Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Healthy and Quick Weekday Office Lunch Ideas

A few months ago I came up with and idea for a food shoot for Real Living. It was based around quick and easy lunches which you can make and take to work with you, saving time and stress, money etc. I thought it would be nice to run with a Mad Men styled/inspired shoot, Sarah who is the Senior stylist at Real Living loved the idea so we worked on it together to produce some fun shots. I provided 5 or 6 recipes which featured in the mag a month or so ago. Seeing as it’s a Sunday and the working week is about to start again for most, I thought it was a fitting idea to upload these recipes and maybe you can give them a bash. I’m including three directly here in WKA. All other recipes can be found here at the RL site.Β 

Pearl barley and puy lentil salad with sweet potato, broccoli and roasted baby tomatoes, spicy mustard vinaigrette dressing

Wholemeal wrap with poached chicken, lemon, walnut and tarragon yoghurt mayo

BBQ chicken, spinach and pasta frittata

All images Β© Katie Quinn Davies 2012

32 Responses to “Healthy and Quick Weekday Office Lunch Ideas”

  1. May 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Great recipes and I do love the styling! πŸ™‚

  2. May 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I love lunch ideas! Would be great if this could be a (semi) regular series πŸ™‚

  3. May 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

    OMG katie you seriously rock! I’ve just finished dinner and am full but still you’ve made my mouth water! Love the food and love the styling. Thanks for sharing your amazing work!
    Cheers Fiona

  4. May 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thanks everyone! Am so sorry if the text in this post is appearing on your computers all over the place, I have had a NIGHTMARE time uploading this post – took 4 hours (!?!!!!!) to get those pics and recipe wording up – I almost have no hair left. Cannot wait to get my new site up an running in late August, more consistency; better navigation, etc etc etc – basically easier and hugely better all round! x

  5. May 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Neen – thanks for the feedback, watch this space I have loads of interesting ideas lined up for the blog, along with a few new contributing food editors and chefs – will have loads more content more regularly and lots of new and funky angles and stories πŸ™‚

  6. May 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I love so much the styling too! Looks like the pictures were really taken in the 60’s!

  7. May 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I love so much the styling too! Looks like the pictures were really taken in the 60’s!

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  9. May 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    My God those are gorgeous! you are a genius photographer.

  10. May 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    These all look delicious.

    I love the styling for the shoot too.


  11. May 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, the photos are so adorable!! How do I get my hands on a typewriter like that? πŸ˜‰ The recipes also look fantastic, Katie! I’m definitely adding them to my arsenal.

  12. May 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I love this article so much, first because i’m a big fan of mad men but also because the ideas are really really good πŸ™‚

  13. May 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love this blog. I’m so happy I found it! These pictures make me feel like I’m entering a whole new world, where even the smallest things can be magical.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  14. May 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Wow, everything looks so yummy and stylish (love love love the retro feel!) but there is ONE missing ingredient : where-is-DON-DRAPER ? Gimme Donnn… or a bloody ceasar to forget him ! πŸ˜‰

  15. May 28, 2012 at 3:40 am

    love mad men, and these are such amazing props that you used. thanks for sharing, great recipes

  16. May 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Love the way the chicken wrap is served out of a jar! lunch can be such a rush – love the idea of having something like this to inspire us and stop sneaky snack habits.

  17. May 28, 2012 at 5:20 am

    You had me at chicken wrap.

  18. May 28, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I want it all now!!!! If only I hadn’t been to the markets already πŸ™‚

  19. May 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

    these sound delicious!
    also perfect for a light summer picknick (:
    xo, cheyenne

  20. Anna
    May 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love the idea! and the all the recipes are going on my to-cook list!!

  21. May 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Hi! Its my first time here…and by golly am I coming back for more! Love the pics!


  22. May 29, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Yum!! What great ideas! I’ve been looking for new lunch ideas for work as I’m sick of taking either salad or vege soup…will be trying these delicious recipes for sure. Thank you!

  23. May 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    what a fantastic photoshoot concept…so creative and beautifully executed, complete with mouthwatering recipes… just lovely Katie, thank you!

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  25. May 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Great idea for a shoot! I’m a total Mad Men geek.
    The sweet potato lentil pearl barley salad sounds like something I’d love!

  26. June 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    nice pice

  27. June 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Are you trying to left align the photographs? When I do that (even with line breaks) my text wraps in blogger. It drives me crazy. I find if I center align the text never wraps. It’s annoying, but I don’t want your hair to fall out.

  28. June 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    ^ if I center align the photographs.

    I love this post by the way. I work at home and I find that I eat the worst stuff. I’ve been trying to nail down what I eat during the week. I think this will help.

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  30. June 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    The styling of these is amazing! The pasta fritatta also sounds interesting – great way to use up leftover pasta though.

  31. June 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! Brilliant! Next: a Twin Peaks style coffee break feature!

  32. July 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Will have to try your take on the chicken wraps.
    Great styling and photos.

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