Instead of buying lunch at university, it’s so much healthier and cheaper for you to make your own! Save those pennies with our ten easy on-the-go lunch recipes that are perfect for busy students.
1. Tuna wrap
Wraps make a great on the go lunch recipe, they’re super simple to make and easy to eat in between classes. The recipe below uses tuna and crunchy veggies, requiring no cooking at all! You just need to assemble the wrap which takes all of ten minutes.
2. Pesto pasta
Pesto pasta may be the most simple pasta recipe out there! And it makes for a great on the go lunch as you can meal prep your pesto pasta at the start of the week and have everything ready to go. This recipe is quick and easy, using just cherry tomatoes and cheese, but you can add whatever you like – chicken, asparagus, avocado, spinach – it’s up to you!
3. Mason jar salad
Mason jar salads are just as easy to prep as a regular salad, but taking them to university in a jar will fit much better in your bag than usual chunky containers. Remember to put the dressing at the bottom and the greens and soft vegetables at the top so they don’t become soggy. And I recommend not filling the jar all the way to the top, so you have room to mix everything.
4. Savoury muffin
Embrace your inner baker and prepare some savoury muffins for a super delicious on the go lunch! With 12 muffins per batch, you’ll have enough to make lunch for the whole week. The recipe below packed with corn, carrot and zucchini is super healthy and very filling. If you don’t have time to stop and eat between classes, you should definitely give these a go!
5. Toasted sandwich
Take a boring sandwich to the next level by making it a toasted sandwich! You can go for the classic cheese toastie if you’re short on time, or you can experiment with some different flavours. Check out this super healthy green toasted sandwich, packed with avocado, zucchini, baby spinach, feta cheese and pesto.
6. Chickpea salad
A chickpea salad is perfect for busy students as there is no cooking required, just chop up your veggies and mix with chickpeas and dressing, that’s it! You can also meal prep this salad at the start of the week so you have a healthy lunch that waiting for you in the fridge each day.
Bagels are a perfect on the go lunch and you can fill them with whatever you like. For a healthy option, check out this veggie everything bagel filled with cream cheese, tomato, avocado and red onion. Easy to make and simply delicious!
8. Pita pockets
Pita pockets are the ultimate on the go lunch, just slice open, fill them up and you’re ready to go. The recipe below uses a delicious combination of chicken and coleslaw. You can make the chicken beforehand so all you have to do in the morning is fill up the pita pocket and head out the door.
9. Sandwich rolls
For an easy on the go sandwich recipe, try out these cute little sandwich rolls! Using either flatbread or tortillas, layer on top deli meat of your choice (like ham or turkey), veggies and cheese. Then roll up, refrigerate and in the morning slice into thick rounds and pack them to go!
10. Mini quiches
Mini quiches are so great for a busy day when you don’t have time to sit and eat. And you can make them beforehand, freeze and defrost on the day you need them, so there’s hardly any prep in the morning, just a quick blitz in the microwave!