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5 Quick + Easy Lunch Ideas For When You're Bored Of Salads

Make lunchtime exciting again.

Make the most of having an oven at lunchtime.

Working from home was once a luxury dream we could only imagine being our life someday. No commuting, no more hours wasted in meetings that could've easily been an email and perhaps the most appealing - no more wearing bras. 

But then came the outbreak of Coronavirus. Suddenly, working from home became a reality. It wasn't long until we realised that working from home wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Back pain, zoom calls, do we need to say anymore? But there was one luxury: lunchtime. 

Although we often struggled to take that hour lunch away from our laptops, working from home meant no more €3 supermarket meal deals, salads or leftovers. Oh no, we now had an oven at lunchtime and could cook whatever our heart (read: belly) desired.

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So if you're back working from home and struggling to come up with exciting lunch ideas that will ensure you take a break, we've rounded up some lunch options with a bit more bite. 

Turkey Bang Bang Salad with Udon Noodles

This recipe from one of our favourite chefs, Takashi Miyazaki, is so clean and simple, but really filling. Served cold, so great for desk dining in work. Get the recipe, here. 

Easy Empanadas

You could be forgiven for thinking of this as a sausage roll, or a Cornish pasty, or just a pie. But these are very different - they should be light, elegant and irresistible. Get the recipe, here. 

The Perfect Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Inspired by a trip to Boston in `99, this grilled sandwich is one that won't disappoint and will convert you to grilling sandwiches on the pan. Get the recipe, here. 

Curried Cauliflower and Cashew Nut Soup

Adding things on top or at the bottom of the soup bowl adds an element of surprise and variety – from spiced nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, crumbled blue or feta cheese, shredded apple or pear, chopped smoked salmon to flavoured herbs or chilli oils. Get the recipe, here. 

Curried Haddock Kedgeree

Kedgeree is a dish consisting of flaked fish (usually smoked haddock), boiled rice, eggs and butter. It was once a popular breakfast dish - we suggest eating it at lunch... or breakfast.... or dinner! Trust us, it's a recipe you will keep going back to. Get the recipe, here. 

Quick and Easy Lamb Burger 

The general popularity for hamburgers is to be applauded, but why always beef? Lamb makes a fine burger too. Get the recipe, here. 

Main image by Harry Weir

This article was originally publish on sister site, FOOD AND WINE.