Best ever quick and easy lunch recipes

Lunch in a hurry? Try these 21 quick and easy lunch recipes ready in 30 minutes or under - soups, sandwiches, for friends and family or lunch on the go

4 quick and easy quesadillas recipes

Looking for easy and exciting lunch ideas? Get inventive with your quesadillas with our finger-licking filling recipes.

Easy Quesadilla Recipes

The ultimate BLAT sandwich

Upgrade your classic BLT to our ultimate bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with avocado. Make this easy sandwich recipe for a quick midweek lunch for two.

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich Recipe

Broccoli soup with blue cheese croutons

A broccoli soup is a wonderful filling soup recipe to quickly whip up when you need some green vegetables at lunchtime – blue cheese croutons make it a bit more indulgent

Ultimate chicken burrito

Bold claim but true – this is the ultimate chicken burrito filled with black beans, vine tomatoes, avocado and a kick of chilli. What makes these even better is that they’re really easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes. They’re a much better alternative to the local kebab shop for lunch.

Egg and bacon fried rice

Our comforting recipe for fried rice is a quick and easy substitute for anyone craving a mid-week Chinese take away. Did also we mention it only takes 20 mins to make? Oh yes. Perfect desk material.

Egg and Bacon Fried Rice

Super-quick chicken and pea broth

Our super-quick chicken and pea broth recipe is ready in 15 minutes and is under 300 calories – ideal for a midweek lunch.

Chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Ready in 30 mins, these deliciously sweet and smokey flatbreads are low cal but high in protein – perfect for an on-the-go lunch or quick and easy dinner. Check out our other flatbread recipes here.

Chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Halloumi mixed grill

We’ve paired this squeaky pan-fried cheese with sliced avocado, toasted sourdough, grilled mushrooms and juicy tomatoes but you can you can mix it up and throw some other veg under the grill – the possibilities are endless! We are big halloumi fans, so here are a few more halloumi recipes to try.

Halloumi Veggie Grill

Linguine with smoky paprika prawns

This hot and spicy seafood pasta is super quick and easy to make. Coming in at just under 500 calories per serving, it’s also a great low cal mid-week meal idea.

Linguine Pasta Recipe with Smoky Paprika Prawns

Hot smoked salmon wrap

If you’re cutting down calories, try using wraps instead of bread next time you fancy a sandwich. Wraps are a lighter choice and a good lower-calorie alternative to bread. Smoked salmon is really good for you and super fresh.

Big bowl chickpea salad

This quick vegetarian big bowl chickpea salad is super easy to make – try it for lunch or a speedy lunch.

Celeriac and sardine toasts

Perfect for a midweek lunch, this celeriac and sardine toasts recipe is quick and easy and under 300 calories

Feta, baby kale and beet fattoush

This feta, baby kale and beetroot fattoush is vegetarian, easy and ready in under 30 minutes. Plus, it’s under 500 calories. Use a mix of colours of beetroot if you like.

Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts

One for those early risers with a savoury tooth, this quick and easy breakfast idea is high in protein and full of flavour.

Smoked haddock and spinach rye toasts

Chicken quesadillas

These chicken quesadillas make a great Mexican spicy snack or meal and couldn’t be easier to put together. Make use of cooked chicken slices and a jar of sweet red peppers to have this on the table in less than 10 minutes.

Green chilli grilled cheese sandwich

For this recipe, we took a classic grilled (read: fried) sandwich and made it even better by stuffing it with soft cheese, chillies and garlic. You won’t go back to a normal grilled cheese once you’ve tasted this or one of our other toastie recipes

Giant couscous with spicy fish broth

Spice up your life with this quick and easy recipe for spicy couscous, tomato and fish broth. The harissa in this gives the dish a wonderfully smokey edge

Squash toast with feta, sumac and poached egg

Try this squash toast with feta, sumac and poached egg for a quick and healthy, vegetarian brunch for one under 300 calories.

Squash toast with feta, sumac and poached egg

Ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad

This ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad is a great way to use up left-over ham and cheese and makes a quick lunch for two

5-minute flatbread pizzas

All the comfort of pizza but ready in a flash and healthier, too. These 5-minute flatbread pizzas are a great recipe to have on hand midweek


10-minute sardines and peppers on toast

This 10-minute sardines and pepper on toast recipe is a really quick and easy idea to pimp up your toast