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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!

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    Good stance on the political stuff. Things are just so out of hand right now..and woo hoo for you for taking a stand.

    And...look at the perks you are getting. I used to use the frozen meals all the time. Then looked at the sodium counts and other things. You are eating MUCH healthier cooking it yourself where YOU control what is going into or onto your food.

    Cooking ahead on the weekend is a great idea.

    Thank you for the blog....was great. Have a happy day....Karen emoticon
    3634 days ago
  • DEE107
    I am boycotting Micheals crafts store I find their people esp Managers are rude and nasty had an incident 6 years ago and 3 months later the manager called to say she is made to apology to me or could lose her job .. still have not shop in that store .. go to their competiter and use their coupons in the other store
    3634 days ago
    Good for YOU, Pesha -- I like your political statement! I've never shopped at Target and I'd hate to think their profit from my purchase were supporting a candidate I didn't like.....
    I keep a bag of many different cereals mixed up together with some SwissMiss sprinkled in at my desk at work, and just add hot water to make a really comforting high fiber lunch. Plus some cherries or a peach and I'm all set. Cheap and probably politically correct!
    3634 days ago
    i have also decided not to support target over this contribution. not that i appreciated their huge corporate mentality to begin with...

    this is a good little article on making your own 'lean cuisines'


    sounds like it may hurt your wallet a bit but be better for you in the long run!
    3634 days ago
    I love this! I ate frozen meals and soup every single day at work...that's a lot of the way I lost my weight. But I read a "recipe" on a Spark Friends blog that sounded so good and simple I decided to give it a try....I now eat it on a very regular basis and it's great cause it makes 5 servings for me so I make it on Sunday and eat it the rest of the week. I cut up and onion and 3 peppers...red, orange, yello, green, whatever and cook those up, transfer them to a dish and brown up ground turkey (or chicken, but I like turkey best) with different seasonings depending on what I'm feeling like. I combine that with the cooked veggies, cooked multigrain rice, and a bag of cooked frozen broccoli and springle a little bit of cheese on top. This hits up all my food catagories and tastes wonderful! I like it cause I can mix it up with different veggies and/or seasonings, though my favorite is heavy on the garlic! I think next week I'm going to try lemon pepper! Oh, and my blood pressure has dropped 20 points since I started this!!!! YAY!
    3634 days ago
    I can relate - I'm trying to buy fewer frozen meals, too. Sounds like you're doing a great job!
    3634 days ago
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