If working from home has taught me anything this year, it’s to keep a stash of Slimming World lunch ideas up my sleeve. A couple of weeks of lockdown was all it took for me to feel fed up with having the same meals on rotation and start searching for lunchtime inspiration.
I’m sure I’m not the only one. In between meetings, appointments and looking after little ones, serving up a satisfying lunch is often the first thing to slip down the to-do list. And when hunger strikes and we don’t have a plan in place, our slimming goals can start to fall by the wayside.
Whether you’re working from home or looking for weight loss-boosting lunches to go, our five tasty Slimming World lunch ideas will pack your lunch box with wow-factor.
Slimming World lunch ideas
No ordinary sandwich
You can make them the night before, eat them on the go and they’re seriously satisfying – it’s no wonder sandwiches have been a go-to lunch-box filler for decades. Stacking your sarnie with plenty of Free Foods like lean cooked meats, veggies and salad will make your lunch as filling as possible.
When you’re Food Optimising, you can pick from wholemeal bread, rolls, wraps and pitta breads for your daily Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice, so there are lots of ways to level up your sandwiches without it being game over for your weight loss. When you join Slimming World, your Consultant will explain your Healthy Extra choices – and you’ll get a Food Optimising guide, plus access to our online food search tool, planner and barcode scanner, to make following the plan easier.
RECIPE TO TRY: Slimming World turkey club sandwich
7 Syns (deduct 6 Syns if using the wholemeal bread as a Healthy Extra)
What you need:
2 back bacon rashers (visible fat removed)
1 large egg
low-calorie cooking spray
2 slices wholemeal bread from a small 400g loaf
1 tbsp fat-free natural fromage frais
1 level tbsp extra-light mayonnaise
½ tsp mustard powder
½ tomato, sliced
½ red onion, sliced
1 roasted red pepper in brine from a jar drained, rinsed and sliced
cooked skinless turkey slices
2 gherkins, sliced
What you do:
1. Grill the bacon until cooked through and crisp, then keep warm.
2. Fry the egg in low-calorie cooking spray until cooked through. Meanwhile, toast the bread.
3. Mix together the fromage frais, mayonnaise, mustard powder and 1 tsp cold water, and season lightly.
4. Spread the mixture over 1 slice of toast, then layer up with the lettuce, tomato, red onion, and red pepper. Add the turkey slices, bacon, egg and gherkins. Top with the second piece of toast, slice in half and enjoy!
This sandwich is just one of the dishes you’ll find in the recipe-packed Nov/Dec 2020 issue of Slimming World Magazine, on sale now on newsstands and in the online shop on the member website.
MORE FOR MEMBERS: Slimming World members have access to over 1,400 recipes online, including sandwiches, super salads and more, over on the member website.
Prep like a boss
At Slimming World, we’re big believers in planning – and prepping your lunch ahead of time will ensure you’ve got a slimming-friendly meal ready to go when midday hunger strikes! A salad can be prepared in minutes before you start work and left in a sealed container in the fridge to keep it fresh until lunchtime. If you really want to get ahead, a big batch of veggie-packed soup will last in the fridge for up to five days, or even longer if you store a few portions in the freezer.
Fancy making your own Slimming World soup? Our Free carrot and coriander concoction adds butternut squash and cannellini beans into the mix to make it even more satisfying.
Quick and easy
Even if you struggle to find the time to prep (my hands are up!), you can still enjoy the flavours of a home-cooked lunch by using a couple of shortcuts. Canned vegetables like beans and chopped tomatoes make tasty toast-toppers, while a couple of eggs are all you need to whip up an omelette, crustless quiche or scrambled eggs in minutes. Claire served up this colourful pizza omelette (you can find a great recipe over on the member website) for a speedy meal:
Our eggs benedict recipe makes a filling lunch – and it can be on the table in just 15 minutes!
On the days when you’re really pushed for time, it can be helpful to have a no-prep meal handy. That’s why we’ve recently added a range of ready-in-minutes lunch bowls to our Slimming World food range (available at Iceland). You can also find the recipe for each dish inside the packaging or on our website if you fancy making your favourites at home when you’ve got more time. Best of all you can get two lunch bowls for £4 at Iceland until 17th December 2020:
Alyson tucks into a hearty portion of our All-day breakfast bowl when she’s tight for time. She says: “Finally got to try the new All day breakfast lunch bowl and it didn’t disappoint. A great option for when you have nothing prepared 😋”
Use your leftovers
Chilli, stew, curry, lasagne – last night’s leftovers make filling lunches with minimum fuss. Our meatball pasta bake is delicious reheated the next day and served with a fresh salad. Or you could top a jacket potato with last night’s mixed bean chilli for a quick and easy lunch. And because you’re making your meals stretch further, you’ll be saving money on your food shop, too!
Ryan packed up his leftover Asian BBQ chicken, with some egg fried rice and steamed broccoli, ready to enjoy on his lunch break. He says: “Leftovers are the best!! And this one kept me going at work.”
If Ryan’s leftovers have got your taste buds tingling, our sticky chicken uses just four ingredients and tastes just as good the day after!
If you’re looking for more Slimming World lunch ideas recipes, you’ll find a loads of midday meal inspiration in your local group or our friendly community at Slimming World Online. You can find out more about joining Slimming World here.
We’d love to hear about your go-to lunch ideas. Whether you’re packing your lunch box with sandwiches, salads, leftovers or soups, send photos of your midday meals to the blog or share on social using #theSlimmingWorldblog