July 2013 - Take Your Lunch To Work Thread

Hi everyone

Nice new shiney thread for July - I only realise this morning that we were IN July - whoops!

I need to try and catch up soon and add the tasty new suggestions from last month's thread into the suggestions below

Have tasty fun everyone!

About/reasons for this thread:

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 - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
Russian salad sandwich - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
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 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
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 http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...1&postcount=39

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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    So not the best start to the week, and July - banana for breakfast (yet uneaten), a peanut butter sandwich for lunch (eating right now) and a snack of a nectarine. How exciting, lol
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  • lilian1977
    lilian1977 Posts: 5,038 Forumite
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    Hi all

    I'm in for the full month.

    All this week I have got spinach and chickpea curry that I made yesterday with rice, going to the cinema tonight straight from work but have got tins of soup and mugshots already in my desk so that will be tea.

    Snacks are Tesc0 value crisps, Aer0 biscuit bars, home made banana bread, yoghurts and fruit.

    Have tasty weeks all!
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  • LittleMissDetermined
    Ham and coleslaw sandwiches for me today followed by some home made lemon drizzle cake and a banana :-)

    Good job I made lunch as I left my purse at home this morning!!
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    Oohh spinache & chickpea curry sounds lovely - is there a recipie you use or just go 'by feel' as you make it?
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  • lilian1977
    lilian1977 Posts: 5,038 Forumite
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    Shortie wrote: »
    Oohh spinache & chickpea curry sounds lovely - is there a recipie you use or just go 'by feel' as you make it?

    I made it up:

    Serves 4:

    1 onion, diced
    1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    Dried chilli flakes - you decide the amount based on your spicy needs!
    1 carrot, diced
    1 tin leaf spinach
    1 tin chick peas, drained
    1 tin chopped tomatoes
    Handful lentils

    Heat the oil then fry the cumin seeds for a minute or so. Add the onion and fry until softened. Add the turmeric and chill and fry for a further minute or so.

    Add diced carrot, give it all a stir then add the 3 tins and the lentils and stir to combine. Fill one tin with water and add.

    Cook until the carrots and lentils are soft and the consistency feels right :)

    Hope you enjoy it!
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  • Shortie
    Shortie Posts: 2,224 Forumite
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    Oh lovely thanks! The only thing I'd need to buy in is the tinned spinach - this I'll grab a tin when I go shopping next (presumably the weekend)
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  • agreenmess
    agreenmess Posts: 149 Forumite
    hello, I'd love to join, need to stop making excuses and going out for lunch.

    Todays lunch was HM bread, with cheese sandwich. Snack is yogurt with HM jam and an apple :)
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  • natlie
    natlie Posts: 1,688 Forumite
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    I'd like to join please
    todays for work I have

    Cereal for breakfast - brought it in a while ago
    Nectarine - from fruit market (£1 for 6)

    Wholemeal Pitta

    I brought in enough lunch for 3 days yes it will be boring but I have a free organic lunch at a conference on Thursday so looking forward to that :-)
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  • lushlifesaver
    lushlifesaver Posts: 2,375 Forumite
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    Hi everyone,

    Thank you Shortie for starting the thread and putting a little signpost in the June thread!

    I am off work I'll today :-( I went to the doctors this morning to be told the reason I've been feeling under the weather is because I have a beauty of a raging throat infection!
    Two days off work to let the antibiotics kick in then straight back in to the thick of it.

    So...my packed lunch today turned in to a sofa picnic with bf now he's back :-) tuna mayo and cucumber sandwich, easy peeler, kiwi and jelly for me. I have some teeny mini gingerbread men too but the sandwich killed me enough to put me off for now! Bf had his usual; ham and cheese sandwich, crisps, 2oreos and a toffee crisp biscuit oh and a pink and white :-)

    Tomorrow bf will have the same (nice and predictable) and I will have soup :-) hopefully my throat will ease up by tonight :-)
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  • Betty_Crumble
    Betty_Crumble Posts: 609 Forumite
    I'm in, been off the boards for a couple of months but have still been taking my lunch to work.
    Have had today off and had ryvita, cottage cheese, tomato and cucumber with a cup of boiling water with lemon and lime.
    I am attempting a clean and lean diet so should make for some interesting (boring) concoctions.
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