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10 workday lunch ideas that aren't salad

Be the envy of all your workmates with these work lunch ideas! We've brought together all our favourite recipes, from pesto pasta to prawn noodles, to make your lunchtimes extra exciting. And don't worry - there's not a salad in sight!

By Harriet Keown
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    Leftover vegetable frittata

    A homemade frittata can be a thing of beauty. It is also a great way to use up any left over vegetables from the night before. This Nici Wickes recipe is great cut into wedges and served for lunch

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Winter greens with fried egg, anchovy and parmesan

    This colourful winter nourish bowl is packed with nutrients - especially thanks to all those beautiful greens. Top it with an egg and a couple of anchovies for extra protein and sprinkle with parmesan to serve!

    Nadia|

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    Twisted courgette slice

    Be the champion of meal prep with this courgette slice - just over 60 minutes of work and you can have lunch ready in the freezer for two months! Plus, when it's this delicious, you'll never want anything else.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Five-minute tuna, rice and quinoa

    Get dinner on the table in a heartbeat thanks to this five-minute tuna, rice and quinoa dish. Not only is it simple and scrumptious, but it also has all the nutrients needed for a well-balanced meal.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Pea, ham and sour cream spirals

    This no-fuss pasta is a hit with kids and can be whipped up super-quick using a handful of common ingredients in just three easy-peasy steps – just cook the pasta and peas, stir it all together and eat!

    Nadia|

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    Lamb leg steaks with tabbouleh

    This Middle Eastern dish will tickle your taste buds with its zingy and zesty quinoa tabbouleh and delicious lamb leg steaks coated in cumin seeds. It takes less than 30 minutes to make, so it's a win-win!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Prawn and ginger noodles for one

    Do your chopping while watching the news and in the ad break, fry it up! These noodles are so quick to cook and delicious to eat, and they suit the “dinner for one” approach as they work best cooked in a single portion.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Pasta with salmon and minty pea pesto

    On the table in just 25 minutes, this pasta is a scrumptious idea for a quick dinner or lunch. Packed with delicious flakes of salmon and a zingy homemade pea pesto, it’s a simple meal that will blow your mind!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Caramelised onion, corn and tomato quiche

    Add a delightful splash of colour to the table with this delicious onion, corn and tomato quiche recipe. Perfect for your next picnic or al fresco meal, this recipe is summer at its best!

    Food|

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    Chicken breast with romesco sauce

    The great thing about chicken breast is that it will soak up whatever flavours you throw at it. Here, it’s coated in balsamic vinegar, pan-fried and drizzled in romesco, the classic Spanish roasted red pepper sauce.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|