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    Default What do you take to work for lunch?

    I've just started back at work recently and don't have a whole lot of time spare to prep lunch. Lately I've been cooking a batch of pasta on Sunday which does me until Wednesday and then doing BBQ chook rolls for the end of the week. It's getting boring.

    Also, any recommendations of things to have in the pantry/fridge as I'm a casual teacher and some days won't know I'm working until 7:30 AM.

    Ideas much appreciated!

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    I mainly take leftovers, maybe a sandwich occasionally. I make dinner for the next night after the kids go to bed and ensure I portion out lunches too. We do up a weekly menu so never get bored. It’s kind of a pain in the *** to be honest but works for us and keeps up eating healthy food (we found when we were less organised we tended to snack or have quick, unhealthy meals).
    Good things for the cupboard - tuna and rice, trail mix, soup

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    Default What do you take to work for lunch?

    mine are usually lunches of convenience which i buy at coles. either a lean cuisine meal or one of those coles instant frozen microwave meals. or a soup from the coles fridge section. another idea is one of those small rice cups that you zap for 40 seconds, a small can of tuna and some steam bag veggies. zap the rice and veggies then put everything into a bowl and stir through the tuna. can add a splash of soy or ponzu or chilli sauce for taste. otherwise the flavored tunas in sauce are good.
    another thing i’ve been doing lately is those dr oetker frozen pizzas which i cook at home then just heat up at work.
    otherwise can you take a ham and cheese sambo and use a sandwich toaster to make a toastie?

    those are my go-tos. i’ll do each for a few weeks then get bored and switch it up. i don’t like fiddling around at work as shared kitchens annoy me, hence i go for things that are quick to prep and i can get back to my desk to eat.
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    I pretty much always have leftovers but if not, I keep things like burrito bowls or other Mexican stuff in the freezer that I can have with some microwaveable steam fresh veggies.

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    Even though I’m on mat leave I make up lunches for a few days for myself on a Sunday along with with school baking for ds1.

    Zucchjni slice but in muffin form

    Vanilla cupcake

    Pasta with a pesto mixed through

    Salad with steam chicken

    Everything I do as portions and I have sistema lunch boxes with 4 compartments in them.

    So salad, little bit of chicken, yogurt & fruit will make up my lunch

    If I cook for a few hours like this each Sunday it saves me time and mess every day

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    I used to have a lot of left overs or have pasta and curry dishes in the freezer. I don’t like sandwiches.

    BBQ meals are easy for leftovers

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    When I’m organized I make one pan chicken rice & veg, toastier, or my latest creation grilled veg, spinach, Swiss cheese and pesto in a panini
    My go to for pantry last minute lunches is cup of noodles or cup of soup

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    I have a lot of frozen leftovers and reheat at work.

    I aim for convenience in the mornings and don't have a whole lot of time to pfaff around preparing lunches.

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    Default What do you take to work for lunch?

    If you’re looking for convenience I would recommend serena teriyaki tuna with 40 second microwave rice. I get the quinoa or red rice and mix it al in. So easy and so delicious!

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    I can’t even remember what I ate when I was relief teaching... I DO remember that I had a stash of lunches in the freezer, then would take them out the night before. If I didn’t get work, I’d eat it for lunch at home.

    It was always things I could eat cold, in case I didn’t get a chance to use the microwave or sit down. Sandwiches, home made sausage rolls, pasta. Sometimes a salad if I could be bothered making something in the evening.

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