Cheap as Chips! Tasty Ideas for Packed Lunches
Making and taking a packed lunch to work, college, or a day out can seem like a bit of a faff. But, when you haven’t got a sausage and the chips are down (terrible, sorry), preparing your own food can be cheaper, healthier and, if you go about it the right way, a bit of fun.
Rather than doing it once, getting bored and binning your Tupperware box, the secret is to rustle up packed lunches that are cost-effective, easy to make and a little bit different.
If you buy great ingredients in bulk, you can do all your chopping, dicing and preparing in one go and keep enough for a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
So, let’s whet your appetite with a few ideas.
- Watermelon, tomato and cheese salad. Sounds weird but these ingredients really do go great together. Especially on a hot day.
- Apple and peanut butter sandwich. Try it! Sliced apples dipped into peanut butter is nothing new. But put it between slices of seeded bread for a new twist and a filling lunch.
- Sticking with the jar of peanut butter and pushing the barriers even further – peanut butter, gherkin and thick cut (ridged) crisp sandwich. Rye bread is the game changer but any will do.
- Salmon wraps, without the wraps! Mixed a tin of salmon with half a tin of cannellini beans, add spring onion, Greek yoghurt, and lemon juice and put inside large lettuce leaves.
- Tuna, avocado and quinoa salad. Buy ready-made or microwaveable quinoa, mix with a tin of tuna, lemon juice, a chopped avocado, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, a little bit of white wine vinegar and a swoosh (technical term) of olive oil.
- Pizza pasta. What’s not to love about combining two of the best things in life? Mix cooked pasta (any shape!) with sun-dried tomato pesto, salami or any kind of sausage, plum tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
- Mexican bean salad. Hard-boiled eggs, chopped avocado, tin of kidney beans, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, and a chopped chilli (depending on how hot you like it). Mix together and if you’re really adventurous have it with a taco or two!
- Tuna mayo on crackers. Tin of tuna with mayonnaise, onion, capers (worth having a jar of these versatile little things in your fridge), lime juice, black pepper spread on something like Ryvita. Delish!
- Sardine surprise. Tin of sardines, broken into chunks, mixed with a bag of watercress and some pickled beetroots, black pepper and a blob of horseradish.
This lot makes a change from a cheese and ham sandwich doesn’t it! Roll-on lunchtime.