Lunchbox – instant jam jar noodles (to save you from the small-talk)

It’s 1pm. You’ve been working since 9am, you avoided those chocolate biscuits like a SAINT at 11am and now you’re starving. But before you eat you’ve likely got one of two things to do:

  1. Get in line at the office microwave (which, by the way, heats food about as fast as one of those disposable barbecues…)
  2. Get in line at the nearest [insert mediocre sandwich bar or express supermarket here]

Don’t fancy doing the above? I don’t blame you. But what’s the answer?

It’s jam jar instant noodles my friend. That’s the answer.

Jam jar noodles 1

These noodles are all that’s been missing from your life. They’re customisable, meaning you can pretty much use whatever veg is in your fridge, and commutable, ie. you don’t have to worry about a load of lunch juice leaking into your bag and ruining your day.

They also don’t need to be in a jam jar, or any jar for that matter. Chuck them in a tuppaware if that’s all you have. Or a sandwich bag! You can tip it all out into a bowl at work and cover with cling film or some blue roll, it really doesn’t matter. Getting your 5 a day is more important than the gram. And that’s Insta I’m referring to, not the measurement.


To the recipe!



  • One nest of thin dry rice noodles*
  • Then pick and choose a few of the following:
    • carrot ribbons
    • courgette ribbons
    • shredded pak choi/bok choy
    • shredded sugarsnap peas
    • shredded cabbage
    • bean sprouts
    • thinly sliced peppers
    • sliced shiitake mushrooms
    • chopped spring onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • Fresh chopped chilli – to taste
  • Handful chopped coriander
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, or more to taste – this is added last minute so you can either buy on your way into work or transport in a smaller container


  • 1 tsp miso paste

 *You can also use fresh noodles for this


Vegetarian options

Hard boiled egg | Tofu


Meat and fish options

Chicken breast| Pork fillet | Salmon fillet




  1. Pop the noodles into a jar, or similar lidded container.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli, coriander, miso (if using) and your chosen veggies to the jar. Put the lime wedge on top, close the lid and pop in your bag ready for work (or in the fridge if prepared the night before).
  3. When you’re ready to eat, remove the lime wedge and fill the jar with boiling water. Add the soy sauce, cover and sit for up to 10 minutes, or until the noodles have softened. If using fresh noodles they’ll only need to sit for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once softened, break up the noodles slightly with a fork and squeeze in the lime juice. Enjoy!

Jam jar noodles 3

Samantha x

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