10 ways to up your packed lunch game

New season – new rules. If you’re back to hitting the books or bossing it in the boardroom this September, you need a good lunch to keep you going. Skip pricey restaurants and mundane meal deals by rediscovering the joy of an amazing packed lunch

Here are ten portions of lunch-box inspiration to help make the second most important meal of the day both insta-worthy and delicious.


1. Become a wrap star

Image credit: @lucy_and_lentils

Sandwiches are so last term. Impress your classmates with a healthy wrap stuffed to the seams with colourful veg. Here’s the recipe to @lucy_and_lentils amazing BBQ tofu wrap:


•1 pack of firm tofu •1 small red onion •2 cloves garlic •1/4 cup Jack Daniels Smokey Sweet barbecue sauce?


  • In a shallow bowl marinade the chopped onion, garlic and tofu in the bbq sauce for around an hour (better yet, leave it overnight)
  • In a griddle pan, fry off the skewers until charred on each side, season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • Serve with homemade tortillas (I also pressed these on the griddle pan)
  • Top with an extra dollop of the Barbecue sauce, freshly cut tomatoes, curly lettuce, red onion, red chilli and sweetcorn


2. Get your bento on

Image credit: @sarahmakeslunch

Easy to prepare and great for mouths big and small, bento boxes are the cutest foodie trend to hit lunch breaks worldwide. This fresh fruit and veg snack pack was prepared by @sarahmakeslunch using gnocchi with peas, apple slices, mini cucumbers, strawberries, and dried apricots.


3. Make leftovers the main event

Image credit: @olive.and.eve

Turns out the fanciest of lunches can also be the easiest to make. Save the hassle of planning multiple meals and just double up on the portions you cook for dinner the night before. We can’t stop making dining room eyes at this yummy offering by @olive.and.eve,

Consisting of:

  • chopped and roasted sprouts, carrots and sweet potato
  • roasted orange fish seasoned with salt + black pepper + turmeric + cumin + mixed herbs baked on 200 degrees for 20 minutes
  • fresh kale tossed with salad dressing and watermelon seeds
  • fresh grapes for a fruity side.


4. Achieve lunchbox goals

New lunchware kids on the block, Black & Blum, have upped the stakes when it comes to food containers. Think clever compartments, naturally antibacterial charcoal solutions and boxes shaped like books. We’re in love. Click here to shop the range.


5. Have a pizza this

Image credit @cookingforpeanuts

Who said pizza was only for cheat day? This homemade traffic light pizza with roasted bell peppers by @cookingforpeanuts is giving us the green light to make every afternoon a pizza party!

Here’s the crust recipe:

  • Combine and whisk 1 tbsp dry active yeast, 2/3 warm water, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 whole wheat bread flour (or high gluten flour).
  • Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 25 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 warm water, 1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp evoo, 2 1/2- 3c whole wheat pastry flour in 1/2c increments.
  • Remove dough from bowl, form into ball and knead on floured surface for 10 minutes.
  • Place dough in well-oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in warm place 40 minutes.
  • Punch down, shape and bake.
  • Oven should be preheated to 240 degrees and pizza stone or sheet pan left in over for 30 minutes prior to baking.
  • Transfer dough to stone/sheet pan/peel and add sauce and toppings.
  • Bake about 10 minutes, turning half way.


6. Kebab everything

Until now kebabs have been relegated to the very end of the night. But @raising_little_foodies has proved that they make a brilliant addition to any lunchtime. Here she has reimagined the classic cheese and ham sandwich by putting it on a stick along with spinach and tomato – genius.


7. Get fruity

Image credit @love.mybento

Buying prepared fruit in supermarkets might be convenient but it’s far from money-savvy. Chopping up your own not only leaves more pennies in the new shoe fund, it allows you to get creative too. Get one of your 5-a-yay like @love.mybento by garnishing a whole boxful of fresh watermelon with lime and mint.


8. Get lean in 15 with Joe Wicks

The body coach’s recipes have been keeping us looking lean for some time now, but his new range of cookware has now got us prepping like pros. His colourful food containers also make packing your lunch so much more fun. Click here to shop the Joe Wicks range.


9. Avo great day

Image credit @sassy__foodie

Who needs to be a homeowner, when avocados taste this good? We’ve got serious sandwich envy for this chicken and avo ensemble by the @sassy__foodie, complete with lettuce and tomato between slices of lightly-toasted seeded bread. If in doubt, just add some avocado.


10. Go veggie

Image credit @humbly_healthy


You can’t get mush-better than this for a unique vegetarian lunch option. @humbly_healthy whipped up this beautiful rainbow lunch in less than 10 minutes using:

  • Courgette noodles drizzled with olive oil, lemon, fresh chives, cayenne pepper or chilli flakes
  • Wasabi peas
  • Three large mushrooms for stuffing, peeled and raw
  • A dollop of beetroot hummus and sweet potato purée in the mushrooms
  • Bed of raw spinach
  • Half an avocado, dressed in lemon juice and hemp seeds
  • Cherry plum tomatoes
  • Cheesy vegan kale chips
  • Spinach & pine nut veggie burger

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