Post # 1
I was a daily reader of wedding be blogs and boards while planning my wedding, and am so glad to find these nesting boards, too! I recently had my first BFP and have so many questions (we are not the tell people early type, so I can’t ask these questions of my mommy friends). A biggie is about what to eat and what not to eat. I have some issues that may complcate a pregnancy and I want to take every precaution out there. My current dilema – what to pack for lunch.
I take my lunch to work every day and usually have a sandwich, fruit, and some veggies. I don’t have access to a microwave or refridgerator so I am cocnerned about meat (can I even eat cold meat that was home cooked last night, or is that rule just for packaged lunch meat?) What about yogurt or a slad that would sit for a few hours before being eaten?
Can you share your sack lunch ideas with me? Thanks!
Post # 2
Loggers15: Every other weekend, I make Crockpot shredded chicken 🙂 I make a LOT, becase I use it for practically everything 🙂
My go to lunch is a 5 cup capacity rubbermaid container, filled with salad greens, a chopped hard boiled egg, and a handful of the shredded chicken 🙂 I actually just toss ranch dressing powder mix in there a few times while I’m making it. I make 2 or 3 of these in advance, and the small amount of liquid coming from the lettuce mixes with the powder so the flavor sticks 🙂 All of the flavor, none of the fat or sogginess of adding dressing ahead of time.
Post # 3
ANGELaaimt: thanks! Sounds yummy! Do you worry about eating the cold chicken?
Post # 4
Loggers15: Not even a little! I cut off all the yucky bits before putting it in the crock pot, and I feel much more comfortable knowing it was made at home. Lunchmeat sort of weirds me out. I just keep the shredded chicken in a gallon sized ziploc bag in my fridge, and take it out as needed. Just bring a little cooler and ice packs to be safe. I keep mine in the fridge here, but I see you don’t have access.
Post # 5
Hmm… without a fridge this might be dicey. You could definitely do things like a quinoa salad with peppers, tomatoes, a pasteurized cheese, avocado, beans etc… Actually we make salads every week and my husband has a thermal lunch box, he doesn’t put it in the fridge and his stuff stays pretty cold. Since lunch meat is a no go (even though I totally cheat and eat subway and jimmy johns sometimes), we cook chicken ahead of time on sundays, cut it up, and use it on salads throughout the week. I also have eaten a lot of PB&J’s since I got PG which are safe and don’t need to be refridgerated.
Post # 6
I have no idea what is off limits to pregnant women since I’ve never been pregnant, so if peanuts are ok I make this for lunches occaisionally and it’s tasty: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/dan-dan-noodles-recipe.html
You could add shredded chicken to it. A big ice pack and an insulated lunch bag will keep things plenty cool for a few hours.