Never fear, there is a little light at the end of the back to work tunnel: yummy lunches

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Image: Lunches to make going back to work less painful

Photo: Tara Fisher

You’ve consumed more mince pies than you care to remember and it's tricky to imagine a day that doesn't revolve around sleeping and box sets. 


Now comes the hard part: going back to work. Don’t panic, these workday lunches will give your day purpose and they couldn’t be easier to make.


Goodbye January blues. 

Pot noodle

A fresh and fast noodle and veg combo – this is a giant hug in a mug.

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What day isn’t made better by the addition of bacon? None.

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Shred it

Oh Nige, you do know how to brighten up a dark January day. This chilli chicken slaw is a feast of colours, textures and flavours.

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Chilli chicken slaw

Photo: Jonathan Lovekin

Dig in

Pitta pockets are not just for the kids. These falafel salad pittas are quick, easy and the perfect portable lunch. 

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Simple salad

Pasta? Check. Pesto? Check. Veg? Check. When a sandwich won’t quite cut it, it has to be pasta salad. 

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Go green

Whip up this fresh quinoa salad on a Sunday to accompany your chicken and, hey presto, you’ve got leftovers for lunch.

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Green quinoa

Photo: Dan Jones

Whip up a batch

Always a goodie, you can’t go far wrong with a bowl of warming soup. Mmm.

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The savoury muffin

Goodbye blueberry, hello chorizo, sweetcorn and tomato muffin. Just add soup or a salad.

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Gluten-free chorizo, sweetcorn muffins

Photo: Jonathan Gregson

Superb sausages

Don’t just keep sausage rolls for a picnic. Pack a couple in your lunch box, add some salad and your Monday will feel like a Friday.

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Sausage rolls

Photo: Tara Fisher