Packed lunches aren’t just for the school dining hall. These ten tasty ideas are designed for children and adults alike, and for anytime throughout the year. Happy lunching!

1. The New Orleans muffuletta sandwich

Muffuletta
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Stuffed bread loaf sandwiches are perfect for any packed lunches, and beat a limp soggy sandwich any day!

A whole cob loaf is stuffed with meat, cheese and salad layers and then sliced into wedges—pack a side salad to accompany this luxurious filling packed sarnie!

Get the recipe for the New Orleans muffuletta sandwich

 

2. Super quick vegetable pasties

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Pasties and pies are always welcome in any packed lunch, they are easy to eat and can be eaten at room temperature or heated up in the office microwave.

These tasty pasties are vegetarian and very easy to make.

Get the recipe for these super quick vegetable pasties

 

3. Chilli and garlic tofu sandwich spread

chilli and garlic tofu sandwich spread
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How about this healthy vegan sandwich spread for your lunch box sandwiches?

This is a very grown-up sandwich filling with onions, chillies and tofu in it, and would be fabulous as a dip for crudités too. 

Get the recipe for this chilli and garlic tofu sandwich spread

 

4. Mini crustless quiches

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I’m a big fan of the “crustless” quiche, tart, flan or pie, and this recipe is filled with peppers, mushrooms and tasty ham.

They are also gluten free, which is perfect for those members of the family that can’t eat gluten products.

Get the recipe for these mini crustless quiches

 

5. Chicken, sweetcorn and cucumber wraps

chicken sweetcorn and cucumber wraps
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These delicious wraps are perfect for the little ones as well as the grown-ups.

You can get ahead and prepare the filling the night before and then make up the wrap in the morning, perfect for those with a busy schedule.

Get the recipe for these chicken, sweetcorn and cucumber wraps

 

6. Falafel, beetroot and goats cheese wraps

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Here’s one more tasty wrap idea for the school or office lunch box.

This one is vegetarian and is packed with delicious crisp salad, peppery hummus, spicy falafel, the tang of pickled beetroot and the salty creaminess of goats cheese. Delicious!

Get the recipe for these falafel, beetroot and goats cheese wraps

 

7. English garden salad with cheese and eggs

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Salads are always a good addition to the lunch box, and this next recipe for an English garden salad with cheese and eggs, is a complete meal in itself.

Made with fresh free-range eggs, traditional English cheese and a generous dollop of salad cream, this is a light but filling salad. 

Get the recipe for the English garden salad with cheese and eggs

 

8. Hidden veggie cheese muffins

hidden veggie cheese muffins

These hidden veggie cheese muffins have leeks, carrots and shallots in them for a five-a-day packed bake that tastes delicious and is also perfect when served with soups and stews too.

Get the recipe for these hidden veggie cheese muffins

 

9. Cheese and fruit sticks

cheese and fruit sticks

These fruit and cheese sticks are a great snack idea for children and adults alike, and you can choose whichever cheese takes your fancy, as well as seasonal fruit too.

These can be added to any packed lunch as a mid-morning or afternoon snack, and are way healthier than any chocolate bars or crisps.

 

10. Butterbean salad

butterbean salad
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This last recipe idea makes a protein packed salad which is packed with vegetables.

This would also be great as a wrap or pitta bread filling, and it really hits the spot, as it is filling. 

Get the recipe for the butterbean salad

 

Karen Burns-Booth is a freelance recipe developer, food and travel writer and is a member if the Guild of Food Writers. She writes for her own blog Lavender and Lovage.

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