Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Lunches for Work

Oct 29, 2013

There is no need to spend money on an expensive lunch out when you can prepare the following five ingredient lunches in advance from the comfort of your own home. These recipes can be made ahead of time and some even have overlapping ingredients to reduce that long grocery list. Timbercreek Communities’ apartments in Guelph are conveniently located near all of life’s necessities such as grocery stores, restaurants, parks, community centres, public transportation, and great shopping.

Bacon Parmesan Penne
5 ingredients needed:

1.     Bacon
2.     Onion
3.     Penne pasta (or any other pasta will work)
4.     Olive oil
5.     Parmesan cheese

Why not treat yourself by bringing a rich, creamy, and delicious pasta dish to work for lunch. There is no need to spend big bucks on an expensive lunch out with this savoury Bacon Parmesan Penne from ‘Yummly’. This dish can be prepared quickly, stores well, and is budget friendly.

Caesar salad
5 ingredients needed:

1.     Infused olive oil
2.     Egg
3.     Lemon juice
4.     Worcestershire sauce
5.     Romaine Lettuce 
6.     Salt and Pepper (these don’t really count as ingredients do they?) 


This healthy Caesar Salad recipe by ‘The Home Channel’ takes only five minutes to make and is perfect for those who occasionally like to hit the snooze button. If you have any leftover bacon from the above Parmesan penne recipe, feel free to add it into this salad for some satisfying crunch and flavour. For the freshest ingredients for all of your lunches, head on over to Metro grocery store located only minutes away from our 27 Vanier Drive apartments.

Caprese pasta salad
5 ingredients needed:
1.     Pasta
2.     Cherry tomatoes
3.     Fresh mozzarella cheese
4.     Fresh basil
5.     Balsamic vinaigrette (homemade or bottled) 

Making a pasta salad is a great way to get all the healthy vegetables and nutrients you need while still getting a rich depth of flavour and fibre from the pasta. It basically combines the best of both worlds into one healthy satisfying lunch. In this Caprese Pasta Salad from ‘The Food Network,’ fresh traditional salad ingredients are combined with pasta and tangy balsamic vinaigrette for a new take on the caprese salad.

Salami Panini
5 ingredients needed:

1.     Salami of your choice
2.     Fontina cheese
3.     Hot Tuscan peppers such as pepperoncini
4.     Bread or rolls of your choice
5.     Unsalted butter

A delicious deli sandwich such as ‘My Recipes’ Salami Panini is a great way to literally spice up your everyday sandwich routine. This sandwich uses creamy Fontina cheese and hot Tuscan peppers to enhance and complement the flavours of the salami. No need for boring old ham and cheese with this bad boy.

Antipasto leftover lunch
5 ingredients needed (here is a sample of some possible ingredients):

Salami or other deli meats
Roasted red peppers or hot pepperoncini
Fresh bread
Mozzarella, bocconcini balls, or fresh Parmesan cheese
Hummus or any other spread you like

This is a ridiculously easy and delicious lunch to put together that even involves using some leftover ingredients from past meals. Putting together an antipasto plate is a great option for lunch because it is healthy, filling, easy to pack, and very easy to change up from day to day. You will never get bored with this fun lunch and snack option. Home Outfitters in Stone Road Mall is located only minutes away from our apartments at 40 Vanier Drive and has all the kitchen gadgets, storage, and containers you will need to make a fantastic lunch. For more antipasto platter inspiration check out ‘Keep Your Diet Real’ for their Antipasto Lunch ideas.

Timbercreek’s Vanier Place apartments in Guelph offer state-of-the art facilities including a new media/social room and a fully equipped gym.  Whether you are a student at the University or a young professional looking for a great apartment in a fabulous location, Vanier Place might just be for you. For more information regarding Timbercreek Communities including our Guelph properties please click here.

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