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The Whole Deal Pack-a-Lunch Contest

By Value Guru, August 1, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru
Tell us what’s for lunch and you might win a $50 gift card. You know packing lunch is worth it. It saves you money vs. eating out and lets you know exactly what is going into your meal—and your body. But when is lunch worth $50? When you win $50 just for your concept of lunch! Whether you’re packing your own lunch or packing one for someone else, no doubt you’re always looking for fresh ideas to make it both tasty and healthy. Throw your favorite lunch concept into the mix below and see what you get back. It might be great ideas from other readers. And it might be a $50 gift card! We’re truly looking for both tasty and healthy, so be sure your lunch idea includes a protein, a whole grain and at least one serving each of fruits and vegetables. We’ll choose 5 winners—one for each weekday—at random from all entries that meet those guidelines and are submitted by September 30, 2010. So, tell us…what’s for lunch? We’re hungry!

 

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Kau Kau Wagon says ...
We make 500 lunches every Saturday. We have simple rules, healthy, cost effective, fresh, and very tasty. We start with fresh bread, honey oat is a fav of mine, or sweet bread hot dog buns, a small amount of mayo for flavor, small tomatoes, and fresh lettuce and 1/2 slice of cheese. With the hot dog buns u get a great home made sub sandwich. Then add in a fresh fruit, bananna, orange, apple, or even apple sauce. A then a sweet small mini snack of crackers, or cookies. 500 hungry needy people at a cost of 150. A full meal with a touch for the sweet tooth. Now that's lunch or dinner and breakfast some people. A meal of hope with the flavor of heart.
08/02/2010 11:08:55 PM CDT
INES SON says ...
I WOULD MAKE WHOLE WHEAT BURRITOS FROM LEFTOVERS OF STEW (ORGANIC CHICKEN OR GRASS FED GROUND BEEF WITH ROASTED POBLANO PEPPERS, TOMATOES, ONIONS AND RAW CHEDDAR CHEESE), A HAND FULL OF SPINACH OR 2 STICKS OF CELERY, WATER, AND FOR DESSERT AMARANTH BARS PREVIOSLY MADE WITH RAW CASHEWS, RAW HONEY AND PUFFED AMARANTH. DEVORA
08/23/2010 1:48:40 PM CDT
Cortney Olson says ...
Pack a lunch for my husband everyday to help save money and for him to have a reminder of how much I love him. Today it was a sandwich on rye bread from the farmers market with Garlic Hummus, Avocado, Tomatoes from our garden, soft cheese from the local cheesemaker and romaine lettuce. Add BBQ pop chips, a pluot, and cherries and he was set for the day.
08/10/2010 2:27:25 AM CDT
Kamil Kecki says ...
salad and yogurt
08/10/2010 10:35:57 AM CDT
Rachel-Mom says ...
CALLING ALL MOMS!!! Lunch is served... Today we will be having a delightful Organic Avocado Salad with Heirloom Sun Gold Cherry tomatoes, organic corn & chives. This is mixed with extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice dressing, add fresh ground pepper & salt to taste. For our main dish we will have an Organic Whole Grain Pita pocket sandwich filled with Heirloom baby lettuces, tomatoes and a few slices of slightly Spicy Tofu from Whole Foods Deli. With a few organic carrots on the side to crunch! You will be pleased to know we get our touch of sweet today with a Vegan Blue Berry Muffin from the Whole Food Bakery, Yum! Don't worry moms... if you are not the Tofu type you can substitute a slice or two of lunch meat and cheese in your pita pocket with a dollop of Humus. Come Hungry leave with a smile:)
08/10/2010 3:34:54 AM CDT
Erin from Long Island says ...
darn...i forgot..... I always have in-season, local fruit with me too!
08/02/2010 10:41:54 PM CDT
Angela says ...
Its not easy to pack a lunch every day, so I try to make a my meals for dinner last long enough for a couple of small lunches. I love to put my quinoa, cous cous, or rice, and protien like chicken or fish on top of a simple bed of greens or steemed veggies. Its so easy and healthy. I dont feel like Im depriving myself and its so very economicle...and I dont get bored! a banana or apple and fresh ground almond or peanut butter always satisfies the sweet tooth and is a perfect and inexpensive end to a healthy lunch:)
08/10/2010 12:27:39 AM CDT
Julia W. says ...
Sadly I am having a shrimp and angel hair pasta Lean Cuisine. I wish it was a Whole Foods Barton Springs sandwich!
08/10/2010 10:35:53 AM CDT
metta says ...
For lunch, I enjoy a chicken curry salad sandwich made with leftover turkey, curry spices mayo, celery and red grapes. Delicious on organic whole-grain bread. Sometimes I add a few thin slices of avocado and cucumber.
08/13/2010 7:10:40 PM CDT
Jennifer Brown says ...
my son loves turkey on (organic) whole grain bread with baby carrots, I usually put in a tube of organic yogurt and freeze it so its still cold by lunch :)
08/13/2010 7:12:44 PM CDT
helen j hoang says ...
ten inches of baguette w/ cheese , 2 slices of tomato & shredded bbq chicken 4 lunch
08/13/2010 7:17:35 PM CDT
Margaret Gabriele says ...
I pack my son a Clif chocolate brownie Z-bar,a package of baby carrots, yogurt that I've frozen so it stays cold till lunch,an apple or banana and a bottle of water.
08/13/2010 7:19:53 PM CDT
Peter Agostinelli says ...
I will have a leftover local grass-fed burger (ground and purchased at my local Whole Foods) grilled medum-rare last night after a liberal dusting with a favorite mesquite dry rub. I will enjoy this today reheated and smeared with fresh guacamole I made this morning with avocados (also from Whole Foods) and tomatoes from my parents' garden. I'll also pack an apple and sweet potatoes I also grilled on a cooler part of the grill to help me get through the day.
08/10/2010 10:35:53 AM CDT
Caiti L says ...
Roast beet sandwiches make the best packed lunch!! Roasted beets, chilled, peeled, and sliced, on whole wheat bread, with a thin layer of vegan 'mayo' and romaine lettuce. Before I went vegan I also enjoyed a slice of cheddar goat cheese on there. SO good!! For dessert I like to have some fresh fruit chopped up with a spoonful or two of soy yogurt on top. I stir it up when I'm ready to eat it, or else it gets a little runny. Again, non-vegans could go with a dairy option on the yogurt. Throw some peeled carrots in there and you've got yourself one delicious, filling lunch!!
08/10/2010 1:55:13 AM CDT
sophie hansen says ...
protein - grilled tofu whole grain - brown rice one serving of fruit - mandarin oranges one serving of vegetables - asparagus toss it all up for a room temp stir-fry!
08/23/2010 1:31:02 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
"Purses" of tuna salad wrapped up in a lettuce leaf and tied with a strip of carrot, whole grain crackers with peanut butter (no sugar) and apple slices.
08/23/2010 1:32:05 PM CDT
Heather Anderson says ...
My kids' favorite bag lunch is a whole grain tortilla stuffed with a chick pea and red bean mash (spiced with a bit of chili spice), leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, julienned carrots and some whole foods flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds roasted to snack on with it. These are delicious without reheating provide them much needed energy for growing and active children! My own favorite bag lunch is a delicious and crunchy mixed green salad topped with assorted seeds/nuts, crunchy diced whole grain toast, and sprinkled with a bit of cayenne powder for a tasty kick.
08/23/2010 1:40:07 PM CDT
Genevieve Kolbasa says ...
I pack my husband's lunch everyday. I like to give him something from every food group so that I know he's eating healthy even when he's away from home. A favorite lunch of his would include organic whole wheat penne pasta with a tomato-basil sauce (that I make using organic Italian stewed tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, onion, sugar, and parsley) and Italian-style chicken sausage; organic baby carrots; an organic Gala apple; an organic peach; and an organic whole grain blackberry fruit bar. He is able to drink purified water at his office throughout the day, so I don't have to send a drink. I top it all off with a note thanking him for working so hard to provide for our family and telling him to have a great day! :-)
08/10/2010 1:14:40 AM CDT
Annie Brazeal says ...
Today I packed myself a turkey, arugula and avocado sandwich on multigrain bread and a side of carrots. Yum!
08/10/2010 12:39:03 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Belinda Just enter your lunch suggestion in the comment box. Simple!
08/18/2010 6:48:06 AM CDT
Dinahmite says ...
Today's lunch I brought a filet of wild salmon from the night before. It was broiled with fresh squeezed lemon, olive oiled, sea salt and fresh black cracked pepper. Along with my salmon, I also brought organic mixed herb greens with aged balsamic and garlic infused olive oil salt, ground pepper vinaigrette along with sweet crunchy red cherry tomatoes and topping it off, fresh peeled parmesan cheese for that salty buttery taste. For my dessert, a cup of fresh organic blueberries with greek yogurt and honey.
09/16/2010 10:55:07 AM CDT
tanya miller says ...
I am having a ceasar salad for lunch
08/10/2010 10:35:48 AM CDT
Jo Dale says ...
A cup of lowfat or nofat cottage cheese with a half a cup of chunky salsa stirred in to it. For dipping in my cottage cheese mix: Whole grain baked pita chips or toasted whole wheat bagel slices and a cup or so of chilled leftover steamed veggies (usually broccoli florets and baby carrots. Red grapes.Lots of water.
08/02/2010 11:25:19 AM CDT
Dee says ...
A sandwich on Whole Food's unparalled spelt currant walnut bread with sliced Diestel turkey, organic 365 mustard, thinly sliced cucumber slices and cilantro leaves. A couple of fresh carrots snapped in half, and fresh fruit of choice, all from the produce section...love green apples in the winter and organic grapes for this season. Delicious and refreshing!!
08/02/2010 9:04:19 PM CDT
Brett Greenberg says ...
Whole Wheat Tortilla/Wrap filled with slices of grilled flank steak, grilled peaches, basil pesto, roasted peppers, and fresh mozzarella. Is it time for lunch?
08/02/2010 8:46:45 PM CDT

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