9 Quick And Healthy Lunch Ideas For Busy Professionals In The UK

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Balancing a hectic work life with maintaining a healthy diet is a common struggle for professionals across the UK and the world as a whole. The daily busy schedule can make it challenging to even have time to cook a decent meal, ending up resorting to takeaways that waste money. This is where the convenience of meal prepping, particularly with the use of versatile glass containers, simplifies this hassle. Glass containers are perfect for storing a variety of lunch meals, ensuring your meals stay fresh and tasty. While you may have a range of meal prep ideas, if you do not have the right food storage containers, your meal prep plan might fail. Continuing on the subject, to help you get started, here are ten quick, healthy lunch ideas, to ensure that busy professionals can enjoy nutritious meals every day.


1. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients: Quinoa, an assortment of vegetables (bell peppers, courgettes, and aubergines), feta cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Instructions: Roast the vegetables, mix with cooked quinoa, add crumbled feta, and dress with olive oil and lemon juice.

Storage Tip: Use a rectangular glass container to keep the salad fresh. The airtight snap lock ensures the flavours are sealed in until you are ready to enjoy.

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2. Chicken Caesar Wrap

Ingredients: Grilled chicken breast, Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, whole wheat tortillas.

Instructions: Slice the chicken, and toss with lettuce, cheese, and dressing. Wrap in a tortilla.

Storage Tip: Store in a round glass container with a snap lock lid to maintain the wrap's freshness.


3. Mason Jar Greek Salad

Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, feta cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar.

Instructions: Layer ingredients in a jar, starting with the dressing at the bottom.

Storage Tip: A glass container with an air vent lid is perfect for this salad, keeping ingredients crisp.


4. Spicy Tuna and Avocado Bowl

Ingredients: Canned tuna, avocado, brown rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, chilli flakes.

Instructions: Mix tuna with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chilli flakes. Serve over rice with avocado slices.

Storage Tip: Use a compartmentalised glass container to separate the rice from the tuna mixture.

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5. Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: Butternut squash, vegetable stock, onion, garlic, cream.

Instructions: Roast squash, sauté onion and garlic, blend all ingredients until smooth and simmer.

Storage Tip: Store in a round glass container. The snap lock lid will prevent leaks.


6. Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Ingredients: Chickpeas, spinach, coconut milk, curry powder, onion, tomato paste.

Instructions: Sauté onion, add spices and tomato paste, coconut milk, chickpeas, and spinach.

Storage Tip: A rectangular glass container is ideal for curry, ensuring easy reheating.

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7. Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients: Beetroot, mixed salad leaves, goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic glaze.

Instructions: Layer salad leaves, sliced beetroot, crumbled goat cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with glaze.

Storage Tip: Choose a bamboo lid glass container for a stylish, eco-friendly option.


8. Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich

Ingredients: Sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, whole grain bread, lettuce, cheese.

Instructions: Assemble the sandwich with all ingredients.

Storage Tip: Keep in a rectangular container to prevent the sandwich from getting squished.


9. Pesto Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Ingredients: Whole wheat pasta, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese.

Instructions: Mix cooked pasta with pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and top with cheese.

Storage Tip: A glass meal prep container with a snap lock lid is perfect for pasta dishes.

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These are just a few of the many quick and healthy lunch ideas that busy professionals in the UK can enjoy, fuelling their productivity and maintaining a balanced diet. By incorporating these recipes into your weekly meal prep routine, you can ensure that you have delicious and nutritious meals ready to go, even on your busiest days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is meal prep better in glass containers?

Yes, glass containers are a better option for meal prep as they can keep food fresh with their airtight seal lids. Also, they are very easy to wash, leak-proof, eco-friendly, heat-safe, and dishwasher-safe.

Does food last longer in glass containers?

Of course, glass containers are inert, meaning they do not react to any chemicals, which makes them ideal for keeping food for longer periods. The snap-lock lids are also airtight, which means the food will maintain its freshness for longer as well.

Why do people use glass meal prep containers?

While it is a matter of preference, most people use glass meal prep containers because they are a variable option compared to plastic. The glass meal prep containers are heat-resistant, dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, leak-proof, and non-toxic.

Are glass containers airtight lids BPA-free?

Yes, these borosilicate glass containers are paired with BPA-free airtight lids and some even come with bamboo lids which is a more sustainable option