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16 make-ahead lunches to jazz up the working week

Having a packed lunch to take to work is one of the simplest ways to feel organised. Plus it means you skip the disappointing sandwich or soggy sushi from nearby cafes. Here are 16 recipes to make ahead of time to get your working week started on the good foot

Tuna salad sushi bowl

Love sushi but hate the time it takes to roll? Save time with this quick and delicious tuna salad sushi bowl! Simple, easy, and super tasty!

Roast pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad

This is a great salad for a packed lunch as it's made up of hearty ingredients such as pumpkin and chickpeas. Toasted pistachios and preserved lemon add crunch and interest to this roast pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad. Consider adding the spinach leaves just before eating lunch to ensure they don't wilt from the salad dressing.

Chickpea and walnut salad with green chilli

This is another great chickpea-based salad, this time loaded with olives, herbs and juicy capsicum. This crunchy salad is easy to whip up and great for a packed lunch.

Light and lovely salmon wraps

Light, fresh, yet filling, these salmon salad wraps make a great lunch option. Plus, with salmon and hard boiled eggs, you benefit from a double hit of protein.

Crispy sesame chicken wraps

Wraps are ideal for re-imagining last night's dinner as a new tasty lunch option, whether that was crispy-crumbed chicken strips, a salmon salad, or beef chilli. These chicken wraps are filled with crunchy slaw. Feel free to add your own touch – iceberg lettuce, for instance, is a nice, crunchy alternative to the slaw.

Mexican falafel wraps

Forego the hummus and instead give your falafel wrap some Mexican spice with hot chilli sauce and cajun spice.

Chilli beef stir-fry

Make a little extra dinner and pack it away for the next day's lunch. This chilli beef stir-fry is convenient and easy, making it a good addition to a menu plan where you're looking to eat well for less.

Chilli garlic beef stir-fry

Another stir-fry, this magical recipe only requires five ingredients! Stir-fry vege mix combines with beef and delicious oyster sauce. Keep it rice free for a gluten-free lunch, or take along a microwavable rice packet to heat up at the office.

Thai basil chicken noodle stir-fry

Create an authentic Thai chicken noodle stir-fry in no time at all. Basil leaves are tossed through a flavoursome Asian dressing with fresh vegetables and toasted sesame seeds.

Borlotti bean and brown rice salad

Salads like this work well for a make-ahead lunch because it's free of salad greens that end up going limp. Instead, this filling salad is herb-flecked and crunchy.

Tuna, bean and haloumi salad

This flavour-packed salad takes hardly any time to prepare. The salty slices of haloumi just top it all off. Keep the creamy lemon dressing in a separate jar and dress salad just before eating.

Gluten-free tuna and quinoa tabouli

Loads of herbs are mixed through nutritious quinoa that's dotted with tomatoes and tuna. This salad is a great one for modifying with extra ingredients - it would be fantastic with toasted pine nuts or almonds, feta, avocado or thinly sliced red onion.

Chicken salad sandwich

Sometimes all you want for lunch is a simple sandwich. Add a dash of sweet chilli sauce to the chicken mix when making these delicious sandwiches if you want to dial up the drama.

Spiced steak with carrot and quinoa jar salad

A salad in a jar is a genius way to transport lunch from home to the office! This recipe combines tender spiced steak, with zesty roasted carrots and fresh quinoa.

Asian noodle soup in a jar

Another genius jar salad, this one contains all the crucial ingredients in the jar, just add boiling water! Recreate authentic Asian flavours with this delicious Asian noodle soup in a jar - fresh, wholesome and completely vegetarian.

Pesto pasta salad

Fresh, fast and healthy, this pesto pasta salad is bursting with the goodness of kumara, eggs and sun-dried tomato pesto.

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