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Lunch help please

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vvviola Wed 23-Nov-16 13:14:40

I'm getting bored and frustrated by lunch options (and I'm possibly just really fussy).

I've moved offices so I finally have access to a microwave, which is a bonus, but I need ideas for healthy lunches I can bring in. (Trying to lose weight)

I already bring in soups that I make and freeze at the weekend, but I'm getting a little bored.

Difficulties (or fussiness):
- I don't like salady things particularly - lettuce does odd things to my teeth
- I don't want anything that smells too strongly, out of fairness to my work colleagues
- I already spend a lot of time in the evenings preparing (dull, family friendly) meals, so don't want to spend an eternity making something in the evening
- I will soon have an place where I can store non-perishables, and we have a small fridge in the office too, but I commute by train, so it all needs to be fairly portable.

Other than salads, I'm not fussy food-wise. And I do like the idea of salads, just not the reality...

Any ideas?

WalterWhitesNipple Wed 23-Nov-16 13:34:14

Humous tomato and avocado Wrap
Pasta and veg
Leftovers from dinner
Jacket sweet potato
Snacky things like Hard boiled eggs, fruit and crackers

KindDogsTail Wed 23-Nov-16 13:45:14

A very easy thing that does not make you put on weight but is nutritious and filling , is some sort of pulses, especially puy lentils with lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

Merchant Gourmet has some things like lentils, quinoa etc already in a zip lock store-cupboard packet.

Jamie Oliver is now making some healthy ready made options, I am not sure if they are smelly.

Sardines in a tin, you could put on brown bread?

Tuna salad:
Finely Chopped celery, red or green pepper, spring onion 9optional) chilli, ginger mayonaise mixed with flaked tuna. (This is highly nutritious and not fattening if you do not have piles of bread with it.)

Avocado, Cut in half at work add olive oil and lemon juice, Have a hard boiled egg with it. Not fattening massively nutritious.

A handful of nuts and an apple. Some cheese and an apple.

Copped walnut in goats cheese with celery sticks.

A pot of humous with a a green pepper to scoop it or celery to scoop it. YOu could make a lot to keep at home without garlic.

Hope this helps a but.

FawnDrench Wed 23-Nov-16 17:54:33

Cold omelette
Crustless quiche
Savoury muffins

All eggy I know, but they do transport well and can be eaten warm or cold.

AtleastitsnotMonday Wed 23-Nov-16 23:19:43

I would definitely go for jacket pots and toppings. Cook in oven at home then just reheat at work.
Also Heinz now do a range called creations which are tins of various pulses in various guises, great served with jacket, pouch if rice or cous cous.

Highlove Thu 24-Nov-16 11:33:31

Definitely go with leftovers from the night before. In fact, since you're cooking, I'd take the opportunity to think about what you fancy for lunch and then force it on the family for dinner the night before! Make a point of making extra. I love to have a nice, homemade, proper warming meal to look forward to at lunch this time of year.

vvviola Thu 24-Nov-16 20:33:58

Hmm... some interesting ideas thanks grin

I really can't face the leftovers Highlove, easier and all as it would be. Family meals are dairy free and egg free (DD2's allergies), not spicy (DD1's issue), can't have any meat on the bone (DH's issue) and there's a list of things that the three of them won't eat. So family dinners are nutritious but boring and I really can't face eating them at lunch time too.

(And I know I said I eat pretty much anything but I think we've found the one thing I can't conceive of eating - sardines in a tin! Thanks KindDogs! smile)

KindDogsTail Thu 24-Nov-16 23:30:35

Yes, now I think of it a tin of sardines was going a bit far!

Spanish omelette - make a three or four egg one on a Sunday afternoon and it'll last a couple of days.

Oatcakes, cheese and grapes


Dips with pitta bread and carrot/celery/cucumber sticks

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