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    madfrenchgirl
    Cheap and practical lo-carb recipe for lunch @ work
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    • 9th Jun 05, 3:19 PM
    Cheap and practical lo-carb recipe for lunch @ work 9th Jun 05 at 3:19 PM
    Hi,

    I am starting a new job on wednesday but i will have to drive for 45 miles which means no coming home for lunch and not much time to prepare lucious stuff in the evenings. As I am saving for a deposit on a house, I want to be able to bring my own lunch at work. The only problem is that I am following a lo-carb diet and cant eat pasta, rice, grain, pulses, bread, which are usually cheap.

    Anyone has any idea about freezeable, lo-carb, filling, reasonably quick to prepare recipes?

    Not asking for much, am I? ;-)

    Thx for your suggestions.
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 9th Jun 05, 4:03 PM
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:03 PM
    There are all sorts of sandwiches and packed lunches listed in our Old Style Recipes Collection. You can find this by using the "Collections" sticky at the top of the board or by following the clue in my signature below.

    Some of them might give you ideas to work with.
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  • Galtizz
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:06 PM
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:06 PM
    My 3 bean and tuna salad is in there under lunches. If you can eat chickpeas and kidney beans that should do you for one day at least
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  • Lillibet
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:15 PM
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:15 PM
    No-crust quiche/flan? Sorry I don't have a recipe yet, I've only just invented it but will try it out at the weekend for you
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  • Galtizz
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:18 PM
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:18 PM
    There's one on the recipe board it's called Kuku posted by Curry_Queen

    (there would be wouldn't there )
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    • Trow
    • By Trow 9th Jun 05, 4:21 PM
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:21 PM
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    • 9th Jun 05, 4:21 PM
    Vegetable soup? Loads of possibilities - cream of brocolli, cauliflower, pea soup, mixed veg etc etc. Serve with some cheese. Yum!
  • Lucie
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    • 10th Jun 05, 11:10 AM
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    • 10th Jun 05, 11:10 AM
    Buy some chicken drumsticks & freeze in pairs in a marinade. Take out of freezer in morning, put in oven while cooking your dinner that evening & take to work the next day with a big salad.
    Cold cooked thingy-tail sausages & cubes of cheese with salad.
    Do you have a microwave at work? Take a couple of eggs to scramble & buy a pack of smoked salmon trimmings.
    Home made soup, so you know what's in it.
    • JoBatch80
    • By JoBatch80 10th Jun 05, 1:13 PM
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    • 10th Jun 05, 1:13 PM
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    • 10th Jun 05, 1:13 PM
    I always get those mini chicken fillets, and marinade them in whatever is to hand, stick them on the george foreman, and put in a tupperware box with a load of salad. For salad dressing, I just make or buy big bottles, and decant into a clean jar, one of those mini jam screw top bottles you always get in B+B's etc (although you can buy them from morrisons too), and put it in the fridge for the next day. Its easy enough to prepare while Im making my evening meal and is easy to transport. Often I add some roasted veg aswell, peppers, onions, whatever is to hand really.

    Sometimes I add flavoured rice or pasta too, if im feeling particularly hungry! Is equally nice with things like tuna, or salmon too.
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  • trace-j
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    • 14th Sep 05, 1:10 PM
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    • 14th Sep 05, 1:10 PM
    I'd also recommend taking loads of fruit to leave on your desk for when you get the midmorning/midafternoon munchies.
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  • madfrenchgirl
    Thx trace-j, but you cna only have some type of fruits on lo-carb, at least during the weight-loss period.
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    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 14th Sep 05, 1:51 PM
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    My first thought was soup - there are tons of links for soup recipes round here. In my mind it's not the same without crusty bread, but then to me there's no point eating if you can't have any bread, so there you go
  • madfrenchgirl
    LOL, I dont see the point of eating ANY bread in the UK.... Sorry just being chauvinist! nothing beats a French Baguette!
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 14th Sep 05, 4:19 PM
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    Curry Queen
    Are you on the Atkins? A friend of mine has been doing that ... gosh, it must be 18 mths or so now ... and has dropped several dress sizes, and although I told her she looked great a year ago she still continues with it :rolleyes:

    She eats tons of fish now, with salad or veggies, but has always stuck to mainly meat, fish, dairy and veggies - breakfast of eggs (from her own hens) and bacon, then lunch of cheese/ham type nibbles (if she eats it at all ) and fish or meat with veggies/salad for dinner. I think a certain amount of carbs are allowed but she saves her allowance for vodka

    She's tried so many times to talk me into it, because I need to lose some weight, but I'm not sure I could give up the rice and pasta. Bread and spuds I could probably live without, and I don't eat a lot of carbs anyway, but I do like my rice and pasta dishes :confused:

    But going back to your post above, yes I believe some fruit/veg is quite high in carbs, mainly due to sugar content, so things like peas, sweetcorn, beans, bananas etc are limited in what you can eat. I'm just trying to remember back to my Weightwatcher days as certain stuff wasn't classed as "free foods" due to high carb content.
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  • caffeinehit
    Can you have avocados? My favourite lunch is a sliced avocado with olives, sliced red and yellow peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and whatever else is in the fridge. Top it all off with some lemon juice and black pepper and you're laughing.

    Get the avos from the market though as supermarket ones are rip offs (except Morrisons, oddly...maybe they've started growing them in Yorkshire).
  • madfrenchgirl
    Yes and yes

    I have dropped a stone last year... but almost put it back on due to a lot of stress... I have a comfort food relationship when when I feel down I need some fatening foods to keep me happy... i know it is wrong but I am working on it and it is a lot better than drinking or smocking. I have had a car accident (no dmaage to me but lots to the car) a weekend job, an awful job situation where redundancy is showing its ugly head, an awful family situation and a moving out as well.

    So now I am back onto it, I have planned my menus and I know how much it is going to cost and my firends nickname me Monica...;-) I am well organised and I am gona fight back on it all.

    Atkins is wonderful BTW because you do not feel hungry. The only problme I have had was when I had a bad day and needed a carb helping. BF i supposed to help me with that now we are living together!
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  • AnnaV
    Hey CQ, you should think about the GI diet then, you can get loads of info online as it's much safer than the Atkins. Basically you avoid high GI (Glucose index) foods, like sugar, white bread, potatoes, beer, which break down into glucose quickly and give you a sugar rush. The problem with them is that you then get a sugar low (as your body goes to store the extra sugar) which makes you hungry again (and tired).

    You can still eat brown bread, pasta al dente, all fruit and veg as long as they are not overcooked, brown rice...

    (Sorry for the lesson but I did a degree in biochemistry and sometimes I can't help it)
    Anna
  • madfrenchgirl
    Atkins not safe... arf arf, i could go down that line but I am already fed up...
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 14th Sep 05, 5:24 PM
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    Hey CQ, you should think about the GI diet then.....
    by AnnaV

    Thanks Anna, this is something I've looked into and I actually bought the book by Rick Gallop, but alas it sits on my shelf untouched right now :rolleyes:

    I've also done biochem so know where you're coming from and have a better understanding of these "diets" than many, which is why I keep moaning to my friend about still following the Atkins after all this time! Unfortunately it's easy for her to ignore me as we live a few hundred miles apart LOL!

    I don't think my weight problem is purely food/diet based though (I know they all say that but I have strong reason to believe otherwise) so until I can arrange to actually see my GP and get blood tests etc done I'm just left guessing. What complicates matters is the lack of exercise I get due to my current "lifestyle" so even by following a strictly healthy diet, which I do most of the time, it's still too much. I'm hoping things will change for the better once I move though
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    • Jolinar
    • By Jolinar 14th Sep 05, 5:25 PM
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    I did Atkins for a two years and lost 8 stones....here is what I took to work for lunches, I would prepare a few at a time and store them in the fridge.

    Salads with tuna or salmon and mayo, I used to add herbs and spices as I fancied to vary the taste.
    Steamed veggies and chicken or salmon or last nights dinner leftovers.
    "sandwiches" made with rolled up lettuce leaves filled with ham/cheese or whatever you fancy.

    As for Atkins not being safe, I always had fantastic blood work so go figure
    I only stopped doing it because I found it more difficult to fit in with going out socialising and would yo-yo diet in the end which I found frustrating and you cannot get away with it on Atkins!
  • madfrenchgirl
    Thx Jolinar... It is true it is hard to follow especially when you go out, event htough you said you did not want chips, thye put new potatoes or carrots on your plate... Well all the things your not supposed to have so you end up with the chicken salad but the chicken has breadcrumbs all over it!

    I have found a couple of pubs in my area that do salads without any added crap in it so it is quite good. But it is true that I reach for sugar when i am stressed andmash and pasta and rice have a soothing effect when I am grumpy... I feel like a junkie sometimes.

    But this time around I have decided I would stick to the plan for real, no goodies allowed, BF is supposed to prevent me from reaching for sugar when I am upset, and I will grow slowly back into maintenance and find out how many grams of carb a day I can have without putting anything back on! I know it works, so this time round it will be easier.

    ;-)
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    It's only teenage wasteland"
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    Who's Next (1971)

    RIP Keith Moon
    RIP John Entwistle
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