Looking for budget summer lunch ideas........

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by SnowWhite607, May 24, 2010.

  1. SnowWhite607

    SnowWhite607 DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2006
    My husband and I are both teachers and usually brown bag during the school year. On the weekends, we usually eat dinner at home but eat lunch out. I dont like to cook 3 meals a day. I would love some meal ideas that we could have for lunch (kind of light and good for hot weather) that wont have me chained to the stove during my summer vacation.

    We just purchased a new car and cant really afford lunch out every day.

    My husband doesnt like pasta so pasta salad is out. This week I got stuff for chicken salad, cold cuts and cheese, frozen pizza and salad.

    I would love any other budget friendly ideas that anyone can give me. Its me, hubby and DD9. THANK YOU!!!
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  3. Whistle

    Whistle Mouseketeer

    May 8, 2009
    Tuna fish
    Egg salad
    Chicken salad
    Hot dogs
    Grilled cheese
    "Baked Potato" bar
  4. maggieusa

    maggieusa Mouseketeer

    Mar 17, 2007
  5. tarheel618

    tarheel618 DIS Veteran

    Jan 4, 2007
    fresh fruits, cold cuts, cubed cheeses, apples and peanut butter. We are nibblers at lunch. Also, I will grill extra meats from the night before and make salads for lunch, example shrimp, chicken, steak salads.
  6. gigi1313

    gigi1313 DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2001
    chef salads are great... open faced tomato cheese sandwiches on english muffins (can double as b'fast or brunch!)... anything that your farmstand has on sale/in season... fruit and cheese... soup (my mom says hot on the inside/cool on the outside)... sloppy joes... bbq pulled pork in the crock pot (doesn't heat up the house like the oven does!)...

    i would also consider switching your bigger/heavier meal to lunchtime and going real light and breezy for supper... we do this often and it's actually quite refreshing...

    we also typically do a "big grill" on saturdays or sundays with a variety of meats and then reheat the leftovers in the micro (or eat them cold on salad if steak or chicken) during the week for a quick meal...
  7. Priorityonecb

    Priorityonecb DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2005
    In the summers we only do two meals a day. We sleep in (no alarms...heaven!!) and then do "brunch" after we've been up a while and get hungry. We just aren't as hungry in the warmer weather.

    I do sandwiches, salads, frozen pizza, leftovers, crackers and cheese/fresh fruit, french toast, egg sandwiches etc...

    Then we do our big main meal a bit earlier around 5:00.
  8. englishteacha

    englishteacha Have courage and be kind.

    Apr 2, 2006
    We usually eat only 2 meals in the summer. Breakfast is usually cereal and fruit, and then we have a late lunch, early supper. When we have lunch it's usually PB and J!

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