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4/25/13 11:31 A

I usually make something on the weekend to take for lunches for the week: I bring a big bowl of it and heat some in the mic every day.

Brown rice and black beans with salsa and diced tomatoes
Brown rice and lentils, with onion, celery and carrot
Tossed salad and pita bread: I usually stuff my pita pockets with salad.

4/23/13 2:23 P

How about making stir-fried food?
-A little meat of your choice and some cut up cabbage and shredded carrots over a little rice or even alone without rice.
-Meat (or substitute) with sliced bell peppers and onions.

I hoped this helped a little.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,299
4/16/13 10:14 A

Celery sticks stuffed with almond butter or hummus, or make chili but use Jennie O 99% Fat Free Ground turkey instead of Ground tastes the same. The 99% fat free has no skin added to the mix. Low in calories.

Easy Pork Chops
A chop has about 200 calories! Get center cut or loin chops which is leaner.
Grill chops 8 minutes on one side, 7 minutes on the other and then add a dollop of ketchup and a dollop of sour cream ontop and grill or broiler an additional minute. Skio the sour cream if you cant tolerate that and use steak sauce instead.

How about turkey burger, topping it with a slice of tomato, red onion or the ones you can tolerate, between slices of romaine. Add an apricot...One apricot has just 17 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates

A red baked or microwaved potato...Red potatoes have less starch in them.

Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates add them to Fage 0% plain Fat Free Greek yogurt to sweeten.

1/4 cup wild rice
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon ground sage or nutmeg
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
1/3 cup sliced green onion (3)
1/2 cup sliced almonds or pine nuts, toasted (optional)
1. Rinse uncooked wild rice in a strainer under cold water about 1 minute; drain. In a medium saucepan combine wild rice, the 1-3/4 cups water, uncooked brown rice, bouillon granules, and sage. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
Maybe add some shrimp ontop or whatever you like.

Lentils are load with soluble fiber, fiber for weight loss which curbs cravings and fills you up....good B vitamins too! Add to salads or have lentil soup made with a few carrots and low sodium bouillion.

Raw Spinach contains a mere 7 calories per cup. Instead of lettuce use spinach leaves....make a spinach salad...Consider adding fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, apples, or a few grapes to your salad with olives, celery and avocado...Kindney Beans, Black Beans or chickpeas add fiber to any salad. Baby Spinach has a milder taste.

Chickpea & Tomato Salad
Toss together 1 can of drained chickpeas with 3 cups of freshly chopped tomatoes.
1/4 cup of fresh dill, and 1/4 cup of fresh basil both chopped
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and 1 clove of minced garlic
Let stand 15 minutes, then season with a sprinkle of sea salt optional and some pepper.

Easy Tacos
1/2 lb ground turkey, shredded pork loin, shredded chicken
1/2 can whole kernel corn, drained ( freeze rest with liquid)
1/2 onion diced small
1 can green chili's (optional)
1/2 packet of taco mix or less to flavor
Shredded lettuce, chopped tomato or salsa
A dollop of sour cream ontop
Brown turkey meat & onion in a little Olive Oil or sprayed with Pam...add drained corn, taco mix. Prepare taco shell with a little lettuce, chopped tomato or salsa...add mixture and serve.
Add refried beans for variation. Or just use some left over spaghetti noodles with the sauce and fill the's really good! Try tuna or salmon tacos too! Breakfast taco, scramble egg with green pepper and onion, Stuff the taco with mix and lettuce and top with chopped tomaoes or salsa...Have 2 Skip the sour cream if that bothers you.

There is a new Crockpot called the LunchCrock which can make leftovers from the night before...plug it in when you arrive at work and have a hot meal by lunchtime. Check it out at Walmart or target...It is perfect for Dorm use and the office...from soups, oatmeal, veggies, meatballs, pasta, leftover casseroles.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 4/16/2013 (10:41)
THOLMES Posts: 63
4/12/13 9:40 A

Thank you for the ideas, some I can't do, as I mentioned, I can't eat peppers or eggs or dairy, but I can take most of the items from your pasta salad idea and sub things I can eat, thank you..

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
4/11/13 10:53 P

One of my favorite lunches is a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with sliced tomato, sliced pickles and lots of honey mustard !!

Sometimes I buy a rotisserie chicken from my supermarket. You can make chicken salad, chicken quesadillas, chicken sandwich, etc etc

Baked potato with toppings like salsa , veggies, low fat sour cream etc

Hummus and crackers or carrots

Since you are home ,make an omelet. Eggs are so versatile.

What about wraps ??

A bowl of Kashi cereal

Pasta Salad

1 pound tri-colored spiral pasta
1 (8 ounce) bottle Paul Newmans Italian-style salad dressing
2 cups cherry tomatoes, diced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small can of chopped black or green olives
1 cucumber sliced
1/4 red onion sliced
2 stalks celery sliced

Add protein like :

cheese cubes
slices of deli turkey , cubed
hard boiled eggs
a can of drained tuna
slices of chicken

Cook pasta to box directions

Mix all veggies, pasta and dressing in a big bowl

Toss and refrigerate overnight.

Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 4/11/2013 (23:07)
THOLMES Posts: 63
4/11/13 9:13 P

Never thought of yogurt and berries, that sounds good, I don't have much choice on yougurts, I live on a small island, but we do have coconut yogurt..
As for the help, thank you, you helped :-)

4/11/13 4:46 P

If you live in a country that has oat yoghurt or another yoghurt substitute you can eat: yoghurt with frozen berries. I like to prep four servings at once and keep in the fridge.

I would suggest some kickass puréed soups, but then I realised you said you are bored with soups.

I swear I intended to be more helpful. emoticon

THOLMES Posts: 63
4/11/13 9:19 A

Hi all
I am so bored with lunches, I need some help please.
I work at home, so that is not a problem as I don't need to pack a lunch
I am so tired of soups, salads and sandwiches, I need some ideas, any one have some recipes or idea for me? Thanks..
Oh and I am not able to eat the following:

Dairy of any kind ( I use rice milk)
margarine/butter ( I have found a non dairy/soy one)
regular onions, green seem to be fine for me
peppers of any kind
Nuts are fine, and most other foods are alright, or I have substitutes for them.
Thanks everyone

Edited by: THOLMES at: 4/11/2013 (14:22)
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