5 Irish businesses making lunchtime easier

Our lunch hour never feels long enough. Here are five Irish businesses that are taking the hassle out of grabbing something quick and delicious for lunch

  • Salad from Crunch Food Company, Cork

Deciding what to have for lunch can be stressful if you have to queue for a sandwich or haven't had time to batch cook recipes. When you just want to grab something quickly, you still want it to be healthy, as there's nothing worse than the stodgy full feeling after a disappointing lunch. Here are some great options from Irish companies, whether you're in the mood for a warming hotpot ready to eat in minutes, a quick gourmet sandwich without the queue or a healthy salad delivered to your door.

McCambridge’s

The well-known shop in Galway city centre is helping to eliminate the queue for your lunchtime sambo with an innovative app customers can use to place and pay for their order in advance. The McCambridge’s app offers soup and sandwiches as well as drinks and fruit, so you can pick and choose what you fancy. As they make up to 500 sandwiches daily, this app ensures no time is wasted for staff or customers. Anyone who has ever spent a hefty chunk of their lunch hour queuing to order or waiting for the person ahead of you to count out their change will appreciate this app. Hopefully more of our favourite lunch spots will follow suit. Available now on the iOS and Android. www.mccambridges.com

Dee’s Wholefoods

Dee’s Wholefoods may already be on your radar because of the delicious vegan sausages and veggie burgers. Free from gluten, additives, soy, dairy, GMO and wheat, Dee’s products are loaded with natural and organic ingredients. For a hearty lunchtime option, she has designed a range of hotpot meals, with the veg and quinoa pots available in Thai, Moroccan or Tex-Mex flavours. Just heat them in the microwave for a delicious lunch. We love that all the ingredients are real foods, without any hard-to-pronounce preservatives and additives, so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. €4.50 from Tesco. www.dees.ie

Crunch

Crunch is a Cork-based company that delivers healthy lunches. Started by two chefs, one trained in Le Cordon Bleu and the other in Ballymaloe, they’ve used their experience to create health conscious and flavoursome recipes. Place your order the day before and your lunch will be delivered to your door the next day. With healthy salads, a gym box full of protein, healthy veg hot pots and delicious protein brownies and dairy and sugar free flapjacks, this is a really handy option for those who want to eat clean but are short on time. View the menu here. www.crunchfoodcompany.com

Cool Beans

Beans on toast is no longer just an option for desperate times. The girls behind Cool Beans, Sarah and Isolde, have created a range of fancy baked beans that are so handy and full of flavour. The range includes original tomato of course, but also a delicious smokey paprika flavour and a hot chilli version. So simple and so satisfying. Find them in Super Valu for €2.99. www.coolbeans.ie

Hiro

Hiro creator Roisin Hogan will be familiar from her time in the Apprentice boardroom. She has created a range of low calorie noodle pots that are very tasty and handy for when you want a hot and filling lunch without feeling bogged down by carbs. The flavours include Chicken Stirfry Noodles and Prawn Miso Noodle Broth, but the ICM team favourite is the Chicken Ramen Noodle Broth. Find them in Super Valu for €4.99. www.hirobyroisin.com

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