5 Quick And Easy Work Lunches

Bored of eating the same old sandwiches everyday for lunch? It is true that sandwiches are easy to prepare and are a good option to carry as your work lunch but there are numerous other options that can be prepared easily whenever you need a change from the same old sandwiches you have been eating everyday for weeks.

Here Are Some Great Recipes That Will Help You Prepare A Filling Lunch Within Just A Few Minutes

1. Cheesy Quesadillas

Quesadilla is an easy-to-prepare lunch dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy but still makes a filling dish. It is also a great way to use up your leftover meat or vegetables and is loved by people of all ages, whether kids or adults. Just fill it up with cheese and leftover vegetables and you are good to go.

Cheesy Quesadillas

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Leftover cooked vegetables / shredded meat / any other leftovers – 2-3 cups
Vegetable oil / Butter – 2 teaspoons
Flour tortillas – 4
Shredded Cheese (Colby / Monterey Jack / Cheddar) – 2 cups

Preparation:

Use whatever leftovers you have for the filling and warm them up slightly. Add ½ teaspoon butter in a pan and place the tortilla on top of it. Cook on both sides till crisp, then top with cheese on one half of the tortilla. Spread some filling in a layer on the other side of the tortilla, then fold it and cook till the cheese melts. Cut up the quesadillas into wedges and serve with any dipping sauce of your choice.

2. Simple Pasta Salad

This salad works great for the warmer summer months and makes a light lunch option that fills you up without making you feel heavy. You can make adjustments in the recipe to suit your preference; for instance, use feta instead of mozzarella or replace red peppers with sun-dried tomatoes.

Simple Pasta Salad

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients:

Pasta Shells – 1 lb.
Pine nuts – ½ cup
Cherry Tomatoes – 1 pint
Scallions – 1 bunch
Red peppers, roasted – 3
Mozzarella Cheese – 2 balls
Olive oil
Salt – to taste
Black pepper – to taste
Lemon – 1
Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated – to serve

Preparation:

Boil water in a large pot and add the pasta along with some salt. Cook for 8 minutes till it is fully done but doesn’t turn mushy. Keep aside after draining. Toast the pine nuts in a small pan over low heat till golden brown. Cut up the cherry tomatoes and chop the scallions and red peppers after removing the ends. Cut mozzarella into cubes and keep aside. To serve, drizzle olive oil on top of the pasta and season with pepper and salt. Add the rest of the ingredients and sprinkle lemon juice on top. Top with the grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

3. Rainbow Vegetarian Spring Roll

These spring rolls work as a satisfying lunch as it contains creamy avocado along with veggies of your choice and served with a side of Sriracha mayo sauce.

Rainbow Vegetarian Spring Roll

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

Yellow bell pepper, shredded – 1
Red bell pepper, shredded – 1
Carrot, shredded – 1
Purple cabbage, shredded – ¼ small
Avocado, thinly sliced – 1
Sprouts – 1 cup
Rice vinegar – 1½ tablespoons
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Sesame oil – 1 teaspoon
Mayonnaise – ¼ cup
Sriracha / Any hot sauce – 1 teaspoon
Rice paper wrappers – 10

Preparation:

To prepare the dressing, mix together sugar, sesame oil and rice vinegar. For the dipping sauce, mix Sriracha with some mayonnaise. To assemble the spring rolls, place the bell peppers, carrots and cabbage in the lower part of the rice paper wrapper, follow with avocado and top with sprouts of your choice. Drizzle some prepared dressing on top and roll the wrappers to make the spring rolls. Serve with a side of prepared spicy mayo dipping sauce.

4. Peanut Butter And Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This wraps are hearty yet light and make a great lunch option as they are filled with grapes, apples, onion and chicken. The peanut butter sauce gives the dish a nice nutty flavor.

Peanut Butter And Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Cooked chicken, diced – 1 cup
Diced apple – ¾ cups
Purple onion, diced – ½ cup
Red grapes, halved – 20
Salt – ¼ teaspoon
Peanut butter – 1 tablespoon
Mayonnaise – 1 tablespoon
Honey – 1 tablespoon
Romaine or iceburg lettuce – 4 leaves

Preparation:

Mix the chicken, onion, grapes, apple and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together mayonnaise, peanut butter and honey. Pour the sauce over the prepared mixture and toss well to coat. To serve, spoon the filling inside crispy lettuce leaves and roll like spring rolls.

5. Vegetarian Sushi

Many people are not fond of the traditional sushi but this vegetarian version is sure to delight everyone. Since it can be eaten without heating, it makes a perfect option for your work lunch. If you are a fan of nori, you can add it to this version of sushi as well.

Vegetarian Sushi

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Short grain rice – 1½ cups
Water – 1½ cups
Red wine vinegar – 1/3 cups
White sugar – 2 teaspoons
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced thinly – ½ avocado
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Sesame seeds – ¼ cups
Cucumber, cut into matchsticks – ½
Zucchini, cut into matchsticks – ½
Green bell pepper, , cut into matchsticks – ½

Preparation:

Boil rice and water in a large saucepan for about 15 minutes till all the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. Mix together the sugar, salt and red wine and stir to dissolve the sugar. Fluff the rice and add the vinegar mix to it. Spread it on a large parchment paper piece and all let it cool down. Cover it up with damp paper towels. To serve sprinkle sesame seeds in a thin layer on a sushi mat. Add ½ cup of cooled rice over it and follow with cucumber, avocado, zucchini and bell pepper in a line in the middle of rice. Now prepare the sushi as usual and repeat with the rest of the ingredients.



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