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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
    Hi mildredalien - don't forget to share any more of your yummy recipes we loooove food on this thread
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  • PositiveBalance
    Count me in, guys: I have a terrible habit of buying lunch most days and it is SUCH a waste of cash! I have counted twenty working days this month and I managed to bring lunch to wor on Friday so I am already on a roll. I think I probably spend about 3 a day on lunch, meaning I could save up to 60 if I bring my lunch and I am going to be brassic this month so needs must...


    Today I made a loaf of seeded bread in the breadmaker and a big slow cooker full of soup. Guess what I am having for lunch tomorrow?!

    I may try to put 3 in a jar for each day I don't buy lunch. When I see it for real my eyes might not quite believe it!
  • 365days
    Ok, so which one of you swines emptied out my local aldi of their 39p flavoured cous cous......come on...own up!
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  • juno
    Today I made a loaf of seeded bread in the breadmaker and a big slow cooker full of soup. Guess what I am having for lunch tomorrow?!
    Originally posted by PositiveBalance
    tuna salad?

    I may try to put 3 in a jar for each day I don't buy lunch. When I see it for real my eyes might not quite believe it!
    Originally posted by PositiveBalance
    That's the scary thing. Even going on lower estimates, I must have been spending around 60 pounds (new laptop, have no idea where poundsign is as all keys are mislabelled, but my old one died and this was free, so...) and that's just shocking, really. Especially as if I spent 3pounds it would be on a "meal deal" which comes with a drink I didn't particularly want; I can't drink cold fizzy drinks and we have tea/coffee provided which I drink most of the time, or I have a bottle of squash in my locker anyway.

    I went to B+M and found some small cans of tuna lunch - a bit like the John West's Tuna Light Lunch, but a lot cheaper at 69p. They're in French and called "salade de thon". The one in the red box is tuna with something a bit liked baked beans and carrots, but it's suprisingly nice. The blue box is even better - it's tuna with olives and other veg in a vinagrette type sauce. Would be nice for a change, probably, but they are only small so you'd need a snack thing to go with them. They did have another one but I didn't buy it.

    I love B+M; I came out with 3 huge bags full - including a scented candle and a present for my bf of a "paint your own rocks" kit (comes with rocks - they weren't even nice specially selected rocks, they were just out of a garden!) - for about 20pounds.
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  • kittiej
    Ok, so which one of you swines emptied out my local aldi of their 39p flavoured cous cous......come on...own up!
    Not guilty m'lord.

    Oooo juno , I haven't been to B&M for ages. I might need to take a trip to see what they've got

    I stocked up on crisps in Morrisons today and bought the 20 own brand individually wrapped chocky bickies as well. I had meant to look for the Cadbury cream eggs - the ones with the 2 spoons in the proper egg boxes. I asked at customer services to see if they had them because they weren't in the sweet aisle to be informed they are with the eggs! Doh I should have realised I've asked the lovely husband of mine to pick some up tomorrow (he can spend his money )
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    • mildredalien
    • By mildredalien 3rd Feb 13, 9:35 PM
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    Hi mildredalien - don't forget to share any more of your yummy recipes we loooove food on this thread
    Originally posted by kittiej
    I love food too Although I do have a habit of getting stuck in a rut - usually soup + roll + fruit or yoghurt in the winter. If I buy soups on offer it usually works out as under 1 a day, but I could get it for even less if I made my own soup! Must learn how to make pea soup (I've got a feeling it's just peas and stock??)

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  • kittiej
    Hang on I've just been looking at a pea soup recipe

    http://vicki-kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/quickest-pea-soup-ever-slimming-world.html

    Here you are
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    • mildredalien
    • By mildredalien 3rd Feb 13, 9:58 PM
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    Thank you!

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  • juno
    I'd love to make my own soup and things, but I'm trying to be easy so as I get into the habit. I think iof I try to do everything at once I'll just not take lunch at all. It can't be just me who has those days where you think "flip, I have 5 seconds to grab lunch and get out the door!"?

    So hopefully if I get into the habit of taking lunch then I can work on what I'm taking, because if I don't have time to make it I'll still have whatever.
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  • kittiej
    juno I have started a small stash in my work drawer (a tip I got from others on here) so I know that if I ever have a can't be bothered day then there is always something at work to fall back on. OK so a pot noodle and kit-kats might not make the earth move but at least I won't spend money.
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  • Betty Crumble
    Hi guys, 16 working days for me this month as i'm off next week yay.

    Friday i am declaring a half day as I took chilli and forgot the rice so had to buy a pkt, today was the usual packed lunch. Off to update sig.
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  • babes21
    Hello everyone, I did well in January so hoping to do well this month too. I took my own lunch to work again today; scrambled eggs on toast with black pepper.
  • ChopinonaBudget
    Crikey I'm boring. Vegemite sandwich, banana, couple of apples, packet of crisps, flask of tea, value yoghurt if there's one in the house, another banana if there isn't.

    I work from home 5 days a week and 1 day out, so it would be silly to eat out Monday to Friday... (Saturday I make the effort to take a packed lunch though)

    Oh, and um, I have a 300 lunchbox, with "tonight we dine in hell!" scrawled all over it hmmmm. I hide it under my coat from the younger kids.......
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  • babes21
    Eggs and Toast again for me today.... Will definitely take something different for tomorrow and the rest of the week. I like them though so it isn't anything of a chore.
    • lbnblbnb
    • By lbnblbnb 5th Feb 13, 5:16 PM
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    I had another bread dough pasty today, really nice. I have some frozen leftover curry and rice so when the boredom hits withe never ending pasties I will take that instead.
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  • Candlewick
    Hello to you all

    I have been good so far, 3 days out of 3!

    I am going to take a Baxters Mediterranean Tomato soup tomorrow with some crusty bread and cheese because I am feeling lazy tonight and am bored with pasta.

    Enjoy your evening.

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  • PositiveBalance
    Today was another 3 to add to the pot. Tomorrow will be soup or houmous on pitta bread with salad. I haven't decided which yet, but the pitta bread sounds lush. Yumyumyumomnom!
  • Twiggy_34
    You can definitely count me in this month as well. I've really enjoyed participating so far, and am pleased to report that I haven't bought lunch on a work day at all so far this year!

    Ok, so which one of you swines emptied out my local aldi of their 39p flavoured cous cous......come on...own up!
    Originally posted by 365days
    It wasn't me as I don't have one nearby, but this did make me chuckle as I decided to buy 3 bags of cous cous when I went shopping at the weekend as I'm getting through it so much faster with these challenges!

    I desperately need to find some low fat/calorie lunchbox options though as my waistline is expanding and my work trousers won't survive much longer at this rate. It's so difficult being as fussy as I am. Mind you, it probably doesn't help that I've constantly got snacks in the house now, something I hardly ever had before. I've been grazing on them a lot recently and as I'm monitoring the prices I keep telling myself "well it's ok, they were only 11p each...".

    On the plus side however, for the FIRST TIME EVER I have used an entire jar of mayo!!! That is only thanks to this challenge and dedication to doing packed lunches and trying not to waste any food in the cupboard/fridge. Writing the date I opened it on the lid also helped me to keep track of when it needed to be used by.
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    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 6th Feb 13, 8:25 PM
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    I nearly had a wobble today, I was craving a tuna sandwich and even has my coat on to go to buy one but then I took it off and had crackers and cheese instead so (aside from my beer and a burger day last Friday) I'm doing well!
  • helejenkins1
    I had a bit of a dull moment!! Been thinking the last post had been a bit quiet and today I've clicked that there will be a new thread.

    So I've been quiet but still going strong. Managed to get through with one fail day but going strong so far this month :-)

    I madea lovely noodle dish with spring onions, grated carrot and prawns on Tuesday, dressed in soy sauce. was delious.
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