3 work from home lunches you can make in 10 minutes

There are days (and even weeks) when spending any time meal prepping on Sunday, or thinking about lunch in advance just isn’t going to happen. We get you, and we’ve got your back.

Here are 3 recipes for work from home lunches that you can whip up in the time it would take you to get annoyed at your friend’s Instagram #perfectinstalife. Each one is balanced, healthy, and filling.

Pan-fried salmon, salad and couscous

Boil the kettle and measure out 1/2 cup of couscous into a bowl. Pour boiling water until it’s just over the top of the couscous, cover, and leave to stand for 6 minutes. Add a dash of olive oil, some salt, and pepper, and fluff it all up with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a frying pan and place the salmon steak skin side down over a medium-high heat. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, so it’s still pink in the middle (unless that’s not your thing, in which case cook for longer!).

Grab a handful of salad leaves, chop up a few tomatoes, or any other salad vegetables of choice. You can either drizzle over any salad dressing you may have in the fridge or simply some olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.

And you’re done!

Prawns, pesto, peas, parmesan and gnocchi

Heat up a little olive oil or butter in a pan and boil the kettle.

In one saucepan put 1/2 cup of frozen peas. Cover with boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, until tender. Drain.

Put 100g of fresh gnocchi (you can buy this from most supermarkets) in another pan, cover in boiling water, and follow the packet instructions (usually it will cook in 1 or 2 minutes from boiling). Drain when cooked.

Add a portion of ready-cooked prawns to the butter in the pan and saute until warm.

Put all of these things together in a bowl or pan, mix in some pesto, and sprinkle some grated parmesan over the top.

Omelette, sauteed spinach and mushrooms with sunflower seeds

Eggs are a fabulous quick, easy, and healthy lunch. Make them your new best friend for days like these!

In a bowl, whisk 2 eggs, a dash of milk, salt, pepper, and a handful of grated cheese.

Pour this into a frying pan over a medium heat, tilting the pan to make sure the mixture covers the whole thing. After about a minute, scrape a line with a spatula down the middle of the pan and tilt the pan to fill up the break with the runny mixture.

Do this twice more, and cook until the mixture has just set. Fold the omelette over and slide (carefully!) onto your plate.

In a separate pan, heat some olive oil over a medium heat. Add a handful of chopped mushrooms and saute until cooked through (or crispy, depending on your preference). Add a handful of spinach and cook until wilted.

Transfer onto your plate, sprinkle over some sunflower seeds and enjoy!

So, there you have it, 3 lunches in no time at all that will keep you going until logging off time.

And if you’ve mastered these, why not try some of our other recipes? With a little prep you could be enjoying a sumptuous roasted tomato soup on a chilly Wednesday afternoon! Alternatively, you can use our perfect lunch plate combo tool to help with some ideas of your own!

P.S. If you don’t fancy any of these recipes but still have the time to spare we recommend you watch this video to see how else you can use 10 minutes to boost your afternoon!

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