5 simple lunch box recipes

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5 simple lunch box recipes

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I posted the other day asking what recipes people wanted to see and I had a huge cry out for lunch box recipes! So, here are 5 to get you started.
I have chosen 5 different recipes because I am going to help you plan your week. You will need two prep days – Sunday and Wednesday to cook a few things, then the rest of it will be just 1-3 mins in the morning getting everything together.
I have also written you a shopping list for everything you need, so all you need to do is pick the ingredients up from your local supermarket. These recipes are so simple, tasty and sustainable.
I love seeing your creations so make sure you snap a picture of your lunches and share them with me via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #gettheglow #madeleineshaw

Let’s start prepping!


Directions

Right here is your weekly plan….

Sunday Night Prep:

1. Cook up 100g of quinoa.

Rinse the quinoa and pop it in a pot (lid on) with 220ml of water and a pinch of salt, bring it to the boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 12 minutes until cooked through, take off the lid and let it cool.

2. Cook up your chicken

Take 1 chicken breast – rub in 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of coriander, a big pinch of salt and ground pepper. Heat a pan with a tsp of coconut oil and pan fry 4 minutes each side until cooked through, leave to cool.

Place both the fridge covered.

Monday Lunch: Middle Eastern Quinoa Chicken Pot (time 2 minutes)

1 chicken breast
1/3 of your cooked quinoa
1 carrot
1 tsp of sesame seeds
2 tbsp of humous
dressing – 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of tahini, 1/2 tsp of cumin, 2 tbsp of water and a pinch of salt

Grate your carrot and place in your lunch box next to the chicken and quinoa. Dollop on the humous and sprinkle over the seeds.

Make your dressing in a jar, whisking the ingredients well. Grab some foil, cut into a hand size square, make a small ‘bowl’ dent in the middle with your thumb and pour the dressing into it, wrap it up tight and pop it on top, ready to dress when it comes lunch time.

Tuesday Lunch: Smoked Mackerel and quinoa pot (time 2 minutes)

1 smoked mackerel fillet
1 raw beetroot
1/3 of the quinoa
1 orange
50g of yogurt
2 tbsps of pumpkin seeds
dressing – 1 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbs of orange juice and a pinch of salt)

Grate the beetroot (this can get messy) place it into your lunch box, place the mackerel fillet next to it. Zest half the orange and throw it over. juice the orange and place 2 tbsp in a jar for the dressing (enjoy the rest) scatter over the seeds.

Make your dressing in a jar, whisking the ingredients well. Grab some foil, cut into a hand size square, make a small ‘bowl’ dent in the middle with your thumb and pour the dressing into it, wrap it up tight and pop it on top, ready to dress when it comes lunch time.

Wednesday Lunch: Quinoa and Avocado bowl (3 minutes)

1/2 large avocado (or one small)
1/3 of the cooked quinoa
1/2 cucumber
1 spring onion
3 tbsp of humous
1 lemon
1 tbsp of sesame seeds
Dressing – 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt

Peel and slice up the cucumber into small cubes. Leave the avocado in half and poor over some fresh lemon so it doesn’t brown. Finely slice up the spring onion. Place these all with the quinoa, seeds and humous into the lunch box.

Make you dressing in a jar, whisking the ingredients well. Grab some foil, cut into a hand size square, make a small bowl dent in the middle with your thumb and poor the dressing into it, wrap it up tight and pop it on top, ready to dress when it comes lunch time.

Wednesday night prep

Sweet Potato roasting time!

2 sweet potatoes
1 tsp of smoked paprika
1/2 chilli powder
1 tbsp of melted coconut oil

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C. Cut the sweet potato into wedges. Sprinkle on the spices and a good pinch of salt. Rub them in the coconut oil and roast in the oven for 40 minutes until cooked through.

2. Let them cool and place in the fridge covered.

Thursday: Sweet Potato and coconut slaw (3 minutes)

1/2 cucumber
1 spring onion
1 handful of thinly sliced cabbage
2 tbsp of natural yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 carrot
1/2 the roasted sweet potato
2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds

Thinly slice the cabbage and grate the carrot. Mix with the oil, yogurt and a pinch of salt. Peel and slice up the cucumber into tiny cubes. Slice the spring onion into slithers. Mix in with the cabbage. Place in your lunch box with the sweet potato wedges and throw over the pumpkin seeds.

Friday: Sweet Potato and smoked mackerel. (1 minute)

1 smoked mackerel fillet
1/2 avocado
The second half of the sweet potatoes
Dressing – 1 tbsp of tahini, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tsp of cumin, 2 tbsp of water and a pinch of salt

Place the fish, avocado and sweet potatoes in your lunch box.

Make your dressing in a jar, whisking the ingredients well. Grab some foil, cut into a hand size square, make a small ‘bowl’ dent in the middle with your thumb and pour the dressing into it, wrap it up tight and pop it on top, ready to dress when it comes lunch time.

So that’s it! Simple, cost effective and tasty.

This is my first lunch box recipe post so let me know if you liked it and want more by leaving a comment below….

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Images: Holly Clark Photography

75 comments

  • Kerry Leigh

    This all sounds lovely Madeleine but I can’t eat quinoa! Hoping you do some more lunch box recipe ideas soon :) X

  • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

    Thanks babe xx

  • Sarah Shaw

    Just tucking into Monday’s middle eastern chicken and quinoa pot. It’s amazing! So pleased to have some variety in my packed lunch. Thanks Madeleine, this is great. Looking forward to the rest of the week. xx

    • Madeleine

      Sounds gorgeous! xx

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Sounds gorgeous xx

  • Megan Hann

    definitely want more of this and would absolutely love the same for breakfasts and dinner. Set up in this easy to ready shopping list and method way.

    Are there any more similar?

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hey Megan, not at the moment but you can find a similar 8 week meal plan in my new app Glow Guides! It’s got a shopping list, meal plan as well as exercise, yoga and meditation. More info http://www.glowguides.co.uk xxx

  • Stacey Smith

    One of my fav posts ever! Just did it this week and it was SO economical and easy (and I’m out every night so if I can do it, anyone can!) Would love to see another so I could alternate so as not to get bored! Thank you!! xx

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I’ll definitely take this on board and hopefully there will be another plan up here soon! x

  • Rebecca

    Definitely love the lunch ideas. And the book just had a lovely duck orange and fig dinner!
    One question any tips on how to grate beetroot it just turned to mush on me!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hmm, gently grate it? It’s a difficult one but it will still taste great! x

    • Stacey Smith

      I didn’t bother grating, just chucked in a cooked one and cut up at the time! Still tasted great! :)

  • Claire Charman

    I’ve been trying these recipes this week with my 10 and 12 year old daughters and they love them! I’m almost looking forward to making packed lunches this term. I hate making sandwiches and it is great to know that this is so much better for us all too – thanks Madeleine!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Amazing so pleased your daughters love it too! x

  • Kate Grimmer

    Hi Madeleine, great lunch ideas and would love some more. But I’m struggling to find tahini and ideas?? Thanks, Kate

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Tahini is sold in most supermarkets maybe go to a bigger one or buy online? If not you could use hummus x

  • Kat Howard

    so helpful-more of these please!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you xx

  • Lindsay

    Brilliant just what I needed. My partner doesn’t eat/fish or seafood though what would you suggest replacing the smoked mackerel with?

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Any form of lean meat he does like that would be good cold. Beef or chicken would work well x

  • Alicia

    Bought your book, so amazing and inspiring. This lunch box planner is a life saver. With two kids and a full time job, I need someone to do the thinking for me :) thank you so much!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Aw amazing thank you! So pleased it’s come in handy x

  • Elle

    Hi Madeleine, I have recently bought your book – I love it! Thank you for these lunchbox recipes – they are a God send. I would love to see more.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks Elle, I’ve noted this down so keep your eyes peeled x

  • Simmone Gardiner

    Love these! I recently bought your book and the only thing I did think that it was missing was easy lunches to prep and take to work x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you for your feedback…I’ll note this down for the future! x

  • Ellie

    This looks great! I was looking for inspiration for my lunches this week. I am currently in the middle of exams and quite time poor and this is exactly the inspiration that I needed. Thank you!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Amazing so glad you love it! Let me know how you get on x

  • Abi Rouse

    Hello! I am a new follower and I love love love this lunch post! Lunch is by far the most difficult meal for me because I have little time for prepping and finding a healthy lunch out is difficult and expensive! Tried this last week and loved it! Would love to see more lunch posts like this!! x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      So glad you loved it! I’ll definitely be adding some more lunch posts. I also have a simple lunch box recipes on my YouTube channel I thought you might like this too http://madeleineshaw.com/videos/healthy-lunchbox-recipe/

      Let me know what you think x

  • Margot dixon

    Hi I am doing the 5 day lunches this week – bought all my ingredients yesterday and cooked chicken and quinoa. I am just checking out tomorrow and on the list it says yoghurt but the instructions don’t tell you what to do with it – can anyone help please. By the way I’m loving your ideas and recipes.

    • Abi Rouse

      I am a new follower and I love love love this lunch post! Lunch is by far the most difficult meal for me because I have little time for prepping and finding a healthy lunch out is difficult and expensive! Tried this last week and loved it! Would love to see more lunch posts like this!! x

    • Stacey Smith

      I noticed this! I just left it out in the end!

  • Hannah Louise Pryke

    Madeline
    I was wondering what you think of the Garbanzo dry roasted chickpeas you can buy from health store holland and barrett! Are these suitable for Get the Glow

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I’ve not tried them but it’s probably best to make your own. There are loads of recipes for these out there x

  • Andrea Woolf

    I’ve just ordered the book but can’t wait for it to turn up so am scouring your recipes for my next 7 days plan! This collection is absolutely brilliant thankyou. Ax

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Amazing, hope you love the book when it arrives! x

  • Anna

    This is so brilliant! Thank you for this. Will try this next week. Got your book as an eBook, wish I had got the paper version instead though, much handier when it comes to accessing the recipes! 😛

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Let me know how it goes and if you make any substitutions? Glad you like the book x

  • Annie Rennison

    I have been looking for a lunch “box” type plan for such a long time. I struggle to find food on the go fast and end up not eating until tea time. This sounds delicious I 100% be trying it next week. I would love to see another plan soon! Thank you x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks Annie, glad you like it. I’ll make a note of that and hopefully get another lunch box one up soon x

  • Kelsey

    Looking forward to trying this next week, needed some lunch inspiration! Waiting for my copy of Get the Glow, can’t wait! 😉 x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thank you! xx

  • Frankie

    I’ve just finished the weeks lunch plan, it was so easy to do and the salads were lovely and satisfying. It made my first week of following the Get the Glow plan so easy. Another weeks plan would be brilliant so I can mix it up! Thank you!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      So glad you enjoyed it Frankie! This is a great idea I’ll look into writing a new one soon x

  • Kayleigh J

    Love this post Maddie some great ideas here. Love that you’ve wrote the shopping list for us too. Would be great if you could do some veggie alternatives. X

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Great idea, will look into doing this for the next one! x

  • Hannah Savory

    This looks amazing. I am trying to sort out my diet and these sound so appetising- I’m going to give it a go next week. Thank you!

  • Jennifer Bloxham

    Love this plan for healthy lunches – have been following it all week – my colleagues have been so envious of my delicious looking salad bowls – can we have more of the same please? About to order Get the Glow from Amazon – so excited for it to arrive!

  • Olivia Jackson

    Half way through the week and am already feeling so super cleansed throughout the day. Would highly recommend trying this out if you haven’t already! Dying for some more lunchbox recipes!

  • Pip

    This looks great cant wait to try! I am allergic to most seafood and nuts (its very annoying). Do you recommend non fish eaters should have chicken or is there something else you would recommend to have in the mackerels place? I have flaxseed in the mornings to make up for the lack of omegas in my diet (I think!).

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      any type of meat is great just good quality is important x

  • Lucy

    This is amazing, so helpful. Can anyone recommend a bpa free lunch box that does leak? I have been using a sistema one and finally got so fed up of everything in my bag smelling of my lunch that I have thrown it away. I am willing to spend a bit as I always bring my own lunch to work!

    Thanks,

    Lucy

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Just a glass one is best x

  • Hannah Osborne

    Hello, I have been diagnosed with ibs after years of problems with my stomach. I’m also lactose intolerant and now have to follow the fodmap diet which means I’m restricted to so much more. Can you reccomend any recipes and snacks to suit this diet? I’m finding I eat crackers etc in the day but then way over eat in the evening because I get so hungry!

    Thanks so much,

    Hannah

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Best to have no raw veggies after 4pm, and stick to juice or a smoothie, reduce fruit and up healthy fats and protein x

  • Emily

    These are great, been trialling them this week and they’ve been so yummy and filling. The shopping list and prep day instructions are brilliant too!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks so much, I am so happy you enjoyed x

  • Sammy

    yes please more of this! I was looking for specific instructions to help with healthy lunches when I received your blog in my inbox, if you posted another week of lunches then one could alternate two weeks and never get bored. oh and tried the Tuesday lunch of mackerel today, very tasty, thank you.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I will x

    • Sammy

      Preordered your book,super excited about it arriving this week.

  • http://munchandbrunch.wordpress.com Munch and Brunch

    Such a great post!! That’s my lunches sorted for next week. The shopping list is so useful too so thank you for that.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Pleasure x

  • Charlotte Amy

    these are so good and all the stuff in them can be found so easily! i love it!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      So pleased x

  • Beccy Evans

    Middle Eastern quinoa chicken pot for lunch today and the mackerel quinoa pot all ready for work tomorrow. Kept me full ’til dinner too!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      amazing x

  • Lucy

    This is such a good idea! I will be trying these next week, and hope you will be posting more lunch plans like this.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I will x

  • Henrietta Hearth

    These are all so great, thank you so much! Next week is going to be a great lunch week!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Yay x

  • sugarplumfairy

    These sound great but could you perhaps do some vegetarian alternatives to the recipes containing meat and fish next time? Looking forward to trying the veggie ones that are here though!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Sure thats a great idea x

  • Angela J Lloyd-Read

    These sound great! Looking forward to trying them :-) x

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Let me know how you go x

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