DIY desk lunches

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Here’s a great work strategy: rethink your lunch routine. Here are 5 great tips you can use every day at work. 

 

1. THINK BEYOND THE SANDWICH

So you’re back on the carb-free wagon but stuck for creative ideas? Stock up on Woolies’ individual portions of hot smoked trout. Make a salad the night before and add the trout at the last minute for a substantial lunch.

2. KEEP A STASH OF CONDIMENTS AND BASIC INGREDIENTS

Here’s a handy checklist for your personal office larder (keep it under lock and key!)

 A range of salad dressings 
Cans of lentils and chickpeas 
Cans of tuna and salmon 
Disposable cutlery 
Pretzels, dried fruit and nuts 
Sardines in tomato sauce 
Sea salt and black pepper 
Sriracha sauce 
Wholegrain mustard 
Woolworths’ noodle boxes 
Your favourite crackers

3. START A LUNCH CLUB

Get a group of colleagues to commit to sharing a meal together once a week. Everyone picks one ingredient to bring to work. Roll out a sheet of brown paper on a meeting table, lay out the mouthwatering spread and build your own lunch – and the team spirit.

3. STOCK UP ON CLEVER STAPLES

Avos aren’t called “superfoods” for nothing. And aside from hardboiled eggs, you can’t beat an avocado as an office-lunch stand-by. If you’ve got a couple of these guys ripening in a drawer, lunch will always be above average. Try this:

NEW AVO TOASTS: Smash ripe avocado onto rye or ciabatta toast, sprinkle with charred corn kernels from last night’s braai, diced red onion, green chilli and tomatoes.

ASIAN AVO SALAD: Make a quick coleslaw of cabbage, red onion and carrot. Dress with Woolworths’ oil-free mango-and coconut dressing, top with toasted cashews or sesame seeds, a diced avocado and canned salmon or smoked chicken. Add noodles too if you like.

CREAMY GREEN SOUP: Sprinkle diced avocado into Woolworths’ fresh creamy Tuscan baby spinach soup, top with croutons and feta and enjoy.

5. COOK AHEAD

If there’s one job you do on Sunday evening, let it be cooking a great base ingredient, such as quinoa, that’ll set you up for three days of meals. And don’t worry, you won’t get bored if you think creatively – try these tasty suggestions to get you started.

THE CROWD-PLEASER
Fold 1 t good-quality olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper through ½ cup cooked quinoa, top with 2 spring onions, shredded baby spinach and 3 T cottage cheese. Eat with a sliced rotisserie chicken breast. Warning: you may have to be prepared to share.

THE BACON SAVER
Mix last night’s fioretto broccoli with ½ cup cooked quinoa, ¼ chopped avo, fresh coriander, pea shoots, 8 chopped almonds and 3 rashers chopped crispy bacon. Serve with yoghurt dressing.

THE FAST AND THE FABULOUS
Mix Woolworths’ roast butternut-and beetroot salad with ½ cup cooked quinoa, drizzle with the included balsamic dressing and voilà!