Your HEALTHIEST Packed Lunch (under 400 calories)
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A delicious packed lunch that will see you through the entire week!
Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 5
  • 4 large chicken breasts (not 5), seasoned and grilled (cooked 20-30 mins)
  • ½ x 5 cups pearl barley, cooked
  • mixed vegetables: 2 large carrots, ½ red onion, ½ bag cherry tomatoes, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red pepper, 2 medium courgettes.
  • Handful baby spinach, washed
  • Optional: 30g feta, a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Chop the mixed vegetables (I like to chop the baby marrow and carrots around one inch thick and at a slant).
  3. Season the vegetables with preferred seasoning (I like paprika, salt and pepper).
  4. Drizzle with oil – only a tiny bit, around 2 tsp.
  5. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until starting to caramelize.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. In the meantime: prepare the chicken (reheat if necessary, cut into slices).
  8. Prepare your lunch containers and divide the chicken and vegetables between 5 containers.
  9. Add ½ cup pearl barley to each container.
  10. Store containers in the fridge, or freezer.
  11. Just before serving - add baby spinach, and optional extras.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 321 Fat: 5.9g Carbohydrates: 35 Sugar: 5.3g Fiber: 8.1g Protein: 36.7g
Recipe by Loraine Steyn at