How to keep your packed lunch cool

Healthy Packed Lunch

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

Tortilla wraps for packed lunch

It’s has been a while since I last talked about packed lunches so I thought I would share with you this picture:

Tortilla wrap filling

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!

Tortilla wrap sandwiches

filling of tortilla wrap sandwich

Place filling on a line

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

Make cheap packed lunches for work

Make a free meal out of your leftovers

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.

Packed lunches – Planning ahead

 

Sample of kitchen basics

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

How to make varied packed lunches

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