Quick Office Lunch Ideas: Start Saving Time Today

You want to pack your own lunch for work but mornings can get super hectic. What should you do?

It’s easy to throw away the concept of prepping your own meals because often, you think you don’t have enough time. And while it’s true that meal preps take time and effort, it’ll be much easier with a few hacks and the right recipes! 

So, if you want to stick to your healthy eating goals, and stay on budget while eating filling and nutritious meals, read on. I’ve compiled some quick office lunch ideas that’ll save you time but will satisfy your tummy still!

Avocado Pasta

Avocado pasta, what? It may sound a bit insane, but you’ll be super happy to cook this recipe for your lunch break. Even better, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare this unique, gratifying meal!

Plus, even if it’s made with only five ingredients, the creamy avocado pasta sauce will give you your dose of healthy fats and good-for-your-health nutrients! So, satisfy your pasta craving with this five-star recipe.

Ingredients:

200g gluten-free pasta

3 small or 2 big avocados

1 clove of garlic

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

½ cup basil leaves

Handful pecan nuts

Instructions:

Cook pasta, drain, then set aside. Make the sauce: Put avocados, basil leaves, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor. Blend all ingredients well.

In a huge bowl, put the pasta, and then add the sauce. Mix until the pasta is covered with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with some olive oil. Mix well again, then top with pine nuts.

Watch the full recipe here: Easy Avocado Pasta

Vegan Butter Chickpea

Karma Eating Vegan Butter Chickpea

If you’re looking for a way to perk up your chickpea, this recipe is perfect for you. You’ll definitely enjoy its richness brought by the cashew butter and coconut milk.

Rushing for work? It’ll only take 15 minutes to have this meal done. Easy, simple, healthy in one!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 onion, cubed

3 cloves garlic, sliced

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

2 tbsp garam masala

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp paprika

400ml canned tomatoes

400ml coconut milk

2 tbsp cashew butter

Fresh coriander

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Heat coconut oil in a large pan and sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger for 2-3 minutes. Add the garam masala, cumin, and paprika. Stir well and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Add the canned tomatoes, coconut milk, and chickpeas. Season with Himalayan salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the cashew butter, and freshly chopped coriander.

Sprinkle with the rest of coriander, and serve with Basmati rice.

Watch the full recipe here: Vegan Butter Chickpeas

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Karma Eating Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Are you a pasta lover? Rejoice because you can still prep your favorite dish even on a busy morning. You only need spaghetti, olive oil, parmesan cheese, chili flakes, and fresh parsley to make your taste buds happy!

Ingredients:

200g spaghetti

3 cloves garlic, sliced

½ cup Olive oil

½ cup grated parmesan

Red chili flakes

Fresh parsley

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Cook pasta, drain but leave a bit of water. Set aside. Chop garlic and parsley then set aside.

In a large skillet, warm garlic in olive oil over low heat, stirring occasionally until the garlic turns tender and golden brown. Add the garlic mixture, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and parsley to the pasta. Mix all ingredients well.

Watch the full recipe here: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Baked Spinach and Eggs

Karma Eating Baked Spinach and Eggs

Eggs are a versatile ingredient. You can cook it in so many ways, and add it to many yummy recipes like this one. What’s more, it boosts your protein intake, too.

So, if you want to consume more protein, cook this dish. The spinach sauté will make it even better!

Ingredients:

6 eggs

2 cups of spinach

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

⅓ cup feta cheese

Himalayan salt & freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease the baking dish with avocado oil. Then, place the mushrooms and spinach into the baking dish.

Crack six eggs on top, and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Watch the full recipe here: Baked Spinach and Eggs

Vegan Leek and Curry

Karma Eating Vegan Leek and Cashew Curry

This super quick and simple recipe will allow you to savor a nutritious lunch for work.

Done in 15 minutes, this vegan dish makes use of super healthy ingredients like coconut milk, and hemp seeds that will not only take your taste buds to a treat but your health, too.

Ingredients:

1 cup leek, chopped

200g basmati rice

1 handful cashew nuts

1 cup of coconut milk

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp curry

Hemp seeds

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Cook the basmati rice. Heat coconut oil on the pan. Add cashew and chopped leek, then stir. Pour the coconut milk and add curry powder. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. (Optional) Serve the curry over the basmati rice.

Watch the full recipe here: Vegan Leek and Curry

Green Pesto Pasta

Karma Eating Green Pesto Pasta

Here’s another delicious pasta dish for you! Your homemade basil pesto is the star of this recipe, and together with other healthy ingredients, you’re sure to get a nutritional punch that your body will thank you for.   

Ingredients:

400g gluten-free pasta

2 tbsp homemade basil pesto

1 cup cherry tomatoes

2 tbsp grated parmesan

1 tbsp pine nuts

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Cook pasta, then drain. Put pasta in a big bowl then add your homemade basil pesto. Mix well, making sure that the pasta is well-covered with the pesto. Add cherry tomatoes. Top it all off with pine nuts and grated parmesan cheese.

Watch the full recipe here: Green Pesto Pasta

Curried Chickpea with Spinach Sauté

Karma Eating Curried Chickpea with Spinach Saute

Here’s another chickpea recipe perfect for a vegan diet and hectic days. This recipe will also help to keep you healthy because it uses other good-for-your-body ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, and Ceylon cinnamon.

And oh, it’s bursting with flavor, too. It’s a nutritious meal your taste buds will surely enjoy for lunchtime!

Ingredients:

500g chickpea

200g baby spinach

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 lemon

300g chopped tomatoes

1 large onion, chopped

3 tsp curry powder

2 tsp cumin

½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon

Fresh cilantro, chopped (for topping)

Green onions, chopped (for topping)

Avocado oil

Himalayan salt

Ground pepper

Instructions:

Cook rice. In a large skillet, sauté garlic in avocado oil over medium heat. Add baby spinach to the skillet. Season with Himalayan salt, and add lemon juice. Toss to coat the spinach. Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside.

In the same skillet, add another 2 teaspoons of avocado oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are soft.

Put the chickpeas in the skillet, then add chopped tomatoes, cumin, curry powder, and cinnamon powder. Then, season with salt and pepper. Stir all ingredients well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and put in the Karma lunch box. Top curried chickpea with green onions and cilantro.

Watch the full recipe here: Curried Chickpea with Spinach Sauté

Tomatoes and Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

Karma Eating Tomatoes and Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast is one of the best protein sources. Even better, it’s low in calories, so it’s perfect for your weight loss meal plans.

You can cook it in a lot of delicious ways, too. This creamy recipe, for example, will allow you to savor chicken breasts even better. So, prep it for your next lunch!

Ingredients:

600g chicken Breasts

250g mozzarella

250g tomatoes

Sun-dried Tomatoes

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

Grease the baking dish with some olive oil, then put the chicken breasts. Season with salt and black pepper. Cover the chicken breasts with tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.

Make sure that the chicken breasts are well covered with these ingredients, so you can enjoy the rich flavors of the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Depending on your preference, you can season your chicken breasts with more black pepper.

Put the baking dish in the oven and bake at 180-200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. This dish is best served with rice and a nutritious salad.

Watch the full recipe here: Tomatoes and Mozzarella Chicken Breasts

Takeaway

Lunch packing is a great way to save bucks and control what you eat. Since you have power over what you put in your lunch box, you’re more likely to enjoy healthier meals during your lunch break.

The secret is to stay committed to your healthy eating plans and explore nutritious yet delicious recipes that will perk up your lunchtime.

Packing your own meals should feel fun, and fulfilling. And it doesn’t have to be stressful, too. With these quick recipes, you’re sure to save time in the morning, and savor a happy lunch during your break!


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