I have spent the winter eating pre-prepared soup for lunch. I like the Yorkshire Provider ones and I usually spend £2 a day on a pot. They are so convenient as they will last a week in the fridge, are filled with veg and pulses, contain about 370- ish and keep me full until tea.
I would prefer to make my own but I never have the time. They are also good as DH has the same with a cheese sandwich.
Now the spring is coming I am getting a bit fed up with soup and I am struggling to find an alternative that isn't going to take me time to prepare and will be sufficient (with easy extras) for DH as well.
I am going to chop tomato, cucumber, onion, radish as my main base. Then add to it each week with salad leaves or tinned green lentils or gourmet lentils and a little crumbles feta, toasted pitta chopped and some sumac sprinkled over and lemon juice. Add some parsley or fresh coriander.
I plan to keep it all in the fridge and ensemble the final salad as I make supper.
I do a batch of pasta with veggies and tomato based sauce at the beginning of the week, separate into 5 portions and freeze. Then in the morning I can grab one out the freezer, defrosted by lunch time and ready to eat (hot or cold).