Quick and Easy Healthy Recipes – Perfect Packed lunch ideas…
Taking your own packed lunch to work not only ensures you know you have a great healthy option to eat later in the day, but can also save you lots of money in the long run.
However it can often be hard to find the time in the morning to start preparing something from scratch. Here are a couple of quick and easy healthy recipes that you can do most of the prep for in advance to save you valuable time in the mornings.
Wraps are a great way to pack in your protein needs plus a lot of healthy salad or raw vegetables. I personally prefer the vegetable option as they seem to stay fresher for longer and you also get a great crunch to your wrap. You can prepare them all one day and then just store them in a big re-sealable bag in the salad cooler of your fridge and they will normally keep fresh and crunchy for the whole week!
Medium green cabbage – finely sliced
Medium sized carrot – grated
Red onion – finely diced
2 cloves of garlic – also finely diced
Large re-sealable plastic bag to store
If you like a little dressing on your crunchy salad here are two of my favourite options you could try or just use an alternative one of your choice. I normally just make the dressing, take some of your salad out of the bag and mix together in a pot before putting on the wrap.
Asian Slaw dressing
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 clove garlic – finally diced
Just mix all the ingredients together and then add to your salad – you can make this in advance and store in the fridge for a few days too.
The Quick Classic dressing
Salt and pepper to taste
The Protein filling
You can choose any type of protein filling you like and some of my choices are normally sliced chicken breasts that I’ve cooked in advance, sliced boiled eggs, crumbled feta cheese or leftover barbeque pork from the weekend.
Putting it all together…
Just get a piece of kitchen foil and place your wrap on it, add your protein and salad choice and wrap it up using the foil to hold it all together – takes only 5 minutes…
Grab a piece of fruit for later in the day or if you fancy a little sweet snack that tastes really naughty but is actually good for you why not try these mini protein bites.
I normally make a tray of these in advance and you can keep them in a bag in the freezer for about a month – if they actually last that you that long but I will warn you they are quite addictive…
Yummy Mini Protein Bites
Jar of smooth peanut butter
Tin of coconut cream
10 Cups of rolled oats
5 scoops of Chocolate Whey Protein powder
Put the oats and whole jar of peanut butter in a large mixing bowl.
Mix the protein powder in with the coconut cream then add to the mixing bowl and mix everything all together.
Get a shallow baking tray – approx 13 x 22cm and line it with a sheet of grease proof paper and put the mixture in the tray. Grab another piece of grease proof paper and use it to flatten down the mixture so it spreads out and is nice and compact in the baking tray.
Place the tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes until it hardens.
Then lift the whole block out of the tray and cut into mini mouth sized bites. Put in either freezer boxes or freezer bags and then store in the freezer, taking a few out at a time when you need them.
They are quite yummy to eat straight out of the freezer or you can have them when they are fully defrosted.
Hope you enjoyed these quick and healthy ideas for your packed lunches, if you try them and like them too please let me know or if you have any recipe ideas you’d like to share then please leave them below, as I’d love to hear from you..