Joyful June 2013 - Take Your Lunch to Work Thread

Evening all!

I'm starting the thread this month as Kittiej is pretty busy, but hopefully we'll be seeing her pop in every once in a while :)

So, we're already in June, hitting hlaf way through the year - wowsers! But for those of you who've been following the threads since Jan, even those of us who have had a bit of time away now and then - think of how much money you've possibly saved so far :D

Anyway, enough of my rambling, on to the purpose of the thread.... <below is nabbed from Kittiej's thread from last month>

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

*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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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    Evening all! So, starting off with my first LTW for aaaggges :o

    I've just popped some tinned peaches and tinned strawbs in a tuppa wear pot, topped with a yoghurt, and sorted a little food bag of granola to top it with tomorrow for breakfast at work

    Then for lunch I'm meeting a friend but we're both bringing our lucnhes with us to sit out in the sun so I'm going to go and make a salad of bagged tesco salad (yea.. I know it's cheating), some chopped boiled beetroot and a dollop of coleslaw

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  • kittiej
    kittiej Posts: 2,564 Forumite
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    Hey Shortie - looking good :T
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    kittiej wrote: »
    Hey Shortie - looking good :T

    Why thank you - though I'm sat vegging in my PJs and I'm not sure how you can see me through the computer ;) :rotfl:
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  • tuttifruiti20
    tuttifruiti20 Posts: 301 Forumite
    Cheese salad for me tomorrow, wasn't going to bother but seeing this thread gave me a kick, sprinkle of bacon bits too!
  • determined_new_ms
    Hi I'm about to make a rice concoction - rice, carrots, peas, 1/2 a stock cube and some reduced sliced turkey. I'll also take 2 reduced figs and a banana mmmm
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    Glad it's had yhe same affect on you TuttiFruiti20 - that's exactly how I feel now I'm back on the boards and on the thread. I found this so helpful when I was last on (when the thread firsr stared)

    Wow, that's organised of you for so early DNM! I just about managed to grab my food from the fridge this morning lol! Even on a weekend I'm only of any good after my first xuppa
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    So, lunch and breakie in my bag and a last minute handful of sultanas popped in the el cheapo granola

    I'm quite excited to know that the fiver I have aside to get food today will be staying in my purse, woo hoo!
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    Nooooo, epic fial on my part this morning - I have no bowl for my breakfast whoops! I vaguely remembar taking it home a little while ago as I forgot to wash it up after lunch one day and clearly it must have stayed at home :o
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  • Twiggy_34
    Twiggy_34 Posts: 685 Forumite
    Hey guys, glad I found you at last (thanks for the link Shortie), I felt quite bereft at not knowing if the new thread had been created or how I might find it!

    I'm sat at my desk, part way through my lunch. I've been successful with LTW's every day this week.

    Here's hoping it really is a Joyful June! :rotfl:
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    :o:o Well, I sorted my missing bowl issue by adding some of the bagged granola to the fruit and yoghurt in the tuppawear pot, easting a bit to make some space and adding more granola (and adding a fair few crumbs to my desk in the process :rotfl:)

    Lunch was eaten early and though tasty didn't cut the hunger-mustard... So I crakced and bought a bag of crisps and can of coke from the blasted vending machine.

    But, I still did better today that previosu weeks money-wise. And I we're going to take a drive out to a bigger town and hit the market tomorrow so we'll be getting a better variety of bits in which should make the lunchtime boredom not so hard to deal with!

    I'm going to spend some time meal planning tonight or tomorrow morning (we have a rough idea each week anyway but writing it down this time) and will think through my lunches too. I think we have a bag of plain couscous at home - maybe it's time to learn what on earth to do with it! :)
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