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Old 06-15-2009, 05:45 AM   #21
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Here in Spain we eat the same as when we worked. Bear in mind that we have more time for lunch than you and most of us have lunch at home. Maybe less, as we are getting older and fatter
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:33 AM   #22
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It varies depending on what's in the refrigerator. Usually I have some grilled marinated chicken, chopped up and put that into a salad or rice. Or a nuked potato, or fry some eggs or make an omelet with chopped ham, diced onions, green peppers, or anything else that might seem good.

Or just a can of tuna if I'm lazy.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:45 AM   #23
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Thanks, everyone for your ideas. I'm just looking for some interesting lunch ideas.
Hadn't thought about eating a later breakfast and an earlier dinner. I eat at 5 now so that might work.
And Dex, I lugged a yougurt and fruit to work everyday because I was too tired and lazy to think of something else. Now I'm ready to expand my horizons!!
And yes, this is a 'pressing' concern. LOL
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Um..usually I slice up a banana and smother it with fruit flavored yogurt.
Barring that possibility for you...
Other things I munch on versus doing a formal lunch "prep and sit" are cheese and crackers, big bowl of grapes, pretzels dipped in nacho cheese sauce, "Heidi food" (toasted cheese on open face bread or sub roll), leftover homemade pizza, plain rice with a little butter/salt/pepper, cottage cheese. I wait until I am good and hungry and have a few small portions over the course of the day.
I eat my mail meal du jour with dh2b at night, before 6 PM.
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Lunch

I still work so normally I pack a sandwich, salad, or yogurt plus a piece of fresh fruit. I am off today for Flag Day, so I am eating some leftover brown rice and sliced flank steak from Saturday's dinner along with a side of kimchi. I am preparing a meatloaf later and will steam more brown rice for dinner today so I will have something cooked after work for a day or two. Already washed spring mix lettuces are a great thing to have around, too, as you can top with tuna, bean salad, chopped veggies, leftover salads, hard boiled eggs, etc. Whatever you have around.
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A couple of grilled hot dogs today. One mini ice cream sandwich for desert. Pretty darn good. May take an extra cholesterol pill tonight.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:31 PM   #27
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When I don't make a salad, I'll make a soup. Kale, lentil, minestrone are my three favorite soups.
Could you post the kale soup recipe?

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I had hummus, pita chips and a cold beer. I'm liking this "no-workie" stuff.
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Today's lunch was some pecans and peaches.
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Could you post the kale soup recipe?

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I first had this version of kale soup after reluctantly agreeing to try a small bowl at a local mom and pop Portuguese restaurant. I generally don't like to have soup at restaurants.

Saute some white onion and cut up sausage (I make my own hot sausage) in a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Pour in chicken stock (I also make my own chicken stock).

Throw in very fine shredded kale. I just bunch it up and slice through from top to bottom as fine as possible with a sharp knife. It will look like a lot but it will all wilt in the stock.

Make a batch of very thick mashed potatoes and add it to the stock. I like my kale soup on the thicker side, so I use a few more potatoes than a normal recipe would call for.

Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.
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sandwich or leftovers, and a banana, apple, and yogurt
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I first had this version of kale soup after reluctantly agreeing to try a small bowl at a local mom and pop Portuguese restaurant. I generally don't like to have soup at restaurants.

Saute some white onion and cut up sausage (I make my own hot sausage) in a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Pour in chicken stock (I also make my own chicken stock).

Throw in very fine shredded kale. I just bunch it up and slice through from top to bottom as fine as possible with a sharp knife. It will look like a lot but it will all wilt in the stock.

Make a batch of very thick mashed potatoes and add it to the stock. I like my kale soup on the thicker side, so I use a few more potatoes than a normal recipe would call for.

Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.
Thank you. This sounds very good!

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Grilled salmon filet and a salad, with mixed berries for dessert.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:49 PM   #35
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Bowl of plain brown rice
2 apples
1 sliced cucumber (with skin) from our garden
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Everyday, my wife and I go for a walk (3-4 miles) during my lunch break and then she makes us a blueberry protein shake for lunch. Not particularly low in calories, but very tasty:

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 tablespoon flax-seed oil
1/4 cup almonds or walnuts

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. The frozen blueberries make it cold and thick like a shake.
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Since I am working I have different choices. But on days I am not in the mines, we tend to do one of several things:


- Ploughman's Lunch: hunk of cheese, some decent bread, something pickled (pickled onions, chutney, pickles, kim chee, Branston Pickle, etc.), and lots of fresh veggies. Half pint of bitter optional.
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In my opinion the pint isn't optional. Combined with nap = Heaven
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I am not retired yet, but I think that I will probably save 1/3 of my dinner each night for the next day's lunch, along with a piece of fruit and a cup of skim milk.

The nice thing about being retired is that it doesn't have to be something easy to carry to work. It could be chicken parmesan, or grilled fish, or so many dishes.

Another thought - - I might make a huge batch of homemade vegetable soup and freeze it in one cup portions. Then I could just nuke one for lunch.
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I am not retired yet, but I think that I will probably save 1/3 of my dinner each night for the next day's lunch, along with a piece of fruit and a cup of skim milk.

The nice thing about being retired is that it doesn't have to be something easy to carry to work. It could be chicken parmesan, or grilled fish, or so many dishes.

Another thought - - I might make a huge batch of homemade vegetable soup and freeze it in one cup portions. Then I could just nuke one for lunch.
I do that.
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Turkey sandwich today and a nice chunk of chocolate pound cake for desert. I'm such a health nut.
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