#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…

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Office – What’s for lunch

Borrowed picture

Borrowed picture

Good evening!

I am back next Saturday 3rd October on Croydon Radio from 4pm with Tom.

This week we are going to talk about ideas for office lunches.

What prompted me to bring this  subject on the table is because often at my office, I see people going out to buy lunch. By the time they come back they can’t even fully enjoy it because the time they have spent queuing and walking back to the office has taken half of their lunch hour. So, they end up eating really quickly and not even degustating what they have bought.

When I plan to eat lunch I tend to bring in my food. I am unable to eat quickly or I suffer with stomach pain for the rest of my day.

Often when I plate my food, my colleagues often stop and ask what is on my plate and assume that it must take me a long time to prepare my lunch box… It doesn’t.

It all about planning.

If I am cooking a home meal with some vegetables and there are left overs, if I think I won’t be using them before they spoil, I chop them up and put them in a takeaway bowl then freeze until I need them for my work day lunch. The night before I need it, I will take the bowl out of the freezer and defrost overnight. In the morning I will just season with what I feel like. Especially with the dry herbs and seasoning, then a drizzle of plain or flavoured oil. Shake and take it to the office. At lunch time, I place my bowl in the microwave for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the type of vegetables.

Once it is done I transfer the content of my bowl on a plate upside down to allow the juices and flavours to travel throughout… Then I seat down to enjoy slowly while reading my Metro… That is my formula for a great relaxed lunch, washed down with a good cup of filtered ground coffee.

So this week I am going to be offering you few ideas of what to prepare so you can fully enjoy your lunch hour and even turn your “queuing time into a digestive walk time before returning to your desk and being productive without being overloaded.

The ideas include: Tuna pockets, Vegan baguette sandwich, triple decker chicken sandwich. Then the salads set and the hot food set.

Do tune in and also send in your comments.

See you then!