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UniversalBagel Wed 12-Aug-15 11:12:05

What are yours? I am on a small budget but do try and change it up quite a lot. I generally bring things I can in part prepare in the office or leftovers from supper (of which there are rarely any).

Today I am having, marinated kale, sweet potato mash, cannellini beans in a garlicky tomato sauce type thing and some cucumber and fresh tomatoes.

MackerelOfFact Wed 12-Aug-15 11:20:13

That sounds lovely!

Today I've got avocado, bacon and chicken salad with romaine lettuce and tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream topped with spring onions.

Yesterday I had leftover Nandos-style chicken with salad and grated carrot.

Day before I had leftover Cajun pork and pepper kebabs with homemade hummus, spinach and grated carrot.

I basically try and always make an extra portion of dinner (or at least one element of it) and serve it straight into my lunchbox so it doesn't get eaten. Then I pad it out with salad/beans/lentils if needed. Saves so much money and it's mostly fairly healthy.

UniversalBagel Wed 12-Aug-15 11:32:13

I try so hard to make enough supper so that me and DH can have packed lunch but DC and DH eat so much it never seems to be enough. Even little 3yo DS has 6 weetabix for breakfast along with a couple of pieces of fruit! They all seem to be bottomless pits for food.

UptoapointLordCopper Wed 12-Aug-15 18:57:29

I make spicy cold noodles. Noodles + chicken/prawns/tofu + cucumber/carrot all doused in chilli oil and soya sauce. It's SO nice.

Or anything with a wasabi mayonnaise dip.

ememem84 Wed 12-Aug-15 19:20:39

I have chicken noodle soup tomorrow. Dry noodles chopped ginger carrot Bok choi shredded chicken peppers and crumble a stick cube over. Tomorrow at lunch I'll boil kettle and add water and stir a bit. Yum.

Today I had spinach leaves tuna hard boiled eggs pumpkin seeds.

I keep soy sauce and sweet chilli at work.

StealthPolarBear Wed 12-Aug-15 19:25:45

Your 3yo has 6 weetabix? Are you sure they shouldn't be the other way round

UniversalBagel Wed 12-Aug-15 19:48:56

No, 3yo has 6! He doesn't often have weetabix by the way before someone says he should be eating healthier breakfasts, usually eggs or porridge.

DH just had two whole cereal bowls full of veg fried rice and is still sniffing around for snacks. I despair.

987flowers Thu 13-Aug-15 07:22:43

I now portion up food so leftovers are away before anyone can have more! My dh is quite good though and the idea of saving money will stop him eating for the sake of it!
Yesterday I made 3 chillies and 2 were in the freezer before we had finished the first!

UniversalBagel Thu 13-Aug-15 08:26:35

Noodles! Of course, cold noodle salad is yum.

I need to figure out the difference between what DH needs to eat and what he is eating for the sake of it. He is incredibly thin though and I don't want to deprive him of food but I do slightly believe that he thinks he needs more than he actually does. I have in the past been able to put away a whole lasagne to my self and more but it doesn't mean that's what my body needs!

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 13-Aug-15 09:22:01

My noodle salads are the envy of colleagues. wink


UniversalBagel Thu 13-Aug-15 09:41:41

Yesterday I prepared my lunch next to someone who was making white toast with pate for lunch. He hung his head in shame grin

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 13-Aug-15 10:07:36


Though white toast and pate ... yum ...

UptoapointLordCopper Thu 13-Aug-15 10:08:14

We have a microwave but not a toaster.

<<Considers raising this in the next departmental meeting ...>>

bamboostalks Thu 13-Aug-15 10:53:57

Not wanting to derail the thread but really 6 weetabix! My teen couldn't do that. I think that's enormous. shock
Are they full size?

UniversalBagel Thu 13-Aug-15 11:52:38

I agree it is nuts re the weetabix bamboo Yes full size ones. It's not always, but standardly he will have about four-six.

ememem84 Thu 13-Aug-15 18:51:58

We don't have a toaster. I raised this today. If we had a toaster I could have had potato waffles with my sketti hoops.

bigkidsdidit Thu 13-Aug-15 18:57:04

Six weetabix shock sorry to obsess about this. But really?? My 4yo has two and if he asked for more I'd probably say no. Six!

To return to topic, we grill six chicken breasts kn Sunday and make nice salads with them. Olives, lettuce and rocket, grated carrot, that sort of thing. I have yet to put them in a mason jar though just an old Chinese takeaway pot

UniversalBagel Thu 13-Aug-15 19:20:34

I may have to start saying no given our budget! But I want him to eat until he's not hungry any more. We don't really snack at all so I'm keen on big meals.

FlamingoPleated Mon 17-Aug-15 15:49:18

Today I had some homemade falafel, homemade hummus, carrot salad, cucumber, a baked sweet potato, tomatoes and kale. Twas lush.

Coletterbox Mon 17-Aug-15 22:49:02

Salads in jars are a good one - you can make a batch at once and they keep fresh in the fridge all week. The idea is, you put any dressing at the bottom, followed by the hardier ingredients which tend to be any protein (chicken, prawns etc) and then your more delicate salad leaves etc at the top. When it's time to eat it, just shake it all up and either eat straight from the jar or pour out on to a plate.
Here's a good one smile

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