15-Minute Work from Home Lunch Ideas
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15-Minute Work from Home Lunch Ideas

Yes you read correctly, only 15 minutes – so you still have 45 minutes to enjoy your lunch while watching an episode of Crash Landing On You (optional).  You’re welcome! 

The circuit breaker measures in Singapore kick in this week. As everyone settles in for work from home (we see you people queuing at Ikea over the weekend), we figured it would help everyone to have a list of quick, easy and delicious lunch ideas to break the monotony of working from home. 

We promise these are quick and easy, and don’t involve heavy cooking or massive clean-up so your house doesn’t smell like food for the rest of the day! We know the lunch hour is precious so even a 30-minute meal may seem too long, so we’ve one-upped the 30-minute meal for a 15-minute work from home lunch. It really doesn’t get any more fuss-free than this. 

Let’s get started! 


Photo credit: happyskinkitchen.com

If you’re looking for some brunch vibes to tide you through a dreary day, this is the recipe for you. Unbelievably easy – just stir fry sliced mushrooms with garlic and soy sauce, serve with mashed avocado preferably on rye bread. Instant cafe vibes! 

Check out the recipe from Happy Skin Eats here: https://www.happyskinkitchen.com/2018/01/13/my-favourite-avocado-garlicky-mushroom-toast/ 

2. Easy and Healthy Tossed Pasta

This is a quicker, easier, healthier and lighter alternative to classic pasta that we really wish we’d known sooner! One of our favourite 15 minute meals, that can be easily switched up with different pasta sauces and component ingredients so you don’t get bored. 

Simply boil some pasta, drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil and toss in your favourite pasta sauce and ingredients. For ingredients, we recommend choosing a salad green, cherry tomatoes (so yum especially if you bother giving it a quick stir-fry) and a protein to ensure you get a well-balanced meal. 

Here are 3 versions that we’ve been loving to give you some inspiration. 

3. Noodles with Black Bean Sauce

noodles with black bean sauce. Chinese dry tossed noodles

Another favourite of ours – noodles tossed in black bean sauce. Simply boil your choice of noodles and desired accompaniments. We usually like frozen dumplings, crab sticks, fishcakes or meatballs with some bok choy. 

While the noodles and accompaniments are boiling, combine ingredients for the sauce in a large noodle bowl (recipe below). Once done mixing, noodles and accompaniments should be ready and can be fished out and dumped in the noodle bowl to be tossed with the sauce and you’re done! If you prefer a soup version simply add the sauce to the boiling soup and accompaniments.   

There’s really no excuse for instant noodles when it’s just as easy to make this. 

Check out our recipe for the sauce here: https://theopenpan.sg/recipes/dry-noodles-with-black-bean-sauce/

4. Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwich / Salad

Ok, this one involves advance prep, but the prep is so quick and simple we figured it was good enough for the list, not to mention the resulting flavours are to die for and totally worth it! 

Just chop up the ingredients and throw into the slow cooker along for the spices to marinate the meat into tender finger-licking goodness. The result is tender, fall apart pieces of flavourful pulled pork. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 months. 

When it’s lunchtime, just heat up the pulled pork in the microwave and serve as filling in a sandwich (we love toast or warm pita bread), along with some fresh greens. Alternatively, serve as protein on a bed of salad. A quick 5 minute job! 

An awesome recipe for slow cooker pulled pork here: https://www.recipetineats.com/pork-carnitas-mexican-slow-cooker-pulled-pork/

5. Claypot Chicken Rice

A perennial favourite of ours, especially for lazy dinners. This one involves turning your rice cooker into a claypot. Chop up the ingredients and throw into the rice cooker with the claypot chicken sauce concoction and let it cook. The speed depends on your rice cooker so it does have a longer cooking time. 

We like to spend 10 minutes preparing this after breakfast and leave it to cook so we’re ready for an instant lunch. The best part is that the rice cooker keeps your meal warm even if it’s finished cooking so you can prepare the ingredients early and enjoy it at any time that suits you. 

Check out a sweet rice cooker claypot chicken rice recipe here: https://dailycookingquest.com/clay-pot-chicken-rice-in-rice-cooker.html 

6. Healthy Tofu Gua Bao

Photo credit: @woon.heng via instagram

The most popular version of gua bao would probably be the kong bak bao, which is fatty pork braised in spices and dark soy sauce. Tastes magical, but is time-consuming to make and not to most healthy with the layers of fat. 

A great and quick alternative is this healthy tofu gua bao by @woon.heng. She pan-fries the tofu squares with a sweet, salty and sticky sauce concoction. Serve with fluffy soft gua bao buns (you can easily pick these up at the supermarket) and some cucumber and carrot shreds for a light, yet balanced lunch!  

Check out the recipe here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5KtYBlJYV0/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

7. Miso Udon Noodles

Photo Credit: steamykitchen.com

This is another super easy noodle recipe that puts your instant noodle tendencies to shame. The udon broth is made easy by adding vegetable stock and miso paste. Add in your favourite greens and some Japanese fish cakes for a balanced meal. So quick and tasty! 

Check out the udon noodle soup with miso recipe from steamy kitchen here: https://steamykitchen.com/10361-japanese-udon-noodle-soup-miso-recipe.html 

We hope these recipes give you the inspiration needed to try out some delicious and healthy lunches over the circuit breaker month.

Remember to tag us on @theopenpansg if you try any of these recipes, we’d love to see your creations. 

Want to get these recipes, shop for ingredients directly and get all ingredients needed delivered to your doorstep? Check out The Open Pan mobile app here

“Remember to tag us on @theopenpansg if you try any of these recipes, we’d love to see your creations. Want to get these recipes, shop for ingredients directly and get all ingredients needed delivered to your doorstep? Check out The Open Pan mobile app here.”
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