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12/29/11 11:05 P

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I think what would be fun to have is the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Lunch Jar - I see these at the Japanese grocery and they look cool

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9/6/11 1:42 P

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Just wanted to update I made the recipe I posted and it did work really well in the thermos, however there was way too much so tomorrow I will be cutting the recipe in half.

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9/2/11 12:21 P

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I like the thermos idea!

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9/2/11 6:37 A

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Here is a recipe from an ebook I have

Thermos Flask Lunch
The thermos flask lunch is for people who have jobs that do not allow them to have access to
well cooked, balanced meals. The thermos flask lunch provides the foundation of a balanced
lunch — the most important meal of the day.
• 1/4 cup yellow split mung beans • 1/4 cup bhasmati rice
• 1-1/2 cups fresh vegetables, cut into small pieces to fit into thermos
• 1 Tblsp ghee • 2 cups water
• whole or ground spices to taste (salt, pepper, cumin, ginger, turmeric, etc.)
Briefly sautι the spices in the ghee (see notes below for more information about cooking spices).
Add the mung dahl, rice and chopped vegetables. Cover with the water, and simmer for five
minutes only. While still boiling hot, quickly pour the mixture into a one-liter or one-quart
thermos (you may need to spoon it in, but don’t let the mixture cool). Close the thermos quickly and leave it closed for about four hours. The meal will cook and be ready to eat after four hours in the thermos.
Note:
• You may need to experiment with amounts and cooking times to get the best results. The
exact amount of cooking time depends on the time lapse between cooking and eating and
how well your thermos retains heat. If the time between cooking and eating is 5 to 6 hours,
then only two minutes of cooking time may be required. If the time lapse is 2 to 3 hours, then
five to ten minutes cooking time may be required.
• Since mung dahl and rice swell up substantially, you will need a generous amount of water to get the proper consistency.
• Heavier vegetables like carrots and beets need one to two more minutes of cooking with the
rice and dahl. Lighter vegetables like spinach and leafy greens can be added just before
pouring the whole mixture into the thermos.
• You can substitute beans and lentils for the mung beans. Heavier lentils and beans will need considerably more time. They should be cooked first after frying the spices. Then rice and vegetables should be added, in order.

I have yet to try it made in thermos (waiting for it to be delivered)

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8/8/11 12:24 A

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I made some tabouleh today and will take that. I can get hummus in small snack packs. I just need to get my act together and pack these things.

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8/6/11 11:44 A

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In the summer, I make a lot of salsas and eat with plain tortilla chips, pita bread or alone as salad depending on what kind. You can make a really good salad with canned corn, canned black beans, onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and lime juice that has enough body to eat as a meal or can be a substantial snack with chips or veggies. I think a lot of it depends on the climate where you are, too. It is always hot here, so I like to eat Asian or CaliMex fusion. I don't eat a lot of beans, because they are too heavy and don't digest well especially in the summer but the black bean salad is light enough for me. You might pack hummus and pitas, or some tabbouleh. Those travel well. A gyro made with chicken and shawerma spices and a cucumber sauce on the side is a great lunch.

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8/6/11 11:36 A

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I'm having Thai beef salad today, then later on the leftovers are great in a tortilla or pita or lettuce leaf. Burritos of any sort make good lunches, portable and you can put anything in them.

The salad's probably not any more Thai than I am, but it's good anyway. The recipe follows:

1 small chopped onion
1 or 2 cucumbers chopped
1 or more serrano chiles finely chopped
about 1/2 a bunch of cilantro finely chopped
juice of one or two limes
a healthy dash of fish sauce (smells godawful but tastes good)

This time I added some chopped tomatoes and mint because I had them on hand, but it's good without. Lots of the recipes online add a teaspoon or two of sugar, but it really doesn't need it to taste good.

Next, cook some beef--I stirfry mine in a little sesame oil, lots of ginger, some garlic, some lemongrass when I have it, but broiled is good, too. Left over beef bul go ki works great too.

When you serve it the first time, the salad should be nice and cold and dump the sizzling beef on top. Lately, I have taken to serving with chopped peppers on the side and chopped limes since the baby doesn't eat extremely hot food yet. After that, I just put the leftovers together and stick em in a tortilla for lunch later.

It also works great with chicken, pork, or probably tofu (I'm not crazy about tofu unless it is fried very crispy and buried in sauce, so it kind of defeats the purpose). The salad part is good without meat too on a hot summer day. It puts off a lot of juice as it sits, so if that bothers you, drain it or let the veggies sit, drain them then assemble the salad.

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8/6/11 1:09 A

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Hi everyone. I am always trying to figure out easy things to bring for lunch. I usually workout in the morning, so don't spend a lot of time preparing. Occasionally, when I get a Sunday free, I try to prepare things that I will eat during the week. So much better than sitting at my desk at noon and trying to figure out where and what I will eat.

I was eyeing the Zojirushi lunch thermoses today. Some people dump dahl or rice in them in the morning with hot water and hopefully have a hot lunch by lunch time. Any ideas for lunch?

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