Mar 3, 2019 | 0 comments


Here are all the lunch recipes on Thrifty Lesley, soups and sandwiches, hummus, sandwich pastes/toast toppers and jacket potato filling ideas. Hopefully, you’ll find something you’ll love!

Punjabi Cabbage
Punjabi Cabbage
chicken liver parfait
Chicken liver parfait
roast pumpkin tart in clear plastic lunchbox, resting on the lid. All on a green tea towel
Chicken with butternut squash and pesto tart
sweetcorn soup in a multi coloured bowl, standing on a neutral coloured plate with a pale green handled spoon. A grey checked tea towel is nearby.
Sweetcorn Soup
wild garlic pesto in a glass jar, on a wooden board, with a spoon
Wild Garlic Pesto
red lentil and broccoli soup in a teal coloured bowl on a matching saucer, with a spoon.
Broccoli and Lentil Soup
smoked mackerel pate on 3 small slices of sourdough, on a white plate, with quartered tomato
Mackerel Pâté & Crudités
an individual mixed vegetable quiche
Mixed vegetable quiche
Raw Brussel sprout salad in a mustard coloured bowl
Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad
Slice of toast with chicken and sun dried tomato paste, and cucumber slices, on a white plate
Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Sandwich Paste
a lunch box with a do not enter sign on it
School packed lunches - the dreaded chore! Can you feed a hulking teenager for 30p a head?
Spicy Red Lentil Soup in a white bowl
Spicy red lentil soup- Stretch A Chicken (7)
Vegan couscous salad on a plate, with black olives in a glass bowl
Vegan Couscous Salad
Olive, soft cheese and cucumber sandwich
Olive, Soft Cheese and Cucumber Sandwich
couscous salad
Salted Cashew Vegan Couscous Salad - warm or cold
vegan sweet potato soup
Vegan Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup
Soufflé Croûton Slice
Soufflé Croûton Slice
Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup
Curried Pumpkin and Coconut Soup
how to make soup
Lentil Soup, my go to lunch time soup
peaut oatcakes - on a plate with onion and peas
Peanut Oat Cakes with Roasted Onions and Green Pea Hummus
potato cakes, with bacon & ketchup
Potato, Sweetcorn & Onion Cakes
The finished recipe, with parmesan
Spiced lentil balls
An Indian carrot recipe
Spiced Carrot Tart
curry base
An everyday curry base
cheese and onion tart on plate
Cheese and Onion Tart
pea tart
Pea Tart
cooked brussel sprouts
Christmas Leftovers - part 6. Ten ways to use up that surplus bag of Brussels sprouts lurking in the fridge
mixed nut butter
Christmas leftovers - part 4. Chestnut Soup; Fruit Crumble Toppings; Mixed Nut Butter; Turkey Zombie Burgers
falafel with hummus
Falafel & Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
broccoli and almond stuffed pancakes
Broccoli and Almond Stuffed Pancakes
red pepper and onion loaf
Red Pepper & Onion Loaf
Cheesy Jacket Potatoes
Cheesy Jacket Potatoes
3 home made pitta bread.
Home Made Pitta Bread
savoury baked oats in a small white dish on a black slate.
Savoury Baked Oats
cheapy bread rolls
Cheapy Bread Rolls. An hour from bag to table
Peanut noodles
Peanut Butter Noodles. Add chicken or fish, or keep it vegan
onion bhajis
Onion Bhajis
bean burgers
Bean Burgers
101 pancakes
Pancakes and not quite 101 ideas, sweet and savoury to fill them
Hazelnut Butter & Vegetable Bake
Hazelnut Butter Vegetable Bake - GF, DF & Vegan
butternut squash, coconut and ginger soup
Butternut Squash, Ginger & Coconut Soup - GF, NF, DF & Vegan
red pepper tart
Red Pepper & Walnut Tart with Winter Coleslaw
an autumn panzanella
An Autumn Panzanella
Fed up with plain cheese sandwiches? How about flavoured potted cheese?
summer tomatoes in a vegan panzanella
Panzanella with lovely sun ripened tomatoes.
Tomato & Almond Patè for a budget recipe
Tomato & Almond Patè
spicy vegetable fritters, a very cheap family meal
Vegetable Fritters
Beetroot ragu lasagna
A Month of Low Syn Budget Meals. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, the lot
vegan savoury cake
Vegan Savoury Loaf Cake
bacon, olive and cheese loaf for a cheap family meal
Bacon, Olive and Cheese Loaf Cake
lentil pate for a budget breakfast
Lentil Pate
veggie nut balls - with pasta, peas and parmesan
Lovely veggie Nut balls in a tomato sauce
cabbage, sultana and nut pasta bake in a ceramic dish
Cabbage, sultana and nut pasta bake
parsnip hummus
Another Trio of Vegetable Hummus - Beetroot, Parsnip and Swede
trio of vegetable hummus
A Trio of Vegetable Hummus
snacky couscous bites
Couscous Snacky Lunchbox Bites
spiced broccoli soup recipe
Spiced Broccoli Soup. Delicious with tomato scone or herb bread
tomato bacon pasta in a brown dish with a spoon
Bacony tomatoey pasta
tomato stewed cauliflower a traditional Greek food.
Kounoupithi Yiahni or Tomato Stewed Cauliflower. A traditional Greek food
Cauliflower fritters a traditional Greek recipe
Kounoupidi tiganitó or Greek Fried Cauliflower
jacket potato
Jacket Potato Fillings
oven baked frittata
Oven Baked Frittata. Takes literally 2 minutes to make, then just bung it in the oven
coins for extremely cheap meals
Do you need, or want, extremely cheap meals, to eat for 50p a day for a bit, or even longer?
Busy, busy, busy, plus a long lasting Tzatziki. Make a sandwich with it for lunch, with lettuce, for 14p
green lentil salad
Green lentil, mushroom, raisin and cucumber salad, with a brinjal pickle and yoghurt dressing
pork meatballs
Pork meatballs with added veg and barley
how to make soup
Basics ....... How To Make Soup
Lentil nut loaf vegan, versatile & rather delicious
iceberg for lettuce soup
Lettuce Soup. Perfect to use up that half bag of salad leaves
homemade pesto
Things You May Never Need To Buy Again - Pesto
homemade hummus
Things You May Never Need To Buy Again - Hummus
8 Sandwich Pastes for super cheap sandwiches and toast toppers
Bean and Quinoa Herby Salad
Bean and Quinoa, Lemon and Herb Salad
Vegetables for soup
Practically free soup using old veg and peelings stock
30+ different flavours for baked bean hummus/pate
30+ different flavours for baked bean hummus / paté, a LCHF recipe, or fat free!
Barley salad
Barley Salad, 59p. Versatile, delicious and very easy to make
savoury yogurt
Savoury yogurts, yes savoury. Have you ever tried them? It's new to me, and I'm loving it
Creamy leek and cheese toasty
Creamy Leek & Cheese Toasty
Sag aloo
A delicious Sag Aloo that really hits the spot.
river cottage a-z
I found a delicious new taste today
Can 1 sausage can make 2 sandwiches? Plus a sublime fruit and nut case paste
Sage leaves
Sage, lemon and pumpkin seed pesto £2.99 for a huge jar
Home made sausage patties
Home made sausages
Beetroot burgers
Beetroot burgers, 41p
Leftovers lunch
Leftovers for lunch
Tuna fish cakes
Sardine and Tomato Fish Cakes, and Tuna Fish Cakes
Dead Good Old Tarts
pea crumb fritter
A kitchen experiment, Pea-Crumb Fritters, 6p
Carrot falafel
Raw chickpea carrot falafel, 15p. Delicious, with sweet variations too
Mushrooms on toast
Simple mushrooms on toast. A super simple plate of loveliness for any time of day
Fridge soup that's Paleo, I think, an avocado smoothie and a breadcrumb topped crumble
Cook book
Fiery Potatoes, spicy and delicious
Roquefort tart
Use it up meals, Roquefort tart, split pea soup. Soup just 13p
Dahl soup ingredients
Mixed veg Dahl that turned into Dahl soup
Zombie burgers
Zombie burgers using dead bread
Advent, stuff, soup and resolutions
A whole days filming and sundried tomato sandwich filler, 9p
Fishless kedgeree, 64p, or use it as vegetable rice, 25p
Using breadcrumbs for dinner
Spanish omelette
Spanish Omelette 46p, we had ours with sweet potato chips and kale crisps
salmon fish cake
5:2 Salmon Fish Cakes, 39p a serving
spicy hummus
Spicy curried hummus, 60p for a massive pot
Tom yum soup
Vegan 5:2 Tom Yum with shredded cabbage, 43p
poached egg
Herby Pancakes and Poached Egg, 15p - Meal Plan 10
Spinach, tomato, plum and feta salad with crusty bread 71p
Cashew chicken
Cashew Chicken, 89p a serving, and how to stay on track
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, Ham and Cheese Pancakes, 23p
Roasted vegetable soup, with a scone and roasted onion topping, 32p
Cheese and Ham Toastie/ mushroom and garlic / sultana and cream cheese etc etc
No Power Plan sandwiches
Chicken livers
Creamy chicken livers on toast, 58p
Spring green pasta
Yummy, filling and generous portions of Spring green pasta sauce with parmesan, 51p a head
spicy katjan sauce
Vegan bean and spicy katjan sauce sandwich paste, 12p a sandwich, LOADS of variations
Happy Easter
Transform tomato cannon balls to taste bomb tomatoes
2 sandwiches, 2 toasty breakfasts and 2 pasta dinners from 1 tin of sardines. Just 83p for all 6 meals!!
Individual lunchtime pies, a bargainous 20p each. Won't get these in Greggs 🙂
Beef and Sun Dried Tomato Sandwich Paste, 9p/13p a sandwich
chicken noodle soup in a white bowl with a spoon
Meal Plan 8 - Chicken Noodle Soup 20p
Butter Beans with Sauted Mixed Veg on a large white plate
Meal Plan 4 - Butter Beans with Sauted Mixed Veg, 38p
butterbean pate with carrots and pitta, on a white plate
Meal Plan 4 - a scrummy lunch of Butter Bean Pate, carrot sticks & pitta, 18p
Food vouchers and Meal Plan 8, Lentils, chilli and coconut with salad
Meal Plan 8 - Lentil salad with soy, 24p
Working up Meal Plan 8 and Haggis & ideas on using it on £1 a day
home made bannocks with vegetable hummus
Bannocks with roasted veg hoummous
Olive and tomato savoury curd
Finger Dumplings, delicious little butter crisped fingers. Very versatile, savoury or sweet.
silver spoon
Christmas Meal Plan - Gnocchi, pork bits and stuffing, 36p a serving
Stilton Quiche with Red Cabbage Coleslaw, 39p
Christmas Meal Plan - HM pasta, cream, mixed veg, mustard 30p
Christmas Meal Plan - Parsnip Soup, Scone & Mince Pie, 37p
pork shoulder
Christmas Meal Plan - Roast Pork Lunch, 84p
A main course soup, based on Scotch Broth. About 47p for my unreproducible version
Crumpets and pikelets, savoury and sweet
Percy Pumpkin Soup, version 2, 15p a portion, and top quality singing for the price of an internet connection
smoked mackerel on toast
Smoked mackerel & creamy soft cheese on granary toast, 63p. Plus, how to stay on budget for the day
Roast Parsnip & Apple Salad, with Carrot, Raisin & Peanut Salad and Jacket Potato, total of 54p each
Raw Carrot, Apple and Cashew soup, with a Walnut Loaf & butter, 65p per serving. Plus how to stay on budget for the day
white cabbage
Meal Plan 7 - Lentil & Veg Soup, 15p a portion
A freeform loaf and a broad bean & feta wrap
tomatoes for soup
Fresh tomato soup, 10p homegrown, 18p using tinned
CFR nut butter
Another CFR recipe, walnut & seed butter
Butter bean, pepper and carrot salad, with a lemon juice and coconut dressing, 84p
A quick lunch in the grit and grime
balti spring green pancakes
Balti spring green pancakes for dinner, and one left over for breakfast
A Salmon pasta lunch and other things
sardines on toast
Sardines on Toast, from 38p, and most of the Omega 3 you will need for a week
Mango, coconut and feta pasta
fishy tortilla
Fishy Tortilla, 19p plus salady bits
spring green breakfast pancakes
Spring green breakfast pancakes and really good tortillas
chilled radish soup
Novel uses for radishes
Rubber Chicken (2) Chicken & Onion Pie, 26p a portion. Spicy lentil soup, 18p
Aldi bargains (1) Peperonata, 53p
Anchovy Paste
Anchovy Paste - do you like it, what do you do with it?
Dahl Sambar 31p a portion, diet ideas, progress today & other kitchen happenings
Lemon Dahl from 18p to 24p depending on if you use value or basmati rice
Coconut Dahl, from 17p to 23p a portion depending on if you use value or basmati rice
baked potato
Potato and Onion Layer
Herb Bread, 6p a serving
curried parsnip soup
Spiced Parsnip Soup 17p a serving. Serve with tomato scone or herb bread
Spring Green Pesto
Salami & Mixed Vegetable Soup with Croutons
a head of cauliflower
Cauliflower and chick pea soup with little dumplings
carrot tied to a tree
Carrot Hummus, creamy with tahini
flat bread
Flatbreads, less than 2p each. Versatile and very yummy
stuffed pancakes
Pancakes filled with Carrots, Onions and Peas in Soft Cheese
Filled pitta breads, stuffed with soft cheese, carrot and lemon zest & juice
Filled Pitta Breads, with Carrot, Lemon & Soft Cheese
cauliflower leaves pesto in a small transparent plastic pot
Cauliflower Leaves Pesto
Olive Drop Scones, Garlicky Soft Cheese, 28p a serving
garlicky soft cheese on a pice of baguette on a white and blue plate.
Variations on a Soft Cheese theme, from 18p sandwiches to 25p dinners
egg, lentil, raisin, puy and curry sandwich
Egg, Lentil, Raisin, Puy & Curry Sandwich
Mackerel Fillet
Mackerel Kedgeree, 43p a serving
mackerel and beetroot salad
Smoked Mackerel and Roasted Beetroot Salad, 47p a serving
Mackerel Pate
Mackerel Pate & Pasta - 45p a serving
courgette pasta
Courgette Pasta
a close up shot of a beetroot and feta tart.
Beetroot & Feta Tart. As good cold in a packed lunch as it is hot for dinner
Stuffed Beefsteak Tomato 51p each
Potato and Onion Hash - close up
Potato and Onion Hash
Pea Soup, from Meal Plan 1
Spiced broccoli soup recipe
Carrot & Lentil Soup - 20p a serving, Meal Plan 1
Hummus & Grated Carrot Sandwich



lots of ideas for budget lunches



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