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Old 10-07-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Adult lunch ideas???

I started a new job about 1 month ago and I used to by my lunch at the hospital cafateria. It was good food and pretty cheap. At m y new job the food is so-so and not that cheap. I was hoping for any ideas that you guys may have on different ideas on what to bring for lunch. I do have access to a fridge,freezer, and microwave during the day. I am not the best of cooks, and I am not that picky. Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-07-2007, 04:10 PM   #2
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If you want something cold, I love to take leftover rotisserie chicken from the night before, shed it on a large flour tortilla, put shredded cheese, lots of romaine lettuce, and add some ranch dressing. It's like a salad all wrapped up!
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:53 PM   #3
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Wraps

I think wraps are great.chicken, tuna, pork, even veggie, with cheese, peppers, lettuce tomato, maybe slice of bacon. A pickle. I pick up a small half lb of good cole slaw and take a portion each day. Pack grapes. Or at Sams they have frozen mellon. Salad with left over Chicken in it. Meatloaf the night beofre make a sandwhich. Chicken salad wrap, Pita pockets.
Soups, Sweet and sour chicken wieght watchers or other. Anything on sale.

If you eat Yogert, Manderine oranges 1 can goes two days.

I also like the frozen lean cusine meals. I just ordered the lunch bag. It is $9.99 Insulated and free shipping. They donate to the Susam Kormen fund for breast cancer too,

I am a big soup fan too..any sales I grab them.
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Old 10-07-2007, 06:02 PM   #4
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I agree with the Lean Cuisine's, soups, etc. If you get them on sale, they can be pretty cheap.

I also freeze yogurts. When I had to drive into work, I would throw one into my lunch every day. It doubled as an ice pack and by the time dessert came for lunch, it was a great treat.

I also buy diet soda on sale by the case and bring one in a day. Fresh fruit, veggies also. Sometimes crackers with laughing cow cheese.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:10 AM   #5
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I will make soup or something else that makes a large amount (like chili) and pack it for lunches for a few days. I am one of those people that can eat the same thing a few days in a row though

I also take leftovers and make them into sandwiches. Just tonight I had a great pork sandwich from some leftovers DBF made the other night.

Tuna salad or egg salad- either alone, on a sandwich, on a wrap or on crackers.

Black beans on top of brown rice brought with small containers of sour cream, salsa and shredded cheese. Yum!

Lean cuisines are great but I'll only get them if they're on sale. I also keep two in the freezer at all times incase I'm running late and have nothing to throw together quick.

For sides I pack:
-cut up veggies w/ some sort of dressing (I put the dressing in those 1/2 cup gladware containers)
-yogurt
-dried fruit (as a dessert)
-jello cups (I make my own in those 1/2 cup gladwares)
-fruit cups (I got a good deal on a bunch at Target so I've got enough mandarin oranges and peaches to last me a while )
-peanuts
-pudding cups
-Triscuits
-mini muffins
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:08 AM   #6
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I am currently fascinated with the japanese inspired bento lunches/boxes,etc. just google 'bento' and the many ideas will pop up! yum!
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:31 AM   #7
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I too was gonna say Wraps and Lean Cuisines.
Also - make it a point to make enough food for leftovers if you like to cook through the week. Or - if not - on a sunday evening cook something and put together a couple of days lunches with it.
I keep Campbells Select Soups in my desk drawer - those with some crackers are way more filling than just the small concentrated soups.
In my desk drawer I also have the Chow Mein Noodles in the ready to microwave container. The asian foods are becoming more lunch convenient...
Good Luck - hopefully you will get lots of ideas from here and find something to your liking!!
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:38 AM   #8
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I keep snacks in my desk drawer, such as granola bars or peanut butter crackers.

For lunch, sometimes I'll bring lean cuisines, but I find that I get tired of them if I eat them for too long. More recently, I've been bringing my own cheese and lunch meat, toasting a bagel, and having a bagel sandwich.

I keep yogurt and canned fruit (easier) in the lunch room fridge for breakfast. I keep a container of cream cheese as well in case I want a bagel for breakfast. Plain refridgerated bagels are only $.97 at Target...

I'll also usually make a little bit extra for dinner and pack leftovers for lunch. It's just me and my daughter so there are often leftovers anyway.

Ramen noodles if my budget is super tight (can't beat a $.10 lunch) or if I'm freezing....more so now that winter is coming.

I'm with Karen....I can easily eat the same things many times in a row. Spagetti is one of my faves....so easy to make!
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:28 PM   #9
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When I don't have any leftovers, I also like the Campbell's Chunky Soups. I divide the can in half and put one bowl covered with saran wrap in the fridge for the following day.

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