I’ve always been a packed lunch fan, mainly because I’ve always been a picky eater and I’m afraid of finding nothing I like. However, it’s also a great way to keep costs down. Since I’m very lazy, I plan my meals for the week so that I can basically eat leftovers for lunch every day. I heat them up the following morning and I’m good to go!
My go to meals are:
- Paella – my favourite is this Tesco recipe with adjustments to make it fodmap friendly. I usually add some chorizo (which I know means it’s rice and chorizo and not paella!) and sometimes some spinach or kale too. If adding chorizo, Lidl have one without any garlic or onion which I’ve been fine with but if you’re in elimination stage you might need to be extra careful.
- Sausage casserole – I actually think this tastes better the following day from my flask! I use an adapted recipe from the Nosh student cookbook but I’m sure there are lots of recipes available.
- Sweet and sour chicken– I think people sometimes think I’m eating leftover Chinese takeaway for my lunch! Works well with quorn chicken style pieces too. Any kind of stir fry with rice noodles works.
- GF Gnocchi Bake – Becky Excell’s recipe is delicious and easy, and tastes fab on day two or three!
- GF Pasta – I usually have this with a tomato sauce, sometimes with salami or some fodmap friendly sausages too. But you could add pesto or whatever takes your fancy!
Bonus: I couldn’t not include soup! Occasionally I’ll make and freeze some soup at the weekend to last me a while, in case my during the week cooking plans don’t work out. Two of my favourites are tomato and carrot or carrot and coriander. Extra lazy Lisa does this in the slow cooker, for minimal effort.
If you’re looking for a food flask recommendation, this Thermos Food Flask was recommended to me by a friend and it’s fabulous. It’s pricey, but I’ve undoubtedly got my money’s worth out of it! Remember to preheat it with boiling water first. During placement I make my lunch about 6:30am and it’s still fine to eat after 1pm.
If you have any more fodmap friendly lunch suggestions, please let me know! I’m always keen to add something else to my repertoire!