Day 12 of the A to Z Alphabet Blogging Challenge.
And by lunch, i mean making your own…
I work full time and that inevitably means that i have a mealtime while i am there. Now, i am quite lucky that my place of work has a complete kitchen that i can access in order to cook something should i so wish, however, time is not always on my side in order for this to happen.
There was a time when i would think nothing of saying that i didn’t have time (read as couldn’t be bothered) to make a packed lunch and i would then buy sandwiches/wraps or pasties (gotta be done when you are Cornish) for my midday meal. This adds up though. Even getting the local shops meal deal at £3.00 a time x 5 equals £15.00 per week. Multiply this by 48 (omitting four weeks holiday per year) and you have a total of £720.00. Add this onto the total of over £800 for take out coffees that i talked about in K is for Keep a Diary or Journal, and you have a costing of over £1,500.00!
How many holidays can you take for that?
Lunch doesn’t always have to be boring either, you can be the envy of your workmates with a little creativity. Fresh salads with added extra’s that you would never get in a shop bought one. Wraps or sandwiches filled chock full of so many foodstuffs that tickle your tastebuds.
Personally, i add my home made chutneys to both salads and sarnies adding that personal touch and flavour that i just cannot buy anywhere.
I don’t sell these although that is my label. I just like them to look cool when i give them away as presents.
I also make a lot of soup with random flavours, depending on what vegetables i have in the fridge, and add herbs and spices to flavour exactly to my taste.
Occasionally i will just take an egg, some milk and some bread in with me and make scrambled egg in the microwave and a couple of pieces of toast. It takes approximately 3-4 minutes and you have a nice filling meal that cost you pennies.
And if i’ve cooked a big batch meal the night before, then box full of the leftovers is always tasty the next day!
Be creative with your lunch and see how much money you can save over a very short time.
And don’t forget the lunch bag as well – you can be really cool and funky with your choice of those…
You can find a PDF tutorial on how to make these bags in my ETSY shop Baby Dreams Stitchery
Let me know what your favourite home made, quick and easy lunch ideas are.
Have a happy day.