Sarnie fillings that are not processed meat.

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Realised that what I think is salami in the fridge may not be just pork and I cant bring myself to eat it. We get through a packet of processed sarnie meat a week and I am going to ditch this habit. But what are instant and affordable alternatives?

cheese (but thats not good every day!)
tuna (quite expensive)
marmite (only I like that)
meat from roasts (we have a roast each sunday so can have that meat for the first couple of days in the week, but it means one less main meal out of it)
cream cheese and ???

and then I get stuck!

Hummus is nice on granary or whole meal bread.
Peanut butter if you like it (bleurgh)

I like grated carrot with the hummus too but only I eating pretty soon or it will go soggy

hummus is nice apart from the soggy factor if its for packed lunches.
Peanut butter is ok(ish) for none school days - I normally hate it but crave it at the moment?!!!
eggs - yuk in sandwiches, they smell!!

We arent normally fussy eaters, but I'm sure others will find these good ideas so thank you grin

CelticPromise Thu 14-Feb-13 13:50:31

leftover roast chicken.

Smoked salmon- I buy it reduced and keep it in the freezer.

Tinned mackerel with mayo and horseradish ( cheaper than tuna!)

falafel in pitta bread

cream cheese and spring onion

CelticPromise Thu 14-Feb-13 13:51:54

You could do a pot of hummus and pitta strips to avoid the soggy bread problem?

toughdecisions Thu 14-Feb-13 13:58:45

cheddar and curry coleslaw
cream cheese, crunchy lettuce or watercress and cucumber
fish paste still exists

get a slightly bigger joint for sunday roast then you don't lose out on the second meal and overall it will still be cheaper than buying ready sliced meat

OldBeanbagz Thu 14-Feb-13 14:00:28

Houmous with either chopped pepper, grated carrot or a few rocket leaves.

Cheese & jam (big favourite with my DD)

Smoked salmon & cream cheese

Tesco's raost mushroom pate

Quorn fake ham.

colditz Thu 14-Feb-13 14:00:53

Hard boiled egg, sliced, not mashed, with salad and black pepper.

Hoummous with finely chopped red pepper or grated carrot.

Cream cheese and smoked salmon with cucumber

TryDrawing Thu 14-Feb-13 14:02:17

Cheese and beetroot is my very favourite sandwich filling. Yum smile

HeadFairy Thu 14-Feb-13 14:02:34

Could you buy your own naice ham and cook it yourself?

fieldfare Thu 14-Feb-13 14:05:48

Cheese and beet root with salad cream for me.

I cook a gammon and then slice it for sandwiches. Dd likes really strong pickle in hers.

ouryve Thu 14-Feb-13 14:15:44

Boiled egg, peanut butter, houmous. Buy a piece of british ham with the money you'd spend on cooked meat for a few weeks and boil it, slice it and freeze portions, so you can take out what you need. Or spend the money you would spend on cooked meat on a bigger roast. Make your own pate - that freezes well, too.

WowOoo Thu 14-Feb-13 14:24:54

Do you eat fish?
We had smoked mackerel pate. Bought loads, mixed and blitzed with mayo and lemon and pepper.

Your leftover roasts: Buy a slightly larger roast. ?
And, have slightly smaller amount of meat in your leftover meals. No-one will notice. (That was the plan, but this greedy family did notice actually!)

I'm taking some of these ideas.
I also now feel the need to buy an egg slicer after colditz's suggestion. Yum.

CelticPromise Thu 14-Feb-13 14:53:24

Gammon and piccalilli <salivates>

buying a bigger joint is a good idea (just hard to bring myself to do it when even brisket costs so much) I think maybe sharpening my knife might be a good idea, to get thinner slices!

I do like the idea of buying naice ham and freezing it in slices. Is there a really good way to freeze it so it doesnt dry out?

We do like fish, I need to be aware of dds friends going 'ewwww' at the smell!

I like the idea of using hummus as a dip - I used to when dd was at primary school and I used to make an effort grin

lots of other good ideas. I just need to stop being so lazy and think ahead a bit more!

I didnt know pate could freeze ok, I'll have to look up some recipes.

Thank you smile

If you scramble the eggs instead of boiling them they don't smell so much.

You can also buy sliced chicken/beef from the supermarket, or buy chicken breasts, cook them and slice them.

PickledInAPearTree Thu 14-Feb-13 15:42:05

It's loads cheaper to buy a gammon joint and cook it and you can be sure it's what it is.

Mozzarella tomato and basil is one of my favourites.

Or have a change & little salads like couscous with bits of dates. & feta

Smoked salmon & cream cheese


PickledInAPearTree Thu 14-Feb-13 15:43:16

Jam & Philadelphia is a surprising delicious sarnie for kids.

AlohaMama Thu 14-Feb-13 15:48:12

If you like hummus you can make similar easy pates from tinned beans, butter bean, garlic and lemon etc, kidney bean with tiny bit of curry powder etc.

You can also buy things like tuna pate, crab pate, mackerel pate etc in a lot of supermarkets if you like those sort of things.

I like those sort of things norman grin
lots of excellent ideas!

PatriciaHolm Thu 14-Feb-13 15:56:19

DD often takes cream crackers and seperate slices of cheese when she needs packed lunches as she's not a sandwich fan.

foxyhen Thu 14-Feb-13 15:59:53

Muenster cheese and avocado is my favourite.

BabyRoger Thu 14-Feb-13 16:02:15

My favourite sandwich (or filled pitta) is:

marinated tofu pieces (e.g. cauldron stuff)

It is v nice.

Tin of sardines mashed with cream cheese, pepper and squeeze of lemon.

Avocado. Slightly hardcore, but you might like it!

I also like to fill a roll with leftover chickpea and butterbean casserole. If you do any dishes along these lines, worth a try?

Peanut butter is good topped with some combo of shredded carrot/white cabbage/spring onion dressed with pepper and lemon juice. (Credit to Jane Clarke for this idea.)

PurplePidjin Thu 14-Feb-13 16:12:34

Quorn slices

Smoked salmon (99p offcuts from sainsburys)

Sardines in tomato all smushed up

BertieBotts Thu 14-Feb-13 16:15:26

Salami is pretty smelly, so I wouldn't worry about offending too much with fishy smells if you're happy to give salami!

Egg is different as it can have a really off-putting smell though, I agree!

What about pasta salad too instead of sandwiches, you can put all sorts in this, just decant into a little tupperware or empty chinese container.

mmmm, suddenly got a hankering for the mashed sardines with cream cheese.

I sometimes do pasta salad for dd, hadnt really considered it for us!

germyrabbit Thu 14-Feb-13 16:34:18


sharond101 Thu 14-Feb-13 22:10:04

I roast a chicken and freeze it in small portions then do,

chicken and cranberry
chicken and coleslaw
chicken and mustard
chicken salad

peanut butter is my favourite though

We are having roasted squash, sundried tomatoes and a bit of Wensleydale in a wrap today. No idea if it will work!

StickEmUp Fri 15-Feb-13 08:00:56

I slow cooked a ham, then put chunks in the food processor with mayo to make my own spread. I made it sunday, it still tasted okay yesterday.
I did however throw the last little bit away last night, 5 days seems reasonable.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 15-Feb-13 08:08:34

cheesy bean (old students' union favourite) ie grated cheddar, and kidney beans in mayo. nicest in a wrap
home made smoked mackeral/salmon pate
mock-nicoise: tuna and egg with capers

bekind Fri 15-Feb-13 16:05:13

Try other tinned fish eg sardines or mackerel; tastier than tuna and massively more sustainable

Sardines, cream cheese and gammon are on our shopping list smile
Today's wrap was a hit! Best bit was no crusts for dd to leave!

This thread is awesome, just needed to post that grin

Really confusedpixie? We aim to please grin

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 15-Feb-13 19:34:30

make sure to simmer the gammon with celery and onion and a carrot and you'll get a good stock for lentil soup.
re the tuna... a can is about £1.30 max, mix with mayo, grated cucumber (squeeze water out) and a grated carrot (and a bit of grated red onion and capers if you have/like them) and you easily get a week's worth of well-filled sarnies out of that.

Good tip about the gammon!
Not sure about keeping tuna open for a week though, I'd normally just do a couple of days. Not sure why when I will keep meat for 3-4 days.

TotemPole Fri 15-Feb-13 20:05:42

Buy tuna when it's on offer. The packs of 4 Princes and John West are sometimes cheaper than shops own brand.

Poach or grill some chicken breasts and slice to freeze in portions or shred/pull apart the chicken to freeze.

Keep an eye out for offers on tinned salmon too. They had boneless, skinless, red salmon for under 90p for ages in Tesco.

sashh Sat 16-Feb-13 07:09:38

smoked salmon
home made pate
egg mayo
bacon - make sure it is crispy and cold. Very nice mixed with egg mayo

I do a thing with wraps and chilli.

Basically any left over chilli, rice, soured cream.

Put a dollop in the middle of a wrap and fold in the edges to make a square pillow type thing. Put them seam side down on a baking tray and cook for 10-15 mins - just heating through really.

Can be eaten hot, but the cooking sort of seals the packet so it can be taken to school/work as a meal.

Yep! I have been looking for new lunch ideas and wasn't sure what sandwiches to make with coconut bread so this has given me ideas smile the thread will also be thrust in dp's direction to peruse in the hopes that corned beef gets forgotten hmm

Quesadillas for lunch today, but we ran out of cheese so I made pudding ones with mincemeat left over from Christmas. Don't think they would work in a lunch box.

Wraps and chilli sounds nice.

Peanut butter and syrup
Cheese and apricot jam

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