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Healthy packed lunches

Give yourself and your family the best start to the new year by making fun and healthy packed lunches. Below are five different healthy lunch ideas for you to try this January, including:

  • Cheeky veg loaded couscous salad
  • Lively nutritious lentil salad
  • Live and kicking noodle salad
  • Super green rice salad
  • Tasty tomato pasta salad

Warning: They are cheap and very easy to make!

Cheeky veg loaded couscous salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g of couscous
  • 2 x spring onions
  • 1 x orange pepper
  • 1 x apple
  • 1 x squeezed lime
  • 1 x pinch of salt
  • 1 x teaspoon of olive oil

 

Method:

Put roughly 100g of couscous into a bowl, pour 100ml of boiling water into the bowl and cover with cling film for 10 minutes. During this time slice the spring onions, pepper and apple. To make the sauce, in a separate bowl, mix a squeezed lime, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of olive oil. After 10 minutes add the sliced fruit and vegetables and the sauce to the couscous and stir. Put the mixed salad into a tupperware box ready for lunch.

 

Lively nutritious lentil salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g of green lentils
  • Two handfuls of rocket leaves (or any green leaf salad)
  • 1 x yellow pepper
  • ½ x red onion
  • 1 x teaspoon of tahini
  • ½ x teaspoon of chilli sauce
  • 1 x teaspoon of olive oil

 

Method:

Add the 100g of green lentils and 200ml of boiling water and cook in a saucepan for 10 to 15 minutes (until soft). During this time slice the yellow pepper and red onion and mix with the salad leaves. To make the dressing, in a separate bowl add a teaspoon of tahini and olive oil and mix with half a teaspoon of chilli sauce Drain the lentils and mix the vegetables and sauce together.

Pop in a tupperware box and you have a healthy green lentil salad ready to go.

 

Live and kicking noodle salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g of whole grain noodles
  • ½ x orange pepper
  • ½ x tin of sweetcorn
  • ½ x red onion
  • ½ x squeezed lime
  • 1 x teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 x teaspoon of soy sauce

 

Method:

Add 100g of whole grain noodles to a saucepan and boil in water for 10 minutes. Slice half an orange pepper and red onion, and mix with a tin of sweetcorn. In a separate bowl mix half a squeezed lime with a teaspoon of olive oil and soy sauce. Then mix altogether for a healthy lunch.

 

Super green rice salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g or wholegrain rice
  • ½ x yellow pepper
  • A handful of green runner beans
  • A handful of salad leaves or lettuce
  • ½ squeezed lemon
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 x teaspoon of olive oil

 

Method:

Add the 100g of wholegrain rice into a saucepan, add 200ml of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes (please note that brown rice takes longer to cook then white rice). During this time, slice half a yellow pepper, a handful of cabbage and green runner beans. In a separate bowl add half a squeezed lemon and mix with a pinch of parsley and a teaspoon of olive oil. Once the rice is cooked mix with the vegetables and sauce. Stir and enjoy.

 

Tasty tomato pasta salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g of wholegrain pasta
  • 1 x carrot
  • ½ x cucumber
  • ½ x yellow pepper
  • 1 x teaspoon of tomato puree
  • 1 x teaspoon of water
  • 1 x teaspoon of olive oil
  • ½ x teaspoon of chilli sauce
  • A pinch of chopped parsley

 

Method:

Add the 100g of wholegrain pasta into a saucepan, add 300ml of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes (until soft). During this time, slice the carrot, half a cucumber and yellow pepper. In a separate bowl mix together a teaspoon of tomato puree, water, olive oil, half a teaspoon of chilli sauce and a pinch of chopped parsley. Once the pasta is cooked mix the vegetables and sauce together. Pop in a tupperware box and you have a healthy packed lunch ready to go.