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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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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 12th Feb 18, 8:43 AM
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    Morning,

    Left over roast beef dinner for lunch today.

    I have two lots of homemade veg soup in the fridge too for this week.

    Oakdene - Enjoy your soup
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 12th Feb 18, 8:54 AM
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    Left over Chinese
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 12th Feb 18, 9:54 AM
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    Thanks Pmo though I think I would prefer your lunch!!
    Hiraeth
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 12th Feb 18, 12:08 PM
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    Last night I cooked a variation of the Thai noodle broth using king prawns and Bird's Eye chillies.


    I have it portioned for lunches this week but I tried a little bit straight from the pan last night and it's hot! Thinking grilled chicken or sliced steak salads for the rest of the week's lunches
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 12th Feb 18, 1:28 PM
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    Can you cool it down with some soured cream?
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    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 12th Feb 18, 1:31 PM
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    Can you cool it down with some soured cream?
    Originally posted by Purplemumof2
    Where would be the fun in that? I'll pop the loo roll in the freezer, it'll be fine

    I like spicy food. I used to do the man vs food type challenges with spicy wings and big burgers.

    There was a place near me that did the challenges and I still hold the record for the fastest time eating the burger challenge (I'm the only person ever to have completed it within the time allowed) and I've done their Reaper Wings Challenge twice for charity.

    I didn't earn the name Fat Rab for nothing lol!
    Last edited by fatrab; 12-02-2018 at 1:56 PM.
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 13th Feb 18, 8:11 AM
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    Woke up feeling like poo today So homemade veg soup and bread for lunch....I'm hoping the vitamins will help
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    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 13th Feb 18, 8:30 AM
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    Woke up feeling like poo today So homemade veg soup and bread for lunch....I'm hoping the vitamins will help
    Originally posted by Purplemumof2
    Oh no, hope you feel better, I'm feeling shattered but that's because I woke up half way through the night & couldn't get back to sleep.

    I made a chicken, ham, leek, mushroom & kale pie last night for dinner tonight so I grabbed some of that for lunch today.
    Hiraeth
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 13th Feb 18, 8:39 AM
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    Same here PMO2, woke up at 4 this morning all bunged up. Lemsip for breakfast


    Get well soon
    You can have results or excuses, but not both.
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 13th Feb 18, 8:48 AM
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    Oh no, hope you feel better, I'm feeling shattered but that's because I woke up half way through the night & couldn't get back to sleep.

    I made a chicken, ham, leek, mushroom & kale pie last night for dinner tonight so I grabbed some of that for lunch today.
    Originally posted by Oakdene

    Thanks x

    Same here PMO2, woke up at 4 this morning all bunged up. Lemsip for breakfast


    Get well soon
    Originally posted by fatrab
    Hope you feel better soon, I've been fighting this for ages I think xx
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    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 13th Feb 18, 11:33 AM
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    Number 6: 5/11
    Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 14th Feb 18, 7:50 AM
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    Had a change of heart on the salad for lunches idea and have decided that this week is a write-off in terms of the diet. Had a truck-stop breakfast on Monday and pancakes yesterday so I've gone into [financial] damage limitation mode!

    Really scraping the bottom of the barrel now with what I have left in the cupboard, so I've made a few portions of bacon and broccoli cheesy spaghetti which worked out at under £1 per portion. Porridge for breakfast for the next 2 weeks @ 5p per portion and have a 40p loaf, peanut butter, jam and cold meats to fill in the gaps. I reckon the next 3 days has cost me around £6 for all my food so happy with that.

    Will be heading home on Friday so hope Mrs fatrab has something nice planned for dinner!

    9/19 so far for me!
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 14th Feb 18, 8:26 AM
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    Hi all, haven!!!8217;t posted since the start of the year but just checking in to say that I managed all of January without buying lunch at work of coffee - coffee being my big downfall!!! I still spend £44.50 on !!!8216;eating out!!!8217; so takeaways, meals out, coffees and cakes, lunches with friends etc. This month I!!!8217;m already at £41! So I need to reign that in. Anyone working on reducing takeaways and eating out? Any tips?
    Originally posted by a_silver_lining

    I enjoy a meal out or a takeaway now and then. But it is now and then, not daily. If you like posh coffee, think about buying a coffee machine and a travel mug. Like a slice of cake, make one and take a piece in to work. Look for meal deals when going for lunch.Ask for tap water to drink whilst eating. Invite friends to yours for lunch

    The other thing is think about what that £40 could do for you if you had it in your hand. Better still think what nearly £500 could get you, thatís a weeks holiday straight away
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 14th Feb 18, 8:32 AM
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    Morning all, hope you're feeling better if you were ill yesterday.

    We are having a valentines day buffet in work so I sub contracted out the making of pork & apple sausages rolls to my daughter last night.
    Hiraeth
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 14th Feb 18, 8:45 AM
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    Hi all, haven't posted since the start of the year but just checking in to say that I managed all of January without buying lunch at work of coffee - coffee being my big downfall!!! I still spend £44.50 on "eating out" so takeaways, meals out, coffees and cakes, lunches with friends etc. This month I'm already at £41! So I need to reign that in. Anyone working on reducing takeaways and eating out? Any tips?
    Originally posted by a_silver_lining
    Last year I secretly kept note of how much my wife and I spend over a weekend on eating out and take aways and it was a staggering £125! That's not including alcohol or soft drinks either. So we knew we had to make changes.

    Now we agree a meal plan, breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day, produce a shopping list from the meal plan, and go shopping twice a week. This helps reduce waste and gives you a little wriggle room if meals don't exactly work out as planned as you will have an extra day or 2 before things go out of date. And you can plan meals that use 100% of the ingredients purchased, again reducing waste and increasing efficiency.

    The savings by using Aldi/Lidl are also notable, but you need to change your expectations and recipes to suit. There's a book called the Savvy Shoppers Cookbook which is worth buying (I got mine on Amazon for £4) and they have a website too.


    Also, in my signature you'll see TAFD - I've invented TAFD (Take Away Free Days) for my own goals but feel free to steal/borrow for your own goals. A take away in this context is any fast or convenience food purchased from an outlet. Bakery, sandwich shop, burger establishments, pizzerias, take away Indian, Chinese etc, etc - basically anything you didn't make at home, but I will exclude purchases of groceries to make food. For example, If I buy a sandwich from a supermarket, that's a take away. If I buy bread and cold meat and make the sandwich myself then that's ok.
    Last edited by fatrab; 14-02-2018 at 8:51 AM.
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    • nicmalauren
    • By nicmalauren 14th Feb 18, 9:48 PM
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    #15 - 8/19
    Hi everyone,

    Sorry I've been a bit absent - managed to lock myself out of my account!

    Ended up treating myself to a sandwich from the supermarket deli last Friday, so I'm gonna be at least one short of my target now. (Although no regrets as it was delicious and I'm now on a diet, so it was a "last hurrah", if you will!)

    Some very nice ideas this month - although given the diet, pretty much anything would sound good to me right now!
    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 15th Feb 18, 10:25 AM
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    Morning all, have got LO pasta & sauce today/
    Hiraeth
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 15th Feb 18, 1:22 PM
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    I have given up this week, I feel like poo, so haven't been making my lunch.

    I'm working from home tomorrow, so won't be out spending.
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    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 15th Feb 18, 1:28 PM
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    I have given up this week, I feel like poo, so haven't been making my lunch.

    I'm working from home tomorrow, so won't be out spending.
    Originally posted by Purplemumof2
    Sending you cwtches & hope you feel better x
    Hiraeth
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 15th Feb 18, 1:30 PM
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    Sending you cwtches & hope you feel better x
    Originally posted by Oakdene
    Thanks lovely x
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