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Cheap cold lunch ideas?

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floatinglily Thu 15-Aug-19 18:18:13

Hi all what cold lunches do you take for work? No access to microwave or fridge so looking for ideas of what I can take, preferably cheap ideas too as we're on a tight budget.

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Skaife Thu 15-Aug-19 18:23:51

you Could get some of those polar gear ice blocks to keep lunch cold. We have them for hiking. Just freeze them overnight and pop in your lunch box to keep things cold.

You could also get a thermos flask and take in home made stews and soups.

Skaife Thu 15-Aug-19 18:27:15

I took in leftover chilli, brown rice and avocado today. You could take that in a thermos. I would also take chicken and veg, pesto pasta which is nice warm or cold.

Someone on here mentioned mason jar lunches once, I keep meaning to try!

LordProfFekkoThePenguinPhD Thu 15-Aug-19 18:28:04

I love my fat thermos. I make (veggie) meatballs and rice then nuke them (separately) before I go to work in the microwave and pop into my thermos. Keeps them piping hot!

Otherwise salads, pasta, soup...

iklboo Thu 15-Aug-19 18:37:05

Frittata or homemade quiche is lovely cold.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 15-Aug-19 18:59:36

Buy ready rolled pastry and make little cheese/vege rolls. Fillings like:

Finely diced onion and peppers, some frozen or tinned sweetcorn, some grated cheese and some dried herbs.

Roasted onion and butternut squash, grated cheese, herbs.

Cold mashed potato, onion, grated cheese, herbs.

You get the idea! Can vary it by using mashed feta, or other different cheeses etc.

I second Spanish omelette - a lovely lunch. Ditto left over quiche - or you can make tiny quiches in a jam tart tray.

Oatcakes, cheese, celery

I quite like a baguette with Brie and rocket - can often get Brie on offer and one chunk of Brie and a bag of rocket can make several days of lunches.

EssentialHummus Thu 15-Aug-19 19:05:26

Thermos, as pp said. Otherwise just bread, hummus/guac and veg sticks makes a great lunch imo.

ysmaem Thu 15-Aug-19 19:18:05

Sandwiches; corn beef, ham, cucumber, chicken paste
Cous cous
Pasta salad
If you want something warm you could always put soup in a thermos flask and have some bread to go with it

TuffersTickler Thu 15-Aug-19 19:21:24

Pesto pasta (maybe with cooked bacon / ham / mushrooms mixed in)

LordProfFekkoThePenguinPhD Thu 15-Aug-19 19:53:12

My much for tomorrow (cooking now) is a past with tomato chilli and veg sauce and some of the salad I’ve just made. If there’s any of the baguette left I will take some of that too.

I don’t usually get time for lunch and the shops around me are okish but limited for veggies (well what I like anyway) and I’m trying to limit the amount of bread and fats that I eat.

EB100 Thu 15-Aug-19 19:54:41

Tuna pasta - tuna mayo onion and pasta. Lovely cold

Ricekrispie22 Fri 16-Aug-19 12:27:19

Pizza slices
Pitta bread with hummus and red pepper
Couscous and feta salad
Rice salad

floatinglily Fri 16-Aug-19 14:20:57

The thermos idea is a good one. I've never used it for anything other than soup. Does it keep pasta or rice warm too?

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Skaife Fri 16-Aug-19 15:57:25

Yes FloatingLilly, it keeps pretty much everything warm.

Will also keep things cold.

Kilash Fri 16-Aug-19 18:55:01

Tin of tuna, tin of mixed beans, spring onions, vinagrette and a few tomatoes - I tin of each can last me 3 days.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 17-Aug-19 08:51:33

I think 'Thanks' might be the word you're looking for, OP!

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