Wholesome options that won’t break the bank either

Chances are, you’re still working from home this Phase 2 and grabbing lunch can be a hassle, especially when there aren’t many options around your neighbourhood. So instead of getting a packet of chicken rice for the upteempth time, try preparing your own meal with a couple of ingredients readily found in the kitchen. Want pasta? Try a simple yet satisfying spaghetti aglio e olio. Prefer something comforting? Indulge in a one-pan chicken and broccoli stir-fry. All quick, healthy and delicious for the at-home worker bee.
 

Korean-style egg and cheese sandwich
 

Breakfast for lunch? Yes please. Create your very own Korean-style egg and cheese sandwich not unlike the famed Isaac Toast’s signature dish which is incredibly satisfying no matter the weather or season. To make, simply butter up four pieces of white toast before moving onto prepping your omelette batter. In a bowl, combine shredded cabbage, carrots and onions with two large eggs. Whisk the mixture together with salt and black pepper, then cook it on medium heat with a pat of butter. Set the omelette aside, then toast your buttered bread slices on the same pan, and add American cheese before assembling the sandwich with the omelette, ketchup, mustard and even sugar. Enjoy this with your second cup of joe and your afternoon has only just begun.
 

One pan chicken and broccoli stir fry
 

For a simple yet nutritious chicken and broccoli stir-fry, begin by whisking together low sodium chicken broth, low sodium soy sauce, light brown sugar packed, corn starch, sesame oil, grated ginger, grated garlic and black pepper to get the perfect gravy. After slicing up some chicken, broccoli, mushrooms and onions, fry up the chicken on medium heat and set it aside when it’s done. Cook the vegetables with the sauce and add the chicken back into the mix. Give everything a good toss and plate this over rice to enjoy.


Soba salad
 

If you’ve got a hankering for something refreshing, try this piquant soba salad recipe that features soba in a honey soy dressing, garnished with green onions and cilantro. Start by prepping the dressing using a neutral flavour oil (vegetable or canola works) with sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes over medium heat. Then, add soy sauce and honey to the mixture after taking it off the stove. In a separate pot, cook your desired amount of soba before giving it a good rinse. Slice up your vegetables, combine it with the buckwheat noodles and dressing, and lunch is served.
 

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio
 

This has got to be one of the simplest yet tastiest pasta dishes. A classic, whip up a plate of spaghetti aglio e olio with just a couple of common ingredients found around the kitchen. First, cook a generous amount of spaghetti in salted water till al dente. Then, slice up tons of garlic before allowing it to simmer in plenty of extra virgin olive oil. Once the garlic begins to brown, add crushed red pepper flakes into the oil. Drain the pasta and toss it with the hot olive oil, parsley and grated parmesan, then serve.