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LORIBBB
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1/3/11 5:24 A

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I try to plan, and agree that soggy things either get assembled in the morning or brought separately.

I teach college so the middle of December is finals and things often 'fall apart'. I think I ate microwave popcorn for lunch (and sometimes dinner) for a week and a half. NOT the plan.

This weekend I got some stuff cooked so the week will be off to a good start. Today's lunch will be a turkey/cheese whole wheat wrap, tomorrow and Wednesday will be shrimp. This is an EASY lunch to plan. Buy cooked frozen shrimp when they go on sale (I buy the smallest, cheapest ones), aliquot into containers with a folded paper towel to absorb some of the liquid, and place in the fridge a day or 2 before you plan to eat them (if you grab them frozen in the morning they'll still be frozen at lunch time). I make my own cocktail sauce (ketchup plus horseradish, with a little squeeze of lemon, and tabasco if you like it), which I bring in a separate container. I throw out the old soggy paper towel and put in a new one before leaving for work (the little shrimp can be pretty soggy). Bring a bag of baby carrots and a plastic fork and you've got lunch.



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12/24/10 10:20 A

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I cook on weekends and try to have food in the fridge I can just grab and go for lunch. I too wait to put sandwiches together or to put the greens into a salad. But no matter how carefully I plan, some weeks I run out of food on Wednesday and some weeks Friday rolls around and I'm sick of whatever I cooked and it looks like I still have a week's worth left! I'm just not steady in how much I eat.
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LAURAAT
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12/6/10 1:16 P

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Jeanine, Since I've started planning my meals out it seems to save a lot of money, and I waste less food. I'm hoping the same thing will happen if I plan lunches as well!


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12/4/10 12:26 A

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i find it hard to be prepared all the timeemoticon

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12/3/10 8:34 P

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Before I go grocery shopping I actually plan my meals and my lunches. That way I know what I will be taking each day and how much I'm going to be eating. It really helps and cuts down on my grocery bill.


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12/3/10 4:50 P

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Hi Oregongrandma --- If I'm taking something like that, I will wrap the bread and put the tuna, or condiment in a plastic container so I can put the sandwhich together when I'm ready to eat it.



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LAURAAT
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Great thoughts everyone! I'm thinking planning my lunches may be my best bet. I don't remember the last time I bought lunch out, it's been so long, but I'd like to keep things healthy, and planning early seems to help.

OREGONGRANDMA, if you're having a soggy sandwich problem, try packing the bread in a seperate baggy, then putting it together when you get there. Or just keep the soggy part of the sandwich (ie tomato) out of the sandwich until you're ready to eat.


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12/3/10 3:52 P

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I like the idea of packing lunch the night before, but if you are going to do a tuna sandwich or any kind of sandwich, HOW do you keep it from getting soggy? I like to do a healthy turkey sandwich for a take my own lunch, but if I dress it before I pack it; even in the morning, I find the bread soggy by lunch time. emoticon emoticonemoticon

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12/3/10 10:45 A

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I set aside food for bag lunches. For instance tuna, veggie burgers, vegetables and soup. It really helps me to have these things set aside - my biggest problem is which one I want to pack up.

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57SWEETIEPIE
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12/3/10 10:24 A

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I too plan lunches and make them the night before. Works much better for me and makes it easier to get out the door more timely. It's also sooo much better than eating lunch out, its less expensive and healthier. I can better control what I'm eating. I also pack snack bags of veggies. I'll prepare them on Sunday night so I have one for each day of the week and it makes it easier to grab one.


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KHATLADY
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12/3/10 9:52 A

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I find it works better to plan for lunches too. And, this is just me, getting it ready the night before. I do not function well mornings. Going out the door dressed and on time is a major accomplishment.

Otherwise,it is sometimes hard to figure out what to bring. So when I cook ahead, I portion things out for different meals. It is really expensive to go out and grab things.



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12/3/10 9:39 A

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I've started to grocery shop every two weeks instead of every week. This has helped me cut down my grocery bill. I've started to plan out dinners for the two weeks, as well, which helps me avoid eating out as much.
I'm debating planning out lunches, as well. How far out do you plan lunches? Do you end up just scrounging around for whatever's in the house, or do you have certain foods set aside for lunches?


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