Please could you tell me what you have for lunch?

(34 Posts)
thestylethatdecadesforgot Wed 13-Feb-13 09:45:32

DH works from home 3 days of the week so we all eat together. The other two days me and 2 DDs (2.7 and 6m) sit and eat lunch at the table and weekends we are all together. But, every day we have bread, ham, cheese (medium cheddar and/or edam as kids and DH don't like strong cheese) and veg crisps or 'nice' crisps, sometimes soup too, sometimes eggs.

My DH hates having essentially the same thing every day and I'm desperate for suggestions. Could you tell me what you have please? He doesn't have any ideas what he would like instead. I meal plan for the evening meals but I can't face trying to come up with two weeks of lunches as well. I don't want to have to cook at lunch times really!

Amy suggestions would be gratefully received!

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 13-Feb-13 10:31:50

Soup, soup and more soup!!! In my defence, I'm trying to lose weight and also saving up for a hideously expensive summer holiday at the same time. Today it's a delicious home-made Leek, Celery and Potato, yesterday I was finishing off a batch of Tomato, Lentil and Bacon. Some bread on the side... lovely.

bigbadbarry Wed 13-Feb-13 10:34:15

I'm afraid I'd be saying that if he can't think what else he would like, this is what there is.
(If I was feeling kind I might sling a jacket potato in the oven)
But like you I plan, cook, prepare 7 evening meals a week, I couldn't manage interesting lunches too. We also eat a lot of soup.

Yes we have soup too. Mostly shitty supermarket tinned soup. Or supernoodles. Sausage rolls. Beans on toast. Egg on toast. Toasties.

Lunches are a pain. I cook all dinners from scratch but lunches are usually the easiest and quickest thing.

Pagwatch Wed 13-Feb-13 10:36:42

Yes to soup.

My fav lunch thing is what we imaginatively call chicken mix.

Cooked a couple of chicken breasts or use left over roast.
Chop into pieces.
Chop up peppers, spring onions, cucumber and add
Squeeze lemon into mix
Add dollop of mayo

I make a big batch and keep it in the fridge. DCs have it in wraps. I have it ontop of a plate of salad.
Lovely.

I make big batches of pasta or rice salads. This week it's mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, peppers,rice and beans. I also do:
Brown rice with smoked mackerel, green veg, soy, ginger and horseradish
Pasta with sweetcorn, tuna, spring onions and kidney beans
Black beans, sweetcorn, tomato, peppers, red onion, chilli and coriander

Sometimes it's bagels. I do:
Smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers
Bacon, tomato and avocado
Egg mayonnaise and tomato

multitask Wed 13-Feb-13 10:41:03

Soup here too, having sweetcorn and chilli today and a pot of leek and potato soup on for tomorrow (I think soup tastes better when reheated).

I also love hummus with tapenade and pitta. Some days I have rice cakes with almond or cashew butter spread on with banana sliced on top.

Tortillia wraps with veg done in GF grill.

Nothing exciting and all vegan but I'm never bored, it does help to plan a day ahead.

TheSecondComing Wed 13-Feb-13 10:41:27

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DeeBeee Wed 13-Feb-13 10:47:27

Soup here as well. Also oatcakes or pita dipped in tsatsiki ( eat so much of it and still can't spell it! ) or hummus. Scrambled eggs with feta cheese and chopped plum tomatoes thrown in is another staple, takes 5 min to prepare

Salad, last night's leftovers, hummus and pitta and grated carrot or roasted peppers, soup, cheese on toast and salad.

Today I have aubergine and potato curry, rice with mung daal. Leftover from last night's dinner. I still have more aubergine and potato curry for tomorrow. Yum!

By the way I hate having the same thing everyday. That's why I'm not a sandwich person. What I do, as you already have guessed, is meal plan, meal plan and more meal plan. My meal plan for the week includes my lunches. I make sure I cook some meals that can be packed every week. (Like my aubergine and potato curry). I also create a freezer stash when bulk cooking in the weekend. At the moment, my freezer has mini burgers and mini quiche. A couple of 5-min dish in your repetorie also helps. (For me it is fried rice and fried noodles).

I also follow this website justbento.com/ I learned the zen of packing good lunches from it when I was pregnant with DD. Once you learned the habit, it's really easy. (Back to the art of meal plans).

For packing, it means leftovers that can be frozen for you, obviously! Since you are eating at home.

41notTrendy Wed 13-Feb-13 12:16:49

Soup. We do a fridge soup most weeks which does us 2/3 days. Sandwiches yes, but pittas are also a favourite with all sorts, hummus, cheese, salad, tuna. Muffins. Pizza sometimes. Hot dogs always go down well!

SquigglePigs Wed 13-Feb-13 14:57:44

I have jacket potatoes a lot when I'm at home - they just get chucked in the oven. You can vary the toppings to make it seem like you're eating something different every day. Grated cheese for a lazy day. Re-heated leftovers...

Baked beans on toast (with a fried egg on top!) is a nice easy lunch. Or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (the "scraps" packs from the supermarket are cheap) on toast.

If you have chilli or something like that the night before you could stuff leftovers in a pitta or wrap for a change for lunch.

Or even just toasted sandwhiches make a nice change from a regular sandwich.

OldBeanbagz Wed 13-Feb-13 15:08:54

Soup, baked potatoes, beans on toast/potato waffles are all good winter lunches. I also love toasted sandwiches and sardines or banana on toast.

Sometime i'll have leftovers from the night before - risotto, pasta or dahl & rice. Occasionally a piece of pizza with coleslaw or a cold sausage sandwich.

But most of the time i just have a sandwich. Either cheese, banana, houmous and very occasionally ham.

Sometimes ham sandwiches (I'm not hugely keen on them but will have them every now and again). I like branstons onion relish in mine rather than butter.

Lentil & Veg soup if we have lots of veg leftover. It usually lasts us a few days.

Muffin with scrambled egg and/or bacon.

Boiled eggs with toast.

Smoked mackeral with salad (usually bagged salad to save making any)

Salad with chicken/turkey (leftover from previous night) with coleslaw

Beans/Hoops on toast

Sometimes probably far too often have terrible lunches like fish finger sarnie, cake, bagel with tons of butter, crisps and chocolate bar blush

OhMyNoReally Wed 13-Feb-13 15:26:49

Basil oil and balsamic to dip bread into, salami, Parma ham, Comte cheese and some olives.
Quesadillas
Baked fish, salsa and wraps.
Croissants, cheese and tomato soup
Mushrooms on toast
Tea loaf, cheese and apples
Kippers and brown bread
Stuffed chillis and rice
Cheese scones, ham and pickles

These are some of my families favourites.

OhMyNoReally Wed 13-Feb-13 15:30:49

Oh I forgot goats cheese and caramelised onion tart and we often have bruschetta too. smile

JustCallMeFish Wed 13-Feb-13 15:43:12

Boiled eggs and soldiers
Scrambled egg on toast
Pilchards on toast
Mackerel on a crusty cob
Mackerel with pasta
Beans on toast
Tuna, cucumber, spring onion sandwich
Tuna with teriyaki sauce
Cheese on toast
Occasionally leftovers

In the summer it's mainly sandwiches and chopped veg or fruit or yogurt of some sort.

Have three little ones so its only ever quick, cheap and filling lunches.

And tea cakes, scotch pancakes, or crumpets for an after school snack before tea. Again, in the summer it's usually fruit and yogurt.

Tea we cook from scratch and have a pudding.

bunjies Wed 13-Feb-13 15:50:11

I often cook extra for dinner so we can have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Bug salads with chicken or smoked mackerel, avocado, olives etc. Have some bread on the side.

Pate & crackers or baguette.

A new favourite is avocado, cheese & ham quesadillas cut into wedges.

bunjies Wed 13-Feb-13 15:52:55

Obviously that should read big salads & not bug salads <ewww>

thestylethatdecadesforgot Wed 13-Feb-13 17:13:06

Wow thanks everyone! I think I will try the soup at the beginning of the week. Can someone enlighten me, what are quesadillas?

I'd forgotten pittas, we love pittas or wraps, will get some from the Greek supermarket, better value than supermarkets!

Last week we were put for lunch and I had a lovely mackerel salad but I did it for dinner this week and I forgot about all the bones! Which spoils it for me sad any ideas where to find deboned mackerel??

I haven't made quiche for ages, must put that back on the menu. And hot dogs, genius! Hopefully they wouldn't have horsemeat in them!

Thank you, please keep the ideas coming!

thestylethatdecadesforgot Wed 13-Feb-13 17:14:22

OhMyNoReally, could you tell me your cheese scone recipe please? Thank you!

AlohaMama Wed 13-Feb-13 18:16:42

We're in similar situation. We eat:
soup
omlettes (can never spell that)
boiled egg
toasted cheese sandwiches/tuna melt
leftovers
baked potatoes
rice cakes with cheese/tuna etc.
quesadillas (ds 22 mo loves these) - put flour tortilla in dry non-stick frying pan, sprinkle with grated cheese plus ham/avocado/sliced tomatoes/olives/tuna etc etc, put 2nd tortilla on top, press down, fry a few minutes till it starts to brown and crisp, then flip over and fry on the other side. Take out and slice into wedges. Easy!

Quesadillas are like Mexican paninis, in tortilla wraps. You put one in a frying pan, add cheese, then anything you like. I usually add things like avocado, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes. Fold the tortilla in half, press with spatula. Take our from pan, cut into wedges, serve. If you are making a lot, then just use two tortilla in one go, and cut it like a pizza.

thestylethatdecadesforgot Wed 13-Feb-13 19:39:21

Aah, yeah! It's coming back to me now, thanks!

Does anyone find that lunch gets quite expensive? If I just bought a tub of olives and a few avocados, it would last one, maybe two lunch times and I think it'd be more expensive than a lump of cheese and some ham.

AlohaMama Wed 13-Feb-13 23:38:29

Tinned olives? Buy in bulk? I agree avocados are probably expensive but you don't need to have them every day. Soup is usually cheap, as you can buy reduced veggies that are a little past their best, and they taste fine in soup. If I have veg that are just about to go off, then I make soup. Stale bread makes croutons. Cheap as chips!

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 14-Feb-13 06:28:10

"Does anyone find that lunch gets quite expensive?"

It can do, that's why I make soup smile Yesterday's contained a few leeks, potatoes, onions and celery... probably cost £1.50 the lot and it'll last me at least four days. Olives and avocados are fairly luxury items but, if you stack it up against buying a sandwich from a bakers, I suppose it's all relative.

TotemPole Thu 14-Feb-13 09:04:46

What does your DH eat on the days he doesn't work from home? Does he take a pack up or get something from the sandwich bar/supermarket.

If you like tuna, salmon, and chicken you could do pasta salads with sweetcorn, chopped pepper and mayo. Make enough for a few days, it keeps in the fridge ok.

We like having wraps. Either chicken and salad with a bit of mayo or chicken caesar with lettuce and some red pepper.

Also bagels with ham and/or cheese with salad, or cream cheese.

OhMyNoReally Thu 14-Feb-13 14:36:46

Cheese scones

8oz sr flour
Pinch of mustard
4oz cheese grated
5 fl oz milk
Half tsp salt
2oz marg
1 egg

Rub in flour, marg, mustard, salt, add 3oz cheese to mix, stir in egg and milk until you have a dough. Roll out quite thick. Brush with milk and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 200 for 15 mins

atthewelles Thu 14-Feb-13 14:47:10

Scrambled egg on toast
Hummus on toast
Cheese on toast

Lots of toastie things really.

thestylethatdecadesforgot Thu 14-Feb-13 20:34:58

Thanks OhMy, they sound great, ill give them a go.

Thanks everyone for the ideas, it's given me a good few things to try. Have to do the same for breakfast now, that's even more boring!

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 15-Feb-13 12:57:08

At the moment I'm into the hairy dieters bacon and eggs and their tuna Nicole wraps.

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