Lunch in a Loaf

My brother is in construction and needs an easy, high-protein, low mess lunch each day. I started making these for him in large batches and freezing them. He just takes one out of the freezer each morning and it’s ready to eat by lunchtime!

Preparation time

  • Prep Time 25 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
  • Servings 4


  • Dough 2 1/2 cups flour ( I use half whole wheat)
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon basil ( or other herbs or spices)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup hot milk
  • 1 egg


  1. Combine 1 1/2 c flour, yeast, sugar, salt and basil.
  2. Beat eggs and oil together.
  3. Add egg mixture and hot milk to dry ingredients.
  4. Mix and then add remaining flour, turning out onto a board to knead when consistency allows.
  5. Return to bowl and set in warm place to rise (about 30 to 45 min).
  6. Punch down dough, divide into four balls.
  7. Roll each ball out into a 8″ circle.
  8. Add filling to one half, fold over, pinch edges shut like a pie crust.
  9. Bake 20- 25 minutes at 350°F.
  10. Filling Suggestions:.
  11. I use whatever is left in the fridge! Beans, stew, veggies, meat. Here are a few “recipes”.
  12. Cooked chicken breast, chopped in small pieces, canned corn, barbecue sauce.
  13. Tuna salad, cheddar cheese.
  14. Canned beef stew (the nice, thick kind) cheddar cheese.
  15. Make up your own!