Liven up your lunchbox with Diana Henry's brilliant recipe ideas

Sack off the soggy sarnie and enjoy a lunchtime feast 
– even if it is at your desk,
Sack off the soggy sarnie and enjoy a lunchtime feast – even if it is at your desk Credit: Haarala Hamilton

Three quarters of office workers (according to research conducted by New Covent Garden Soup) have eaten the same lunch every day for the past nine months. A sad one in six have eaten the same lunch for the past two years. This country’s most popular lunch is a ham or cheese sandwich.

Now, I’m not anti-sandwich – I have my Marks & Spencer and Pret favourites (the M&S prawn and mayonnaise sarnie is as emotive for me as Proust’s madeleine was for him) – but they don’t make for the most satisfying meal. You’re immediately sated, then hungry two hours later, because you’re basically just eating bread. Take the filling out and look  at how meagre it is.

The non-sandwich options – plastic boxes of super-grains with little tubs of gloopy dressing on the side, or 'protein pots’ (one hard-boiled egg and a fistful of spinach to take me to 6pm: are you having a laugh?) – aren’t good value for money either....

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