Lazy Lunchboxes

No more overpriced, tasteless sandwiches – make your own healthy lunchbox.

After hearing a particularly disgusting story on the radio (a sandwich-making operative was given community service for putting lettuce up his nose then back into the food tray- euuugh) and then paying £2.80 for a thoroughly awful sandwich, I made a vow to start making my own.

What a revelation! They are so much healthier, tastier, fresher and much less hassle than I thought. In a morning, whilst I am taking mouthfuls of cereal I pop a few different bits and bobs into some bread then put it in my work bag with some fruit and, of course, a cheeky treat! This week I have enjoyed a Dovedale cheese & onion chutney roll, a ham & salad pitta and a Brie & cranberry wrap. If you keep a few different types of bread – seeded rolls, ciabatta, wraps, pitta – in the freezer you have much more choice and they don’t go mouldy in the bread bin before you have chance to eat them. I just pop some bread in the microwave for 10 or 20 seconds and then add the filling. They are thoroughly defrosted by lunchtime. My top tip for a treat – fun-size chocolate bars. They give you a chocolate fix without adding too many calories to your diet. Mini Twix are my favourite – yum!

Try  this this Quick Prawn Wraps lunchbox recipe.

Quick Prawn Wraps recipe

Quick Prawn Wraps recipe

Quick Prawn Wraps recipe

Make your own lunchbox. Healthier, tastier and fresher wraps – and much less hassle than you might think.

Preparation time 30 minutes
Calories per wrap 310 Kcal
Fat per wrap 11g
of which saturated 4.1g

Makes 4 wraps
Light soft cream cheese 200g (7oz)
Snipped chives 3 tbsp
Peeled prawns 175g (6oz), thawed if frozen
Tabasco sauce to taste
Tortillas 4
Large plum tomatoes 3, quartered, deseeded and cut into thin strips lengthways
Rocket leaves 50g (2oz)
Watercress 50g (2oz) (trimmed weight)

1 Put the cream cheese into a bowl and mix with a fork until softened. Add the chives and prawns, season to taste with Tabasco sauce – approximately 3–4 drops – and then mix together gently.

2 Dividing the cheese mixture evenly, spread it over each tortilla. Then sprinkle each one equally with the tomato strips.

3 Scatter the rocket leaves and watercress over the tomatoes, and then roll up each tortilla tightly. Wrap each tortilla in a paper napkin and serve immediately.

Find more scrumptious recipes in the Dairy Cookbooks.

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