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Need to get off the bread! What do you have for lunch that's quick and easy? And cheap!

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Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 20:52:11

Need to break the bread habit but don't know what to have for lunches. What do you have if not bread / sarnies etc? I'm having porridge for breakfast now also. Lunches need to be quick and easy and cheap! Tips please you lovely MNers!

OldDoe Sun 16-Aug-09 20:53:13

Do wraps count?

Pasta salad normally cuts it for me.

What about pastry - Greggs sausage roll? grin

Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 20:53:17

No carbs either if poss - but something I can chew rather than just soup!

nancy75 Sun 16-Aug-09 20:53:31

cous cous with roast veg? you can make it the night before, and a big bag of cous cous is about a £ and lasts a while

Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 20:54:57

cous cous makes me gag unfortunately

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Sun 16-Aug-09 20:55:11

I have soup for lunch most days...

Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 20:59:53

great name greyskull - I have the power! Anyway, I could def have soup a couple of days, but after a 'wet' breakkie of porridge everyday, need to have something to 'chew' for lunch at least three time a week.

nancy75 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:00:00

small spanish omlette? you can make that the night before, leave out the potatos and put something like peppers in it?

Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:01:19

hm... don't like omlettes either... you can see why I am having trouble getting off the bread... (hmm)

nancy75 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:02:31

crunchy salad!! clutching at straws nowgrin

PrincessToadstool Sun 16-Aug-09 21:03:11

Salad? Chuck together a bit of chopped chicken, grated carrot, sliced pepper, sweetcorn, bit of cheese?

PrincessToadstool Sun 16-Aug-09 21:03:44

Or falafels... mmmmmm.

smallorange Sun 16-Aug-09 21:05:00

Houmous and raw veg? Tomato and feta salad?

Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:12:07

Houmous super yummy but fattening! But tomato and feta salad - I love that! Had forgotten all about feta! What's in felafels?

Supercherry Sun 16-Aug-09 21:19:52

Ideas without or with few carbs:
Fruit salad.
Tuna burgers (mix tin of tuna with bit of whisked egg, make into burger shapes and lightly fry in olive oil) with salad.
Steamed fish and veg.
Vegetable Stew, make big batch and freeze into portions.

Ideas with carbs:
Brown rice cooked with tuna, chopped onion, sweetcorn peas and soy sauce to taste.
Stuffed Peppers, with rice, mushrooms etc.
Jacket potatoe.

Supercherry Sun 16-Aug-09 21:20:51

Potato even.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 16-Aug-09 21:24:13

Baked eggs with mushrooms

Tomato & mozzarella salad

Stir Fry

Grammaticus Sun 16-Aug-09 21:30:18

Half a tin of tuna with chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes and balsammic vinegar.

Boiled egg, ham, salad

Grammaticus Sun 16-Aug-09 21:31:10

I CAN spell balsamic <pedant>

Holymoly321 Sun 16-Aug-09 21:32:05

grammaticus, that sounds nice - but sounds like it is missing something carb based like bread or potatoes - do you just have it on it's own?

Grammaticus Sun 16-Aug-09 21:39:46

Yes. I know it sounds like it won't be enough - but it is! The trick is to have plenty of protein, then it doesn't matter that the carbs are missing.

dairymoo Mon 17-Aug-09 21:51:13

I agree with Grammaticus - salad is a great lunch but you def need lots of protein otherwise it won't keep you full until supper.

I normally do a massive salad with a couple of the following thrown in for protein/fat: avocado / cottage cheese / puy lentils / pumpkin seeds / smoked mackerel / hard bolied egg...

dairymoo Mon 17-Aug-09 21:51:52

boiled evem blush

dairymoo Mon 17-Aug-09 21:52:20

boiled even blush

ZippysMum Tue 18-Aug-09 09:30:37

Make your own houmous with water instead of oil.

Tin chickpeas,
Teaspoon tahini (I quite often miss this out)
clove garlic (leave this out if you share an office),
teaspoon Marigold bouillon powder
juice of 1/2 lemon
water to get it to the right consistency

Put it all in the food processor in this order.
Yummy with ryvita, carrot / celery sticks.

can add things (red pepper, coriander etc) if you like.

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