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Ditch the boring sandwiches and try our grown-up lunchbox ideas instead

Bored of opening up a box of soggy sandwiches come lunchtime? We don't blame you. Check out our colourful packed lunch alternatives

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Ditch the boring sandwiches and try our grown-up lunchbox ideas instead

Mixing up your daily routine with a delicious and colourful packed lunch is a simple, sure-fire way to revive you from your midday slump. And it's far more fun than soggy sandwiches - that's for sure!

Taking inspiration from all over the world, we've compiled a list of easy, filling and super tasty lunchbox ideas - and there's not a single piece of soggy sliced bread in sight, either.

Scroll on for an injection of delicious lunchtime inspiration below.

Middle eastern cous cous salad

Cous cous makes a brilliant base for speedy packed lunches thrown together at a moment's notice. Keep a packet in the cupboard ready for when your fresh lunch supplies like sliced bread are running low. It's also a great option for days when you won't be able to stash your lunch away somewhere cool as cous cous doesn't go off quickly like salad leaves or moist sandwich fillings.

We like to use nutty giant wholegrain cous cous in this Middle Eastern salad. Roasted veg adds colour and sweetness, while walnuts and almonds give the salad some bite. Top with crumbled feta for a lunchbox you'll be dying to dig into as soon as you sit down at your desk at 9AM.

Mediterranean penne salad

It's a truth universally acknowledged that it's nigh-on impossible to cook the right amount of dried pasta. Don't let that excess go to waste - turn your leftover penne into a delicious pasta salad to have for lunch the next day.

Cooled pasta is tossed with blushing sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, black olive croutons, balsamic vinegar and a good glug of rich olive oil in this simple pasta salad bursting with sweet, savoury and punchy flavours from the Med.

Fajita-spiced brisket pizza

We'll take any excuse to eat pizza… Just as good cold as it is warm, the comfort food staple makes a brilliant lunch option if you've got leftovers kicking around the next day.

Bursting with colourful veg and smoky fajita flavours, this beef brisket pizza is an absolute winner. Use the whole brisket to top two pizzas - one for family dinner tonight and one for all of your lunches the next day. Two birds, one delicious stone!

Coronation chicken skewers

Retro coronation chicken sandwiches get a makeover in these scrumptious kebabs with fruity mango mayo dip. Marinated in a gentle mix of garlic, curry powder and lime, they taste just as good hot as they do cold. Serve with some flatbreads or pittas for a delicious and substantial packed lunch sans soggy sliced bread.

The Seventies called, they want their sandwich filling back - and we don't blame them!

Tuna sushi rolls

No need to splurge on pre-packaged sushi that's been sitting in the fridge all day. It's surprisingly easy to rustle up your own at home - and for a fraction of the cost, too!

Tinned tuna chunks make fantastic sushi filling. Mix a drained can with a little mayo to help it stick then roll it between cooked sushi rice along with your choice of soft and crunchy raw veg - think spring onion, carrot, avocado or peppers.

Can't get your hands on some of that nori (seaweed paper)? Don't worry - raw courgette, sliced into ribbons with a vegetable peeler, works just as well and offers a satisfying crunch to boot!

Falafel mezze bowls

Packed with chickpeas and warming spices, falafel make delicious little morsels perfect for popping in packed lunches. We've paired our readymade falafel with some pre-seasoned packet couscous for ease, as well as coriander, apricots, parsley, spring onion and added cumin seeds to really ramp up those Middle Eastern flavours.

Make these mezze bowls at the beginning of the week then grab one from the fridge each morning to save time - no need to make them fresh each night!

Looking to mix up your weekday routine with some fun-filled packed lunches? Make sure to stock up on everything you need to make these tasty lunchtime treats online or pop into your local store.