MAYke Your Own - 2013 - Take your lunch to work thread

Hi Everyone :hello:

Well it's a lovely sunny day and the beginning of a bright new month. Here's the thread for May :j

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......

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Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

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

:AThanks Shortie :A

*Cold foods*
Sandwich combos:
Tuna mayo/salad cream
Tuna and sweetcorn
Tuna and onion
Tuna and cucumber
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 -
Russian salad sandwich -
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 :D
Chicken with pesto and mayo
Brie, crushed walnuts, feta &rocket wrap
Chorizo & goats cheese
Vegetarian pate
sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and a bit of tinned sweetcorn sprinkled

Adding the following to salads:
Hard boiled egg in salad
Carrot salad:
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:

Rice cakes & hummus
Crackers / carrot sticks / pitta bread & taramaslata (or dip of choice)
Crustless quiche (good for GF diets) -
Spanish potato fritata
Cous cous

*Warm foods*
Soups (with some bread?):
Jamie Oliver's Parsnip and Ginger Soup
Jamie Oliver's carrot soup:
Mushroom risotto soup:
Liquidised curry
Macaroni cheese
Leftovers... pasta bakes, curry, spag bol, chilli..
Onion bhajis
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
Paella a la Candlewick

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)
Mince Pies (especially for Betty Crumble)

*Emergency stocks for a drawer*
Porridge oats
Tinned macaroni cheese
Mug Shot pasta packs

*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.
Freeze bread and make your sandwich up using frozen slices, wrap in kitchen roll to prevent sogginess. This is a good way to cut back on wasting bread.
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 :T
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  • kittiej
    kittiej Posts: 2,564 Forumite
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    I think I've only got 14 working days in May but will need to check to confirm.

    I didn't stick to LTW rigidly in April so there's plenty of room for improvement :D
    Karma - the consequences of ones acts."It's OK to falter otherwise how will you know what success feels like?"1 debt v 100 days £2000
  • karens42
    karens42 Posts: 55 Forumite
    Hiyas all can I please join in with you all this month im in for 17 shifts til the end of the month so Il go for 17 LTW but also prep and use lunches from home for the rest of the days too !! I've rejoined slimming world this week so it can only help to mealplan x
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  • kittiej
    kittiej Posts: 2,564 Forumite
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    Hi karens :j and welcome to the new thread for May.

    Re the sw I've known a few people who have had good success with this and I think it really does make a difference if you eat your own food instead of buying something.

    Good luck with this!
    Karma - the consequences of ones acts."It's OK to falter otherwise how will you know what success feels like?"1 debt v 100 days £2000
  • FatVonD
    FatVonD Posts: 5,315 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Combo Breaker I've been Money Tipped!
    I was expecting to be given notice of redundancy yesterday so for the last week or so i've been busy working on my CV/portfolio every lunchtime so haven't posted much but have been bringing lunches.

    Yesterday I found out we've been given a stay of execution (it may only be for another few weeks though but it might be hopeful) so I celebrated with large chips from McD to dip in the houmous I had left over from the day before :rotfl:
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  • kittiej
    kittiej Posts: 2,564 Forumite
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    Hi FatVonD
    It's not so bad if you have an idea before hand - not so much of a shock. I had a grilling over job tasks I perform yesterday and so I think I might be on the next list. as long as you have a contingency plan.
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  • 32b3in2013
    32b3in2013 Posts: 2,440 Forumite
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    aha, I found you!!

    I took lunch to work 3 times this week, the other 2 days were planned lunch meetings.

    I am off next week so will be eating lunch at home.

    I will be back to taking lunch with me from 13th until the end of May, except the 16th when I am at another meeting :D

    Happy May everyone xx
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  • debtfree_future

    I would join this challenge with 5 LTW this month.
    I didn't do very well last month but I found out why and how I stopped myself from making lunches. Mainly too tired after work. So this month I am going to plan and freeze lunches. Hopefully, this should mean I achieve my target. If I end up taking more LTW all the better.

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  • purple.sarah
    purple.sarah Posts: 2,517 Forumite
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    I would like to join please. I have 12 shifts left this month. Some of those are in the evening so I will already have had lunch at home but if I eat lunch at home rather than buying it at work I will count it if that's ok. So I will go for 10 LTWs.
  • prettyplease
    prettyplease Posts: 155 Forumite
    I'm a bit late but I too would like to join! I took lunch to work everyday last week. Only have 3 working days next week and then 2 5 day weeks so going for 13.
  • matttye
    matttye Posts: 4,828 Forumite
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    I do this five days a week every week!

    Only once in a blue moon I'll buy lunch.

    At the minute I'm on a diet which means I pretty much have this every day:

    - Meat (chicken/ham/beef) + sweetcorn wholemeal sandwich and a glass of orange juice.
    + snacks for mid-morning and mid-afternoon

    Little boring after a while but the diet's working so won't be forever :p
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