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September 26, 2007

seven great ideas for packed lunches

Filed under: frugal — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

Its now officially autumn, and I’m entering into another phase of trying to be good. This time I’m trying to stop money frittering out of my wallet at lunchtime by bringing my own packed lunch to work where I can take advantage of a microwave. Here are seven of my current favourite ideas:

  1. Beef chili burritos. Delicious either hot or cold, made from a big pot of chili con carne and flour tortillas. In my house the ingredients for chili con carne are minced beef, onion, tinned tomatoes, red kidney beans, garlic, chili powder, cumin and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Soup and bread rolls. I cheat and take tinned soup in, with a couple of rolls (preferably cheese bread). I like the rolls that you can buy part-baked either from the chiller or the freezer as they only take a few minutes to finish off in the oven.
  3. Hamburgers. I generally buy good quality burgers, a nice piece of mature cheddar, seeded hamburger buns and maybe some onion. I take them to work unassembled, reheat in the microwave and then put them together.
  4. Banger in a bun. I have to admit that I don’t like frankfurters, but I do like a great British sausage in a hotdog bun. Excellent hot or cold with good quality relish or mustard.
  5. Egg fried rice. This can use up all sorts of leftovers, together with the rice. To take to work, I make a little omelette and cut it up, adding it to the rice, probably some chopped onion, red pepper and peas if I have them. I heat up at work and add soy sauce to taste.
  6. Jacket potatoes. I know that they taste better baked in the oven, but a jacket potato heated up in the microwave at work, with some nice strong grated cheddar is very filling and quite delicious.
  7. Leftover curry. Unfailingly better reheated the next day, leftover curry is a great lunchtime treat as the cold weather comes in. I find it easier to take naan bread to accompany my curry than rice.

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