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Popular Office Lunches in Europe

In comparison to other continents, the cuisine of Europe is a lot more diverse. In certain European countries, meat is a more prominent part of a meal, and in some cases, takes up 2/3 of a portion size.

Choose from four classic European dishes, including the traditional cheese sandwhich!

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Austria - Chicken Schnitzel and Coleslaw

Originating in Austria, schnitzel is a term most commonly used to describe meats coated in flour, beaten eggs, breadcrumbs and fried. Enjoy this delicacy with a side of refreshing homemade coleslaw!
Calories Prep/Cook Time 
338 40 Minutes


To begin making chicken schnitzel and coleslaw, you will need:

    • 1 chicken breast
    • 1 tbsp parmesan, grated
    • 25g flour
    • 1 small egg, beaten
    • 20g dried breadcrumbs
    • 20g vegetable oil
    • 75g white cabbage, shredded
    • 1 small carrot, grated
    • 2 spring onions, sliced
    • ½ an apple, grated
    • 50g natural yoghurt
    • Juice ¼ lemon
    • 2 tsp English mustard


  1. Begin by making the coleslaw - combine the cabbage, carrot, onions, apple, yoghurt, lemon juice and mustard. Set aside.

  2. Tenderise the chicken until its 2-3mm thick.

  3. Lay the flour on one plate and the egg on another. Dip the chicken into the flour, followed by the egg.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dip the chicken into the mixture and coat well.

  5. In a frying pan, heat oil on a high heat and fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes each side, or until golden brown.

  6. Serve warm or cold with the coleslaw!

Denmark - Pickled Herring Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød, otherwise known as an 'open sandwich' is a common lunch in Denmark. Favoured toppings are either meat or fish, cheese or spreads. Smørrebrøds are often decorated with style to create a visually appealing meal.
Calories Prep/Cook Time 
186 5 Minutes


To begin making pickled herring smørrebrød, you will need:

    • 1 slice rugbrød (Danish sourdough rye bread)
    • Butter, slightly softened
    • 5 pieces of pickled herring
    • Red onion, thinly sliced


  1. Shape the rugbrød by cutting it into a 3 x 5 inch rectangle

  2. Spread the butter evenly on top side of the bread.

  3. Layer the pickled herring and red onion onto the buttered rugbrød and serve!

Italy - Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is such a versatile meal that it has made its way around the globe. Often served as an appetizer, side dish, or main course, pasta salad is a simple and easy dish to make and can be altered to accommodate preference. 
Calories Prep/Cook Time 
107 25 Minutes


To begin making pasta salad, you will need:

Homemade Dressing (optional)

    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • ¼ tsp dried basil
    • ¼ tsp parsley
    • Salt and pepper to season

    Pasta Salad

      • 100g pasta
      • 50g salami, sliced
      • 50g baby bocconcini, halved
      • ½ red pepper
      • 50g olives
      • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
      • ¼ cup basil leaves


      1. If option to home make the dressing, place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

      2. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

        Once cooked, drain and rinse well with cold water. Shake off excess water and transfer into a medium sized bowl.

      3. In the bowl, add the salami, bocconcini, pepper, olives, tomatoes and basil leaves and mix well.

      4. Serve at room temperature or cold!

      United Kingdom - Cheese Sandwich

      The cheese sandwich is a very basic, but very popular lunch in the UK. Often dressed with pickle, tomatoes or onions, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this classic British delicacy. 
      Calories Prep/Cook Time 
      497 5 Minutes


      To begin making a cheese sandwich, you will need:

        • 2 slices of white bread
        • 2-3 slices of preferred cheese (cheddar for example)
        • Butter, slightly softened


      1. Spread butter evenly onto the two slices of bread.

      2. Evenly layer the slices of cheese onto one slice of bread.

      3. Place the other slice of bread on top and serve cold!

      Tip: To serve warm, place sandwich in a griddle on a medium heat. Remove when the cheese begins to melt and the bread appears golden!

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