The 2 Best Office Lunches You Can Prepare Ahead Of Time

by | Jan 16, 2024 | Recipes

Working towards financial year-end deadlines and lacking lunch inspiration? Try these three delicious, nutritious, easy-to-pack meals.

Bowl Them Over

If you’d rather eat takeaways than brave the mystery splatters inside the shared office microwave, this hearty, best-served-cold bowl is your answer. Toss with dressing the night before and the flavours should achieve perfection just in time for your afternoon meal.

Serves 1: Per serving: 1 504kJ, 7g fat (1g sat), 50g carbs, 490mg sodium, 3g fibre, 23g protein

Asian-Style Salad Bowl

Calories 359 kcal


  • 1 cup shredded Chinese cabbage
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked rice noodles
  • 85g cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 squeeze lime juice
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped spring onions


  • Sauté cabbage in olive oil over medium heat for one minute and set aside.
  • Top rice noodles with chicken. Add in the cabbage and the rest of the ingredients. Toss to combine and refrigerate overnight.

Must-Have Meal-Prep Tools:

Mepal Bento Lunch Box Large Nordic White

Bento boxes are all the rage at the moment and what could be a cooler way to pack your new lunches than with this stylish choice from Mepal? Plus, if you’re snacking on a few extra fruits or eggs, just pop them into the separate containers.

Glass container with bamboo lid & spoon

These glass jars make for a fantastic storage fix for your Asian-inspired salad. Whether you’re in a hurry between meetings and opting for jar-eating convenience or taking a leisurely break, simply flip it into a bowl and indulge!

Carb Free Lunch

Collard greens, flat-leaf kale and chard all make for great carb-free tortillas. Remove their stiff backbones and they become pliable, while still holding up to travel (no tearing or sogginess). Add flavour by filling them with crumbly cheeses mixed with crisp vegetables and bright herbs.

Serves 1: Per serving: 1 212kJ, 17g fat (6g sat), 14g carbs, 510mg sodium, 4g fibre, 21g protein

kale wraps on plate

Carb-Free Kale Wrap

Servings 1
Calories 289 kcal


  • 2 large kale leaves or collard green leaves
  • 4 tbsp hummus
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 tbsp grated carrots
  • 1 radish, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 tsp finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tsp crumbled feta


  • With a paring knife, shave the thick spine from the two leaves, being careful not to cut into the leaves.
  • Flip the leaves over and spread hummus on each “wrap”.
  • Divide the rest of the ingredients among the two wraps, then fold them like burritos.

Try these 3 high-protein breakfast recipes every active girl needs in her life. Plus: 20 of the best healthy snacks for weight loss.

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