Finding inspiration for the daily packed lunch ritual or office meal can sometimes be a chore, but with these recipes you’ll have plenty to look forward to at lunch time.
A take on the classic sandwich filler that leaves no room for wrinkled nosed or unhappy tummies. This recipe transforms the humble chickpea into a jazzy edition to any Monday morning lunchbox.
Fact check: Per 100g, chickpeas contain 19g of protein. They also contain 0g of dietary cholesterol while a single serving of tuna contains up to 49mg!
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Hot pocket lunch pittas
These pittas pack a punch of flavour and are great as a quick after-school snack or lunch. Wrap in tin-foil for on the go, or enjoy with a side of home-made fries or crisps.
Ingredients (for 2 pittas)
2 wholemeal pitta breads
1 ½ tsp butter or sunflower spread
1tsp olive oil
Salad leaves and toppings of your choice
4 chestnut mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
100g smoked tofu- this can be found in the refrigerated section in health stores and some larger supermarkets. Alternatively, you can use pre cooked and seasoned chicken.
1 tbsp hummus
Hot sauce, siracha or similar- optional
Spicy Mushroom Pitta
To prepare the filling
1. Finley slice the mushrooms and add to a pan with 1 ½ tsp of butter. Lightly sauté then add the minced garlic.
2. Cook 5/6 minutes then add in the sliced cherry tomatoes.
3. Cook for a further 2 minutes until warm through.
1. Cut open and toast one of the pittas; you can do this in your regular toaster or under the grill.
2. Spread hummus on both sides of the pita.
3. Add your lettuce and the mushroom filling.
4. Top with fixings of your choice; I recommend freshly sliced tomatoes and red onion.
5. Drizzle with hot sauce and enjoy!
Smokey chik’un pitta
This is a great option if you’re vegetarian or if you simply want a lighter alternative to meat. The smoked tofu gives a richer flavour, putting even the most carnivorous of pallets to the test.
Did you know… tofu contains all eight essential amino acids and is thought to provide the same cancer and heart disease fighting properties as whole soy beans.
For the chick’un
1. Using your hands, break the tofu into bite-sized chunks. Don’t worry about being neat with this, the more rugged the pieces look the better!
2. Using the same pan in which you prepared the mushrooms, heat up 1sp of olive oil.
3. Add the tofu chunks and cook until warmed through.
4. Toast pitta and add salad and fixings; with this recipe I recommend cucumbers or pickled gherkins.
5. Add your warm tofu and enjoy!