Sunday, August 26, 2007

Lunch Ideas Needed-A contest!

Well, tomorrow is my first day back at school with the kiddos! As I shopped for food for my lunches, I realized I was buying the same old stuff: yogurt, granola bars, fruit, frozen dinner. Lunch usually consisted of 3 of the 4 items. I'm ready for a change! Help me get out of my food rut by suggesting some new lunch ideas, what are your favorites? You can also post about what your school lunches were growing up. If you want to truly suggest some ideas for me here are some details: I have access to a fridge and a microwave, love fresh veggies, but hate cooked ones, and I don't do tuna.

Everyone who responds in my comments with either a lunch idea or lunch memory between now and midnight (CST) on Monday, September 3, 2007 will be put in a random drawing for a skein/hank of a yarn of YOUR choice from Amanda's Etsy Store (she'll even custom dye a hank for you)-my treat! If I'm going to give away yarn, it might as well be in a color that works for you! You can comment as many times as you like, but I'll count only one entry per person for the drawing.

C'mon!! Help me with some new lunch ideas!!


At 8/26/2007 , Blogger coastergirl said...

i have many ideas as I have started boycotting the cafeteria at my office - sick of fried and fatty foods... will leave you several ideas through the posting period with some of my favorites....first on the listing - Fresh Express Asian Supreme salad mix - found in the salad aisle. it comes with little wonton strips, black cherries and asian sesame salad dressing. I add almond slivers by fresh express, mini mandarin orange slices (can) and some chicken breast out of a can - yummmmmy. It makes a huge salad!

At 8/27/2007 , Blogger Courtney said...

I often have to bring my lunch/dinner with me to work and one of my easy favorites is a turkey sandwich on a kaiser roll (the whole wheat kaiser rolls at HEB aren't bad and they freeze well and defrost easily in the microwave). I spread one wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (the garlic and herb flavor is great) on the roll and then add turkey and mixed greens. It makes a tasty sandwich and it travels well in my little cooler. You can also try the plain swiss Laughing Cow with ham or French Onion L.C. with roast beef. Those are also good. Have fun at school!

At 8/27/2007 , Blogger Bezzie said...

Boy, I wish I had great ideas. My lunch is a peanut butter sandwich and a fruit or cracker or cookie. Yawn!

I'll have to check back to see what everyone suggests!

At 8/27/2007 , Anonymous Susan said...

I always liked baked potatoes. You could bake it the night before and re-heat in the microwave. Carry your toppings seperately and you're golden!

At 8/27/2007 , Blogger Grace Yaskovic said...

Wraps are great

Cream Cheese Cranberry Sauce Turkey lettuce

Another turkey sandwich I like is on Hearty Nut Bread with Cran sauce, turkey and sliced Brie, a little arugula on top is great too.

Another one, I make up and carry with me is cooked elbows, mixed with cheddar cheese and tomato soup to moisten I usually use 1 box of elbows, 4 cups of shredded cheddar and 1 can tomato soup==straight from the can, salt and pepper, Spoon into microwave bowl, cover and heat it up That is probably one of my favorite comfort lunches!!

At 8/27/2007 , Blogger MissyJoon said...

Okay, I do the turkey sandwiches as described by others with chicken (I get a roasted chicken from the supermarket). When we order chinese for dinner, I will order something extra to take for lunch (usually singapore noodles). And since my husband is middle eastern, I have learned that pita, feta and walnuts (with a wedge of onion, but sometimes I pass on that part) makes a fabulous lunch!

At 8/28/2007 , Anonymous Michelle said...

I have a few ideas, but one of my favs is to crisp up some pita bread (can be done a couple days in advance and kept in air tight container) and bring along some homemade salsa for dipping- great this time of year while garden veggies are plentiful! Add tomatos, onions, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, whatever you like! If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, put some cooked sliced chicken and cheddar cheese between 2 pita's or tortilla's and heat until cheese is melted. Slice into wedges and dip into your homemade salsa. I'm getting hungry. :) ~Michelle

At 8/28/2007 , Blogger Teri said...

I've got a couple ideas - have to check one of my notebooks for a recipe, but I'll post what I know here. I used to take pita bread and toast it to dip in Athenos Red Pepper Hummus. It is awesome and you can dip veggies, too. My favorite salad is similar to coastergirl's but I use baby spinach and Light Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette. It's really yummy! I'll post again when I find my recipe!

At 8/28/2007 , Blogger Enid said...

I got good breakfast ideas member? But I don't have very many lunch ideas. Stacy's pita chips and some hummus? with maybe some fresh veggies.
I mean that might get old too, but instead of sandwiches maybe you can make some wraps for yourself.

I'm sorry I'm no help. LOL.

Take care and thanks for the comments you left.

At 8/28/2007 , Blogger Amanda said...

ok, granted I am a homeschooling mama so packed lunches really do not apply to me, but if I were sending my kiddos to school they would totally be rocking the bento lunch. Here is a great link to get you started.

You will never eat another boring luch again!

At 8/30/2007 , Blogger Wendy, the knit'n guru said...

My favorite tote-along lunch is one my Mom learned to make when we lived in Kansas- Bierocks. Yes, it's pronounced beer-rocks, and no, it doesn't have any beer.

It's dead-easy to make. Brown some ground beef or sausage (or a vegetarian substitute) and onions, add some rinsed sauerkraut and heat through. Let that sit and cool while you roll out some regular ol' bread dough (store bought roll dough works fine, or you can make your own). Cut the dough into 4 inch squares, put some sauerkraut mixture on each one and seal up the dough. Brush with egg or milk and bake for 30 minutes at 350. They're great fresh, but they also store and reheat well, and are good cold, too. They freeze well, too, so I'll often make up a bunch and freeze 'em.

Do you think they'd kick us out of Borders if I bring some next week for you and Patty to try?

At 8/30/2007 , Blogger K said...

I make a mean pork stew, with pork tenderloin,butternut squash,zucchini, onions, stewed tomatoes, green chilies, slivered almonds and any else going south in the fridge. I eat that until it's gone, usually by Tuesday because the BF loves it! Then I do the salad in a bag along with chicken and rice and veggies. And please, don't forget the cottage cheese with peaches, fruit cocktail or pineapple!! You need energy to keep up!

At 9/02/2007 , Anonymous jody said...

I like to bring crackers, grapes/apples and cheese like Laughing Cow. Sometimes I throw in a container of pudding or an individually wrapped frozen dessert.

At 9/04/2007 , Anonymous Claudine said...

I'll take leftovers & freeze them in individual servings. Then I'll randomly select one when I want to take lunch. I've frozen lasagna, pepper steak, roast & potatoes, stir fry, gumbo, etc... I also use the fresh option too - salad mixes like others mentioned. I'll add a diced chicken breast or other veggies to mix it up.

Have a good school year :-D


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