like choc chips or any cooking chocolate you have on top of the mixture in the bowl. I like to use white chocolate. Other nuts like almonds or raisins would go well too.
5. Insert the ramekin/bowl into the oven and let it bake for about 30 mins.
6. Garlic Noodle Recipe
This recipe might not be as healthy depending on the noodles used but it’s tasty and super easy to make.
- Noodles of choice (Maggi or spaghetti can also be used!)
- 1 tbsp Cooking oil
- 1 spring onion chopped
- 3 cloves of Garlic, chopped
- 1 tbsp Chilli flakes
- ½ tbsp Oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- Optional: Handful of Bak choy (or any vegetable of choice)
1. Cook your noodles. If using spaghetti, place them in a pot of boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
2. While your noodles are cooking, add cooking oil to a pan on medium high heat.
3. Add garlic, chili flakes and spring onion. Stir.
4. Moving on, once the garlic starts to brown, add the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir.
5. Next, once the noodles are done, drain the pot of the boiling water.
6. Add your noodles into the pan with the garlic and sauce. Stir well.
7. Optional: Mix the Bak choy or other veggies of choice in if desired.
This recipe uses more ingredients and takes a little longer but it is a comfort meal that’s healthy and a pick me up for all tummies!
7. Thai Fried Rice
- 2 tbsp Vegetable/cooking oil
- ½ cup cooked Rice (yesterday’s leftover rice would be perfect)
- 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1 Small Onion, sliced2 Red Chili paid
- 1 Tomato
- Vegetable of your choice (Cabbage, Carrot, Long beans, Bak choy)
- Light Soy Sauce (1-2 tbsps.)
- Fish Sauce (1-2 tbsps.)
- A pinch of White Pepper
- A pinch of Salt
1. Firstly, prepare all of your ingredients. Then, if you have a pestle mortar at home, you can pound the garlic, onion and chili padi together all at once!
2. Add oil to the pan on medium-high heat.
3. Once it is hot (you can see smoke coming up), add garlic, onion and chilis to the pan. Stir
4. Next, once it is fragrant, add your vegetables into the pan. Add one tsp salt. Stir every once in a while.
5. Then, once your vegetables are ¾ cooked, add your rice in. Stir it well.
6. Add soy sauce, fish sauce and white pepper and sugar (don’t worry it won’t make it sweet). Stir well
7. Taste and add more salt if desired.
Feel free to add other ingredients and play with the amount of ingredients to achieve your perfect lunch meal. I hope you enjoy these recipes and experiment with them to make them unique to your liking. Do remember to be careful in the kitchen. Personally, I have found that I appreciate my meals more when I prepare them myself and I savour every bite. Cooking for yourself, even a simple meal, is a meaningful act of self-care. I hope that this article helps you on that journey.
If you are interested to read more delicious yet simple recipes, check out this article on simple breakfast dishes you can make before your morning workout!