Does anyone have any ideas or recipes for cheap and easy lunches?

@5000ml (1923)
Belgium
April 12, 2007 5:31pm CST
We generally never have a problem thinking up what we're going to eat every evening for dinner, but lunches have always been difficult. We really want healthy yet tasty lunches, but they can't cost too much. We like lots of different kinds of food from different countries. Anybody got any idea or recipes for us? Thanks in advance!
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@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
12 Apr 07
You could buy some tortillas to make tortilla wraps. I use to make these for my son, and he loved them. Another plus is that you can add a variety of foods to tortilla wraps. One time after heating up the tortilla, I spread some cream cheese on it, and added some meat, cheese, and lettuce. Devon ate it in a heartbeat! You can add your own stri-fry to the wraps, and your own spreads, meats, and cheeses. My nephew called them Auntie's Surprise Wraps, because he never knew what foods would be inside! I bet pb & j wouldn't even taste that bad on a heated tortilla! I hope this is a good idea, 5000ml. Let me know how lunches turn out!
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
13 Apr 07
Great idea! I tried this a few years back, but we weren't too enamored by it as the filling wasn't that good. I'm definitely going to try it again though!
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12 Apr 07
The other day I decided to have a cheese and pickle sandwich, I asked my husband if he would like one too. He said he did but he wanted it toasted but on the George Foreman grill. I did this for him and it was just like a pannini - absolutely gorgeous. Obviously you can change the fillings.
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@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
13 Apr 07
Sounds lovely! I'm afraid we don't have a George Foreman grill, but we do have a similar device so that should work.
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@franziska (411)
• Italy
15 Apr 07
If you want to try a very tasty lunch spending really a little try this recipi: "Bucatini alla Amtriciana": Cook the bucatini (it is a kind of pasta)and separately prepare this sauce for them: fry a little onion with bacon both cut in a cubic shape. When the bacon is golden add a tomato tin and a chilli. That's all. Let the sauce cook for 15 minutes. Than put it over the bucatin and sprinkle with cheese grated (in Italy we use a cheese called "pecorino" , it's a lamb cheese). It's a very easy recipi, very fast to do, very very good. Good appetite!
@aweins (4203)
• India
13 Apr 07
try this out. 1 sesame seed roll 2 pieces mild cheddar cheese 2 slices honey turkey 2 slices ham mayo mustard open the roll. Micro cheese on roll bottom at high for 40 sec. Spread mayo and mustard on roll top conservatively.Place turkey and ham over the melted cheese . Close the roll. Toast in toaster oven for 1.5 min@light until the bun is golden brown . you can also try Grilled Cheese. 2 slices of bread 2 thin slices mild cheddae cheese 2 thin slices of jack cheese Dollop of butter Warm a small frying pan to medium high. Butter 2 slices of bread , place butter side down in a pan. Place chedar on 1 slice of bread and jack cheese on the other. Fry bread until golden brown.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
The best way to make a lunch with the least amount of expense is just to make extra portions the night before. You can do this every night and have containers ready and dip out the extra portions for your lunch. This has worked great for our family and saves the hassle of planning lunches. Als when you eat out, make sure you bring home any leftover food for lunch the next day. Most eating places give you more than you can eat in one sitting and you can just bring home the extra. I can't tell you how many times I have walked by tables where people have left half a meal to be thrown away. The biggest key to lunches is to keep it simple.
12 Apr 07
Ok this is something i love making because it can be your own unique type. You know those fajita wraps well take the bred like wrap and lay it out flat, now you can make a simple yet healthy pizza, this is my favorite: Take the wrap and put a sprinkle of olive oils on the bottom this helps it go crispy, sprinkle a little cheese on the bottom, take some tomato puree and put a very small amount ontop of the cheese, now take some spinach leaves and sprinkle ontop of the puree and add some black olives and some pepper and a little bit of rocket, sprinkle some more cheese ontop and add another sprinkle of olive oil. It may sound weird, well it did to my friends but when i gave it to them they went mad for it, except for one but he hates olives .
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@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
20 Apr 07
How about this one? A grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich! They are yummy and easy to make not to mention cheap! Just spread jelly on one slice of bread and Peanut butter on another put them together then butter the top. (Put butter side down in pan and butter the other top!) Grill like you would a grilled cheese sandwich! *note* Don't put too much PB&J filling because it will melt into a mess! LOL!
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
20 Apr 07
We don't eat peanut butter here, you can barely buy it in the supermarket :) Thanks for the tip though!
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@321633wy (1795)
• United States
4 Jun 07
Well,it sounds weird but that's what i did some times for my lunch.I created this recipe when i suddenly want to eat pizza so badly but i don't have pizza dough in my fridge. What i did is : I use wthe whole wheat bread sparay some some olive oil or butter and pop it into the oven for one minute. Soon you take out froom the overn i put all the pizza topping on the bread and bake it for another 5 to 10 ten minutes with 350 degree fahreinhigh . Quick , easy and yummy.......mmmm... kids love it.
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@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
5 Jun 07
Nice idea! I've heard of people making pizza in such a way, it seems quick and tasty.
• United States
8 Jul 07
I am also having this problem, though in my case, I need to come up with lunches that I don't have to heat up before we eat them. My fiance only gets a half hour break for lunch one day a week, and I will be taking him his lunch, since I have a fridge at my office, and he doesn't have one at his school. It's also about a 10-15 minute walk from my office to his school, but he would have no other way of getting lunch on that day if I didn't bring him lunch. I think we will probably eat a lot of sandwiches or salads, as those are the easiest things to transport and can be eaten cold. I'm hoping to come up with some other ideas, though, so that it doesn't get too boring.
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@vikceo (1301)
• India
4 Jun 07
it is so easy to have good lunch without putting much of cost like preparing salads and add little taster makers like black pepper,salt and lemon.its fat ree as well as nutritious and specially if you are working so it will not make u feel drowsy.hope you will like the idea
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• United States
8 Jul 07
I always love something such as soup in a can or spaghetti (Chef-Boy-R-Dee or Franco American) in a can as they are tasty plus very inexpensive.