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1/24/12 9:04 P

Moo Shu Beef over lettuce.

Brown lean hamburger, add onions, garlic and brown. Add a few carrots and some fresh ginger, let cook a bit. Add some mushrooms, peppers and jalapenos (optional but yummy), cook a bit more. Add in some bok choy at the very end (if I don't have any on hand I just substitute celery... not the same but it works). Finish off with 2-3 TBSP soy sauce (low sodium) and 1 TBSP sesame oil.

I microwave a serving of this and serve it over some type of cold greens, usually romaine or spinach. Super good!!

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1/18/12 12:36 P

I've been doing salads lately at work before I started eating a large pot of soup I made. I like a spring mix with lots of spinach. I usually have chicken, almonds, tomatos, avocado and cheese with fat-free ranch and then some sort of fresh fruit on the side such as strawberries or blackberries. Lately I've been thinking about doing a salad that has fruit in it as well.

The great thing about salads is there are so many variations. Maybe you could switch up your routine with having soup one day, then salad, then leftovers, then start over or even something different. Then at least you have different types of things and won't get burned out on anything.

Good luck! :)

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1/18/12 11:55 A

Make a BIG pot of chili and freeze individual portions. I put rice in the bottom of the tupperware. It thaws by lunch without needing to be refridgerated. You can also stick it in your fridge at night, then take it so it's started to thaw.

I also like making zip-and-steam dishes. Ziploc zip and steam bags have recipes with healthy dishes- protein, veggies and a little sauce. Those work, you just throw it all in a bag (I suggest double bagging with a regular bag outside) and nuke at lunch time according to the directions.

I have 2 recipes that start with the term "steam-bag" if you want to get an idea.

Edited by: BUUKWORM14 at: 1/18/2012 (11:58)
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1/17/12 10:39 A

Something you could make on Sunday and have for lunch or dinner....take ground turkey and brown with a little onion and maybe bell pepper. Cook brown rice according to directions. Mix together with ground turkey and add in a can of Rotel. You can add in some vegetables like peas, carrots, green beans. This is very filling and tasty. It stretches for awhile and freezes ok.

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1/16/12 9:17 P

Sometimes, I will make a sandwich with whole wheat bread, avocado slices, tomatoe slices, and light mayo.

LULU8278 Posts: 313
1/16/12 3:50 P

Things I've taken to work:

Twice baked potatoes (bake a potato then scoop out the inside. Mix the inside with fat free cottage cheese, ground pepper, garlic if you like and cream it together. Re-stuff the skins and sprinkle a touch of Parmesan cheese on top. Bake until it gets a bit golden on top).

Stir fry. Super easy to make. Your choice of veggies and protein (chicken, lean beef, tofu, etc.). You can add soy sauce, or a chili based sauce, etc. Serve over rice, or for me I tend to add Shirataki noodles to the dish.

Large salad with protein on top. I like chicken and then I squeeze fresh lemon juice and fresh ground pepper as my "dressing".

Leftovers! I tend to cook for an army (and there's only 2 in my family!), so it's easy to refrigerate or freeze the leftovers to bring to work.

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1/15/12 12:32 P

Loving these ideas - I really need to re-invest in sprouts to liven up my sandwiches. I've also begun buying a large bag of spring mix to keep in the office with a few different dressing options to easily supplement what I'm bringing and not having to re-pack a salad at home in multiple containers every morning.

1/12/12 8:41 A

i take leftovers in ziplock containers everyday. i have a very busy schedule so on sunday i cook all the meals for sun - wed. on wed evening i cook for the rest of the week. a couple of benefits...we don't go thru the drive thru after the kids games or whatnot for a quick meal, the microwave does the work as soon as we get home. there is a variety in the fridge so no one is 'stuck' with anything

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1/11/12 2:13 P

I actually brought in a serving of the 15 minute chili recipe that I got from the website. I love that chili. I'm hoping to get a couple other ideas from people on recipes they like for chilis, soups, etc. I want to be able to have one weekend day were I make a couple different recipes for lunch/dinners for a week or so.

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1/7/12 9:12 P

I take my lunch almost every day. I often take a big bowl of mixed baby greens and spinach with sliced cucumber and grape tomatoes. I may add purple onion, bell pepper and broccoli from the salad bar at work, and I sometimes add chic peas or kidney beans. I dress it with a bit of olive oil, some balsamic vinegar and a couple shakes of Mrs. Dash. It's good and filling.

I put leftover chicken or salmon on top, if I have it, to punch up the protein.

I also take baby carrots and celery. I get red pepper hummus at our natural market, and that's a great snack. Sometimes I make it lunch.

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1/6/12 10:13 A

I am so boring sometimes, LOL! I have a nifty container that stores salad in the bowl, and in the lid are 2 smaller lids/compartments. In the lid are a temp pack and a spoon and fork, and above that is a compartment for dressings. I usually make a berry walnut salad using romaine and spinach with Ken's Lite Raspberry Vinegarrette dressing. Sometimes I take leftover taco meat and salsa and a tortilla, tacos are always easy!

SRSAMSON Posts: 823
1/5/12 8:01 A

I've always though the simplest lunch is the one already made. I'll usually make an extra serving or two of dinner, then have that the next day for lunch.

DUSTYPRAIRIE Posts: 11,125
1/4/12 6:22 P

An open faced sandwich is so often welcome as a lunch treat. I know you said you're "turkeyed out". Have you tried a whole-grain slice of bread topped with avacado (healthy fat) turkey bacon, and swiss,fhough? You can pair it with a salad that includes dried cranberries. Makes for not only a pretty lunch, but a healthy one.

1/4/12 4:46 P

I got too tired from turkey or ham sandwiches, so now I use whole wheat bun to make sandwich with hummus, brocolli sprouts, mozarella, and tomato! I eat it with olives and some low sodium pickled veggies! Love it!

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1/3/12 12:19 P

Thanks everyone who has posted already, there's some really good ideas I'm gonna have to try out here ^.^

KELEKONA Posts: 605
1/3/12 9:51 A

Sweet potato. Cube them, bake them until just soft and crisp the outsides in a frying pan and add sauce, (sorry, I can't think of anything except honey and sesame nuts,) or make oven-fries by rolling them in olive oil and spices and baking them. I like mine baked in the skin, then treated with butter and sour cream, but you may learn to appreciate them plain.

Bean salads are good. Broccoli salad is also decent.

You could also play with vegetable-heavy stir-fry.

Edited by: KELEKONA at: 1/3/2012 (10:10)
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1/3/12 5:33 A

I am assuming you have a fridge and microwave
Sweet potato microwaved topped with cottage cheese and veggies
Left overs such as a chicken stir fry
Whole grain pasta salad with tuna and veggies
They make brown rice in microwave cups which you could add some protein and veggies
Vegetarian or turkey chili
Snack type mix Nut butter on apple,greek yogurt,whole grain crackers

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
1/2/12 7:43 P

Take 1 can of tuna and drain .
Flake into a bowl and add chopped tomato, onions, pickles, lettuce, olives, celery . Whatever you like and just a bit of mayo to keep it all together.You can add a squirt of mustard too.
U can eat the entire can of tuna with all the mix-ins for lunch!!

Hummus and carrots and few crackers is good too.

Make spaghetti salad. Snap spaghetti into 4ths and boil .After it is cooked and cooled, add chopped veggies like broccoli or whatever you like and a bit of Italian Salad Dressing. Mix well and enjoy for lunch.

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1/2/12 6:50 P

I take my own lunch to work everyday that I work! I really enjoy those bags of vegetables that you just throw in the microwave to steam. There are so many varieties it keeps it interesting. I also take oatmeal, fruit, cereal. ( I eat several small meals throughout the day because I work 12 hour shifts).

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1/2/12 1:22 P

I *love* this recipe which is simple, quick to throw together and delicious!

I/2 cantalope or any fruits you like and are in season. (I cut them up and have them prepared ahead of time)
1/2 cup no fat cottage cheese
6 1/2 pieces of walnuts, broken into smaller pieces
1 Tbls of no fat sour cream or Greek yoguart

It tastes like a parfait! It's very refreshing. It has your fruits, dairy, and protein, so your nutrients are all set. And, best of all, it's very filling!

Hope you enjoy!
Debbie aka historyteach

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1/2/12 11:06 A

Hi all, I'm on a low fat/low calorie diet and I'm looking for some different ideas for lunches to take to work other than sandwiches or other bread type things...I often take soup to work but even though you can make a million different flavoured soups that still gets boring after a few what do you have whilst you're at work?

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