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"Normal" things to eat for lunch when you're at home

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coffeespoons Mon 07-Oct-13 17:39:07

OK, so throw suggestions at me.

I have just realised that lunch is a problem meal for me. I forget to eat it, especially if I am at home, and end up wondering why I'm starving hungry. I do have some eating disorder type issues around eating alone plus in my family we never sat down to lunch and you had to sort yourself out, so I've never really learnt how much to eat and what sort of thing. I know I'm not usually having enough because I'm always hungry at 3-4 p.m. and we eat around 7.30.

What do you eat for lunch and how much would you snack in the afternoon?

GeordieCherry Mon 07-Oct-13 17:43:43

Today I had ham & cheese & sliced yellow pepper & sugar snap peas with mango chutney dip.
Melon as a snack later on

Tomorrow I'll have homemade chicken soup

I usually have some kind of leftovers or protein & veg or salad

Fruit as a snack or Nakd bars or oat cakes & pesto

gininteacupsandleavesonthelawn Mon 07-Oct-13 17:47:12

Today I had a bowl of homemade veg and lentil soup with a slice of wholemeal bread, then shared some fresh pineapple and a yoghurt with DD.

Normally a slice of toast with beans/hoops/scrambled egg then fruit and a yoghurt

gintastic Mon 07-Oct-13 17:49:12

Pitta bread with houmous and carrot sticks.

Scrambled eggs with peas on toast.

Ham and pickle wrap.

Soup and a roll.

Mini pizzas made with a muffin (split, toast, spread with tomatoe purée, top with cheese and grill).

Red pepper and sweetcorn omelette.

Quiche and salad.

All things I have eaten for lunch in the last couple of weeks.

looseleaf Mon 07-Oct-13 17:51:30

DS and I had homemade leftover shepherds with sweet corn then 3 homemade choc cupcakes!!
I often have something quick like boiled/ poached eggs or gained beans with toast. Or baked salmon. Or even raw salmon (sashimi is it called?) or tinned sardines in tomato sauce heated up with rice and salad.
Usually yoghurt and fruit after

looseleaf Mon 07-Oct-13 17:52:26

Baked beans not gained beans...though I did gain them from a Tesco visit

InMySpareTime Mon 07-Oct-13 18:00:31

Vegetable Risotto

Pasta with pesto and courgette

Omelette and new potatoes

Chicken and couscous

Stir fry vegetables

Smoked salmon cream cheese pasta

Falafel and baby spinach

Chunky vegetable soup and crusty bread

I tend to make a bit extra for dinner, then "plate up" the extra portion into a container to freeze after dinner when it's cooled.
That way I have a "microwave ready meal" without all the salt etc. and I know it's stuff I like because I cooked it.

CaptainSweatPants Mon 07-Oct-13 18:02:24

Baked potato

I don't snack in the afternoon

starfishmummy Mon 07-Oct-13 18:10:57

Soup and bread
Something on toast
Baked potato

frenchfancy Mon 07-Oct-13 18:20:26

Omelette and salad
beans on toast
or leftovers

noblegiraffe Mon 07-Oct-13 18:28:43

I've found I have an issue with lunch too, I've been making an effort since being on maternity leave, but I only do stuff that takes minutes to prepare.

Beans on toast with cheese

Big slice of quiche (shop bought)

Sandwiches with sandwich filler (this week sainsbury's chicken and bacon)

Scrambled eggs on toast

With this I would have a banana and probably some sort of cake bar.

coffeespoons Mon 07-Oct-13 19:47:13

Amazing smile Thanks so much for all the ideas - it is rather a revelation to figure out why I'm always so hungry, and everything sounds really nice.

Edithmark Mon 07-Oct-13 19:58:12

I make one thing that can last at least 3 or 4 days. Eg when doing a roast on a Sunday or midweek, put a load of roughly chopped courgettes and peppers in a oven tray and roast. Have cold each day with salad and bread. Or make a load of couscous and chop in some spring onions and mushrooms or whatever you like. Have each day with salad and pickles. Make a big pot of soup with the chicken bones from the roast. Heat a bit up each day with toast. I am dead lazy and would otherwise eat biscuits and cups of tea all day instead of having lunch. It means I do have the same thing for a few days at a time but I know it's instantly handy and I don't have to think about it. I'm not much for snacking if I eat a proper lunch but really plain biscuits sometimes hit the spot...value rich tea ones are quite good. Too boring to pig out on but keep you going with a cuppa until dinner time.

Taffeta Mon 07-Oct-13 20:00:21

I work from home and don't have time to make lunch. So I usually have leftovers, esp dhal or soup and bread or an Innocent veg pot or similar.

sharond101 Mon 07-Oct-13 22:22:15

I have toast spread with cranberry sauce then chicken on top then coleslaw and/or sesame ryvitas with peanut butter. DH likes a burger in a bun or mackerel on toast or bacon buttie. I have made some lentil soup but that normally goes to work with us for lunch. I don't snack in daytime but my Sister has been telling me seeds and nuts are helping her concentrate until her dinnertime at 7.30/8pm.

SaigonSaigon Mon 07-Oct-13 22:27:25

I've increased my egg intake for lunches (scrambled, poached, fried) and I find it's the only thing that stops me snacking until supper. If I do, I try and make it fruit, breadsticks, rice cakes or the occasional burst of about 10 rich tea. Ooops.

MacaYoniandCheese Mon 07-Oct-13 22:31:51

Today I had an omelette with about a lb. of sautéed vegetables and a salad followed by some plain, 0% Greek yogurt with strawberries. That's it until dinner.

Yesterday I had a salmon fillet with half an avocado, apple and a spoonful of almond butter.

BlueEyeshadow Mon 07-Oct-13 22:39:10

Sandwiches or things on toast.
Soup in the winter.
Big flat mushrooms stuffed with ham and cheese and grilled.
Pasta and pesto
Ryvita with cream cheese, sliced tomato, basil and black pepper.
Salad in the summer - something interesting with a good balance of flavours.

Followed by fruit.

defineme Mon 07-Oct-13 22:47:48

Today I had egg rice veg thing and a banana.

Lunch is 12ish at work and home..Often have soup and roll or scrambled eggs on toast. Tuna salad or whatever protein with salad and some oatcakes. Piece of fruit if still hungry. At work I have a sandwich and fruit, or pot of cottage cheese and oatcakes.

Snack at 4ish would be fruit or veg sticks or biscuit or bit of cheese with pickles or a yoghurt..whatever small thing I fancy.

I assume you have drinks-why not just eat when you have a drink..get into the habit? Or set a lunch alarm on your phone?

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