Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Who would have thought that boycotting Target would cause me to rethink my lunches at work!
I am boycotting Target because they have chosen to make a large ($150,000) contribution to a political candidate. This is totally legal since the Supreme Court ruled on it a few months ago. To me it feels like a perversion of the political system. If the government is truly chosen 'by the people' then corporations shouldn't be able to buy elections. So I'm boycotting.
And how has that effected my lunches? Well, one of the things I constantly bought at Target were frozen entrees - Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, etc. My rules for such entrees are that they be under 300 calories and no more than $2.50. Although I can find that at other stores, Target always had a good selection at very good prices. Along with an entree, I'd bring a container of yogurt and often some vegetables to round out the meal.
My supply is gone. Although I still get the Fillet of Sole meal from Trader Joes and will keep an eye out when I am shopping for deals, I am moving away from what had become my steady lunch.
The pros of this are that the sodium content tended to be high. In addition, there's an awful lot of processing going on. And I'm a really good cook.
The cons are time management and planning.
So what have I been eating for lunch?
Fillet of salmon - I buy the salmon and freeze it in individual portions. Grab one in the morning and let it defrost until lunch. Pop it in the microwave with some salad dressing for flavoring. Yum! Add a yogurt (today I was out of little 6 oz guys and brought some Greek yogurt with some fresh peach mixed in). Bring some vegetables.
Cook - cook on the weekend and package my own meals. tofu steak, greek zucchini over barley, turkey chili. there are lots of recipes i've tried and I have a SparkRecipe cookbook called "Pesha's hasn't tried recipes" just waiting to be cooked up.
All in all it's been a positive experience. True the frozen stuff is way convenient and is one of the reasons I bought a chest freezer, but this is better. I'm sure I'll still buy frozen entrees when they are on sale but hope not to rely on them so much in the future.
Who would have thought!