I was asked by a great friend of mine if I had any ideas on man sized packed lunch ideas. By the time ‘smoko’ rolls around, most men are looking for something substantial to eat. Here’s a couple ideas.
Meat and salad wraps/sandwiches/bread rolls
The above is a picture of the Greek lamb and salad wrap I made. I used a wholemeal Lebanese bread so two of these in the lunch box would certainly fill your man up. Alternatively, using a smaller tortilla as the wrap, you could probably make up 3 or 4. You could also use sliced bread or rolls but go for the multigrain or wholemeal type.
Meat: Ham, chicken, pork, lamb, beef, tuna, salmon, sardines, pâté, salami OR boiled eggs
Salad: Lettuce of any sort, tomato, cucumber, celery, capsicum, alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, radishes, onion, beetroot, dill pickle, gherkins
Cheese: cheddar, cottage, cream, spread, Gruyere, Edam, Swiss, Camembert, Brie, mozzarella
Spreads: mayonnaise, mustard pickles, corn relish, gherkin relish, chutney, dips, sour cream, hummous, tahini, mustard, thick salad dressings, tomato sauce (ketchup), BBQ sauce, chilli sauce
Baked chicken legs (or wings)
These may be a little messy to eat so throw in a couple of paper serviettes. Cold chicken legs or wings (or any piece of chicken) is great to have in a lunch box. Throw in a small tub of Ranch dressing for dipping. The above is Miz Helen’s BBQ Rub and Marinade chicken legs.
Make up fritters with any leftover meat, corn kernels, grated vegies and/or cheese and serve with a small tub of tomato sauce (ketchup) for dipping.
I love my pie maker. I can eat pies hot or cold and the above ‘Ned Kelly’ pie, that is bacon, egg and cheese is a great one. Frozen puff pastry with leftovers like stew, chilli or curry, beef mince, chicken and grated vegies all make great pie fillings.
Alternatively, the Cornish Pasty is a great big pastry pocket full of beef and cubed potato and other vegetables which are great eaten cold. Make your own pastry or premade short or puff pastry will work just as well.
Hot food in a thermos
You can get these great little insulated thermoses ideal for keeping food hot, great for the winter months. How about these ideas to fill it?
- Pasta, noodle and rice dishes
- Stews, chilli
- Cheerios (or baby weiners) with tomato sauce (ketchup) for dipping
- 2 minute noodles
Frittata or Mini Quiches
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