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4 low-cost lunch ideas
to try this week

Preparing your weekday lunches doesn't have to be a monotonous task.

Here are a few quick and low-cost meal ideas that will give you a break from traditional sandwiches. Our suggestions are simple, tasty, and guaranteed to please your whole family. And the best part? Each of these dishes can be eaten cold so you won't have to line up at the office microwave during your lunch break!

Vegetarian pesto pasta salad

Vegetarian pesto pasta salad Vegetarian pesto pasta salad

This pasta salad is as delicious as it is easy to make. Start by cooking the pasta by following the instructions on the package. Fusilli, bow tie, and macaroni pasta are perfect for this kind of recipe. After draining the pasta, transfer the noodles to a large salad bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil to prevent them from sticking together. Then chill in the fridge. A few hours later, add a bit of pesto as well as fresh tomato cherries sliced in half. Finally, crumble some feta cheese on top. If you want, you can use mild cheddar instead of feta cheese or even bocconcini if you want to treat yourself!

Practical tip: If you eat pasta for dinner, simply make a bit more so you can use the leftover for a salad the next day.

Mexican bowl with just the right kick

Mexican bowl with just the right kick Mexican bowl with just the right kick

Have ever tried a deconstructed burrito? It's so delicious and easy to make. Start by cooking the chicken in a pan with taco seasoning. Once cooked through, cut into small pieces. Then cook the rice in a pot following the instructions on the package. You can use either brown or white rice depending on which you prefer. Add the rice to a bowl or lunch container and top with chicken, black beans, and canned corn. Season with salt and pepper. For the final step, you can use a variety of toppings such as avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro, salsa, etc. Use the ingredients that you want and those that are listed in the weekly flyer, or whatever leftovers you have in the fridge.

Instagrammable BLT Mason jar salad

Instagrammable BLT Mason jar salad Instagrammable BLT Mason jar salad

Incredibly easy to make, Mason jar salads are a wonderful way to impress your colleagues at lunchtime. First, cook the slices of bacon and chop them up into little pieces. Grab a Mason jar or a plastic container if you're making lunch for a child and add a layer of lettuce in the bottom. Then add the tomatoes, onions, and bacon. You can also add any other vegetables you've got in your fridge such as shredded carrots, cucumbers, red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, etc. The more colourful and brighter it is, the tastier it will be! To avoid soggy lettuce, bring your vinaigrette in a separate container and only pour it onto your salad when you're ready to eat.

Suggestion for homemade vinaigrette: for a quick and easy vinaigrette, combine some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup. Adjust the quantities to your liking!

Pita pizza to go

Pita pizza to go Pita pizza to go

Save time in the morning by preparing these pizzas the night before. Spread the tomato sauce onto the pita bread. Then add your favourite sliced veggies, sliced salami, and shredded cheese. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees until the cheese is melted and slightly golden. Once the pizzas are ready, let them cool for a few minutes before slicing in four and storing in the fridge. The next morning just put them in a reusable container in your lunch box and you're ready to go!

Creative meals

Of course, sandwiches and wraps will always be a staple of lunch. But sometimes it's nice to try something new, especially when the recipes are low-cost dishes filled with new flavours. In any case, don't forget to check your flyer to get the most out of our special offers.