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What veggie stuff can I take to work in a food flask?

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 29-Aug-20 10:51:33

Obvious things like leftover chilli/curry/soup.
What else?
Would porridge work?
Pasta, or would it go soggy?
Rice pudding topped with stewed fruit might be nice?
What else could I cook the day before and just heat up in the morning?
TIA.

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jackstini Sat 29-Aug-20 10:52:32

Veggie hot dogs and take the buns separately is my nephew's favourite

homemadecommunistrussia Sat 29-Aug-20 12:39:59

Do you have access to a kettle? I like a do it yourself pot noodle done in my food flask.
I like the idea of taking porridge,but haven't tried it.
Where I work we are told we shouldn't use the kitchen and I have been taking sandwiches and such and flasks of tea.
As the weather gets colder though other options might be needed especially as some shifts are 11 hours. (Covid has stopped that for now, but not forever)

Ricekrispie22 Sat 29-Aug-20 13:25:12

Chickpea tagine - it keeps well in the fridge for a few days (the flavours actually improve) and I take along a flatbread or pitta to eat with it.
Tuscan bean stew (with a ciabatta roll taken separately)
Falafel
Fried rice
Risotto
Ramen noodles

OneFootintheRave Sat 29-Aug-20 15:12:06

At the moment I am heavily into gazpacho. Try it!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 29-Aug-20 22:51:46

Thanks, folks!

Hotdogs sound fun!

I don't think I'll have time to get to the kettle.

Tagine and risotto sound good.

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Galvia Sat 29-Aug-20 22:55:18

Second all the curry ideas mentioned. With regards to pasta, I Tortelloni with pesto and some spinach/veg of choice work really well in a food flask, as does macaroni cheese. My 2 dc and I started using food flasks for school and work last year. It's so satisfying to have hot home cooked food at lunchtime.

TorysSuckRevokeArticle50 Sat 29-Aug-20 23:01:35

Porridge works really well in a flask just make sure it's still a bit runny when you put it in as it keeps thickening while it's in the flask.

I like putting apple chunks, sultanas and cinnamon in my porridge.

Vegetable casserole is another good one.

InDeoEstMeaFiducia Sat 29-Aug-20 23:02:38

couscous with veg and chickpeas, noodles with veg, lentil sloppy joes and take tortillas with you, soups, lentil spag bol, rice salad.

ZZGirl Sat 29-Aug-20 23:14:25

homemadecommunistrussia

Do you have access to a kettle? I like a do it yourself pot noodle done in my food flask.
I like the idea of taking porridge,but haven't tried it.
Where I work we are told we shouldn't use the kitchen and I have been taking sandwiches and such and flasks of tea.
As the weather gets colder though other options might be needed especially as some shifts are 11 hours. (Covid has stopped that for now, but not forever)

How do you do your DIY pot noodle?
I'm getting ready to go back to work and we're not allowed to use the microwaves and like to have a hot lunch

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 30-Aug-20 07:56:56

Thanks for these. Some great ideas.

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homemadecommunistrussia Sun 30-Aug-20 09:07:03

It's based on this DIY pot noodle but tbh I usually just use spring onions, frozen peas, noodles, marigold powder, marinated tofu and take a little pot of sriracha.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 30-Aug-20 15:05:49

Which noodles do you use, Homemade?

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hey1231 Sun 30-Aug-20 15:14:26

You could also make overnight oats.Just use the ratio of 1 portion oats and 2 portions milk .You can just prep it and leave it in the fridge at the beginning of the week .(though probs best to not prep too much as not sure about hygiene) smile

hey1231 Sun 30-Aug-20 15:16:42

No need to even heat it up ,though best to also add chia seeds in there too star

QuestionableMouse Sun 30-Aug-20 15:51:10

Jacket potato and beans? Add cheese if you eat it.

I use frozen mash because it is so much quicker. Just season to taste.

QuestionableMouse Sun 30-Aug-20 15:53:17

thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/nadiya-hussains-instant-noodles

Pot noodles, only posh 😂😂

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 30-Aug-20 16:06:47

Thanks. I make overnight oats a lot already. Looking for ideas for hot stuff.

I don't eat baked beans or frozen mash, so that's out, I'm afraid. Would've been super-easy!

I do quite like the idea of a homemade pot noodle, although it's unlikely I'll want to faff around making spice pastes the evening before, so it would need to be a lazy recipe.

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profpoopsnagle Sun 30-Aug-20 16:37:05

I follow the river garden pot noodle recipe, but in a sistema soup mug.

As soon as lunch starts, I put the water on (don't add too much) and leave with the snap bit shut for 5 mins. Give it a little shake and leave for a few minutes more.

PepeLePew Sun 30-Aug-20 16:53:09

Best curry ever is a can of chick peas, some curry paste and a scoop of mango chutney, plus a squirt of ketchup. You can add spinach, onion etc if you want to get fancy but there is no need. One tin would make two lunches and it’s satisfying and really tasty.

I think you could buy the packets of ramen (from a Chinese supermarket ideally) and put that plus some chopped veg into a flask then just add hot water. We do that a lot at home and it’s delicious and quick. I think the noodles would probably survive just fine for a few hours.

Pasta would be ok, I think - can’t see why it would go soggy.

I make a nice lentil bolognaise with soya mince which would be good too with a bread roll or similar.

Also watching with interest as I’m after interesting lunch ideas. It’s all well and good for the government to tell me to go back to the office to save the economy but most places selling lunch near my office are shut at the moment so...packed lunches it is.

NewToRenting Sun 30-Aug-20 17:20:04

Pasta tends to absorb the sauce and go mushy. I would take sayce in the food flask, and cooled cooked pasta in a separate box. Mix when you are ready to eat.

Veg rice (pilaf, Mexican etc) would work great. You could carry a small pot of plain yogurt to go with. Or plain rice mixed with curry/ dahl.

Cous cous, quinoa - pack them warm with dressing/ flavouring. Take salad mix-ins separately.

Has anyone mentioned thick chunky soup?

QuestionableMouse Sun 30-Aug-20 17:22:11

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie

Thanks. I make overnight oats a lot already. Looking for ideas for hot stuff.

I don't eat baked beans or frozen mash, so that's out, I'm afraid. Would've been super-easy!

I do quite like the idea of a homemade pot noodle, although it's unlikely I'll want to faff around making spice pastes the evening before, so it would need to be a lazy recipe.

I only use frozen mash because its quick but I'm sure normal baked potatoes would work too.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 30-Aug-20 17:22:31

Pepe - thanks. I do a very similar chickpea curry, but with toasted coconut and a bit of natural yoghurt.

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 30-Aug-20 17:24:25

New - yes, that was my worry about pasta.

Mashed potato, cheese and diced red onion might be nice, Mouse.

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tabulahrasa Sun 30-Aug-20 17:27:24

I’ve seen people with a full cooked breakfast in a food flask - so I’m assuming pretty much anything works tbh, lol

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