LUNCH on the go has never been more expensive.
According to recent Which? data, picking up food at convenience stores can end up costing us up to £800 extra per year.
Picking up food at convenience stores can end up costing us up to £800 extra per year
That means it’s even more important to plan your lunches ahead to save cash. . .
SARNIE SURPRISE: Sandwiches can still be on the menu but bulk-buy packets of ham and cheese, make up enough for a couple of weeks’ worth then freeze.
The frozen sarnies will stay fresh and thaw by lunchtime, so they’re perfect for busy mornings.
PERFECT PASTA: Even pasta is going up in price but it’s still a great filler for family lunches.
A bag of Asda fusilli, 95p, and a jar of tomato pasta sauce (49p, Lidl) can stretch to at least four main lunches.
COOL QUESADILLAS: Buy an eight-pack of Aldi tortilla wraps then lie them flat in a hot pan, one at a time.
Add cheese and veggies to half the wrap, fold it over then flip it and fry to make tasty quesadillas.
Experiment with any leftover veggies and meat — it’s a great way to use them up and avoid waste. Plus, you can enjoy them hot or cold.
SOUP SAVER: Soup is one of the easiest ways to use up leftovers. Take all the remains from a roast dinner and boil with stock in one pot then blend.
Pop into freezer bags and take one out every morning. Leek-and-potato is another great cheap soup option, with easy recipes posted online for free at bbcgoodfood.com.
RICE IDEA: Mexican rice bowls are a tasty, quick lunch option and they are cheap to fill.
Thaw a pack of frozen chicken breast or thighs and fry with herbs and spices in a pan then add some veggies.
Cook up a large portion of rice then portion into tubs.
Add extra veg with cheap tinned black beans or sweetcorn.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are all subject to availability.
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