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I am a lucky Woman, I have a Husband that loves me, a beautiful grown step-daughter, a 15 yr old son and a 8 yr old son. I try to create a home that is warm and will linger with memories of Mom's cooking and being home for my children. This isn't always possible, considering they rough house, I get tired and hit the Mcdonald's drive thru and sometimes buy clean socks for them instead of wash it.... I try to do a menu plan, hang our clothes out to dry, use coupons, go to Church every week.. and pretend I am a stay at home Mom while working 40 hours a week

Friday, May 27, 2011

Whoooooaaa I need a easy lunch to pack!

        So- It is 7:30 am and I have no idea what to make for lunch- let alone what I am wearing for work... yes I am that disorganized, it happens people, no reason to judge.... you've been there and you know it. This post is gonna help us all.. by admitting we are disorganized and just plain grateful that the kids teeth are brushed before we get them out the door.

See- All he needs is sneakers and a backpack.. the battle is almost over!




         I pack lunch for Brian and I - at least 4 times a week, I say 4, but most weeks it is everyday. This can get annoying, since we work in the same building, I will carry our lunch in a larger soft cooler bag with ice packs in it, so I do not use the employee fridge (don't ask..trust me it isn't worth the answer). Now- most days- I pack our left overs from the night before, sometimes there are no left overs and I am left standing in the morning trying to figure out how to produce a lunch that Brian will eat from the limited contents of our fridge. Not that he is picky- but he certainly would not call a hunk of bread and some cheese lunch like I would. He wants a sandwich, soup or something of substance to eat, and I can't blame him.. 

         This morning I was at a loss cause even though we had left over Mandoori Chicken, Brian and Max ate it for dinner last night. I almost cracked and figured- hey.. it is Friday we should eat at Sheetz or Burger King. Then it dawned on me.

I had a lunch - easy peasy... PB&Jelly...



I could consider it homemade right? I was using the Strawberry lemonade jelly I made last summer. That counts! I only needed to add a coupla more things to the lunch bucket.


Bread




 And a Diet Pepsi for me....which would be gone by 10 am anyway


        

  Lunch was saved- and so was about 10 bucks when you figure running out for fast food costs.


Other quick options for lunch?

~I have made a salad out of the pre-made bagged coleslaw, frozen tilapia from Gordon's,1/2 a lime, salsa and a cuke... quite good. All I did was microwave the fish planks according to directions and flake it over like 2 handfuls of the slaw then squeeze the lime over it, add the salsa and cuke.. like a beachy lunch! Crumble some tortilla chips over it and Voila!

~Left overs- you can never go wrong with left overs, when I cook dinner- what ever is extra I will literally pack in the containers to take to work the next day just to make it easier on me.

~Tuna fish sandwiches- mmmmmm

~Boca Burgers or any other meatless burger- they microwave really well.

~Hardboiled eggs- for egg salad

~Ham salad from left over ham- put ham and mayo and a little sweet relish in the food processor- even Max like this for lunch on the weekends.

~Chicken salad from left over grilled chicken.


What are your favorite go to quick lunches?

1 comment:

  1. I just went on a field trip today and made Cooking Light's Chicken-Apple Crunch Salad.
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-apple-crunch-salad-10000000522386/
    I make a few modifications, because I prefer water chestnuts to celery and dried cranberries to raisins.

    Cashew chicken salad also a good one. The nuts give it some extra protein!
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cashew-chicken-salad-sandwiches-10000000604812/

    These will both keep for a couple days.

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