There are sandwich fillers, wraps, light pasta, chicken salads and toasted sandwich recipes that are ideal for a packed lunch, picnic or healthy school lunch.
This club sandwich packs in lots of interesting flavours and textures. Crispy prosciutto replaces the usual bacon, and mashed avocado the butter. Adding a few leaves to a sandwich is a cunning way to get children to eat their greens.
The little pastry cases have a tart/sweet filling of cranberry sauce, goat's cheese and yoghurt. They make a great lunch.
In this colourful salad, the subtle flavour of spinach is enhanced by sweet melon and citrus, and prosciutto adds a savoury touch. You can prepare the dressing in advance, but only assemble the salad at the last moment to preserve as much vitamin C as possible. Serve with wholemeal bread.
Pan bagna is a Mediterranean layered sandwich, often prepared in a hollowed-out round, rustic loaf. Here, eggs, anchovies, capers, basil and tomatoes – all ingredients from a classic salade niçoise – are layered in a long French loaf, then left so that the flavours can mingle and soak into the bread. It's a great picnic lunch.
Many cuisines have a long tradition of combining fruit with cheese. This recipe stems from the Tuscan combination of pears with salty pecorino. With some of the cheese melted over the pears and the rest mixed with grapes and salad leaves, this makes an elegant lunch for two or starter for four.
Light, fluffy soufflés never fail to impress, yet they are surprisingly easy to make. This recipe uses the fish-poaching milk to make the soufflé base, and fresh herbs and chopped tomatoes are added for a lovely flavour. Serve straight from the oven for a special occasion lunch.
These kebabs are marinated in Indian and Asian flavours and served hot off the grill. They have a marmalade glaze for a hint of sweetness. So delicious, so easy, they make a fun lunch for guests or family. Serve with Lebanese or pita bread and a simple green salad.
Bold seasonings – coriander, jalapeño and chilli powder – keep the flavour level of these deconstructed burgers high, while the classic taco accompaniments of lettuce, salsa, avocado and sour cream balance the heat and add freshness. Great for a Mexican themed barbecue.
Perfect on a warm day, a tangy sandwich that will kick your tastebuds back to life!
This recipe is dedicated to my good friend Ingerid who made the Harissa Sauce. Minimum marinating time is 2 hours; overnight is preferred. It is best to use fresh herbs. Dried herbs in the quantities indicated can be used as a substitute. Rubbing them between the palms of your hands helps to release the oils during marinating and cooking, thereby enhancing the flavour and aroma.
There's no such thing as an empty pantry, as this recipe demonstrates. With a tin of this and a bunch of that, I soon discovered that it's possible to improvise something that will impress even the fussiest guest. Ideal to serve with some fresh Italian-style bread. Helps to wipe the plate clean!
This is the perfect quick lunch dish. I got the recipe off a friend who served it to a Mums' group for lunch.
Pizza with Marinara Mix on top of cherry tomato sauce. Before bringing sauce to boil you could add 1/2 cup of dry white wine or a splash of vermouth.
Using Kabee's Dad's Corned Beef Recipe, I filled and lightly toasted French Bread added salad and mayonnaise topped with blue cheese stuffed olives. Delicious.
A simple delicious starter for every summer dinner party. Make sure all seafood is cooked before adding to blender.
Whip up this quick easy Asian Omelette that is absolutely sensational.I cannot rave enough about this omelette – it is just sublime. The first time I ate it – I literally I couldn’t pry it out, and devoured the whole thing in under 15 minutes!
This omelette is so quick and easy; and baked! I come home, prepare it, throw it in the oven, go take a shower, while my snout prepares for heaven.
I'm not sure if this classifies as a 'recipe' as it just feels like me throwing foods together. But the end result is my favourite winter breakfast.
This healthy chicken and vegetable casserole makes an easy lunch. Mixed wild and long-grain rice goes well with the casserole, and adds sustaining and nourishing carbohydrate.
These are delicious enchiladas filled with mashed potato and roasted vegetables. To make it vegan, just leave out the cheese and use soy milk in the mashed potatoes.
This flat omelette is a delicious vegetarian lunch that can be eaten hot or at room temperature. It is a very versatile recipe, as almost anything can be added to it – a handy way of using up leftovers.