It takes me less than 5 minutes to prepare packed lunch, usually only a couple of minutes. Continue reading
A great way to make small leftover meat go a long way! A 23 cm dish will provide two meals for 2: eat half of the pie hot at night and the other half cold for next day packed lunch.
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The short video clip below is to complement my dough making post to illustrate how easy it is to mix dough with just one finger. Continue reading
Although I use plastic containers for sandwiches and salads, I use aluminium foil for tortilla wraps because it is the only material (I have found so far) that helps them keep their shape. My tip for you today is simply to Continue reading
Add home-cooked frozen beans to your savoury salads. Once I have Continue reading
As Autumn is approaching, fresh corn is becoming plentiful and cheap. When cooking corn on the cob (I boil mine for 5 minutes with a teaspoon of sugar, no salt), make sure that you Continue reading
If and when you use disposable packed lunch boxes, you will find that your plastic forks do not fit inside.
To solve the problem, simply snap the end of the fork handle and Bob is your uncle!
Sometimes, you do not want or cannot carry around empty plastic containers after you have eaten your packed lunch, i.e if you are having a day out, travelling by train, etc. All you want to do is Continue reading
This recipe feeds 4 people plus makes 4 packed lunches. If not using for packed lunches, you can reheat the leftover the following evening. Continue reading
With the hot season coming, it is not always easy to protect your packed lunch from the heat. Not everyone has access to a fridge at work. You might even need to leave your food in your vehicle. Continue reading
Below are some more ideas of filling to use put inside your tortilla wraps to create yummy lunches. Continue reading
You will find in this post a couple of pictures showing different types of stuffing for your tortilla wraps. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. Continue reading
It’s has been a while since I last talked about packed lunches so I thought I would share with you this picture:
I usually count two tortillas per adult for lunch but as I was running out of wraps, I thought I would big up the filling to compensate for the lack of carbohydrates. Here you can see, as well as the base I usually spread on the wrap, home-cooked ham, grated carrots, chopped pickled gerkins and cubed cheddar cheese. It was a bit of a squeeze but I managed to close the wrap. I don’t quite like shop-bought ham. I find it too thin… and too expensive. When I cooked ham next, I will take some pictures and show you how I cook it and what I do with it afterwards. So, stay tune!
The expiry date on my tortilla wraps is approaching, so I’d better start using them. If stored in your cupboard too long, they become dry and will rip easily. So, not good if you are having lunch next to your keyboard or your newly printed report! Continue reading
I should not say “cheap packed lunches” but “free packed lunches” since many of us throw out the leftovers of our meals. So, next time you tidy your kitchen after diner, think twice before throwing your leftovers in the bin (or giving them to the dog). Use them in your packed lunch at work. Remove bones and fat from meats and cut the flesh into smallish cubes. Re-use your leftover pasta and rice too. Add a few more ingredients to bulk it up if required. It does not take that long. For ideas, have a look at my post about how to make varied packed lunches.
The one meat I find does not work well cold is lamb. It is too fatty and leaves a small white covering which is not pleasant to eat when served cold, in salads for example. I am not keen on cold cooked root vegetables either but this is just a matter of taste really. I like cold cooked peppers in salads but I think raw is best for your packed lunches.
I made some scones last week-end. They are so healthy for you!….. well… that’s before you Continue reading
Before being able to produce some great packed lunches, you need to be well equipped. A few useful equipment/utensils are required, and, as well as your weekly trip to the shops, your kitchen cupboard and freezer will also need to hold a few vital ingredients. Hopefully, if you read this post today (being Friday) and go shopping at the week-end, you will able to Continue reading
Your packed lunches, microwavable or not, can be as varied as your evening meals. The trick in preparing packed lunch is to use the leftover meal from the night before (so make sure you cook more food than you actually need). Let’s see what I mean using pictures: (click pictures to enlarge)
Above is some leftover chicken casserole with fresh tagliatelle pasta. Continue reading