#Whats4Lunch – The Sandwiches set 3

Triple decker chicken

Triple decker chicken

Triple decker chicken sandwich (total cost 76p)

Ingredients:

Triple decker 1

Triple decker 1

  • 20 fresh spinach leaves or lettuce – 10p
  • 1 fresh medium tomato 10p
  • 3 brown bread slices – 6p (pack of 24 brown slices costs 49p)
  • mustard
  • 1 leftover chicken thigh – 50p

Method:

This sandwich was made with left over roast chicken. De bone the chicken thigh, rinse and cut the tomato in about 8 slices. Rice to spinach leaves.

Lay 2 slices of bread on a flat surface and spread with a thin layer of mustard.

Triple decker 2

Triple decker 2

On top of the mustard, layer about 10 spinach leaves, then half of the chicken and 4 tomato slices.

Cover with the second slice previously speeded with mustard.

Now spread the mustard on the side of the top slice that is covering the first deck of this sandwich. Again, layer, the leftover spinach, tomato, chicken. Take the 3rd slice of bread and spread on the mustard and place it face down on the sandwich.

Triple decker 4

Triple decker 3

All you have to do now is press the sandwich down gently and cut it from corner to corner, then place both halves in your lunch container.

Et voila!

 

Triple decker 4

Triple decker 4

Triple decker 5

Triple decker 5

Triple decker 5

Triple decker 6

Click here to see the tuna pitta and the baguette avocado vegan sandwich.

Next up, the salads.

#Whats4Lunch – The Sandwiches set 2

Baguette avocado

Baguette avocado

Baguette sandwich – Vegan (total cost 54p)

Ingredients:

Baguette avocado 1

Baguette avocado 1

  • 3-4 Sundried tomato pieces – 10p
  • 3-4 Grilled red & yellow peppers pieces 10p
  • Pre-cooked baguette – 12p (pack of 4 mini baguettes cost 45p)
  • Avocado – 20p (1 whole avocado 80p, only 1/4 used)
  • 2 lettuce gem leaves – 2p (Pack of 2 whole gems cost 37p)

Method:

Pre-cook the baguette following the instructions on the packet. Leave it to cool down before making the sandwich.

Rinse the salad leaves flick out the water, set aside. Remove the sundried tomatoes and grilled peppers pieces from the jar/oil.

Baguette avocado 2

Baguette avocado 2

Peel and cut the avocado.

Now make a cut in to the bread and drizzle the inside with a very small amount of oil from the sundried tomato jar (see the antipastis section here). Then line the base of the bread with the lettuce, then the sundried tomato pieces, then, the avocado. Close the sandwich and then cut in half to allow it to fit easily in the lunch container.

Baguette avocado 3

Baguette avocado 3

Baguette avocado 3

Baguette avocado 4

Baguette avocado 5

Baguette avocado 5

All done.

Enjoy!

Next Up, the chicken sandwich with brown slices.

See the previous sandwich here.

#Whats4Lunch – The Sandwiches set 1

Tuna pockets ready

Tuna pockets ready

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Tuna pockets with pitta bread (total cost 90p)

Ingredients:

Tuna pockets 1

Tuna pockets 1

  • 130g tuna in sunflower oil – 64p
  • 2 brown Pitta breads – 14p (pack of 6 cost 40p)
  • 4 leaves lettuce gem – 2p (pack of 2 whole gems cost 37p)
  • 1 medium tomato – 10p (pack of 6 tomatoes 69p)

Method:

Cut the two pitta in 2 and place in the toaster for 1 minute… the heat

Tuna pockets 2

Tuna pockets 2

will make the pitta open as it can be difficult to slice them. Leave aside to cool down.

Cut the top and bottom of the tomato. Then slice it in 4 pieces. Wash out the pips and remove the moisture from the tomato by dabbing it with tissue paper. Tomato can be very wet and putting it in this sandwich without removing the moisture will make the pitta very soggy. So, set the tomato aside.

Now rinse the lettuce leaves and flick out the water to keep it dry and cut away the white bottom bit.

Tuna pockets 4

Tuna pockets 4

Open the tuna, drain, pour in a bowl. Add black pepper, garlic and 1 full table spoon of mayonnaise. Combing and spoon in a small jar.

Now, partially put your sandwich together: Open the pitta pocket now cold, place in them the salad leaves, one in each and 1 slice of tomato. Place all of them in the lunch container with the tuna mix kept separately. At lunch time all you will have to do is add the tuna filling. It will take 2 minutes.

Tuna pockets ready

Tuna pockets ready

The next sandwich is a vegan baguette & Avocado one, then brown slices triple decker chicken & mustard sandwich.

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#Whats4Lunch – The basics

One of the reason why people do not manage to pull off a work lunch with 5 minutes of prep in the morning is because of a lack of planning.

Before you even think about taking your lunch to work, you must work out how you will transport your food in.

Below is a collection of plastic containers all purchased from the £ or 99p store. Try to buy various size boxes. You might want to transport yogurt, vignette, dips or spread for your meal. For latter, you will need one of the smallest container which can be tucked in the corner of the salad container for example.

Lunch containers

Lunch containers

The other basics to have is a collection of dry spices. 3 basic ones: Garlic, mix herbs and ground black pepper. You can’t go wrong with this 3 and you can use them for salads and hot dishes. You might want to add on chilli flake or ginger if you like your spices. The spiced on the photo cost from 41p in Lidl to £4 de pending of what you are looking to achieve. But, the basics are 41-89p including sea salt and pepper grinder.

The spice rack

The spice rack

Next the antipasti collection: in it can have sundried tomatoes, grilled courgette, grilled mix sweet pepper, mix mushrooms, grilled aubergine and artichokes hearts. All cost from 89 to 99p except the mix fungi (mushrooms) which cost £1.19. They all come in flavoured oils… very handy as using the antipasti means that you won’t be using other oils in the house.

The antipastis

The antipastis

If using antipastis in a salad, all you will need to add is a drizzle of oil from the jar, salt & pepper with maybe some lemon. I find them really practical. You will get at least 3 to 4 serving out of any jar, so, it is worth having one or 2 jars of those every month.

The Antipastis

The Antipastis

Last but not least, it is always great to have a collection of frozen vegetables. Most supermarket sale 1kg of green or mix vegetables for £1.00 or less. So you can buy a bag of Green beans, mix, broccoli & cauliflower, petit pois & carrot etc…

And my last recommendation is for the breads. Most bread can be frozen after purchase. If you visit some supermarkets after 7pm you will be able to bag some great quality bread for 90p or less as they are reduced before closing time. You can buy brioches (they are great for sandwiches), Scones, seedy bread, brown bread etc… If you are a fan of sandwiches do not limit yourself to bread slices… Explore.

In the next few posts, you will find idea for sandwiches, ideas for salad & hot foods using all the above.

It idea here for you to realise how much you save just by planning… not only on the money you spend at lunch time, but also the time you spend going to and from the shop, therefore missing out on chewing and relaxation time…

Don’t forget to let me know what you think.

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