It's no secret that trying to figure out what to eat for lunch is one of life's biggest conundrum. Even more so throughout the working week; when managing daily meetings, trying to fit in an hour of exercise and actually getting a lunch break are already challenging-enough tasks without having to also think about eating meals that you enjoy. Who could fathom? Although it might seem like an unnecessarily time consuming addition to your to-do list, eating and planning lunch meals that you look forward to eating can actually make all the difference. Of course, it always helps when these lunch ideas are easy to put together too – but that doesn't mean they have to be boring.
Because let's be honest, tuna, rice and avo doesn't quite hit the spot every day of the week.
In our own effort to make lunchtime in the RUSSH team more exciting, wholesome, fulfilling and all-round enjoyable, we're sharing 15 of our favourite and easy lunch ideas to inspire your next meal. On the list, you'll find quick solutions you can whip together at the drop of a hat (think the ultimate grilled ham and cheese); as well as hearty meals you can prepare from the night before. It's time to give lunchtime the respect it deserves.
1. Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
You can now very easily find rice paper sheets at your local supermarket, which makes this recipe a simple, light and refreshing addition to your lunchtime roster. You can also trade the prawns out for any other meat, or opt for a veggie option with tofu and salad.
2. Fajita Chicken Burrito Bowl
This Fajita Chicken Burrito Bowl will keep you full until dinner time. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can have the chicken marinating from the night before. Swap out the rice for quinoa if you prefer and add as much spice as you can take for an extra kick.
3. Simple Tomato Panzanella Salad
A RUSSH favourite, there's nothing more satisfying than a well-made Tomato Panzanella Salad. A good drizzle of olive oil is always good for the soul – and this salad is surprisingly filling. Besides, who wouldn't want to be transported to Italy right now? Add a tin of Ortiz anchovies if you're feeling extra fancy.
4. Thai-Style Pumkin Soup
Unlike your regular pumpkin soup, this Thai-style variation not only puts a spin on the classic recipe, but is one of those easy and great lunch ideas that you can make at the start of the week and pop in the freezer. It's especially good during the winter, when you want something hearty, but don't have the time to make it.
Sure, Melitzanosalata on its own may not seem like a viable lunch option, but it's actually the perfect accompaniment and addition to some more simple recipes. Add a spoonful of this delicious dip to any ordinary green salad topped with tzatziki and you have a winner. Another tip is to also roast capsicum and red onion in a similar way and mix it all together for a more hearty meal. Add finely chopped parsley and a nicely toasted pita bread from moping up the excess and you're sorted.
6. Grilled Ham And Gouda Sandwiches With Frisee And Caramelised Onions
Is there anything better than a good ham and cheese toastie? This recipe happens to be the GOAT, and we can't get past the caramelised onions. Perfect for a no-fuss day when you still want something substantial.
7. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato
A healthier (and more sophisticated take) on a classic potato jack, this Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potato recipe hits the spot every time. You can pop these in the oven earlier in the day (if you're WFH), and have them ready just in time for lunch.
8. Sesame Ginger Cucumber Soba Noodle Salad
Especially during the summer, the idea of turning the oven or the frypan on to make lunch is an unbearable thought. That's why this vegan soba noodle dish is such a fresh and delicious delight. You can also easily add extra protein or vegetables if you desire.
9. Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Another great and easy lunch meal to have stashed in the freezer, this roasted tomato and basil soup is like a warm hug. Even though you do need to prepare it in advance, this soup does most of the cooking work itself. All you have to do is make the ultimate grilled cheese to pair with it.
10. Favourite Quinoa Salad
There's no question that quinoa remains a buzzword in the lunch salad world, but knowing how to dress this grain properly is what makes all the difference. This recipe is the perfect example.
11. Easy Dumpling Soup
In 2021, no freezer is complete without a healthy selection of frozen dumplings on hand. Which is why this easy dumpling soup is one of our favourite lunch ideas going around.
12. The Only Frittata Recipe You'll Ever Need
Just like your favourite childhood meal, but significantly better. Who doesn't like breakfast for lunch?
13. Loaded Avocado Toast
Don't underestimate how good a well-curated, loaded avocado toast can be. Here are some suggestions that are anything but ordinary.
14. Thai Quinoa Meatball Lettuce Wraps
Fresh, simple and vegan, these Thai Quinoa Meatballs make the idea of eating lettuce for lunch exciting. Make sure you make enough, because we can assure you they'll be gone in no time.
15. Summer Salmon Niçoise
If you happen to have some leftover salmon you need to cook or you feel like treating yourself, this Summer Salmon Niçoise always hits the mark.