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Old 06-16-2009, 02:12 PM   #41
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I got talked into going to Arby's...
I needed my strength to go get my vaccination shot.
I had their Philly steak sandwich, which was surprisingly good. Water to drink and no curly fries.

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:27 PM   #42
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Black coffee and powdered sugar covered Bavarian pastry with the guys down at the doughnut shop - around 11ish.

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1 slice turkey with cheddar cheese on a ciabatta roll with mayo,1/2 cup tomato/chick pea salad, dill pickle spear and water.
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Leftovers, mix and match with what else is in the fridge.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:12 PM   #45
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Are you what you eat?

I think you need to go a little wild if you are going to enjoy ER...

I'm with Dex on this.

How about an artichoke? (yes... the really big ones and with lemon butter)
Make a fast pizza on a Pita - cook it on your grill.
Do something fun with fresh corn tortillas
Make a pot of minestrone soup and freeze it in lunch size servings
Go out for lunch.
Sleep late and call it breakfast?
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:45 PM   #46
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Got a date with the in laws tomorrow. Their treat Probably some hot and sour soup with some good egg rolls and fresh strawberries for dessert. Just costs me a bit of manual labor and a smile on my face
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:42 PM   #47
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I usually make 5 virtually identical salads on Monday morning for lunches that week. Here are the ingredients:

1 small plastic box of baby spinach leaves
1 container of grape or cherry tomatoes
1 bag of small peeled finger-sized carrots
1 package of dried cherry or craisens
1 pint of fresh mushrooms.
hard-boiled eggs or string cheese (leave in shell or plastic wrap until lunchtime)

I don't wash any of the ingredients. I simply line up 5 black plastic short bowls from Chinese take-out. Put in spinach leaves, tomatoes, carrots, dried fruit and an egg or cheese. Slice enough mushrooms for the 5 lunches an divide up among the 5 containers. Seal with the plastic lids. It's a colorful lunch with the dark green, bright red, bright orange, yellow and white all together.

When eating be sure to have croutons and salad dressing handy.

It turns out that the ingredients (except mushrooms) last a few weeks in the fridge, so one can buy larger amounts. I like the fact that there is virtually no cooking and no prep time needed (about 3 minutes to make 5 lunches if the eggs have already been boiled). So if I don't feel like a salad on Tuesday, I just leave the container in the fridge.

The salad is good by itself, but could be supplemented with yogurt (uh-oh ) or a leftover slice of pizza. But I'll warn you: You will get lots of comments about eating healthy if people see you with this lunch.
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When cooking dinner, I usually make enough for lunch as leftovers - put it into a tupperware container and it's ready to go in the morning. Even when I wasn't working regularly during the day, I would use the morning of one weekend (or a day in that case) to make several meals and then divvy into containers. Soup is *very* easy and loved in this house - plus you get lots of servings :-)

I like the beans idea, too. Another thing that can go far in terms of numbers of servings.

For variety, add different side 'dishes': cherry tomatoes, crackers, pieces of fruit, yogurt, cookies/cake (I bake those from scratch as well), carrot/celery and yogurt or cottage cheese dip, lately I've been making cottage cheese vegetable salad - chopping up veggies and then mixing with cottage cheese.

You could make mini quiches in a muffin pan, or savory muffins/sweet muffins. These are very easy recipes that allow you to control the ingredients and again have many servings for little effort.

When retired, you have the time to do some research about the cooking, ingredients and possible time efficiencies in preparation - I've found awesome books to accommodate this.

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Made a blender veggie soup for brunch, with coffee and whole wheat English muffins. Stopped at Godiva Chocolates for a milk chocolate basket with chocolate mousse and fresh blueberries and raspberries (about the size of two pieces of chocolate, $4.50). Bought coffee to go with it at the movies ($3.50) and three hankie movie ($8.25), “Departures.” I try to spend less for the food than the ticket price. Will do it again, the basket, that is.
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I like to get lunch over with in a hurry and get back to ER. I usually stack some cold cuts, roll them up and eat it over the sink. I call this accelerated repast "sink meat". DW is not a fan.

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