You’re sick of your usual lunchtime haunts (and they’re making you "office fat", let’s be honest), but you’re definitely not organised enough to make lunch the night before, and frozen meals are not an option (gross – who can even pronounce half of those ingredients?)
All you want is an easy (and sorta healthy) midweek lunch – an office-friendly option that’s quicker, healthier, and cheaper than what you’d get from the food court downstairs. Is that too much to ask for?
We hear you!
Busy schedules can mean that all too often, lunches are an afterthought or a sad tuna-and-rice affair. And we wanted to fix this.
Armed with just a microwave, a trusty old sandwich press, and a whole lotta ingenuity, we’ve created 5 super easy lunch ideas in the Career FAQs kitchen that’ll get your stomach from Monday to Friday!
We went for minimal prep time and maximum food envy – knocking together a week’s worth of office-possible lunches that use 5 ingredients and take 5(ish) minutes. And yes, these are 5 real minutes, not 5 ‘Jamie Oliver’ minutes.
To make life even easier for you, we’ve put together a shopping list of ingredients, so you can do a quick one-stop shop, and be ready to win at #droolworthy midweek lunches.
The total bill came to approximately $35, and will give you about 13 lunches, meaning that each meal will cost you no more than $2.69 a pop. Crazy, right?
So if you’re short on time but big on value and nutrition, get ready to have your mind blown.
Time: 4 minutes
This mugtastic quiche is the epitome of an easy office lunch. My editor actually made it the very next day after she saw me making it – and she’s not a fan of cooking.
Quiches are ridiculously versatile, and can be as simple or posh as you make ‘em. Ham and pea, smoked salmon and asparagus, mushroom and sundried tomatoes – seriously, the options are endless! I love that a quiche can also double as breakfast for hectic mornings.
TIP: Use a fork to check that the quiche is cooked through before you dig in.
Time: 3 mins
This recipe isn’t the healthiest one on the list. But if you’re feeling a bit naughty, this nachos recipe is kickass and literally took 3 minutes to knock together.
If you’ve had tacos, pulled pork, or even spag bol the night before, you can add the leftovers to this recipe for an extra protein hit.
The whole office gave this one a thumbs up!
Time: 4 mins
If you’re feeling guilty after your nachos feast the day before, and have a couple of sad corn chips left over, this zingy salad will fix you right up.
I know, I know...‘You don’t make friends with salad’, but seriously, this dressing is AH-MAZING.
Grab an empty jam jar, and it’s as easy as:
Smashed avo + squeezed orange juice + extra virgin olive oil = Summer in a jar!
TOP TIP: If you can’t be bothered with chopping up an orange, mandarin segments would work too!
Time: 3 minutes
Toasties have made a serious comeback. Celebrity chefs are fancying up this late-night staple, and there’s no reason why you can’t do the same for a quick midweek lunch.
Like the quiche, your possible flavour combinations are ENDLESS. So don’t feel limited by this particular recipe – get creative! I’m keen to try a ‘French toast’ version with honey, berries and yoghurt as a breakfast option, as well as a dessert number filled with bananas, Nutella and hazelnuts!
Time: 5-6 minutes
In an ideal world, you’ll want a decent sandwich press for this one. The Career FAQs one is a tad past its prime so it took a bit longer, but oh man, was it worth it.
It’s a dish that had heads turning, and was a crowd pleaser for the meat eaters, vegetarians, celiacs, and paleo dieters alike!
A veggie peeler is your best friend for recipes like this. It means minimal chopping time, and has earned itself permanent residency in my office ‘pantry’.
TOP TIP: Make sure you really pat the haloumi dry to avoid a huge mess of haloumi brine pooling below your sandwich press. Trust me.
So there you have it!
Five killer office lunches that were made by real people in a real office. No, we’re not chefs, and no we didn’t hire any food photographers. We took these photos on a smartphone, and didn’t doctor them in any way – and we’re now the most popular gals in the office.