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    kittiej
    Feb-YOU-ary 2013 - Take your lunch to work thread
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    • 30th Jan 13, 12:38 PM
    Feb-YOU-ary 2013 - Take your lunch to work thread 30th Jan 13 at 12:38 PM
    Hello everyone

    Here's the thread for February where the theme this month is "it's all about you" by that I mean you can take your LTW and you can save some money to put to better uses than wasting it on bought lunches (and breakfasts).

    So including the list from last month as compiled by Shortie
    here we go into Feb 2013.

    Everyone is welcome even if you only work 1 day a week or stay at home but would like to join. So, the doors are now open......

    Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...d.php?t=159329

    http://pinterest.com/lbnblbnb/food-lunch-ideas/

    Now everyone say a big thank you to Shortie for compiling this list of ideas for us.

    Thanks Shortie

    *Cold foods*
    Sandwich combos:
    Stuffing
    Tuna mayo/salad cream
    Tuna and sweetcorn
    Tuna and onion
    Tuna and cucumber
    Beetroot
    Cheese & carmelised onion chutney
    Cheese and chilli jam
    grated cheese, mushed up egg, diced onion and mixed in with mayo
    Peanut butter & marmite
    Greek salad - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
    Russian salad sandwich - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
    Curry!
    Bacon & banana
    Cheese & pickle
    Corned beef & lettuce
    Ham & apple sauce
    Coronation chicken
    Fried egg baguette
    Sausage & mustard / ketchup / mayo / pickle / onion relish
    Scrambled egg (cooked in the microwave)
    Chhese & piccalilli
    Brie & grape
    Cheese & tomato
    Ham and coleslaw
    Onion Baji & coleslaw wrap
    Chicken and cranberry sauce
    Chicken & bacon
    Haslet and coleslaw
    Peanutbutter, cream cheese & banana
    Turkey/chicken & stuffing
    Crisp butti
    Chicken with pesto and mayo
    Brie, crushed walnuts, feta &rocket wrap
    Chorizo & goats cheese
    Vegetarian pate http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/02...d-lentil-pate/
    sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and a bit of tinned sweetcorn sprinkled

    Adding the following to salads:
    Hard boiled egg in salad
    Carrot salad: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=110
    Cold duck and spinnach, raddish, pepper & carrot
    Cheese, ham & whatever salad is in the fridge
    Chicken and cold bacon bits
    Spice sensation cous cous with raisins, pumpkin seeds. little cubes of cheese (feta or cheddar) cheery toms halved,cuc, spring onions and a couple of dried apricots chopped up
    Bulk making salads: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=358

    Rice cakes & hummus
    Crackers / carrot sticks / pitta bread & taramaslata (or dip of choice)
    Crustless quiche (good for GF diets) - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
    Spanish potato fritata
    Cous cous

    *Warm foods*
    Soups (with some bread?):
    Jamie Oliver's Parsnip and Ginger Soup
    Jamie Oliver's carrot soup: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...5&postcount=50
    Mushroom risotto soup: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...1&postcount=64
    Liquidised curry
    Pasta
    Macaroni cheese
    Leftovers... pasta bakes, curry, spag bol, chilli..
    Falafel
    Onion bhajis
    Samosas
    Jacket potatoes
    Cous cous (take dried and rehydrate from a kettle at work, add some fillings - meat, vegs, cheese, etc - once warm and hydrated)
    Mash, veg, gravy and meat in a tuppawear box
    Spaghetti/beans on toast or with butter bread
    Falafel & chilli dip

    *Snacks*
    Cake
    Fruit
    Crisps (multibags can be better value)
    Hot choc
    Sausage rolls
    Juice cartons
    Cereal bars
    Fruit salads (mix with a spoon or two of juice from tinned fruit to keep it from turning brown)
    Biscuits
    Mince Pies (especially for Betty Crumble)

    *Emergency stocks for a drawer*
    Cereal
    Porridge oats
    Tinned macaroni cheese
    Mug Shot pasta packs
    Cup-a-Soup

    *Other suggestions*
    Thermos flash of tea or coffee
    freeze sandwiches for the week or buy/make pasties, sausage rolls, and take them out in the morning.
    Hard boiled eggs keep for a week in the fridge with the shells on
    Wraps instead of sliced bread


    *.... and sneaking in here.... Breakfasts!*
    Greek yoghurt and granola on top of fruit salad
    Toast wrapped in foil asap after cooking - should keep warm for a 10 min journey to the train station etc!)
    Scrambled egg (cooked in the microwave) and toast

    Woo-hoo - good luck everybody
    Last edited by kittiej; 02-02-2013 at 10:11 AM.
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  • kittiej
    OH, I just wrote a post and it's gone, gone away

    Anyway, thanks FatVonD, Edwardia and Snaggles
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  • kittiej
    alrighty then my lunches for next week?

    Well I'm thinking of shifting my baby belly - well baby is 7 years old after all I am thinking of going a little more low carb because I just seem to have been eating carby stodge through the winter.

    I am thinking egg mayo salad and the trusty cheese in a salad as well
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  • babes21
    I've just put my lunch in the fridge ready for tomorrow; Wholemeal bread, scrambled eggs and spaghetti. I don't have anything too big for lunch so prefer something quick, easy and light.
  • Snagggles
    My 12 year old is the cause of my 'baby' belly.
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  • Twiggy_34
    alrighty then my lunches for next week?

    Well I'm thinking of shifting my baby belly - well baby is 7 years old after all I am thinking of going a little more low carb because I just seem to have been eating carby stodge through the winter.

    I am thinking egg mayo salad and the trusty cheese in a salad as well
    Originally posted by kittiej
    I haven't got kids so can't call it a baby belly, but have gained weight in the last few months so am also going for low GI options (I'm only looking to lose about 1/2 a stone). Trouble is I'm a fussy sod and don't do salad lol.

    Am really with myself at the moment as I've just gone to prep tomorrows lunch and seem to have left my cous cous bowl at work. I've had a rummage to find a substitute but everything I've found so far is either too big or too small. I think I'll have to take the bits I need and wash my bowl up at work ready for use at lunch time.

    D'oh! I just remembered, I took cookies into work last week as it was my birthday the week before. I put my "cous cous bowl" inside the tub to bring it home & that's where it was still hiding! Oh well, at least my lunch is all ready for me to take in with me tomorrow now
    Last edited by Twiggy_34; 24-02-2013 at 11:45 PM. Reason: Forgetfulness!
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  • mrsdee
    slightly dull lunch today - had cheese and pickle sandwiches, although to be fair the pickle was home made (not by me, but by brother in law). Took some cherry tomatoes and had those as well, and a yoghurt and an apple. I have two clementines and a lidl cereal bar as emergency backup for later in the afternoon!
    I have just 4lb to lose to get back to my target weight which I reached last summer and which then floated upwards a bit around Christmas time. As I have cut down on alcohol this seems to be doing the trick. and have had steady weightloss of around half a pound a week.
    Tonight I'm going to make some mackerel pate and will have that tomorrow wlunch time ith some homemade bread. I'm also going to make some lowfat tea bread and will have a slice of that as my emergency afternoon snack fodder for the week!
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  • kittiej
    Hi everyone

    Snaggles I'm glad I'm not the only one to have a bb years down the line

    Twiggy-phew what a close shave that was. You sound a bit like myself, if my specific item goes amiss then I get really aggravated by it. Thank goodness you remembered

    Well dones babes and mrsdee

    we had a yummy Chinese tonight so I'll take the leftover curry and fried rice in my food flask tomorrow. So much for the cutting back on the stodge eh?
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  • babes21
    Scrambled eggs on toast again for me today. I have a Peach and Pear for afterwards and also a Jam Doughnut .

    I always have Crisps, Cereal Bars etc in my drawer at work just in case I get a little peckish.
  • Snagggles
    Well done on being so close to your target weight even after Christmas mrsdee. I haven't been drinking this month, but I haven't lost weight. Bit annoying really, grr!

    Thanks to being disorganised (again!), I had to buy a cheese sandwich for lunch today, although I did resist the expensive coffee and had the stuff they were serving at the training course (which was surprisingly good! The coffee AND the course!).

    I have put a MugShot and a cereal bar into my bag for tomorrow, so I won't have an excuse for any more slip ups.
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  • mrsdee
    I ended up working from home today so made a kind of spanish omelette with odds and ends of veg in the fridge and some cheese on top, and had that with some HM bread.
    I will take the other half of it with me to work tomorrow with some bread, along with a yoghurt and some fruit (probably the same clementines that have been coming to work and back with me for the past few days - lol!!) and a cereal bar. I def need to get it all together the night before as I like to get ready and out the door asap in the mornings to beat the traffic. Have found it much easier since no longer drinking during the week! Lol!
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  • mineallmine
    Hello!! I'm still doing this. It's so good to get into this habit.

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  • Snagggles
    Oh nooooo, picked up different bag, so don't have my lunch with me. Right, damage control. I have two Cup-a-Soups in my desk drawer, and a sachet of chocolate Horlicks. I'm only at work until 4pm, so that should be enough to keep me going, along with coffee! .

    Evening edit: Woohoo, managed it!
    Last edited by Snagggles; 27-02-2013 at 8:31 PM.
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  • Twiggy_34
    Oh nooooo, picked up different bag, so don't have my lunch with me. Right, damage control. I have two Cup-a-Soups in my desk drawer, and a sachet of chocolate Horlicks. I'm only at work until 4pm, so that should be enough to keep me going, along with coffee! .

    Evening edit: Woohoo, managed it!
    Originally posted by Snagggles
    Well done Snaggles! I don't know if you had them in your drawer as a result of my tip saying it's what I do at work, but if so I'm really pleased it came in useful!

    Funnily enough I was a little bit lazy lastnight and am starting to get bored of my 'low cal' lunches (they're still high cal, just not as high as they were lol). I'd just bought a fresh loaf of bread in the supermarket so decided to pack a couple of slices as my lunch and use them to dunk in the oxtail cup a soup I keep here. Bread is gone already but the bonus is that lunch lasts longer as the soup is too hot to wolf back like I might have done cooler and more solid lunches! (I'm still supping at it now). Must remember to replenish the stocks after my next shopping trip.

    How has everyone coped with LTW days in February, it seems to have been quieter in here this month. Will there be a thread for March (apologies if I missed the post for this already)? I've had to start a log on my desk calendar for LTW days for each month as it's becoming harder to take into account annual leave days and the likes!
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    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 28th Feb 13, 1:30 PM
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    I'm still hanging on in there, courgette and salami pasta for me today and yesterday though I picked the onions out of it today

    My planned leftover noodles didn't happen on Monday as DH ate them Sunday night so I had leftover cauliflower cheese and parsnips on Monday instead. I've bought a few 'provisions' (*cough* chocolate) but from the supermarket and multipack prices.

    I have bread in my drawer and cheese in the fridge for tomorrow

    Well done to everyone
    Last edited by FatVonD; 28-02-2013 at 1:33 PM.
  • mineallmine
    Hi, I'm still doing this. I now see leftovers as lunch fodder!

    It feels good to not do these unnecessary food spends. Today I bought a perfume which cost what I used to spend each week.

    Keep up the good work everyone
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  • kittiej
    Hi everyone

    Apologies for not posting the new thread up yesterday

    I will post it up now because I might be too busy later.

    Big well dones to every one of you keep it up for March and by the end we will be through the first quarter of the year!

    the new thread is called March-ing and munching 2013 so feel free to pop over
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  • Candlewick
    Evening to you all

    Hope everyone is well and reaching their targets!

    I still haven't got around to making paella yet but I do intend to when I get a bit of time.

    I finished the month 1 day short of my target but I am happy with that. still lots better than last year.

    Enjoy your evening

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  • kobrakai
    Am still going along with this - my savings account sure appreciates me putting money in every Friday! I did slip last Friday though as I got home on Thursday and realised I had nothing to make sandwiches with...so I had to cheat and buy one from Tesco. Still managed to save 95 over the month though!
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    • SmarterNotHarder
    • By SmarterNotHarder 1st Mar 13, 1:37 PM
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    Well that's February over! Managed 2/3 days this week - I'm on annual leave today! However, Wednesday was a planned spend day as I "deserved" a treat and I was on a course

    Tuesday was a jacket potato I'd cooked at home when the oven was on anyway and some coleslaw I'd packed into a tub - see adventurous!! and yesterday was my usual cheese sarnie along with the crisps etc.

    thats a total february spend of 2.92

    It's great to see how well everyone is doing and I hope everyone is well
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    • kitrat
    • By kitrat 1st Mar 13, 7:29 PM
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    kitrat
    How long would you think spanish omelette would keep in the fridge?
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