How to bulk cook your way to tasty lunches for under £1.10 a day

How to bulk cook your way to tasty lunches for under £1.10 a day

I work a nine to five job, meaning I eat lunch at work every weekday.

I’ve never been one of those people who just buys their lunch every day from the shop. Firstly because I absolutely cannot afford it but secondly because I prefer to be in control of what I eat.

Of course if I go to the shop I have some choice, but I don’t really want to be in the position where i’m having to decide between a Dairylea Lunchable and a slightly stale chicken salad sandwich.

So i always bring my lunch in with me.

My lunch habits go in phases. Sometimes I’ll just stick to homemade sandwiches and crisps and if i’m feeling particularly short on time I hate to admit I tend to fall back on a Naked Noodle pot.

But I like to think that’s a rare occurrence.

What happens more frequently in terms of my lunch time routine is that I try to bulk cook something yummy for the week.

On a Monday evening i’ll pop some Adele on, pour myself a nice drink and cook for the week.

And I honestly love it. Cooking relaxes me. It makes me feel calm and I seriously enjoy it.

Recently i’ve been bulk cooking something ridiculously simple which just tastes unbelievably good.

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It’s also super super cheap, which in the world of recent graduate living in Cambridge is 100% necessary.

During the week I try and stay relatively healthy. This is mostly due to the fact I like to relax with my eating at the weekend, so this helps me stay balanced.

This recipe is also v v healthy which I love, and it leaves me feeling energised and absolutely not bloated.

I find at work if I eat to much at lunch i’m left feeling sleepy and unmotivated.

So if you’re looking for something cheap, healthy, easy to make and bloody delicious, look no further!

I’m going to base this recipe on Tesco prices, as that’s where I do my weekly shop but it’s just so you can get a general gist of how affordable it really is.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 peppers (any colour you like) – £0.95
  • 1 red onion – £0.21
  • 1 punnet mushrooms £1.00
  • 1 brocoli £0.55
  • 1 bag quoin sausages £1.00
  • 2 avocados £1.70

You can use any veg you fancy, these are just my favourites.

What to do:

Chop up all your veg into small pieces. Throw the onion, peppers, mushrooms, sausages and anything else that can cook in the oven onto a baking tray. Turn the oven up to about 180 degrees and drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over your veg. Mix the veg around on the tray so the oil spreads.

Put the veg in the oven and cook for around 20 minutes until it’s softened. Whilst the veg cooks in the oven, chop up the broccoli. Once you have some water boiling in a pan, put the broccoli in and cook until it’s softened. It kinda depends on how soft you like it.

Once the broccoli is softened, drain the water and finish it off in the oven with the other veg. Be careful with the broccoli as it can burn easily in the oven. I’d say an extra five minutes with the rest of the veg will do it perfectly.

Once everything is cooked through, take out of the oven and leave to cool. Chop up your sausages and mix it back in with the rest of the veg. Once cooled, split into five even portions.

I wish I could say there’s more to this recipe but that’s what I love about it. It’s SO simple.

I take the avocado with me to work and chop it up when i’m there. This just keeps it fresh.

Once you’ve chopped up the avocado, simply mix it in with the rest of your veg bowl and there you have it, a tasty and very easy lunch recipe.

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As a variation to this recipe, and one I might try if i’m feeling the need to treat myself a bit is to add some roast cherry tomatoes and feta on top of the veg bowl each day.

I’d love to know what you think about this recipe if you try it, so please let me know!

Esther xo

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. May 12, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Firstly I’ll just say that this looks absolutely delish! I’d have this at home in the weekdays if I wasn’t already cooking so much. I’m a bit slack with lunches these days as I’m cooking so much for my blog but when I was working in Birmingham last year, things were different. I started of taking lunch to working and being really good, but then somehow I ended up going from that to buying lunch everyday. The thing about Bham is that there’s soooooo many cool places to eat. Sometimes the whole team would just order something from Deliveroo! But that gets really expensive, so I wish I’d done something like this instead!! Xxx

    • May 12, 2018 / 9:39 am

      Yeah I can’t imagine how busy your kitchen must be! It’s amazing you’re trying to many new recipes though!! Thank you for the comment lovely xxx

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