Healthy Recipes for Tradies

Want some new and original lunch and dinner ideas that are super easy and super healthy? We’ve got you covered.

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10 healthy and seriously delicious recipes
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Keeping healthy and eating well isn’t as easy as it sounds – especially when you’re out and about on jobs or on-site.

But it’s important for tradies and contractors to eat healthily – so we’ve teamed up with Sarah and Laura from Wandercooks to get five easy-to-prepare lunches, and five easy-to-prepare dinners to reinvent your weekly menu!

And Sarah and Laura know a thing or two about cooking for people who are out and about each day – Sarah’s brother is an electrician, and Laura’s brothers are both boilermakers.

“We know how hungry they can get, and what their favourite meals are to keep them fuelled,” they said.

“They want food fast, that has easy prep, and if there are leftovers, they’re taking it to work the next day. Whether it’s in the Engel in the back of the ute, or straight into the fridge on-site, these are their favourite dishes to take to work with them, and make for dinner!”

So, here are Sarah and Laura’s recommendations that will make you the food-envy of all of your mates!

5 easy-to-prepare lunches


Vietnamese cold rolls + homemade peanut dipping sauce

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls are super quick to prepare! Packed with juicy prawns, vermicelli, crisp lettuce and fresh mint, they’re perfect as a light snack or healthy lunch. Pair them with our Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce – you won’t want to stop at one!
Tradie Tip: Stuff them with roto chicken if you don’t like prawns, and keep them in an airtight container so they don’t dry out by lunch!
Find the full recipe here.


Nasi goreng – Indonesian fried rice

This amazing nasi goreng recipe is fast, fresh and super satisfying! Dive into a batch of sweet, savoury and spicy Indonesian fried rice for the ultimate street food experience at home.
Tradie Tip: This tastes as good cold as it does hot, and it also makes a massive batch so you can meal prep your meals in advance (it freezes well too!).
Find the full recipe here.


Dan Bing – Taiwanese breakfast wraps

Bursting with flavour, this Dan Bing recipe with tuna and egg makes the perfect savoury breakfast crepe or quick snack. A light batter made with cornflour (cornstarch) ensures these Taiwanese egg pancakes are crispy and fluffy, yet light and totally delicious!
Tradie Tip: Wrap them in alfoil and heat them up in a toaster oven if you have one available on-site!
Find the full recipe here.


Mee goreng – Stir-fried noodles

Stir-fried noodles in 10 minutes? Yes please. Drizzled in a mix of sweet soy sauce, sriracha, and sesame oil, this easy mee goreng recipe will have your taste buds flaming with flavour!
Tradie Tip: Best heated up in the microwave, and awesome if you’re a spice lover!
Find the full recipe here.


The best beef rissoles recipe

The BEST-EVER juicy and tender beef rissoles recipe, ready in just 20 minutes! These classic Aussie meat patties are a beloved family favourite for dinners or BBQs.
Tradie Tip: Make it healthy and toss together a Greek-style salad to have alongside it OR turn them into hamburgers.
Find the full recipe here.




5 quick and tasty dinners


The REAL carbonara (no cream!)

A super easy Italian carbonara pasta without cream – ready in 25 mins! Make this ultra creamy dish with simple ingredients – just pasta, egg, pancetta (or bacon!) and pecorino romano cheese.
Tradie Tip: Get the pancetta in a block if you can, the flavour it brings to the dish when you fry it is mouth-watering!
Find the full recipe here.


Easy 15-minute Japanese curry udon

Warm up with a big bowl of spicy homemade curry udon. This Japanese classic is super quick (just 15 minutes!) AND only 7 ingredients!
Tradie Tip: Great recipe if you’re cooking for one.
Find the full recipe here.


Thai choo chee chicken

Ready in 15 minutes, this choo chee curry with chicken recipe is a beloved Thai-Australian fusion dish. It features an easy curry sauce made with fragrant Thai red curry, creamy coconut, kaffir lime and a hint of sugar for the perfect mid-week dinner.
Tradie Tip: Batch cook this and freeze it, so you can take it for lunch too!
Find the full recipe here.


Creamy chicken pasta bake

This creamy chicken pasta bake is the perfect weeknight meal – super easy to make and the serving size is huge! You’ll have more than enough to feed a crowd or have leftovers the next day.
Tradie Tip: Use whatever veggies you have in the fridge. You can also make it in advance (i.e. the day before or in the morning) then finish it in the oven when you’re ready to eat.
Find the full recipe here.


Australian curried sausages

These are the BEST-EVER curried sausages – they’re seriously convenient comfort food. With this easy one-pot recipe you’ll have dinner on the table in just 20 minutes, for an effortless family favourite that’s packed with flavour.
Tradie Tip: This is great made with leftover sausages from the weekend’s BBQ!
Find the full recipe here.


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