Be the Envy of the Office with These Delicious Lunch Ideas

P110373_6zIn the modern workplace, you might find that people typically bring the same lunch every day, if they choose to not eat out during the break. If you want to mix it up a bit, you can skip the ordinary and put your culinary skills to the test with delicious lunch meals. All it requires is a little extra planning and prep, and you’ll thank yourself all week long.

Here are a couple of recipes to try making ahead of time that are sure to impress your coworkers and are great reheated the next day for lunch.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

While your coworkers might hit the drive-thru for their nuggets, you can make them easily at home, and they taste even better. You can chop chicken breasts into pieces, then mix the batter using your handy food processor, before frying them up in a saucepan or wok. It doesn’t take long to achieve that crisp, golden-brown crust. Make your own simple sauce for dipping, and you’ll have a savoury treat that is perfect for munching on at your desk on busy work days.

Macaroni and Cheese Gratin

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? This mac and cheese gratin recipe is great for family dinner, and the leftovers are good for lunch the next day too. For this recipe, you’ll follow the usual steps for making macaroni and cheese, including making the sauce from scratch as a béchamel and then adding a heaping load of grated cheese. Spread the mixture into a baking dish and top with panko bread crumbs for a hearty meal that will keep you full, happy, and satisfied for the rest of the busy day.

Homemade Beef Sausage Rolls

If you’re a “go, go, go” worker and rarely get a chance to leave your desk for lunch, you’re going to love this recipe. Along with being a great sharable dish for your next get-together, these sausage rolls will put your skills to the test as you grind your own meat. Fortunately, the work will pay off as you’ll love this flaky lunch/snack the next day. Using your trusty stand mixer and grinder attachment, grind together beef, bacon, crusty bread, and seasonings before rolling the mixture into neat little puff pastry packages. The best part is this recipe is freezer-friendly for up to two months, so you can make one big batch, freeze them, and snack on them whenever you please.

Sandwich Made With Ancient Grains Bread

Baking bread at home is intimidating for even the most experienced home chefs, but it really isn’t that hard with the right tools and best ingredients. Arguably, one of the most important components of any sandwich is the bread. When you make the bread yourself, the flavour experience is unmatchable. And making bread is a lot easier than you might think. Using your stand mixer and grain mill attachment, you can mill the grains yourself before combining them with the rest of the ingredients.

Although it takes time for the dough to rise, all you need is 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to cook in the Dutch oven for a quick and easy treat perfect for tomorrow’s lunch. As a bonus, you can toast a slice in the morning while your kettle heats for a quick and easy brekkie.

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