What's for lunch?

Discussion in 'Food & Drink' started by whatchyagonnado, May 3, 2014.

  1. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    So with going into my final year of grad school now I will be at clinic enough that its not feasible $$ to just buy lunch at the hospital cafeteria. I am not a sandwich person really (well just when they are packed idk its a texture thing) and somehow I have almost always worked where lunch was my meal at home. What do you chickens like to pack for lunch?
     
  2. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I don't like sandwiches for lunch either, and I only recently figured out that it's because I'm a bread snob. That sliced sandwich bread my husband packs in his lunch every single day (how does he do it?) is fine for toast, but sandwiches never call to me unless they're on ciabatta, or focaccia, or a hard roll, or a honey wheat bun, or something a lot more interesting than plain sliced bread. Maybe I like a higher crust:bread ratio or something. Or maybe supermarket loaves just suck.

    I usually pack dinner leftovers or a hearty salad with lots of greens, tomatoes and chicken or salmon. Occasionally I'll pick up a Lean Cuisine or some kind of prepared food from the grocery store.
     
  3. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    I don't like sandwiches on bun-style breads like that. When the bread isn't super soft, biting down on it just causes all the ingredients to squish out the sides, which is infuriating. Regular bread all the way for me.

    I love soups. If I'm feeling like I can spare a few bucks I get tomato soup and a tuna sandwich (on honey whole wheat) from Panera. I bought a thermos when I went back to school so I could bring soups and chili for lunches without having to buy the $4 soup on campus every day. For work I bring packets of oatmeal and a caesar salad kit (I chop the lettuce, toss in the bacon bits, put the croutons in a ziploc and the dressing in a tiny tupperware, all in one big tupperware). Salads are really handy because you can put anything in them that you have on hand - I used to also chop up breaded chicken fingers and hard-boiled eggs and make my own crispy chicken whatever-they're-called salads as well.
     
  4. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I do make an exception for panini and anything on sourdough.
     
  5. SassyLlama

    SassyLlama Goose

    I have peanut butter & honey toast for breakfast almost every morning, so I don't take sandwiches for lunch too often, in order to avoid too much bread during the day. Because of course I have to have it with dinner, too. When I do have sandwiches for lunch, it's usually tuna or egg salad, or something I made from home, like pimento cheese or chicken salad.

    I usually take leftovers from dinner, whenever we have any. I eat a lot of the Steamers vegetables, but I'm having a hard time staying full when I just eat those, so I'm trying to add some kind of protein too. I'm actually putting more thought into meal-planning my lunches, so I'll share some ideas when I get some good ones. :lol:
     
  6. sweatermuffins

    sweatermuffins Chicken

    I eat leftovers 99% of the time. Sandwiches don't really appeal to me, and I prefer a more solid meal.

    Back before I was cooking more regularly (read: living the bachelorette life), I relied on frozen meals from Amy's or Trader Joe's.
     
  7. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I bring my lunch from home, always supper leftovers. Today we're ordering barbecue up to the unit, though.
     
  8. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    We usually make a ton of tuna that lasts us about 3 days. I bring celery to eat with that but I also eat dinner at work so usually just being an eggplant and some tomato sauce or leftover of whatever I cooked last.

    If I don't do any of that I order Thai food. Which makes me very happy.
     
  9. Imabug1002

    Imabug1002 Chick pee

    I like to make a big batch of soup on the weekend and take that for lunch with a chunk of baguette and some carrot or celery sticks. I have also found a few recipes for couscous and quinoa salads that look like they would refrigerate well. I want to try those for summer; they have a protein and lots of veggies in them.
     
  10. gimmeoatmeal

    gimmeoatmeal Chicken

    Man, I could eat sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! They're one of my favorite things. However, I prefer them fresh, and on bread that doesn't destroy the interior, like V mentioned.

    I currently stay home, but when I was teaching, I liked to mix it up. I took leftovers a fair amount of the time, but when I didn't, these were some of my favorite options:

    -mason jar salads (a few can be prepped, in advance)
    -rice cakes, with cottage cheese, sliced turkey, spinach, and rooster sauce (I packed each item separately, and would assemble at lunch)
    -quinoa salad (quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, corn, green onion, and balsamic)
    -soups, stews, or bean chili
    -open faced bagels with hummus, sprouts, cucumber, onion and tomato
    -farfalle salad with canned tuna, sundried tomatoes, cannellini beans, artichoke hearts, and a light italian vinaigrette)
    -greek yogurt parfaits (granola, honey, blackberries)

    Some of my favorite sides or snacks:

    -grapes
    -apples and nut butter
    -hardboiled eggs (I make five on Sunday night)
    -roasted chick peas
    -almonds

    I wanna say "hope this helps", because I can.
     
  11. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Today is leftovers - Taco soup. We're going to a food truck rodeo tomorrow for lunch. I'm pretty excited.
     
  12. gimmeoatmeal

    gimmeoatmeal Chicken

    So fun! I'd essentially live off food truck grub, if I had the world's best metabolism.
     
  13. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    I love food trucks. I work downtown and they're normally not allowed.

    Yesterday, I had NC bbq. A restaurant reopened two blocks away from my work. You start out with a basket of hush puppies and house made pork rinds. I definitely pork rinded. Not the best lunch for being productive on a Friday afternoon but it was delicious.
     
  14. kthom

    kthom Cute Food <3 Staff Member

    I'm not a big sandwich person either. I like them from panera or potbelly or places with good bread, but I don't like store bought bread for anything but a PBJ.

    I work at home, but I have to get excited about lunch to want to eat it. I have a pocketed tupperware that I make bento box style lunches in when I'm feeling fancy. I roast a bunch of veggies up and dump them in a bowl with cooked pasta and mix it up with evoo, herbs, spices. I usually put that or a regular green salad in the bigger pocket (which is technically sandwich size, but whatever) and then the 2 smaller pockets I put carrot sticks, greek yogurt, plain almonds, fruit or whatever. Otherwise if I'm not feeling fancy, I forage in the kitchen and have some mixture of leftovers and cheese/crackers. lol!
     
  15. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    I love sandwiches. Reading this thread actually inspired me to go make a sandwich. Thanks, guys!
     
  16. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Gimme, it did help :wink: hahaha seriously though that list made me drool! This thread is good inspiration and I am also realizing I need to learn to cook more food for dinner so there is leftovers hahaha

    Food trucks are amazing! Nym have you ever been to the food truck festival in winston? Yumyumyum
     
  17. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Haven't been whatchya. We have four of them a year in Raleigh.
     
  18. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Whattttt, I will be googling that right now.
     
  19. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    If you ever come and see an Asian woman with a white guy and a corgi, that's probably us!
     
  20. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I don't know why, but this made me laugh so hard.

    I know I'm late to the game, but I'm another vote for leftovers being the best lunch. I like to get creative with them if there's not much left like adding a handful of frozen veggies that will slowly defrost over the morning. Quinoa is also my go-to filler and used to make enough for about 3 meals every Sunday and would just spoon it into my tupperware as needed. Pouch tuna is a great "emergency" supply for the days that there are no leftovers, and I want something more substantial than just salad.
     
  21. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Lol. I take it back. It could potentially be my little sister and her husband too. They keep Bacon when we're away and love taking him places.
     
  22. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    The recipes I posted on the crock pot thread are go-tos for lunches. Another one I do pretty often is roasted butternut squash, broccoli, sweet onion, and chicpeas.

    In the summers I tend to do a LOT of veggies and hummus, usually the Trader Joe's brands. I also have made tuna salad with greek yogurt, dill, garlic, and shaved cucumber as a sort of tzaziki tuna, which I eat plain or dip carrots in it. I may break that out this week (I also bring the same thing for lunch every day for a week).

    I always have a piece of fruit and a yogurt with whatever I bring. I get the TJ's almond-cashew-cranberry mix if I get hungry in the afternoon before quittin' time.
     
  23. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    I made a double recipe of these noodles from Alton Brown:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alto ... ecipe.html

    and like a commenter recommended added ground pork browned with Szechwan sauce. I ate some today and then it will be for J during the rest of the week, when I work swing shift I usually only eat breakfast and dinner. It's a little awkward buying the poor college student multipack of Ramen but I couldn't find anything that looked like plain Ramen in the "international" section of Kroger.
     
  24. android

    android Founding Messiah Staff Member

    Ooh allmaple, good find! That recipe looks awesome!
     
  25. SassyLlama

    SassyLlama Goose

    I haven't met an Alton Brown recipe yet that I didn't love. He's just so perfect and wise about food. :loveu:
     

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