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6/1/13 5:08 P

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Great ideas! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Made this for lunch today for hubby and grandkids, and had a fruit salad with it. emoticon

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4/24/13 4:21 P

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You probably won't find a "recipe" for lunch. You might get further asking what we consider when we plan lunches. For example I start with This or That?

Home or Away (like take to work or the beach, or restaurant)
Hot or cold? Both?
Cooked or raw? Both?
Nutriblast, salad, sandwich, soup, stir fry, or other?

Then I get a little more specific with

Calorie goal _________
Minimums:
1 fruit _______________
2 veggie servings of ______________ & ______________
1 serving protein (legumes, dairy, poultry, fish, nuts, or lots of veggies)

So when I know the ingredients I'm using, I either go ahead and combine to make the plan, or go the SP Recipes Data Base and look for a recipe for a main dish, side, smoothie, salad, etc. that used that ingredient. I have used all of the types of things you mentioned in your original post, and more.

Once you decide what you are considering as the right kind of food for lunch that day, then you can look for a recipe--crepe, layered salad, soup, sandwich, wrap, fruit salad, muffin, casserole, . . .

I find green salads can accommodate all of the different food groups: fruit, other veggies besides greens whether raw or cooked or even frozen, meat, cheese, grains, legumes, bread (croutons or crackers, or pretzels), nuts, and could be considered to be pretty complete in itself.

I do make a "cold casserole" that combines almost everything I need to eat in one dish: cooked rice or whole grain mix, 1 apple peeled, cored, sliced, dried cranberries, minced celery, (scallion if you're at home), walnuts, cinnamon, black pepper, cooled grilled chicken. Still not enough veggies though, so I'd add a side of a roasted or steamed veggie like carrots, broccoli, or beets.

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SNUGGLEBUG2 Posts: 2,903
8/30/12 2:28 P

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I just found Chef Meg's flatbread recipe and am anxious to try it.

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SNUGGLEBUG2 Posts: 2,903
2/1/12 4:42 P

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I also try a lot of the Sparks recipes, and enjoy the left-overs for lunches. I also sometimes make full recipes and freeze serving portions for quick lunches or dinners.

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3/13/11 3:35 P

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I like to have leftovers from the night before for my lunches. But I need to go to Spark recipes to get some ideas. Thanks for the heads up!

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JEANINE100's Photo JEANINE100 Posts: 3,331
1/13/11 7:05 P

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I always plan my lunches for the weeks. I've tried many of the SP recipes and have taken the leftovers for lunch. You can make a lot of the soups and take them for lunch. Tonight I made a salad and will take that tomorrow. It helps with the budget when you plan like this and I don't buy extra's at work.

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I have collected a lot of the recipes in my cookbook, Rhonda's Cookbook. They give you good ideas even if you don't follow the recipe. Also whatever you make for dinner you can take for lunch the next day. some of the sides can be lunch just add some protein.

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1/8/11 12:58 A

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I REALLY LOVE THE RECEIPES THEY ARE SO AWESOME emoticon

i also love einsteen and the way he got his ideas I love to travel on the spur of the moment and i love portland oregon, hawaii. I enjoy all forms of art and the galleries


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1/7/11 10:21 A

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Actually I like making lunches for myself - the night before - to take to work. But I enjoy having the same stuff over & over - so I may not be the best one to get ideas from.

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When I cook, I try to plan for leftovers and take those for lunch. Also will take some oatmeal to heat up if I'm really pressed for time.

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1/7/11 9:14 A

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Have you tried any recipes from SP that you have found to be lunch worthy? So far I've found some great sides, dinners, and desserts, but no lunches.
Please share what you've found!

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