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Forget soggy sarnies: the best easy lunches to bring to your desk

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We have all fallen into the trap of being so busy during our working day that we dash out to pick up a pre-made sandwich and all that is left is the dregs of the least-popular sarnies. With a little preparation, you can make lunchtimes a far more enjoyable affair with these simple lunch ideas.

The humble sandwich

Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple for a reason, and making your own is more satisfying than any you could buy in a shop. Here are some delicious combinations for you to try:

  • Salami and cream cheese – for the young at heart!
  • Peanut butter, pickle and potato chip – sounds odd, but oddly delicious.
  • Arnold Palmer sandwich – half tuna, half egg salad.
  • Chickpea salad – the go-to for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Turkey caesar – classic for a reason.
  • Cheddar and apple – ham makes a lovely addition.
  • Smashed white bean and avocado – make the white bean sauce in bulk.
  • Pesto chicken roll – pesto chicken dinners, leftovers for lunch!

Salads for every taste

We all know salads are considered the gold standard of healthy lunches. Here are a number of ways in which you can add a simple twist to your greens for a tasty and nutritious lunch:

  • Sesame-ginger soba noodles – Use asparagus or kale depending on your taste and the season.
  • Sun-dried tomato pasta – dried and fresh tomato make a great team.
  • Three bean pasta – colourful and tastes great!
  • Tuna and crisp cabbage – a fun and tasty twist on the ever popular tuna.
  • Wheat berry salad with blood orange – light and satisfying with a citrus twist.
  • Quinoa salad with cherries and feta – another good one to make in bulk for dinners and lunches.
  • Pasta with goat’s cheese and arugula – really easy to toss together for the next day.
  • Bean and cheese salad – protein to keep you going all afternoon.
  • Kale salad with lentils and apricot vinaigrette – another option for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Chickpea, cherry tomato, and feta – add bread or pitta for a filling lunch at your desk.
  • Barley and kale – ridiculously healthy and easy to throw together.
  • Pasta salad with broccoli and peanuts – African twist to a staple salad.
  • Chicken salad with apricots and almonds – also great in a sandwich for extra satisfaction.

Bonus lunches: beyond the sarnie

These are neither salads nor sandwiches; however, they are tasty, easy to prepare and worth a try:

  • Miso sweet potato and broccoli bowl – miso dressing is versatile and great to make in bulk.
  • BLTA wrap – add avocado to the traditional BLT, simple!
  • Ham and cheese croissant – who doesn’t love a croissant? Just add ham and cheese.
  • Kale and quinoa bowl – just two ingredients make a delicious and filling dish.
  • French tuna salad sandwich – the baguette version of a nicoise salad.
  • Mushrooms and wheat berries – cooked grains are nutritious and filling.

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