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Power through your workday with these healthy lunch ideas

Brighten up your workday with these deliciously healthy lunch ideas. From colourful salads to sweet stuffed peppers, these recipes will always have you looking forward to lunchtime!

So say goodbye to buying expensive lunches and hello to saving. Plus with these ideas up your sleeve, your nutritious midday meals will be your envy of your workmates every day!
  • 1

    Raw slaw with poached chicken

    There's no excuse for boring lunches with this raw slaw recipe up your sleeve. Combining the beautiful colours of raw veges with the beautiful tenderness of poached chicken, it's healthy and delish.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 2

    Asparagus, chicken, egg and new potato salad

    This light and fresh asparagus, chicken, egg and new potato salad is perfect for a quick workday lunch or on the side at a barbecue. Serve with our delicious herb dressing for extra zing.


  • 3

    Corn and tomato pasta salad with lemon and ricotta

    Put this season's sweet corn to good use creating this easy pasta salad recipe. All you need is 20 minutes to create this vegetarian dish, making it perfect for a simple dinner or make-ahead lunch

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 4

    Avocado and quinoa rice paper rolls with herb and chilli mix

    Eat the rainbow with this delicious rice paper roll recipe! Pack with avocado, quinoa, capsicum, cucumber and carrot, then serve with a double dipping of zingy sauce and spicy chilli herb mix. Enjoy for a delicious gluten and dairy-free bite.


  • 5

    Vegetarian antipasto tart

    This easy antipasto tart recipe is simply delicious. Mix up the toppings according to what you have in the fridge and serve warm or cold for a vibrant lunch or vegetarian dinner


  • 7

    Nutty brown rice salad (gluten-free and dairy-free)

    Nici Wickes' brown rice salad recipe is packed full of punchy rocket, roasted nuts and the tang of blackcurrants. The nuts provide enough protein for this to be considered as a main meal

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 8

    Make-ahead toasted wrap with roasted vegetables and cheese

    This make-ahead wrap recipe is the lunch solution you've been looking for. Simply assemble at home, then pop in the sandwich press at work to get warm and cheesy. It's also a great way of using up leftover roast veges. Win win!


  • 9

    Avocado, asparagus and salmon donburi

    Lightly steamed, boiled, blanched, baked or pan-fried, asparagus is a true delicacy. SO make the most of the asparagus season and enjoy them in this deliciously filling salmon donburi


  • 10

    Moroccan spiced carrot, pumpkin and chickpea salad

    It's easy (and delicious) to get your 5+ a day with this Moroccan spiced carrot, pumpkin and chickpea salad recipe. Hearty yet healthy, this is the perfect vegetarian main or side dish

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 11

    Wild rice, chicken and mushroom salad

    Packed with superfoods, this delicious wild rice, chicken and mushroom salad is bound to keep you satisfied until dinnertime!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 13

    Pumpkin, orange and quinoa salad

    This delicious pumpkin, orange and quinoa salad is packed full of plant-based proteins and the butterkin (a cross between butternut and pumpkin) is sweet and comforting with every mouthful.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 14

    Spiced beef and hummus wraps

    Sirloin steak is expertly cooked and sliced into strips for these Middle Eastern wraps with hummus and yoghurt

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  • 15

    Moroccan veal meatballs with risoni pasta salad

    Dinner, lunch or entertaining dish - this Moroccan meatball recipe can do it all! Serve with a risoni pasta and rocket salad and lemon honey dressing for a truly delicious meal everyone will love

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    Thai-style salmon salad with sweet chilli dressing

    Canned salmon goes from economical to seriously impressive with this Thai-style salad recipe. Pair with herbs, noodles and sweet chilli and lime dressing for delicious 10 minute meal

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