Sarnie fillings that are not processed meat.

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Realised that what I think is salami in the fridge may not be just pork and I cant bring myself to eat it. We get through a packet of processed sarnie meat a week and I am going to ditch this habit. But what are instant and affordable alternatives?

cheese (but thats not good every day!)
tuna (quite expensive)
marmite (only I like that)
meat from roasts (we have a roast each sunday so can have that meat for the first couple of days in the week, but it means one less main meal out of it)
cream cheese and ???

and then I get stuck!

Peanut butter and syrup
Cheese and apricot jam

Quesadillas for lunch today, but we ran out of cheese so I made pudding ones with mincemeat left over from Christmas. Don't think they would work in a lunch box.

Wraps and chilli sounds nice.

Yep! I have been looking for new lunch ideas and wasn't sure what sandwiches to make with coconut bread so this has given me ideas smile the thread will also be thrust in dp's direction to peruse in the hopes that corned beef gets forgotten hmm

sashh Sat 16-Feb-13 07:09:38

smoked salmon
home made pate
egg mayo
bacon - make sure it is crispy and cold. Very nice mixed with egg mayo

I do a thing with wraps and chilli.

Basically any left over chilli, rice, soured cream.

Put a dollop in the middle of a wrap and fold in the edges to make a square pillow type thing. Put them seam side down on a baking tray and cook for 10-15 mins - just heating through really.

Can be eaten hot, but the cooking sort of seals the packet so it can be taken to school/work as a meal.

TotemPole Fri 15-Feb-13 20:05:42

Buy tuna when it's on offer. The packs of 4 Princes and John West are sometimes cheaper than shops own brand.

Poach or grill some chicken breasts and slice to freeze in portions or shred/pull apart the chicken to freeze.

Keep an eye out for offers on tinned salmon too. They had boneless, skinless, red salmon for under 90p for ages in Tesco.

Good tip about the gammon!
Not sure about keeping tuna open for a week though, I'd normally just do a couple of days. Not sure why when I will keep meat for 3-4 days.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 15-Feb-13 19:34:30

make sure to simmer the gammon with celery and onion and a carrot and you'll get a good stock for lentil soup.
re the tuna... a can is about £1.30 max, mix with mayo, grated cucumber (squeeze water out) and a grated carrot (and a bit of grated red onion and capers if you have/like them) and you easily get a week's worth of well-filled sarnies out of that.

Really confusedpixie? We aim to please grin

This thread is awesome, just needed to post that grin

Sardines, cream cheese and gammon are on our shopping list smile
Today's wrap was a hit! Best bit was no crusts for dd to leave!

bekind Fri 15-Feb-13 16:05:13

Try other tinned fish eg sardines or mackerel; tastier than tuna and massively more sustainable

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 15-Feb-13 08:08:34

cheesy bean (old students' union favourite) ie grated cheddar, and kidney beans in mayo. nicest in a wrap
home made smoked mackeral/salmon pate
mock-nicoise: tuna and egg with capers

StickEmUp Fri 15-Feb-13 08:00:56

I slow cooked a ham, then put chunks in the food processor with mayo to make my own spread. I made it sunday, it still tasted okay yesterday.
I did however throw the last little bit away last night, 5 days seems reasonable.

We are having roasted squash, sundried tomatoes and a bit of Wensleydale in a wrap today. No idea if it will work!

sharond101 Thu 14-Feb-13 22:10:04

I roast a chicken and freeze it in small portions then do,

chicken and cranberry
chicken and coleslaw
chicken and mustard
chicken salad

peanut butter is my favourite though

germyrabbit Thu 14-Feb-13 16:34:18

avocado

mmmm, suddenly got a hankering for the mashed sardines with cream cheese.

I sometimes do pasta salad for dd, hadnt really considered it for us!

BertieBotts Thu 14-Feb-13 16:15:26

Salami is pretty smelly, so I wouldn't worry about offending too much with fishy smells if you're happy to give salami!

Egg is different as it can have a really off-putting smell though, I agree!

What about pasta salad too instead of sandwiches, you can put all sorts in this, just decant into a little tupperware or empty chinese container.

PurplePidjin Thu 14-Feb-13 16:12:34

Quorn slices

Smoked salmon (99p offcuts from sainsburys)

Sardines in tomato all smushed up

Tin of sardines mashed with cream cheese, pepper and squeeze of lemon.

Avocado. Slightly hardcore, but you might like it!

I also like to fill a roll with leftover chickpea and butterbean casserole. If you do any dishes along these lines, worth a try?

Peanut butter is good topped with some combo of shredded carrot/white cabbage/spring onion dressed with pepper and lemon juice. (Credit to Jane Clarke for this idea.)

BabyRoger Thu 14-Feb-13 16:02:15

My favourite sandwich (or filled pitta) is:

marinated tofu pieces (e.g. cauldron stuff)
peppers
gherkins
mayo
lettuce
jalapenos

It is v nice.

foxyhen Thu 14-Feb-13 15:59:53

Muenster cheese and avocado is my favourite.

PatriciaHolm Thu 14-Feb-13 15:56:19

DD often takes cream crackers and seperate slices of cheese when she needs packed lunches as she's not a sandwich fan.

I like those sort of things norman grin
lots of excellent ideas!

You can also buy things like tuna pate, crab pate, mackerel pate etc in a lot of supermarkets if you like those sort of things.

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