Quick, Easy and Healthy Work Lunches

Words: Emma Nkunzana

It can be really tempting to buy lunch every day. You’re busy, you’re stressed and there are plenty of places around serving tasty food. That’s all well and good and we love supporting our local eateries but it can become costly and also makes it harder to control what you are eating every day. Whether your reasoning is health, convenience or budget related, packing your own lunch can be easy and delicious. We’ve rounded up our selection of quick, easy and healthy lunch ideas for work.

Quick Easy Healthy Lunches Ideas for Work: Salads

There are so many yummy options to choose from rather than just your go-to ‘garden salad’. There’s really no excuse to have another dull work meal.

Roasted Butternut Cauliflower salad healthy lunch ideas for work
Cauliflower Couscous healthy lunch ideas for work

Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad

Enjoy this earthy autumn salad, flavoured with warm spices and infused with rooibos. Make for a weekend braai and then pack extra away for your week lunch.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ with Pistou

Pulse or grate cauliflower to get a nutritious carb-free version of couscous. Lower in calories and just as, if not more, delicious than the real thing.

Recipe for Cauliflower Couscous with Pistou

Quinoa mint lime salad healthy lunch ideas for work
Panzanella Salad healthy lunch ideas for work

Quinoa Salad with Mint & Lime

A fresh zesty salad that’s supercharged with a protein kick. Also, another great one to make for weekend entertaining. Make sure you make extra so that you’ll have for the week.

Recipe for Quinoa Salad

Panzanella Salad

Embrace your inner hipster at work with the original salad jar recipe.

Recipe for Panzanella Salad

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Black Lentil, Feta, Tomato & Coriander Salad

A light, yet filling lunch salad, full of healthy pulses and packed with flavour.

Recipe for Black Lentil Feta Tomato & Coriander Salad

Crunchy Chicken Noodle Salad

A definite winner chicken lunch with plenty of crunch and punchy Asian flavour.

Recipe for Crunchy Chicken Noodle Salad

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Avo on Greens with Mustard Vinaigrette

Feed the mind with this green salad.

Recipe for Avo on Greens with Mustard Vinaigrette

Fattoush Salad

A Lebanese dish is given a modern update with creamy avo and crispy crackers.

Recipe for Fattoush Salad


Quick Easy Healthy Lunches Ideas for Work

Deadlines looming? Boss breathing down your neck? These lunches are designed for the workaholic in you.

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Potato & Baby Spinach Frittatas

Make the night before, pop in the work microwave for a quick filling meal.

Recipe for Potato & Baby Spinach Frittatas

Braaied Caprese Brinjal Parcels

Throw these on the braai the night before for a real work time treat, hopefully, they last till then and won’t end up becoming midnight snacks instead.

Recipe for Braaied Caprese Brinjal Parcels

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Sesame & Chermoula-Spiced Chicken Pieces

Easy to prepare the night before and are tasty eaten cold if you are in a rush or also delish warmed up.

Recipe for Sesame & Chermoula Chicken

Spicy Fish Goujons

Eat these on their own with some mayo or as a side with some leafy greens.

Recipe for Spicy Fish Goujons

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Beetroot Falafel With Creamy Cashew Sauce

A healthy, colourful twist on the regular falafel.

Recipe Beetroot Falafel

Butternut Spread Pita with Bacon

Keep this spread in the office fridge for emergency snack cravings. We can’t promise no one will steal it though.

Recipe for Butternut Spread Pita with Bacon


Quick Easy Healthy Lunches Ideas for Work – A Meal to Seal the Deal

They’re super old school but slightly cooler than a sandwich. Here are a few re-vamped wrap recipes.

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Bobotie Pancakes

These pancakes are essentially egg wraps, great as a no-carb alternative. Get creative with fillings.

Recipe for Bobotie Pancakes

Leafy Wraps With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Another low carb alternative that’s high in iron. You can use spinach, kale or cabbage as the wrap.

Recipe for Leafy Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls

These no-fry spring rolls use rice paper wrappers instead of the traditional fried pastry ones. Way healthier!

Recipe for Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls

Grilled Chicken & Tabbouleh Wraps

We love the Mediterranean flavour in these wraps.

Recipe for Grilled Chicken & Tabbouleh Wraps


Quick Easy Healthy Lunches Ideas for Work – Something Substantial

Fritters are a great way to use up leftover meat and vegetables. Use a high-quality non-stick pan and coconut oil for maximum health benefits.

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Herby Snoek Fritters

A favourite South African fish, don’t let any go to waste with this fritter recipe.

Recipe for Herby Snoek Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

So yum, make extra, you’ll want to test a few.

Recipe for Cauliflower Fritters

healthy lunch ideas for work
healthy lunch ideas for work

Curried Vegetable Fritters

Have these fritters as a work snack dipped into some tzatziki,  alternatively fill a pita with them for something more substantial.

Recipe Curried Vegetable Fritters

Courgette, Ricotta & Goat’s Cheese Fritters

Enjoy with some yoghurt dressing, a watercress salad or even make into a veggie burger.

Recipe for Courgette Ricotta & Goat’s Cheese Fritters

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