Lunch is a central part of the day, so it's essential that it's done right. If you're bored of pre-packed sandwiches and soggy salads, why not challenge yourself to try some new lunchbox recipes and create delicious dishes, courtesy of our inspirational new cookbook, The Lunchbox Book. Experiment with new lunchtime flavours and upgrade your lunch hour with easy lunchbox recipes covering everything from noodles and ciabatta to shortbread and couscous.
To get you started, here's the recipe from one of our favourite lunchbox meal ideas, and a wealth of other lunch inspiration.
A recipe that's vegetarian, quick, easy, and healthy may sound too good to be true, but this courgette parsley couscous really brings the goods. Carry the lemon yoghurt separately and drizzle on top for a fresh bowl of lunchtime goodness.
25 min | prepare in the evening | serve hot or cold
Ingredients for one person
50g (1¾oz) couscous
salt and pepper
3 tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp runny honey
1⁄2 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp breadcrumbs
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp plain flour
about 80g (3oz) feta cheese
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
Take a culinary short break to the Mediteranean with crunchy vegetables, aromatic herbs, tangy feta, and fruity olive oil for all the taste of a Greek summer. This vegetarian sandwich is easy to transport, and a guaranteed lunchbox winner.
If you usually need an energy boosting snack around lunchtime, look no further. These crumbly and delicious shortbread bars have a tart blueberry filling and melt in the mouth, making them the perfect travelling snack if you're on-the-go or in a rush.
Home made savoury breads and pastries are the perfect lunchbox recipe for busy people. They're simple to make the night before, and you can pack these cheese and spinach empanadas with plenty of vegetables to make them both super healthy and super tasty.
A pasta salad that tastes of pure summer, this layered mason jar salad combines rocket, tomato, and feta for an easy and light, yet filling snack. Pop the lid on and you're good to go!
The Lunchbox Book is full of over 90 easy, healthy and varied lunch ideas from around the world such as Mexican Schnitzel Burritos, Layered Orzo Salad and Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins, Change the way you think about your packed lunch with clever weekly lunch planners and make your lunchbox delicious again.