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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 31st Jan 18, 11:20 AM
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    February's Bring Your Lunch to Work
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    • 31st Jan 18, 11:20 AM
    February's Bring Your Lunch to Work 31st Jan 18 at 11:20 AM
    Happy February and welcome to a new shiny month and a new even shinier challenge.

    Feel free to post what you're having/planning/eating for lunch as this may give others a idea of what to make and I'm always up for inspiration.

    There are 20 working days up for grabs.

    Let me know if you want to join in and I'll add you to the list on the next post.

    So come on.....who's in???

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 21-02-2018 at 10:06 AM.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 2nd Feb 18, 3:54 PM
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    2/12

    Soup again today, I did make a big pot

    Going to get my thinking hat on for ideas for next week. I'm not a big eater and usually do with a sandwich or a bit of toast. Only it's very cold ATM so feel hungry at lunch and I'm trying to resist the biscuits
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Rocco86
    • By Rocco86 2nd Feb 18, 7:22 PM
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    2/2 so far. Had left over Chicken stir fry with pasta, as we had run out of noodles.

    Going to batch cook a HUGE lentil curry on Sunday and divvy it up into the boxes for next week. Need to think of some more ideas to stop myself getting bored. Any ideas for veggie based curry/lentil/cous cous type dishes? (I'm not veggie but non-meat tends to keep longer and work out cheaper
    • xironsongx
    • By xironsongx 2nd Feb 18, 11:32 PM
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    I can't work from home - I'm a nursery worker...
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    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 3rd Feb 18, 12:06 PM
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    Number 6: 2/11.
    Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 5th Feb 18, 8:30 AM
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    Good morning, have cheese salad sarnies today.

    Going to make a ragu of some form tonight so that will be tomorrow lunch sorted.
    Hiraeth
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 5th Feb 18, 9:15 AM
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    Cheese and ham Sandwich today as I!!!8217;m dosed with the cold and can!!!8217;t be bothered
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 5th Feb 18, 3:11 PM
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    I can't work from home - I'm a nursery worker...
    Originally posted by xironsongx
    I think you could count it, to be fair you could've gone out and bought your lunch but you didn't...don't think I could be that restrained
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 5th Feb 18, 3:12 PM
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    Cheese and ham Sandwich today as I!!!8217;m dosed with the cold and can!!!8217;t be bothered
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Hope you feel better soon Suki x
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 5th Feb 18, 3:13 PM
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    Left over Hairy Bikers chicken pot pie filling and veg for lunch today.

    Don't know what to do for tomorrow.
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    • nicmalauren
    • By nicmalauren 5th Feb 18, 11:18 PM
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    Hi all!

    I'm late to the party as usual - can I please join Pmo2?

    Will try for 19 days in Feb as I know I'll have to take at least one day off.

    I know I'd mentioned at the end of January's thread that I was going to treat myself to a sandwich last Friday, but I ended up having to dash off and get my nephew from school on my lunch break since my sister's bus was late, so the "emergency lunch protocol" was activated (emergency lunch protocol being cheese on toast as we always keep a supply of bread, butter and cheese with the petty cash in work). The upside of this being I am now in good stead for February's challenge!

    Had leftovers from last night's dinner (cod, mash, carrots) today and have just removed a cheaters sandwich from the freezer for tomorrow. So all being well, after tomorrow that takes me to 4/19 already for Feb!

    Good luck everyone!
    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Feb 18, 6:10 AM
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    Hi all!

    I'm late to the party as usual - can I please join Pmo2?

    Will try for 19 days in Feb as I know I'll have to take at least one day off.

    I know I'd mentioned at the end of January's thread that I was going to treat myself to a sandwich last Friday, but I ended up having to dash off and get my nephew from school on my lunch break since my sister's bus was late, so the "emergency lunch protocol" was activated (emergency lunch protocol being cheese on toast as we always keep a supply of bread, butter and cheese with the petty cash in work). The upside of this being I am now in good stead for February's challenge!

    Had leftovers from last night's dinner (cod, mash, carrots) today and have just removed a cheaters sandwich from the freezer for tomorrow. So all being well, after tomorrow that takes me to 4/19 already for Feb!

    Good luck everyone!
    Originally posted by nicmalauren

    Morning nic,

    Have added you to the list on the first page x
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Feb 18, 6:12 AM
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    Morning,

    Corned beef and pickle sandwich for me today, I've cuppa soup in my drawer at work too.
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    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 6th Feb 18, 8:12 AM
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    Morning all, I have some ragu with pasta today.

    Wrap up warm, it's a tad chilly out there.
    Hiraeth
    • CompletelyLost
    • By CompletelyLost 6th Feb 18, 8:58 AM
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    Hello
    Please could you add me in for this month for 16 days.

    Currently on 3/16. This week will be quite easy, as I'm on late shift so I have a big breakfast then just take snacks in with me, but it all counts.
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 6th Feb 18, 10:48 AM
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    Morning, I missed a day yesterday as I had the day off. I forgot to include that in my total so I've only got 19 days available instead of the full 20.


    Lunch today is meatballs and mushrooms in ragu with a little pasta. Made a big pot of it last night so that'll do a few dinners and lunches this week. Also made a pot of Thai Chicken noodle broth which was fantastic so I've got a few portions of it leftover too.
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Feb 18, 1:44 PM
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    Hello
    Please could you add me in for this month for 16 days.

    Currently on 3/16. This week will be quite easy, as I'm on late shift so I have a big breakfast then just take snacks in with me, but it all counts.
    Originally posted by CompletelyLost
    Hiya,

    You've been added to the list on the first page
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Feb 18, 1:45 PM
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    Also made a pot of Thai Chicken noodle broth which was fantastic so I've got a few portions of it leftover too.
    Originally posted by fatrab
    That sounds interesting. Do you have a recipe or just bung it all in a pan?
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    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 6th Feb 18, 2:11 PM
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    From memory:


    3 chicken breasts cut into strips
    3/4 of a pint chicken stock
    red chilli sliced (de-seeded) - I'm going to use bird eye chillies next time though
    bunch of spring onions finely chopped
    3cm ginger finely sliced
    clove of garlic (minced)
    tsp chilli powder
    tsp cumin
    handful of mangetout
    180g noodles
    salt & pepper to taste


    Fry the spring onions, chilli, garlic and ginger for 3 mins in a drizzle of olive oil
    add the chicken breast and fry until browned approx. 5 mins
    add the stock and then add the remaining ingredients
    simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the noodles are tender


    It's quick and easy and very tasty! Stolen from Storm89 and the Savvy Shopper Cookbook
    Last edited by fatrab; 06-02-2018 at 2:15 PM.
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
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    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 6th Feb 18, 2:16 PM
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    Number 6: 3/11 and oh dear, it seems to be trying to snow again...
    Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Feb 18, 2:50 PM
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    From memory:


    3 chicken breasts cut into strips
    3/4 of a pint chicken stock
    red chilli sliced (de-seeded) - I'm going to use bird eye chillies next time though
    bunch of spring onions finely chopped
    3cm ginger finely sliced
    clove of garlic (minced)
    tsp chilli powder
    tsp cumin
    handful of mangetout
    180g noodles
    salt & pepper to taste


    Fry the spring onions, chilli, garlic and ginger for 3 mins in a drizzle of olive oil
    add the chicken breast and fry until browned approx. 5 mins
    add the stock and then add the remaining ingredients
    simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the noodles are tender


    It's quick and easy and very tasty! Stolen from Storm89 and the Savvy Shopper Cookbook
    Originally posted by fatrab
    That sounds lovely, I may have to try that one
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    20p Savers 2018 2 Savers 2018 50p Savers 2018 SPC 11 2018 #003
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