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January 29, 2013 11:38 AM
If you work What do you all have for lunch? Do you make your own lunch? What sort lunch meals do you make?
Looking for alternatives other than just salad lol
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January 29, 2013 11:40 AM
tuna in water with light mayo, miracle whip, and sweet relish with whole wheat ritz crackers is my favorite. I could eat it every day!!
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January 29, 2013 11:41 AM
sorry but my lunch is egg salad - boring I know so I hope people post good ideas :)
January 29, 2013 11:42 AM
some day's I take rivita with different toppings.
January 29, 2013 11:42 AM
What do you eat for dinner? Can't you just bring leftovers? I don't understand why people think you have to eat designated "lunch foods" like salad or sandwiches in the middle of the day. That's very limiting.
Edited by Sweet_Potato On January 29, 2013 11:44 AM
January 29, 2013 11:43 AM
I cook a ton of chicken every weekend. Measure it out into 100g pieces and pop it in the fridge. I'll grab a bag out of the fridge on the way to work. Sometimes I'll chop it up, microwave it, and add some franks sauce or something. Normally there's celery/carrots/hummus and some cottage cheese with it.

Just pre-prep and measure your protein. Mix in a handful of veggies here and there.

You can wrap a sweet potato in a damp paper towel, microwave for 5 minutes, mash with cinnamon, and have a delicious and well balanced hot meal.

...or salad.
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January 29, 2013 11:43 AM
I just got my very first Bento Box for lunch. Today I had cucumbers, grilled chicken, and orange slices in it. I have been looking up Bento Recipes online to see if I can find some that are simple enough for me to make in the mornings.
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January 29, 2013 11:44 AM
I make hummus wraps and take the tomato whole so I can cut it there.
Sometimes I add acovado to them and do the same with that.

I've also taken sandwiches, soups, black bean patties, curries, layered nacho type bowls without the chips.
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January 29, 2013 11:44 AM
I usually cook enough for dinner to bring for lunch. Does the trick.
January 29, 2013 11:44 AM
I do bring left overs but this is for days when I don't have any, just wanted other people's ideas. Thanks
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January 29, 2013 11:44 AM
I always make extra dinner the night before and put it in a sealed dish when I am serving up dinner. Takes no time to pack in the morning (ready from the night before), healthy (I control the ingredients), and cheap!
January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
I pack lunch daily. It's generally lean deli meat,reduced fat cheese, some crudites, yogurt,grapes, apples,pineapple,leftovers from dinner, etc. I just can't do canned tuna...
January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
My wife and I have recently been discussing pre-prepping our lunch for the week. Make a few different dishes, put them in containers and freeze them, grab them before leaving for work in the morning. It keeps costs down, and is easy (except for prep day). So far we have a few ideas...

Spaghetti (cook noodles JUST to al dente and they freeze pretty well)
Orange chicken w/rice (same as noodles)
Stir fry
Beef & veggie soup.
A bunch of grilled chicken to add to fresh salad.

ETA: That goes along with dinner leftovers (if there are any)
Edited by darkguardian419 On January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
My lunches vary. I hate almost any leftover, so I ususally go for a light lunch myself. I had a 6" grilled chicken sub today. I am trying to drop some grease and fried stuff for a couple weeks with vacaton coming up. I do like tuna salad on crackers or sandwich. Light chips to go with your sandwich would be great. change your salad up. I get on salad kicks and do 7 layer salad, cesar salad, taco salad, I just rotate them. I feel better with salad because they are less starchy and carby, and thus I feel less bloated. You might try canned soups. Spinach dip with wheat thins or triscuits. Make you a wrap or pita pocket. Try to stay away from processed and deli meats tho. Good luck and I hope you find some great options!
January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
Not sure if this is the best in terms of good choices [this is all new for me] but if it's not a salad then I will use just one slice of pumpernickel/rye bread and cut in half for a sandwich [good protein and keeps me full] with tuna and 1 tsp mayo or other choices for me are smoked salmon on pumpernickel or turkey on pump with low fat cheese slice and lettuce inside. I have a few baby carrots or other veggie and a small fruit, like cut melon or an apple. Lots of water, too!
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January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
I keep a personal blender at work and pack my lidded cups with spinach and fruit for a green smoothie. Sometimes I bring in a cup of Greek yogurt. I also keep some Lean Cuisines in the freezer when I don't have time in the morning to prep anything.
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January 29, 2013 11:45 AM
QUOTE:

tuna in water with light mayo, miracle whip, and sweet relish with whole wheat ritz crackers is my favorite. I could eat it every day!!


I go to college and I want to start bringing a lunch with me (gets expensive to buy even if its only one or two days a week). I thought about tuna because i love it so much (except i do relish and mustard, not a mayo fan) but i'm worried about it smelling up the classroom. We have a 5-10 min break during my class and its just enough time to eat if i bring it made. Do you have that problem or should i just try it one day?
January 29, 2013 11:46 AM
QUOTE:

I always make extra dinner the night before and put it in a sealed dish when I am serving up dinner. Takes no time to pack in the morning (ready from the night before), healthy (I control the ingredients), and cheap!


^^^
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January 29, 2013 11:46 AM
When I worked I would always pack a lunch...lots cheaper and better for you. Depending on if you have a microwave at work, I loved to take soups. Progresso soup is delicous and it has many varieties of light soups to choose from. Then you could add a few whole wheat crakers and a fruit and it is a very yummy and healthy lunch...but watch out for the sodium! You could also make your own soups on your day off and freeze individual servings to grab for lunch. By time lunch rolls around they should be thawed enough to microwave.
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January 29, 2013 11:47 AM
I usually take leftovers from the night before. When I'm cleaning up the kitchen from dinner, I put a little of whatever I made in a container so all I have to do is grab it the next morning. If there are no leftovers, that's when I get a 6" sub from subway :) I love the soup idea too - I have cans stashed at work just in case.
Edited by ColfaxMom On January 29, 2013 11:48 AM
January 29, 2013 11:47 AM
Yesterday-

1/4 ground burger with 1 tbs of pb2

protein pancakes made with my protein powder

Throw it all together and then add 1 more tbs of pb2 and a drizzle of sugar free syrup and mix it all up..

Sounds weird I know..but it was DELISH.

Sortof like a maple egg mcmuffin. except with beef and peanut butter.

YUMMY.

Today - 2 hardboiled eggs, 2 tbls of pb2 on my sweet potato. coffee with full fat creamer
January 29, 2013 11:47 AM
Today I packed a taco salad. Make lean ground turkey meat the same way you would beef. Top on a bed of lettuce with tomatoes and whatever else you want maybe onions or peppers. I put some mango peach salsa on top and a dab of fat free sourcream. I also make turkey stuffed peppers, baked eggplant topped with marinara and a sprinkle of parmesan, chicken stir fry with lots of veggies. Just some ideas.
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January 29, 2013 11:48 AM
I cook something in the crockpot like a pork loin or chicken breast on Sunday for lunches
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January 29, 2013 11:48 AM
greek yogurt and fruit-usually pint of blueberries. Sandwich. Leftovers.
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January 29, 2013 11:48 AM
Thanks guys nice to have some new ideas for lunch. I love salad but don't want be having it every day as they say its good to have a variety :)
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