lunch suggestions?

topic posted Fri, February 23, 2007 - 8:05 AM by  My Body is a...
I'm trying to take lunch to work to eat better. I'm not into eating sandwiches every day. Any suggestions on simple, healthy, easy to prepare lunches?
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My Body is a Temple
San Diego
  • Re: lunch suggestions?

    Fri, February 23, 2007 - 8:17 AM
    i like doing roll-ups. you can do tortillas heated on your stove or range top and then i spread 'em with hummous or guacamole, add some leafy greens and then smoked turkey or a soy meat substitute. if you do cheeses that opens up another set of possibilities. i do roll ups about 3 out of 5 lunches in a work week and they are more fun than the average lunch sandwich....
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    Fri, February 23, 2007 - 8:30 AM
    I make lots of stuff the day before and stick in tupperwares for lunch - I'll even make something just for lunches and not for dinner so I don't get sick of it - I rarely take sandwhiches for lunch. The most common things: various stir fries over jasmine rice (I like simple stir fries, like basil chicken or broccoli and beef), fried rice, various indian food dishes over basmati rice, soup (tom kha gai is a fave around here), spaghetti, pork chops and roasted veggies, and when I do take sandwiches I usually make something unusual like bring a Vietnamese sandwich. Basically anything I make for dinner can be taken to work, but there's definitely things we reserve just for work because it can go in one tupperware that is reheated, limiting prep time.
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      Fri, February 23, 2007 - 8:31 AM
      The roll up thing reminded me - enchiladas are a very yummy lunch. :)
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        Fri, February 23, 2007 - 12:39 PM
        I'll often make a batch of soup or chili on the weekend, freeze in individual servings then just grab one of those for lunch w/a small salad or some fruit.
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          Fri, February 23, 2007 - 1:31 PM
          I try to eat salads for lunch most of the time. I bought 5 identical 10 C square tupperwares so I can do a fast assembly-line thing on Sunday afternoon. If I start to get bored with it I take a week off... Obviously very low, cal, high fiber, easy & fast, and inexpensive - if I want the same salad from the Whole Foods salad bar it costs me $10...

          Of course you know how to make a salad... But you have to remember to shop for a week's worth in order to get the most out of your assembly line...

          Get 3 3-packs of romaine hearts of a large 2 pound tub of greens. Wash, spin dry, & distribute among the tupperware.

          Pick 3-5 of these type of additions & fill the boxes:
          -about 4 red pepper, julienne
          -about 1lbs broccoli, chopped/florets
          -1 big jicama, sliced
          -5 nice carrots, shredded
          -1-2 packages tofu, pressed, cubed, marinated, baked
          -1 onion, sliced
          -10 mushrooms, sliced

          Fun crunchies you can keep at your cube (mind the calories):
          -"Roasted Just Garlic" - dehydrated roasted garlic chips. A bit expensive ($9/5 oz tub) but SO good!
          -nuts & seeds

          On Mondays I take them all into my work fridge to free up space at home... I'm eating one right now :-)
  • Re: lunch suggestions?

    Fri, February 23, 2007 - 3:26 PM
    Just a little suggestion on additional items for the wrap. Carrots, and cucumber work well wrapped. Peanut butter or dill spread are some other ideas for spreads. I'm sure you got the idea. Hope it wasn't redundant.

    I used to work at a grocery store so i used to just grab a cheese stick or two, some brocoli, or a carrot, or tomatoe, and a fruit, and maybe a roll or some kettle chips if i wanted a bread. Basically just cruise through the produce and grab whatever sounded good raw, and some ranch or balsalmic for dip, and viola! Easy, snacky, and healthy. : ) Crazy vegan friends teaching me to eat good. lol
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      Fri, February 23, 2007 - 5:18 PM
      low carb turkey rolls. get some deli sliced turkey and put a sliver of zuke inside, sprinkle with sprouts, and walnut pieces, and coat it with mustard. if you want savory, use sauerkraut instead of sprouts and leave off the mustard. yum. . .
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        Fri, February 23, 2007 - 6:49 PM

        I have these for mygirls lunches, they are amazing, three to four layer's
        they are beautiful and clean up exellant.
        our layers go something like this
        first layerquinoa or some grain with a pulse, or beans or cous cous, olives
        second layer: fresh veggies, fruit pieces
        third, cashews or some other nut, dates, macreated coconut and cocao nibs

        I alternate between nori wrapped tuna salad or avocado rolls
        and put a packet of miso soup in the bottom layer with a mixture of diced veggies, like dikon and buk choy and they add hot water at school
        rice crackers and raisons, veggies

        I'm going to procure these soon.

        also you could have dosa or manna bread if you want something sprouted and have a sprout salad with nuts and a rice vinegar dressing with some honey?

        hmm well any who, hope that helps a tad.
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    Fri, February 23, 2007 - 11:08 PM
    I take lunch to work at least 4 days a week. I make basics for dinner that I can use as left overs. Jasmine rice & stir fry is an absolute fave, salmon is another tasty treat (just don't re-heat the salmon in a microwave... yuck!!), chicken curry is delish, any kind of pasta...

    For me, the secret is to give myself enough snacks to be satisfied throughout the day; bananas, grape tomatoes, carrots, etc, so I never feel really "hungry" and don't get the desire to "eat out". I usually take hard boiled eggs to work too. They make a great energy snack in the afternoon -- especially if I had a light lunch (like a salad)!

    Let us know how it goes!! =)
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      Sun, February 25, 2007 - 2:38 PM
      Any suggestions on making soggy-free sandwiches and wraps the night before?
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        Sun, February 25, 2007 - 3:01 PM
        Don't put the condiments in your sandwich until you eat. If your work has a cafeteria take advantage of the free things of mustard and mayo (I know I do! *L*). I'll also put my favorite spread (I love olive tapenade in sammiches) in an itty bitty tupperware and spread it on when I eat lunch. You can also put the condiments in between the sammich stuffing and not directly on the bread to prevent sogginess.
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    Re: lunch suggestions?

    Mon, February 26, 2007 - 4:40 PM

    I like making a big pot of soup and then taking it for lunch all week. If you are the sort who doesn't like to eat the same thing evrey day, then you can make first pot, eat one serving the next day, put the other servings in the freezer. Second night, make something else, eat one serving the next day, put the rest in the freezer. Repeat till you have enough variety.

    A current soup favorite for me is to get some of the boxed creamy soups from my local health food store or Trader Joe's, then add a whole bunch of sauteed vegetables. Sometimes I add some ground turkey, sometimes not. The last few times I did this it was something like this:

    butter or oil
    onions and/or shallots, chopped
    garlic, pressed
    ground turkey if desired
    grated carrots (or the already shredded ones from TJ)
    large can diced tomatoes
    1 box creamy carrot soup
    1 box creamy tomato soup
    chicken or veggie broth to get to desired thickness/thinness
    baby spinach
    sour cream or yoghurt stirred in at the end

    Then I generally take some raw veggies (baby carrots and a cucumber is the current favorite), a yoghurt, a piece of fruit, a piece of whole wheat bread, and some dried fruit mixed with nuts. I eat either the yoghurt or the dried fruit/nuts when I first get to work as a mid morning snack (I'm not a breakfast person much anymore), then have the rest for lunch.

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