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Ideas for meals that are nice cold next day

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ifonly4 Wed 14-Oct-15 10:03:26

One day a week DH is leaving at 7am and returning at 10pm (for the foreseeable future). He has sandwiches & banana for lunch. There's no microwave/kettle facilities, so I'm struggling to think of what else he can eat cold. So far I've done a tomato pasta and quiche followed by grapes. He did say he'd eat spag bol cold, but I wouldn't fancy that myself. Also, needs to be something he can eat picking at with a fork or spoon, as he'll need to continue working while he eats.

Jbck Wed 14-Oct-15 10:12:57

Any dryish rice dish dependent on what flavours he likes, risotto would be horrible cold.

Chicken biryani type thing but you could vary flavours, do a veggie version.

Can he take a flask of hot soup or water to add to stuff?

Salad, cous cous?

Twitterqueen Wed 14-Oct-15 10:15:19

Frittata is preferable cold imho. I made a lovely chorizo and potato one recently that was much nicer cold the next day

UmbongoUnchained Wed 14-Oct-15 10:17:37

I love cold spag Bol!
Left over fajitas are ok cold, and anything with pasta or rice really. If you do a roast, cold meat sandwiches are good.

whois Wed 14-Oct-15 10:58:08

Agree with the posters above plus a few more:
Couscous salad (whit feta, chicken, chorizo, whatever)
Rice salad
Second sandwich
Meat pie type thing, cornish pasty
Pastry tart
Filo pastry parcel or pie, something like spanakopita
Cold pizza
Cheese, crackers, pate, apple, grapes, chutny
Any substantial salads involving grains/lentils

Crosbybeach Wed 14-Oct-15 11:15:46

Can he take a flask?

Roasted veg with feta and lentils.

whois Wed 14-Oct-15 11:19:46

Something like a sushi box would be nice too - some sushi rice, smoked or cold poached salmon or tuna tartar and some crunchy aisan slaw.

Cold smoked mackerel with a new potato salad.

whois Wed 14-Oct-15 11:20:51

What kind of office where you work at a desk doesn't have even a kettle (or a hot water machine)?

ifonly4 Wed 14-Oct-15 12:03:00

Thanks for your replies, they certainly do help and I can use them.

whois, basically DH works fulltime but is doing a degree as well as he's really unhappy in his current job . The degree is managed by a group (other than a college), DH says there's a kitchen other side of building, but everyone wants to keep break down to a 10 mins to maximize use of teachers present - he uses his break to go to toilet. In all fairness he can use a kettle at work until 3pm (but is limiting breaks there as he's trying to keep his hours up as work are being flexible over leaving for courses and training sessions).

whois Wed 14-Oct-15 12:45:17

wow that sounds like a touch day ifonly4

To add to the cold smoked mackerel with a new potato salad - I would add in a soft-yolk hard boiled egg and diced cucumber and beetroot as well to make it a full meal maybe.

Also spiced salmon with lentils is nice cold the next day.

whois Wed 14-Oct-15 12:54:03

I think a 'greek selection' he could pick at whilst working would be nice too for dinner.

Pepper, cucumber and carrot sticks, homous, stuffed vine leaves (I would buy those from supermarket) and some feta chunks or some purchased feta filled pastry things or falafal.

An 'indian' selection could also work. Waitrose do a lovely spicy rice with raisins in those square tubs, and you could easily make your own. That plus some bought roast chicken tika slices (or do oyur own), cucumber slices and a couple of onion bahjis or samosas with a dollop of mango chutney would make a nice meal. At home that night you could have the other onion bahjis from the pack with more of the rice and a quick curry so you aren't doubling up on cooking.

cdtaylornats Wed 14-Oct-15 13:08:16

A pie that jellies when cold, ham and chicken, game etc.

ifonly4 Wed 14-Oct-15 14:24:48

whois, to be honest I don't know if he can keep it up for two years. He has to do various training sessions on top, do studying, read books and get experience, all on top of working a full week. All I can do is make sure he eats properly, do whatever I can at home and keep out of his way. Luckily there's some good things for me on TV at the moment and I love reading books. DD is determined to get some GCSE A*s so is buckling down and spending quite a lot of time on her work at home, so at least she's not missing out.

Everyone, some of your ideas sound really yummy - just have to hope I'm not tempted to eat them first!!

KitKat1985 Wed 14-Oct-15 18:47:09

Just to add cold pizza is nice. smile

Coletterbox Wed 14-Oct-15 19:51:28

These are great eaten cold:

987flowers Wed 14-Oct-15 22:15:55

I'd invest in one of these

Keeps food hot for 7 hrs and he could take soup, curries, stews etc. Especially as it's meant to be getting colder soon!

PurpleDaisies Wed 14-Oct-15 22:24:05

This is lovely and you can basically put whatever you have in the fridge in it...

I'm a bit of a fan of cous cous with cold falafel. Roast some extra veggies in the evening and eat with rocket, some sort of cheese and a dressing like honey mustard taken in a little jam jar (the size you get in hotels) so the salad doesn't go soggy.

yumyumpoppycat Thu 15-Oct-15 00:07:39

most meat is nice cold, chicken drumsticks with coleslaw and salad?

HuevosRancheros Thu 15-Oct-15 11:37:24

Similar to flowers' suggestion, I recently got DD one of these for school: Aladdin lunch box

It is wider and shallower than most flasks, so better for proper meals rather than just soups. She often has leftovers from the night before (her choice!! She is happy with this smile), I just have to microwave it in the morning. Today she's having shepherd's pie and baked beans, other meals have been curry and rice, pasta and sauce, lasagne etc. you can put pretty much anything in and it stays warm enough til lunchtime. Probably not scorching, but warm enough smile

scarfaceace Thu 15-Oct-15 12:03:37

I was in a similar situation once and occasionally in the winter I would put something in tin foil (pie/pasty type things) or in one of those foil trays (shepherds pie/curry type things as suggested previously), and on arrival I put whatever it was on the radiator. By lunchtime it was warm and tasty. Could he do that now and then?

PurpleDaisies Thu 15-Oct-15 12:06:55

Having been on a food safety and hygiene course I would not recommend that at all. It sounds like a recipe for food poisoning.

scarfaceace Thu 15-Oct-15 12:18:33

I never thought of that Purple - but in my innocence I did enjoy it at the time.

Chippednailvarnish Thu 15-Oct-15 12:20:12

What about a wide neck thermos flask for soup, etc?

rebeccaduhany Thu 15-Oct-15 12:56:54

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toffeeboffin Mon 19-Oct-15 02:15:45

Chicken and red pepper pasta pesto is really good as a cold pasta salad the day after, especially if you use a short pasta like penne.

How about quiche? Not sure if it has been mentioned already.

Definitely pump up the lunch box with cakes, scones, biscuits and peanut butter, fruit etc.

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