Easy Lunch Box Recipes


There is nothing better than home-cooked food in lunch boxes. Freshly prepared meals are far more nutritious and beneficial than previous day leftovers, frozen food or greasy restaurant takeouts. We know how difficult it can be to cook fresh meals at home every day between planning your day at work and home. However, if you come to think of it, it isn’t entirely impossible when you have everything in place. More often than not, we spend hours at night deciding what to cook the next morning. This not only takes away the joy from cooking, but it also requires a lot of effort, thought and time. To make life simpler, here are a few lunch box recipes that are easy and super quick to prepare – 

Vermicelli Upma

Ingredients:

  • 1cup of vermicelli
  • ¼ cup of sliced onions
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 green chilli (chopped)
  • ½ inch of ginger (chopped)
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt as needed

Method:

  • Heat a pan and lightly roast the vermicelli. Set it aside.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle, add cumin seeds and urad dal. Toss it for a few minutes till the urad dal turns slightly brown in color.
  • Now add the chopped onions, curry leaves, ginger, green chilli and red chilli powder.
  • Saute it for a couple of minutes till the onions turn translucent.
  • Now add water, sugar and salt and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • To this, add the roasted vermicelli and stir it until all the ingredients combine.
  • Cook till all the water is absorbed. Add the lemon juice and give it a good toss.
  • Sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander leaves and transfer it to your lunch box.

Pudina Rice Pulav

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of uncooked rice
  • 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup of chopped onions
  • ½ cup of grated coconut
  • 1 cup of assorted vegetables (chopped)
  • 1 inch of ginger (chopped)
  • 1 green chilli (chopped)
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf and star anise
  • 2 cloves and cinnamon sticks
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt as needed

Method:

  • Soak the rice for 15-20 minutes and wash it. Set it aside.
  • In a mixer, grind mint leaves, green chillis, ginger, garlic, onion and grated coconut. Add a little bit of water if necessary.
  • Heat the ghee in a pan and add bay leaf, cumin seeds, star anise, cloves, green cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks. Sauté it all till the spices begins to sizzle.
  • Add the ground mint leaves mixture and sauté it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the assorted vegetables and cook it for another 2 minutes.
  • To this, add water and salt and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Now add the soaked rice to this mixture and cook until the water is completely absorbed.
  • Sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander leaves and transfer it to your lunch box.

Sprouts Salad 

Ingredients:S

  • 1 cup of cooked sprouts
  • ¼ cup of chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup of chopped onions
  • ¼ cup of chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 ½ tsp black salt

Method:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together and toss it well.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before you transfer it to your lunch box.
  • You can also mix the salad with yogurt to enjoy a healthier meal.

Protein Punch Pasta

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of whole-wheat pasta (your choice)
  • 1 cup of boiled chickpeas
  • ½ cup of boiled red beans
  • ½ cup of boiled black beans
  • ½ cup of chopped French beans
  • ½ cup of chopped carrots
  • ½ cup of sliced celery
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper as needed

Method:

  • Heat some water in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons of salt and bring it to a boil. Add the pasta to it and allow it to cook for 5-6 minutes. Now add the arrots and French beans to it and allow it to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Drain excess water and set it aside.
  • To make the dressing, combine vinegar, honey, olive oil, dried basil and mustard sauce. Mix it well as set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine chickpeas, red beans, black beans, boiled pasta, French beans, carrots, celery, pinch of salt and pepper and toss it well.
  • Now pour the dressing and toss it again, until all the ingredients mix well together.
  • Sprinkle some freshly cut coriander leaves and transfer it to your lunch box.

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