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Drummerswife Posts: 3497
Hi ladies, I've new hours with work (bus escort and sna) I leave my house at 6 am, I bring my breakfast with me to eat on the bus. I also bring fruit to snack on. I don't get home until 5.30pm so looking for ideas for lunch, only 20 mins. We would have full kitchen facilities. Ideas need to be healthy (trying to lose weight), cheap (trying to save money) and warm (winter months coming in etc). Not asking for much am I O:o) Hoping you can help with some ideas and even some new snack ideas cos I'm sure I'm gonna get sick of fruit.
Mari yay Posts: 4045
Soup and a salad with chicken or some other protein in it? Soup keeps you warm in the winter and the salad with protein will fill you up! Try nuts for a change from fruit for the snacks.
ciaraella Posts: 5323
Stews and hearty soups. You could make up batches and freeze them. Adding lots of lean meat, beans and lentils would make them filling and healthy and will keep you going for longer.
Chillaxed Posts: 583
i make a big pot of red lentil soup and freeze it in individual tubs, then defrost night before. its so yum and very easy to make!
BipsyBoo Posts: 1534
Veg and barley soup with some wholewheat pasta in it. Wholewheat pitta bread with chicken and salad Chili with kidney beans in a wholewheat wrap
Mari yay Posts: 4045
[quote="Mrs K 2b":2ec66ore]i make a big pot of red lentil soup and freeze it in individual tubs, then defrost night before. its so yum and very easy to make![/quote:2ec66ore] Will you give us the recipe??
Drummerswife Posts: 3497
Thanks for all the ideas. Gonna have some nice lunches. Would also love the recipe for the red lentil soup and any other soup recipes going. Always wondered is pita better for u then bread (of the wholewheat variety)
BipsyBoo Posts: 1534
A really easy and delicious soup recipe that I always use: One mug full of diced potato and one mug full of diced onion, fried in a lump of butter for around 10 mins, until it's softish. Be careful not to let it burn and keep the lid on the pot. Stir it every so often. In the meantime, get one mug full each of any three other veg - carrots, brocolli, turnip, parsnip, cauliflower - anything at all - just one mug full of each. Put them all into the pot on top of the spud and onion when the 10 mins is up and add in three mug fulls of boiling water and either a chicken or a veg stock cube. Let the soup simmer and then after about 10 mins or when the veg is soft, buzz it all with one of those hand blenders. It's yum! Any combo of veg is good but I think my fav at the moment is carrot, cauliflower and celeriac O-O
Smileykaz Posts: 7296
Eggs. They're so filling and good for you. You could make up a kinda tortilla at home, cut it up and keep it in the fridge and then just bring a piece or two into work each day and heat it in the microwave. For tortilla, try this (for a biggish one that'd get four big slices say that'd do you for 3/4 days): Few cooked boiled baby potatoes, sliced up. Either use leftovers or boil up a few, three or four and let them cool and then slice them. Onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, whatever veg you have in the fridge. Four eggs Splash of milk Couple of spoons of low fat cottage cheese (this cooks in and you don't taste it at all. It just makes the tortilla really fluffy and more filling and it adds extra calcium too.) If you really don't like it, leave it out no probs. Beat the eggs, splash of milk and cottage cheese together. Fry the potatoes and veg in either a spoon of olive oil or a few sprays of Fry Light for a few minutes. Use a non-stick frying pan if you have it. Pour the egg mixture over the veg/potatoes. Don't mix it about or anything, just let it start to set on the underneath for about 5-7 mins or so. Have the heat on low. After the 7 mins take the pan and put it under a hot grill for prob about another 7 mins or so to set it fully and brown it. Do check the egg is set (shake the pan, you'll see if it's still jiggly and wet and uncooked looking) before you take it out of the grill. Nobody wants to eat half cooked eggs! Slice into pieces and serve with a large mixed leaf salad and some wholemeal bread or pitta. It's really really filling and really tasty. You can eat it cold if you like, but I much prefer it heated for a minute or two in the microwave. Here's a pic of one I made one time. I actually had no potatoes this time I don't think, but you get the gist!! [attachment=1:3jy10bqa]DSC01713.JPG[/attachment:3jy10bqa] [attachment=0:3jy10bqa]DSC01714.JPG[/attachment:3jy10bqa]
Drummerswife Posts: 3497
Hey smileykaz we always have tortilla (although I always called it a frittata) much prefer the grill finish then the usual omelette. Anyway thanks as never thought about bringing it in for lunch. Would it really last four days. I am awful about leaving food a few days.