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Can I make my own pot noodle for lunch at work?

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 22:51:48

As in, can I put something together in a tub, take it to work and then add boiling water and several minutes later, have something healthy and warm to eat?

Will any sort of noodles cook in boiling water from a kettle? Or do they really need to be done in a saucepan?

And how might I flavour it? thinking of a bit of stock cube but that's a bit salty.

I'm thinking I could just add a load of beansprouts and thinly sliced pepper for instance. Which don't really need cooking.

What do you think?

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 22:52:54

And will I just end up schlurping noodles across my chin and dribbling sauce down my top??? confused blush

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FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 04-Oct-14 22:52:54

Yes Hugh F-w has a great recipe as does Nigella I think

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 22:57:51

oooh! Got a link?

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FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 04-Oct-14 23:00:16

Can't do links on phone but if you google homemade pit noodles should come up plus some others

starfishmummy Sat 04-Oct-14 23:00:33

Yes. Quick noodles will cook if you soak them in Boiling water for a while. You can do this just before eating or I soak them when I have my breakfast and then drain before putting in the pot. (Probably not needed but as I work very part time I only have a fifteen minute break so saving a few minutes helps). You can add a pinch if stock powder, miso soup powder or some soy sauce along with grated or shredded veg. I haven't tried beansprouts but I don't see why not.

CatWitch Sat 04-Oct-14 23:01:59

Fabulous ideas! So tired of sarnies day in and out..

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:10:41

I am sooo bored of sarnies.

yyy I guess they could go in cold and then just add water to heat them up.

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:12:06

Hugh Fearnley recipe I think


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Quivering Sat 04-Oct-14 23:13:42

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:19:39

I do couscous the night before. I put a bit in the lunch box, cover it with hot water then add the salady stuff the next day. But that's cold. And salady. I'm starting to hate tomatoes and cucumber almost as much as bread.

I guess you could just put it all in and then add the hot water when you want it.

What would you put in with it?

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:20:36

I did do extra wedges with tea this evening to have on Monday with salady stuff but DH threw them in the bin hmm

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:21:28

And protein.

What do you do about protein?

We only ever seem to have ham or tuna to hand and that not very inspiring either.

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SanityClause Sat 04-Oct-14 23:21:29

You can get rice noodles to which you just add boiling water, and they are ready in 3 mins. You could make up a pot of stuff to put in it - some red peppers, broccoli, spring onions etc, and use a bit of stock powder. I'm sure it would be lovely.

FWIW, when I was much younger, I back packed around China, and ate noodles all the time. I had an enamel mug and chopsticks, and you could buy noodles with a small sachet of flavouring all over the place. The trains and hotels/hostels all had boiling water available, and it was an easy way to get a meal. (Not every meal, but quite a lot, when travelling.)

Quivering Sat 04-Oct-14 23:23:18

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SanityClause Sat 04-Oct-14 23:24:14

Sorry, I missed the protein bit with my reminiscences.

What about some cold roast chicken? It would heat up in the water. Tofu, if you like it. Some cooked prawns might be nice?

MrsPnut Sat 04-Oct-14 23:26:59

I make up a vat of something each week, this week's was Mexican sweet potato chilli, next week is split pea dhal, and we use a sistema soup mug to take lunch in. It's a layer of frozen rice, a layer of the meal of the week and a layer of fresh spinach leaves or mange tour. Microwave for 4 minutes and you have a hot nutritious lunch.

mausmaus Sat 04-Oct-14 23:27:07

those couscous sachets just put in a musli bowl and top with boiling water. very yummy.

Maryz Sat 04-Oct-14 23:29:39

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ClapHandsIfYouBelieveInFatties Sat 04-Oct-14 23:34:52

Oh my goodness! Thank you for that link to the HFW DIY Pot Noodle! My veggie DH will LOVE this for his packed lunches!

ClapHandsIfYouBelieveInFatties Sat 04-Oct-14 23:35:19

And DD will too! I am actually excited! but I need one of those kilner jars as they look so pretty!

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:37:14


I'm a sucker for packed lunch hardware. Just bought a Sistema thing specifically for porridge blush

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MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 04-Oct-14 23:39:28

Some nice ideas here thank you smile

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ClapHandsIfYouBelieveInFatties Sun 05-Oct-14 00:23:31

Mary I have some nice systema stuff but I like the glass jar for this...only because the ingredients look so pretty!

JamNan Sun 05-Oct-14 06:44:34

Have you tried miso soup? It comes in little sachets and you have it with rice noodles, chopped spring onion and red pepers and add tiny bits of ham.

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