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Old 05-02-2016, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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extra dinner, soup, hot dogs, tuna are all hits here
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:05 PM
 
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If you google "Bento box lunches" you will get more ideas than you could use.

Here is one with some great ideas: Bento Box Lunch Ideas: 25 Healthy and Photo-Worthy Bento Box Recipes | Greatist
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:25 PM
 
Location: California
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I make a nice spinach salad and when I'm ready to eat lunch I dump a can of tuna on top. Pour a little EVOO and balsamic vinegar on top. Very delicious lunch for under $5.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Do you have refrigeration at work? A microwave?

When my child had neither, I would make up a bunch of bean and cheese burritos and freeze them. They'd go into his lunch frozen and be thawed by lunch time, but still chilled enough to be safe. He'd eat them cold. That was his favorite lunch and if he wanted something different, every other kid in his class would gladly trade their lunch for his burrito.

You can do that with cups of yogurt.

Homemade oatmeal cookies, make a huge batch and freeze them in single serving baggies. Take one in the morning, it will be thawed by lunch. Use some nuts and dried fruit in the cookies, and they can be very healthful.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:42 PM
 
Location: The World
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Buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store...if your store is like mine, they might reduce the price by a buck or two close to closing time...then use the meat for various lunches.

You can bring in the leftover chicken as-is and eat it with a banana or apple or can of fruit cocktail.

You can use it to make a tasty chicken salad.

You can shred the chicken and add to a tortilla with corn, black beans, salsa and shredded cheese. Sour cream, if you like it.

You can make chicken salad sandwiches or just shredded chicken sandwiches.

You can use the meat to make a casserole of some sort for dinner, then take some leftovers to work.

Add to chicken broth with egg noodles, carrots, celery, onion, etc. to make chicken noodle soup. (Might be getting too warm for this, but we've had some cool and rainy days the past few days here.)
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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The American classic: peanut butter and jelly.
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Old 05-06-2016, 10:11 AM
 
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I bake chicken breast a couple of times a week. Bring 5-6ozs of chicken breast, with either a salad or some BBQ sauce/wing sauce for dipping. Then I typically bring some type of carb, whether that's rice or just baked chips and a slice of peanut butter and honey bread.

Probably comes out to: $1.50-$1.75 per lunch for me.
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Old 05-10-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Leftovers! Cook in bulk once a week and make enough of several different dishes to last the week.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:36 PM
 
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I just made chicken pot pie. Not sure how well it would freeze, but it was delicious and my chicken meat was better than the store bought frozen ones. Here's the recipe I used. Chicken Pot Pie IX Recipe - Allrecipes.com

I substituted coriander for the celery seed and used seven miniature pie pans instead of the big pie pan. I also used four store bought crusts instead of two. This would be a great use of leftover chicken meat and you could make your own crusts. You could make those half circle type pastries without a pie tin if you were so inclined. I used the indicated veggies, but you could add corn, green beans, potatoes or whatever if you were so inclined.

I guess other alternatives would be a hot pocket or perogies.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:00 AM
 
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My cheap lunch involves multigrain bread, peanut butter, and bananas.
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