Drag out that sandwich press…

By Camilla Wagstaff |

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Who doesn’t love lunch? The thought of it pretty much gets us through those mid-morning meetings.

But we get it. Not everyone has access to a full kitchen every lunchtime like we do.

So, to inspire you to get creative with your midday meal, we put our heads together to come up with some nifty, healthy foods that can be cooked using just one office appliance – the sandwich press.

1. Breakfast fry-up.

Who said you need a stove to create a delicious full English!? You’ll need a few rashers of bacon, an egg and some chopped veg (tomato, mushroom and spinach all work great).

Fry up your bacon first by popping in the sandwich press and closing the lid. When it starts to get crispy, add your veg, press and cook for an extra couple of minutes. Then, crack in your egg and cook to your liking, like you would on a frying pan.

Serve on a bed of fresh spinach with a bit of avocado for a breakfast-inspired salad that can be eaten any time of day.

2. Pancakes.

Yup, you can make pancakes in the sandwich press, too.

Tote the batter for our Pumpkin Pikelets or our Easy Peasy Zucchini Blinis to work in a jar and smear a bit of butter on both sides of the hot plate before spooning her in. Press until golden and crispy.

3. Granola.

Use the sandwich press to toast up some oats, shredded coconut and your favourite nuts and seeds for a toasty DIY muesli (without the teaspoons of sugar).

Serve warm with some full-fat yoghurt and frozen blueberries (and a sprinkle of cinnamon if you’re feeling fancy.) The perfect quick brekkie or 3pm slump snack.

4. Hash browns.

All you need for this one is some grated potato (or sweet potato) and a bit of butter or olive oil for greasing. Chuck in a spoonful of grated goodness and press until cooked.

Prepare the night before and add some spices for a little extra kick (we love using paprika and cayenne!), then tote to work in a sealable jar.

5. Veggie skewers with haloumi… or anything with haloumi!

Chop up your favourite skewer-able veg the night before (think capsicum, zucchini, carrot and cherry tomatoes).

At work, load up your skewers with chopped haloumi and sandwich press away, turning the skewers every couple of minutes until cooked and crispy. Serve with some fresh spinach, full-fat plain or Greek yoghurt and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Haloumi in the sandwich press solo also makes for a great quick snack if the 3pm munchies hit. Yum!

We originally published this post in February 2017. We updated it in February 2018.

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