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Brits ditch ‘boring’ lunches for trendy open sandwiches and burrito bowls – as working from home gives them more time

MORE Brits are ditching ‘boring’ lunches and opting for trendy meals like burrito bowls and burgers as lockdown forces a change to our eating habits.

A study of 2,000 adults found popular lunchtime dishes now include linguine, French toast and poached salmon.


Some 59 per cent of Brits say they’re ready to try something new when it comes to lunchtime meals[/caption]

Brits are ditching the old tomato, ham and cheese toastie for fancy ‘open’ sandwiches

Other dishes in the top 40 list included club sandwiches, frittata, avocado on toast, buttermilk chicken and sweetcorn fritters.

On the other end of the scale, the research confirmed salad, cheese and crackers, or soup were the most boring.

Some 59 per cent are keen to try new things when it comes to their lunch or get creative with lunchtime meals, with a quarter even admitting they “live for food”.

Louise Crighton at Allinson’s Bread, which commissioned the research, said: “The research shows that those days of eating the same food for lunch every day are numbered.

“With more time spent at home over the past year, we’ve challenged how we think about lunch – from what we eat to where we eat it – pushing boundaries and enjoying a lunch less ordinary.

“Sandwiches, salads and soups are just the beginning. It’s good to reimagine and reinvent Groundhog Day lunches as something that bit more maverick and ground-breaking.”

Almost half of respondents said they’ve switched the dinner table for more adventurous places thanks to lockdown, with one in five people opting for lunch whilst rambling.

Meanwhile, people are turning to supermarkets (21 per cent), TV shows (14 per cent) and social media (13 per cent) for meal ideas.

And a sixth of those surveyed via OnePoll even share images of their own lunchtime creations on social media.

Of those who have worked from home during the past year, 44 per cent say they learnt new skills in the kitchen while one third say lockdown has allowed them to spend more time preparing lunchtime meals.

The OnePoll survey found more Brits were sharing pictures of their lunchtime meals online

Celebrity chef Valentine Warner is one of many showing Brits how to be more creative in the kitchen[/caption]

More than a fifth have become more experimental with their meals.

According to the research, ‘trailblazers’ continue to inspire people today as 55 per cent have been inspired by foodie pioneers to be more elaborate, as well as creative (46 per cent) with their lunch dishes.

Trailblazers of today were found to include Jamie Oliver and David Attenborough.

Top 40 less ordinary lunches Brits are dishing up:

  1. Open sandwich
  2. Poached eggs
  3. Pasta and sauce
  4. Burger
  5. Club sandwich
  6. Quiche
  7. Salmon
  8. Stir fry
  9. French toast
  10. Flat bread
  11. Mac n cheese
  12. Avocado on toast
  13. Couscous
  14. Minestrone
  15. Fajitas
  16. Chilli
  17. Steak
  18. Noodle salad
  19. Falafel
  20. Risotto
  21. Salad jar
  22. Prawn cocktail
  23. Croque monsieur
  24. Frittata
  25. Eggs Benedict
  26. Bruschetta
  27. Stuffed pepper
  28. Quinoa
  29. Linguine
  30. Sushi
  31. Gnocchi
  32. Buttermilk chicken
  33. Sweetcorn fritters
  34. Burrito bowl
  35. Tabbouleh
  36. Courgetti
  37. Shakshuka
  38. Tagine
  39. Pesto pinwheels
  40. Galette

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