15 Old Lunch Recipes - Eat This Not That

15 Old Lunch Recipes – Eat This Not That

Having time for a hot lunch is a luxury that most of us don’t have. Sure, we could come down to Panera for a bowl of soup, but spending money every day on restaurant food increases quickly. Consider the time it takes to get food – or the cost of delivery – and an office lunch is usually a sad one for most people. But don’t let eating deter you from eating something healthy and delicious. In fact, take a cue from the past and try these old-fashioned easy-to-make brunch recipes.

Our parents and grandparents ate these foods for good reasons. Most are filling and quick to prepare, or they can be prepared in advance and reheated or enjoyed cold. Another bonus is that most of these are very affordable. While a bowl of Panera chicken soup will cost you approximately $8, all of these can be made for much less cost and can be customized to suit today’s healthy tastes. So, indulge in an old school brunch and save your money for a well-earned happy hour cocktail. Plus, don’t miss 15 age-old cooking tips you should never use, experts say.

Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

The History of the egg salad sandwich Obscure, but most people would agree that people have been using eggs in salads for centuries. No one is sure when someone first mixed a boiled egg with a creamy sauce, but the egg salad sandwich as we know it was invented sometime after the invention of mayonnaise in the late 1700s.

Egg salad is easy to prepare and cheap, and most people have the ingredients on hand. Try replacing some Greek yogurt with some mayonnaise to reduce fat and increase protein. You can even throw in a salad if you want to forgo the bread.

Get The Seasoned Mom’s recipe egg salad.

Tess sandwiches
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While the Brits may still enjoy these adorable little bites with the crust cut off, in America they’re not really a thing, but they should be. Try cucumbers with cream cheese and fresh herbs, smoked salmon with cream cheese, or tomatoes with some butter. As always, choose whole wheat bread to add some fiber.

Get insanely good recipes’ 25 best tea sandwiches.

Pork salad sandwiches
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It’s no surprise that pork salad was invented as a way to get rid of leftover pork from the holidays. Although this can also be made using very cheap canned ham, mayonnaise and seasonings make it taste so much better. Don’t stop at ham, take a page from the past and grab any leftover meat or fish to make a satisfying lunch sandwich.

Get the recipe for spending with pennies for meat salad.

Courtesy Dinner at the Zoo

apparently, The Three Bean Salad was a big thing in the 1950s, although the exact origin is unknown. What is known is that this salad usually combines green, waxy, and green beans with some chopped onions and a vinaigrette. The salad kept longer because it didn’t contain mayonnaise, so it was perfect for picnics. Feel free to break the mold and experiment with different types of beans to make your own mixture. It’s a great high-protein and fiber-rich meal to accompany a sandwich, although it’s also delicious and filling on its own.

Get dinner at the zoo’s recipe for Three bean salad.

Low-calorie spinach and pork quiche
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Quiche is basically a baked egg pancake. Bake a mixture of scrambled eggs, vegetables, and/or cheese inside an edible crust. Most sources say that while Quiche grew up in GermanyShe became famous with the French classic Quiche Lorraine. Wherever it comes from, it’s delicious for lunch, hot or cold, with a green salad. You can always make a quiche without a crust if you want to cut back on some carbs.

The best part about the quiche is that when you know the general recipe, you can add whatever leftovers you have on hand. Lunch is served!

Get our recipe for Easy Spinach and Ham Quiche.

Waldorf salad recipe
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Waldorf salad is another one of those weird salads that isn’t a salad at all. It is usually a mixture of apples, celery and mayonnaise, sometimes with walnuts. As the story saysIt was first created by a professor at Waldorf Astoria, hence the name. The sweet, crunchy and nutty combination is the perfect blend of flavours. Add a little mayonnaise and some avocado for a boost of healthy fats. Or try a Waldorf breakout salad like the one below.

Get Lil Luna’s recipe for Waldorf salad.

Tuna pasta casserole
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Tuna Noodles Casserole It is said that it became popular during World War II when Campbell’s used cream of mushroom soup to make it. However, the combination of fish sauce and cream has been enjoyed since the 19th century. Bring this tagine into the 21st century by skipping the condensed soup and making béchamel sauce with ease. You can also use zucchini noodles for a low-carb approach. Chicken of the Sea has a great updated recipe that uses light coconut milk and a bit of cornstarch to thicken the zoodles.

Get the Chicken Seafood recipe for Tuna Garden Zoodles Casserole.

Welsh Rabbit Recipe
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Welsh rabbit (or rabbit) is a dish of toast covered in a creamy cheese sauce. It’s simple and filling—just add veggies for balance. It dates back to 1785 in Britain, so it really is a throwback dish. Warm and satisfying, this is a must! (Note: Rabbits aren’t harmed in this quick lunch and no one really knows why it’s sometimes called a bunny.)

Get the Hungry, Happy, and Healthy Recipe for Welsh Rabbit.

Pinwheel sandwiches
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Who doesn’t love adorable little roll-like menus? You can flatten the bread to make this with a rolling pin or use a roll to save time. The beauty of these sandwiches is that the filling is rolled through every bite. Make a few over the weekend and then put a variety in your lunch bag.

Get the recipe for Bake It With Love for Fan sandwiches.

vegetable stew
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Everyone loves soup for lunch, especially on a fall day, but soup is heartier and doesn’t need a sandwich or side to make it a meal. What is the difference between soup and stew? The soup contains less liquid and the ingredients are cooked in just enough liquid. Of course, with soup you need to plan in advance, but it is ready when you are. And if you are prone to hunger, this is very important. Beef stew is the traditional way, but if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll have a hot, healthy meal ready.

Get the Happy Mess recipe for vegetable stew.

Dirty healthy turkey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Why did we move this dish to the cafeteria? this is History of Sloppy Joe Obscure, but at some point in the post-1930s, someone added tomato sauce to a loose meat sandwich, and this beloved messy dish was born. Again, making this vegan or using lean meats could be the update that takes it to the top of the brunch menu again.

Get our recipe for healthy Sloppy Joes turkey.

cereal on bread
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Yes, that’s simple, and that’s the beauty of an old fashioned brunch. This British classic isn’t a big US hit, but with its high fiber content, it should be! Try different types of beans to see which one you like the most.

Get the Messy Chelsea Bib recipe for cereal on bread.

Homemade fish sticks
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Fishsticks have been a staple of children’s dishes since the 1950s, and have an interesting start in the early years Ain Al-Tair Factory. Apparently, it was the result of an abundance of fish and new freezing techniques. When the original plan didn’t work—that is, freeze the fish in clumps so that housewives could cut as much as they needed in a day—the individual fish stick was born. Now, bloggers have made this convenient food even healthier and more delicious.

Get the Sweet Eats recipe for Homemade fish sticks.

stuffed tomatoes
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Vegetable stuffing has always been an important thing; Pretty much every kitchen has some form of stuffed vegetable dish. During the low-carb craze, we figured out how to turn everything into edible, low-carb bowls. Tomatoes are especially good for lunch because they can be raw with the above salads, so go crazy.

Get 2 of the sisters’ recipes for Stuffed tomato white bean salad.

Oven fried chicken Paleo
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Most fried foods taste very cold, but fried chicken is surprisingly tasty. Southern Kitchen It assumes that when fried chicken cools, the skin shrinks and adheres to the meat. The shell is then slightly separated from the brittle shell, which keeps it crisp. They also suggest turning chicken into a chicken salad. Either way, it’s great for lunch. And if you have any leftover chicken for fast food, don’t be shy about that either!

Get our recipe for oven fried chicken.

cheese sandwich
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Nope, not grilled cheese, just cheese. Hard cheese doesn’t spoil very quickly at room temperature, and it also tastes better a little mushy, which makes it a natural for a sandwich. Obviously, stay away from soft cheeses and always follow the food safety precautions for your cheese. The recipe below uses the tangy sauce to balance out the cream cheese and an array of veggies for texture and nutrition.

Get Hungry Happy and Healthy Recipe for Recipe Epic cheese sandwich.

Remember that lunch doesn’t have to be extravagant or extravagant to be the perfect mid-day break. Try these easy and easy to customize recipes to make your own meal with what you have on hand. You never know – something old might turn into your new weekday favorite.

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