Post # 1
As a teacher, I don’t get time to take a lunch break and go get something to eat. Nor do I really have a chance to prepare, heat up, etc. a lunch so I have to get a little creative with what I bring with me to work and I hate falling in to a rut of the same things every day. Does anyone else pack a lunch on a regular basis and if so, what are some of your favorite things?
My “go to’s” are:
– Making a bag of instant rice and microwaving a steamer’s bag of mixed veggies, combine the two with a little butter, salt and pepper and split in half – two days of lunch!
– Turkey, ham or chicken salada in a wrap or pita
– Black beans and/or rice and cheese quesadilla’s prepared the night before with a side of salsa
– Hard boiled eggs
And I always try to include some kind of fruit (apple, pineapple, watermelon, etc) or veggie (baby carrots or celery with ranch) on the side. I TRY to stick to healthy foods, but sometimes it’s whatever I can manage to throw together.
Post # 3
In your case, I think you should stick to small things that you can break up if you only have time for a little bit like yogurt and granola, peanut butter and crackers or a mix of nuts.
Post # 4
I start working as a teacher’s aide soon and i’ll get a 1 hour break but that not enough time to drive home and i dont want to eat at the mutitude of fast food places either so i need some ideas too.
Post # 5
90% of my meals are leftovers from the weeks dinners! But if I don’t have leftovers, I love a hearty green or grain salad with nuts, cheese, dried fruit, or hummus with a bunch of things to dip in it.
Post # 6
Honestly? A lot of the same things you wuold find in a kid’s lunch. Leftovers from dinner are always good.
Post # 7
I am also a teacher, and do not have access to a microwave at lunch. SO…I bring an avocado, turkey, cheese, sprouted grain bread, and make a sandwich. Sometimes I bring arugula, too. I also bring a greek yogurt to eat in the morning. I add some grapes to the mix or another fruit, too. Then I have a protein bar later in the day. I need to find something more healthy than a protein bar to eat for a snack, but it’s so easy because it requires no preparation.
In the morning, I have an egg sandwich. On Sundays, I take egg whites and eggs, add chopped scallians and spinach, and bake them in muffin tins for about 10 minutes (they will not look done but they are!!!). I let the eggs cool, then put each egg thing on an english muffin (I add a ring of honey but that’s a personal preference) and grill them a bit. THEN, when they’re cool, I wrap them in wax paper and freeze them.
Each morning, I go down to make coffee, and then unwrap a sandwich and put it on a cookie sheet in the oven at 285 degrees. When I come back down to prepare my coffee, maybe about 10-15 minutes later, I put the egg sandwich in the microwave for a minute, then add a slice of organic american cheese, and put it back in the oven for the few minutes before I leave for work. I turn off the oven at this point. Then when it’s time to go, I take a paper towel and grab the egg sandwich and I eat it while I drive to work. I’ve done this for two weeks now and it’s been a great new breakfast!
Post # 8
I’m a teacher and I really really prefer hot food! I usually take leftovers to heat in the microwave or soup (either cartons of fresh or cans if I’m disorganised and need to raid the cupboard!). Sometimes, when feeling very organised, I make a rice salad with peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and smoked mackerel which I do eat cold.
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Post # 10
ive also seen the make your own lunchables lunches.
Crackers, cheese and coldcuts or tortillas cut into small circles with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni for the cold pizzas.
There’s always the mason jar salads too. Layer everything in one jar and then just shake it up. Dressing on the bottom, then meat, cheese, lettuce on top. Can all be made on one day and stored in the fridge. Because the lettuce is on top it won’t get soggy
Post # 11
@wisher558: I want something like that snacks site but for pasta salads…I wonder if one exists!
Post # 12
i love to cook extra dinner, and bring it for lunch the next day or too. chicken, steak, whatever. other than that i will normally bring some tuna and crackers, or a salad.
Post # 13
If you have a microwave you could have homemade soup & crackers.
Hummus & crackers or crunchy veggie sticks.
Post # 15
@wisher558: THANKS. Sometimes my googling skills are awful.