Easy And Affordable Lunchbox Recipes

When it comes to travelling long distances to work on a crowded train, taking your lunch in your already filled backpack is the last thing on your mind. Nevertheless, research has shown that by simply making your own lunch and bringing it with you to work can not only decrease your overall kilojoule intake, but also increase your daily nutrient intake too. Don’t forget about all the money you will save by not eating out every day!

Try these easy and affordable meals that will keep you full, energised and ready for the second half of the workday.

The Salad Box- Makes 4 servings

Try this easy salad for something different in your lunch box this summer.


  • 1x Large bag baby spinach or mixed leaf lettuce
  • 1x Cucumber chopped
  • 1x Pre-chopped pumpkin pieces or cut your own
  • 1x Tin or packet of baby beetroots
  • 100g of reduced fat Feta
  • 500g Skinless Chicken breasts cut in half
  • 2x tbsp. Cajun spices or leave out if you don’t like spice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Vegan option: 25g of walnuts crushed instead of chicken


  1. Roast the pumpkin in a 200°C oven for 20-25 mins

  2. Roast the chicken at the same time, placing the chopped breasts in a baking paper lined tray, topping with olive oil and spices

  3. Using recyclable containers, place leaves, cucumber, chopped beets and crumbled feta into the containers, in even amount

  4. Add walnuts for the vegan option

  5. Once the pumpkin has cooled add some to each container

  6. Top with squeeze of lemon juice for added flavour and preservation

  7. Once chicken has cooled, chop into bite sized pieces and portion out into freezer bags. Freeze and grab the morning of work.

Baked chicken and sweet potato with broccoli: Makes 3-4 servings

This easy to prepare, make ahead dish is great for busy working professionals.


  • 1x Large sweet potato or 2 small, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1x Washed head of broccoli, florets chopped from the stem or 1 bunch of washed broccolini sliced in half
  • 2x Large Chicken breasts, chopped into small pieces
  • Olive oil and seasoning to taste
  • *Top tip*: Cajun seasoning is great for this recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C, fan forced, place chicken onto tray next to the sweet potato and roast until cooked through, about 20-25 mins.

  2. Blanch the broccoli by placing it in a large pot or container and filling it with boiled water from the kettle.

  3. Let sit for 1-3 minutes, and then place into cold water, drain.