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All that and dim sum: Lucky Tortoise launch new deal by giving away free lunch!

Yes, you read that right.

Not only is it PERF for us broke people but it's also delish.

The free im sum is available today Thursday, March 21 in celebration of the launch of their new lunch deal in their new permanent home at 8 Aungier Street from 12-4pm.

So what are you waiting for? 

The new lunch deal which includes miso, okonomiyaki, pork siu mai, five veg dumplings, rice and kimchi all for €12.

To be one of the first to sample the delicious new offering, all you have it do is drop down to the Lucky Tortoise today from 12pm where diners will be served on a first come, first served basis.

We're on our way…

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We all know the drill. With overflowing workloads, deadlines to see to and just general stress, it can be hard to take yourself away from your desk for an hour to eat your lunch.

Combined with cafes either being too expensive or simply not there, it can seem like more of an effort to leave the office.

However, if you actually knew how many extra hours you spent every year not taking a break, we bet you'd feel different about your lunch hour.

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According to Workthere.com, the average person only takes 34 minutes a day for their lunch, and that actually racks up a whole lotta hours.

Refinery29 sat down and did the maths, and the numbers are pretty shocking.

So, there are 232 working days this year (minus holidays). 232 multiplied by the amount of time you don't take for lunch equals 100 hours and 53 minutes.

 

That means you end up working 12 extra days a year.

TWELVE. That's half of your holiday allowance.

Bet you'll think twice when lunch time comes around tomorrow…

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Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch had obviously never heard of The Back Page!

The eatery in Phibsboro has become well known for giving away free meals to people.

They pick two random names each week – one male and one female – and then whoever is lucky enough to have that name gets to eat for free. 

And this week, they are calling on Orlas and Olivers to pop in between 10am and 3:30pm to enjoy a tasty lunch on them.

The sports bar took to Facebook yesterday to announce this week's names, advising people to bring ID because, hey, who wouldn't try to nab themselves some free food?

We just have one little question: is the call-out just for Orlas… or does it include Orlaiths and Orlaghs? 

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Our lunch breaks are a precious hour of freedom from the daily humdrum of the office, and we would rather spend them sitting in the sun than queueing. Obviously. 

Ever have the serious munchies but cannot be arsed waiting in line? Fancy falafel in the sun? Or cheeky cheesy chips in front of your computer? Burgers in the boardroom? Just-Eat have got ya sorted. 

Well luckily for us, the folks over at the delivery service have announced today that there will be NO minimum spend required by over 30 of our favourite lunchtime eateries. So you can get that sandwich delivered right to your office door without having to lift a finger. 

 

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Some of our favourite spots are in on it; we're talking Eddie Rockets, Umi Falafel, Chopped, Freshii, KFC, Counter Burger and Zamberos. We're salivating just thinking about them. 

“At Just Eat, we are all about making life easier for our customers," says Managing Director of Just-Eat, Amanda Roche Kelly. "Time is precious and that is why ordering at lunch time continues to grow in popularity as people ditch the queues for quick and easy collection or a delivery.

 

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"We have worked with over 30 of our restaurant partners to remove their minimum spend requirement which is going to help make our lunchtime ordering service even more accessible for people. It’s available just in time for lunchtime in the park!”

Order between 12-4pm to avail of the deal for that perfect lunch for one. Treat yo'self. 

It's only available in Dublin city centre for now, but we hope that it goes nation-wide soon.

To make the deal even taster, Just-Eat have paired up with 11 fab new foodie hubs including delish American chain Five Guys, Sbarro's pizza and Sun Bear Gelato. Getting ice-cream AND pizza to your door? Yes please! 

Excuse us while we day-dream about food. 

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Hands up who basically thinks about their lunch the minute they finish their breakfast?!

Many of our days are based around food, but it turns out a lot of thought goes into choosing what we have for lunch.

A group of researchers decided to analyse the thought process behind how we decide what to eat once 1pm rolls around, and a few of the findings were pretty surprising.

Pasta penne with tomato and rucola

The researchers, from Canvas 8, asked 20 men and women from the UK about their lunch time preferences to discover why they chose the food they did.

Three of the biggest factors were convenience (38 per cent), taste (37 per cent) and price (35 per cent), which isn't really all thst surprising.

The next trend, which is a little bit more interesting, was the weather. If it was a sunny day, people generally went for something light, like a salad or a smoothie.

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However, if it was a damp and cold day (hello, Ireland!), then people opted for a heartier meal, like soup or creamy pasta.

But that's not all. Another factor that goes into the decision-making process is what colleagues and friends have for lunch (which includes going to a nice restaurant with your work wives once payday rolls around).

And last but not least, hangovers. Yep, hangovers also come into play, because if you're feeling a bit rotten from the night before, a carbohydrate-packed lunch is exactly what you reach for.

We can relate to that one.

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Bringing your lunch to work or to college is the best way to eat well and save money.

We mean, who needs a sausage roll from the shop when you can whip up a delicious and nutritious meal in no time?

We asked Emilia Rowan, founder of Cocu, to share three recipes that are both easy and tasty! (You can thank us later)

Egg muffins

For 4 portions:
5 eggs
40g feta, crumbled
30g sundried tomato, chopped finely
1 small handful spinach, chopped finely
Oil for moulds

Preheat oven to 160˚c. Beat eggs in a bowl, Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.

Line the silicone moulds with a little oil and pour the mixture into each one evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes until firm in the centre.

Eat immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Butterbean hummus

2 tins butterbeans (drained and rinsed)
3 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon cayenne
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until creamy in texture. Taste and adjust seasoning. 

Wholemeal Dipping Chips

Wholemeal wraps
Rapeseed oil
Sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Cut the wraps into 8 wedges (like a pizza) and brush with rapeseed oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and toast in the oven for 8 minutes, until crisp. 

Allow to cool fully and can be stored in a airtight container for 3 days.

 

Thai veggie salad with sesame and soy dressing

Serves 2

For the dressing:
⅓ cup rapeseed oil    
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
a squeeze of lime juice
2 tablespoons boiling water

For the salad:
150g frozen shelled edamame
2 cups baby kale
1 large carrots
1 red pepper
Handful of coriander 
1 spring onion
Small handful cashews

With a hand blender, blend all the dressing ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge. (nb: there is extra dressing so you can keep it for another salad).

Steam the edamame lightly for 2 minutes, in a pot of boiling water. Drain and allow to cool. 

Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. You can chop the vegetables any way you like, spiralise or finely slice. You can leave the edamame and the cashews whole for extra crunch, or pulse them in a food processor for a different texture. 

Toss all together and dress when you are ready to eat. 

Emilia was in our studio last night to cook these delicious recipes. You can watch her here:

 

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Whether you pre-pack some grub or head out to the deli on a daily basis, a sandwich is the perfect lunchtime staple.

However, loading the meat and mayo on isn't the healthiest – but, what's a girl to do if you just want something to fill your belly?

Well, actually there are a few tiny tweaks that you can make when putting your sandwich together that can save you on the carb, sugar and calorie front.

A few health professionals told Women's Health the best swaps, and here, we picked out the best five to make sure you get the most out of your lunchtime sambo:

1. Cheese please

"Replace your processed Swiss or American slices with creamy cashew cheese. It's vegan and replaces saturated fats with healthy ones, plus it's loaded with B vitamins, fiber, protein, and magnesium." —McKel Hill, R.D.

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2. A green makeover

"Give your egg salad a green makeover by mashing a ripe avocado in it—you'll get all the texture and cohesiveness of mayo, with bonus fiber and healthy fats." —Kayleen St John, R.D.

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3. Spread it 

"Use hummus as a sandwich spread to reap the benefits of beans. The chickpea spread moistens your bread just as well, and is packed with plant protein, B vitamins, fiber, and iron, all of which help support a healthy heart and aid in weight management." – Holley Grainger, R.D. 

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4. Curb the carbs

"Get whole grain of course, but also be smart about the amount of bread making up your sandwich. Some rolls can equal four slices of bread." – Ellie Krieger, R.D

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5. Go veggie

"Layer grilled vegetables (like zucchini, onions, bell peppers) and tender herbs (like mint or basil) on your sandwiches, along with the usual lettuce and tomato, to add big flavor and texture with health benefits." —Ellie Krieger, R.D

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Healthy, cheap, filling, office-friendly: soups are your best friend if you want to avoid the dreaded Sad Desk Lunch.

And even if there are plenty of nice options in the shop, they will never be as good as the one you make yourself. You can trust us on this, there is nothing as easy to make as a big batch of soup that will last you a whole week!

The great thing about soup is that it is quite hard to mess up. If you just buy what is in season – and usually, on offer – peel it, cover it with water and let it cook gently, you will definitely end up with a delicious soup.

But for those afraid to try, don't worry, we have you covered with these 3 foolproof recipes.

Creamy courgette soup

  • 1kg courgette, roughly chopped
  • 500g potato, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 stock cube
  • 100g grated parmesan, to serve
  • 10g butter
  • Pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and cook the spring onions for 2 minutes.

Add the courgettes, potatoes and stock cube and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

Cook for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Blend and serve topped with freshly ground pepper and grated parmesan. 

 

Spicy butternut squash soup

  • 1 butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3cm fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 stock cube
  • Sour cream to serve

In a large saucepan, melt the coconut and fry the onion, garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes.

Add the butternut squash, carrots, stock cube, turmeric and cayenne pepper and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Blend and serve, topped with a dollop of sour cream if desired.  

 

Green pea soup

  • 1kg frozen peas
  • 3 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 1 stock cube
  • Pepper
  • Greek yoghurt and finely chopped mint to serve

Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the shallots and garlic.

Cook for 2 minutes

Add the peas and the stock cube and cover with water.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Blend and serve topped with a tablespoon of greek yoghurt and some fresh finely chopped mint.

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Yes, your 'I'm bringing my own lunch to work EVERY day' resolution might have fallen by the wayside after the first day back to work, but that doesn't mean you need to go emptying your bank balance just to eat well.

Dublin is in the midst of a clean-eating movement at the moment, with countless lunch spots offering seriously tasty, healthy food at a price that won't make you run for cover.

Here are a few of our favourites that are perfect for a quick lunchtime bite – with change from €10.

Brother Hubbard
If you can resist the Pulled Pork Sandwich here, go for the epic 3-Salad Plate instead. For €9.95 you'll get a plate positively heaving with crunchy cucumber and fennel salad, middle eastern slyle slaw, and roast baby potato gribiche. We guarantee the leftovers will do you for lunch tomorrow too.

 

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Fallon & Byrne
Lunch at the Fallon & Byrne deli starts at just €7.50. with an ever-changing selection of salads and hot food to fill you up on a freezing winter day.

 

Lentil and sweet potato Wellington #foodbaby

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Cornucopia 
We've made the mistake of opting for both a large soup and a salad here before and trust us – we could NOT finish it. Go for one or the other instead – a large sweet potato or roast pepper soup with homemade bread is just €5.50, and a medium plate with a mix of epic salads is €8.95.

 

Honest To Goodness
Everything's good here – the juices, the sambos and the breakfast omelettes. But a personal favourite is the €8 Legend Salad, a delish mix of broccoli, feta, cherry tomatoes, roasted seeds, mixed leaves and your choice of roast chicken or tuna. 

 

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Chopped
Nothing on this menu costs more than €6.49, and most options are cheaper. Choose from a selection of chopped house salads, wraps, sandwiches or create your own.

 

Staple Foods
Wholegrain wraps here start at €7.50 and salads start at €8.50. We recommend the vegan baked falafel with hummus – it's something else. No, we're not sharing.

 

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Happy Food By The Yoga Hub
This little known lunch spot is operated by The Yoga Hub on Camden St, and it's our go-to for seriously heathy and nourishing food on the go. Their uber-tasty hemp burger is made with black bean,chickpea, spinach and will set you back just €7.90.

 

Burger of today- spinach, quinoa, roasted peppers and seeds #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #HappyFood #dublin

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Zakura
Zakura's tofu Yasai Itame ramen will fill you up for days, and it's the perfect antidote to a winter cold. On the dinner menu it's €12.50, but get the same portion for €7.99 between 12 and 5pm.

 

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The Fumbally
Find this beautiful and bright café tucked away on Fumbally Lane in Dublin 8 (take note though, it's closed on Sundays and Mondays). A daily salad plate is €8.50, and for bang on a tenner you can add falafal to that. Or go for a late brekkie and have their amazing avo on sourdough with popped amaranth seeds for €8.50.

 

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Lunchtime has become awful fancy in recent times: and a victim of all these 'notions' is certainly the humble sandwich. 

With bread fast falling out of fashion, it's little surprise that luncheon wares have become more of the sushi/soup/salad/spiralized veg variety.

Pish-posh to all that, we say! We love our sambos – though we'd like to think our taste-buds can on occasion be more sophisticated than a hang and cheese sanger.

Enter the 'artisan' variety: think almond butter, hummus and LOTS of avocado.

Inspired by the tempting BuzzFeed.com/Food, here SHEmazing! brings you 12 of the best, most delicious daytime concoctions to satisfy even the most demanding of rumbling tums…

 

1) The green goddess:

 

2) Chicken gyros with tzatziki

 

3) Loaded Med veggie:

 

4) Smashed white bean and avocado:

 

5) Four-layer vegan:

 

6) Spicy carrot and hummus:

 

7) Chickpea sunflower sandwich:

 

8) Peanut butter and basil

 

9) Chicken soft tacos:

 

10) Roasted red pepper, feta, and hummus:

 

11) Crispy tofu with sweet potato:

 

12) Greek yoghurt with chicken salad:

 

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School lunches: oh, how we lamented them at the time. But now? Now we realise just how valuable they once were. 

Granted going outside to clean the duster; cries of "teigh a chodladh", and gloopy bowls of nature table tadpoles were all highlights – but little makes us pine for the classrooms of yesteryear more than thoughts of lunch-box loveliness.

Yes, having been hit by a generous gale of nostalgia, SHEmazing! brings you the top six things that really make us hungry for a traditional primary school lón… just like mammy used to make them.

1. Swapsies  

Your mam just didn’t get it: you don’t like brown bread; you don’t do cheese, and smokey bacon crisps are not now nor have they ever been for the win.

Fear not! Even if your own lunch-box was looking less than appetising, there was always another child only delira to embrace your hand-me-downs in return for their own unwanted ware.

Everyone’s a winner! Except your unsuspecting “oh but you’ve ALWAYS loved under-ripe pears!” mam – who continues to this day to pile you with your least favourite lunch foods.

2. Penguin Bars

The day was always off to a good start when you found one of these gems snuggled in beside your sambo. Those with self-control saved theirs until big lón; others scoffed theirs during 11am sós.

Understandably, the idea of sharing was never entertained; if nothing else, it would have been far too challenging to try to pry apart the delicious, chocolatey biscuit exterior from the soft, sweet centre.

Almost as good – the gloriously woeful jokes on the back. Qs: How does a penguin make pancakes? A: With its flippers. Golden.

3. Billy Roll 

Ah, beautiful Billy Roll. If you strutted onto the playground with a Billy Roll sandwich, you could expect to be on the receiving end of many a jealous stare. You could hardly blame them. Mr Robert Roll was a treat of the highest order.

And even in the days before selfies, those feeling daring might delicately remove Billy’s eyes, nose and mouth, next placing the cold, moist piece of questionably-sourced processed pig on their faces for the ‘larf’. The messers.

4. Milk from a carton

Come rain or shine, you were always greeted at the school’s entrance by piled-high cartons of ice cold milk – all of which came complete with a straw.

You wouldn’t, of course, drink a glass of milk for love nor money at home, but put it in a cardboard box with a plastic drinking tube attached (gently warmed to room temperature too) and you suddenly you couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

Feeling fancy? Strawberry and banana varieties were also on offer on special occasions. And afterwards… oh behold – the pure joy of blowing into the cartons and jumping on them to make a loud bang.

5. Triangle sandwiches 

The traditional no nonsense sambo was cut down the middle, wrapped in tin-foil and contained ham, turkey or cheese (no uppity notions here, no siree). But then – lo and behold! – you also had the triangular strain. And for some reason, triangle sandwiches always tasted nicer.

The one downside, however, was that they couldn’t really accommodate a sprinkling of Tayto, which sadly meant no spur-of-the-moment crisp sandwiches.  

6. Popcorn

Popcorn at school was a BIG treat. A Ziplock bag of the homemade kind did very nicely, though the real Holy Grail was a bag of salt-filled, Manhattan goodness.

Taking the runners-up spot was a bag of Monster Munch.

Unfortunately, your classmates were also far more likely to dive their greasy hands into your bag to help themselves. You had to concede lest you be labelled a ‘scab,’ so a good ploy was to furiously stuff as much as possibly into your mouth before your peers had the opportunity to pounce. 

 

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Lunchtime was always a chore back in primary school, but if our dad had out this much effort into making our ham-and-cheese sangers looking pretty, we wouldn't have minded eating them so much.

Father-of-three Beau Coffron runs a website called Lunchbox Dad on which he posts pictures of the amazing creations he makes each morning for his kids to bring to school. 

If you're interesting in making your own, Beau offers step-by-step guides for each creation – very sound indeed. 

Beau has gained some serious popularity for his posts and has even featured on television several times as well as a host of other websites. 

He takes inspiration from his kids' favourite TV shows and movies and the results are amazing. 

This Minion lunch is probably one of our favourites… what a great way to get kids eating fruit:

 

A lot of his creations are Disney inspired, including this deadly Frozen lunch…

 

Beau also includes his own interests too, like this Star Wars inspired grub:

 

And HOW CUTE is this Finding Nemo lunch box? We actually can't deal…

We'll definitely be trying out a few of these!

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