So, the criteria are - easy to prepare, ideally the night before (fine by me), suitable for taking to work or out and about, healthy if possible and vegetarian or easy to convert (or my friend who suggested this challenge won't be very impressed!)
My first port of call was Nigella's recent book Nigella Express (I do use other author's books I promise....maybe my next challenge should be "No Nigella for a Month"!) as there is a whole chapter dedicated to just this sort of thing. I have earmarked a few recipes from the book, the first one being Peanut Sesame Noodles.
This certainly filled the criteria mentioned above. It was very easy to make (just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl) and can be prepared in advance. I think it's pretty healthy too - I know peanut butter is quite high in fat but there's only a small amount in each portion.
Due to larder limitations I made a few tweaks to the recipe. I only had crunchy peanut butter but figured this probably wouldn't make much difference (it didn't) and, instead of using raw pepper which I'm not very fond of, I used a handful of ready chopped and roasted pepper from a bag in the freezer. Oh, and I didn't add the chopped coriander at the end because, frankly, I think it's the work of the devil.
The recipe apparently serves eight so I thought I'd make half the amount to start with. However, the portion sizes weren't particularly generous (the picture below shows one portion). For those of you who have the book, I reckon the three very well filled tubs in the picture probably contain the full eight portions. I think next time I might add more beansprouts and peppers. Nevertheless I really liked the end result and will definitely be making it again.
The recipe can be found here on the BBC website.