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Evan Thomas says ...
I would pack honey lime grilled chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces, a sweet brown rice salad made with apple juice, apple chunks and cinnamon, and a serving of baby carrots, since those are my favorite veggie to munch on. It's hard packing to eat on the go around hear with dairy and gluten allergies but there's always a way.
08/01/2010 7:49:06 AM CDT
Pauley Gasparis says ...
Mango Salad: 1/2 fresh mango, diced 1/4 cup of dried cranberries 1/4 cup pecans crumbled goat cheese baby spinach Add the fruit toppings to the bottom of a transportable container, then add the spinach, and the nuts and cheese last. Dressing:3 tbsp of balsalmic dressing 1 tbsp of seedless raspberry or strawberry jelly 1 tbsp of olive oil salt and pepper Mix these ingredients and add the dressing to a separate small container and dress salad right before lunch time. Enjoy!
08/09/2010 8:55:22 PM CDT
Wendy Gordon says ...
Today my lunch was a conglomeration of leftovers: romaine lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, almonds and dried cranberries; sauteed lightly seasoned tofu; and quinoa with oranges and pistachios. All served mixed up, cold and in one tupperware. YUM!
08/02/2010 12:39:29 PM CDT
Linda Therrell says ...
Nitrate-free turkey and salami, and Havarti cheese, with mayo, fresh ground pepper, lettuce, and tomato. On multigrain bread, with cantaloupe and blueberries on the side. Yum!
08/02/2010 12:40:09 PM CDT
Elizabeth P. says ...
My favorite take-along lunch is my homemade chicken salad on a croissant, a fresh fruit mix (berries, kiwi, and orange pieces... yum!), and semi-sweet iced tea. Now I'm hungry. :)
08/01/2010 9:23:15 AM CDT
Cherie Doughtie says ...
School Lunch: Organic chicken, grape and walnut salad sandwich on whole wheat bread cut in 2 triangles, edamame, organic milk box, napkin, ice pack, and a love note from mom.
08/01/2010 10:54:05 AM CDT
Lisa Rodriguez says ...
I love leftovers, but here is another idea. Pasta (I like whole what pasta, or brown rice pasta) with broccoli, cherry tomatoes cut in half, some feta cheese and/or some roast chicken, black olives (brine or oil, not canned, more flavor!), a simple homemade or good quality dressing - mixed up the night before and delicious hot or cold! After lunch a bowl of raspberries and a tiny piece of dark chocolate or a handful of dried fruit and nuts satisfies my sweet craving perfectly. Bon appetit!
08/01/2010 10:55:44 AM CDT
PJ Rosen says ...
I never let my children eat at the cafeteria at school. The choices there are SO unhealthy. A sample school lunch for my 6 and 8 year old is, brown rice sushi (cucumber, carrot and cream cheese) with pickled ginger (they LOVE the ginger), heated edamame with sea salt in their thermos', sliced fuji apples and ice water to drink. This is one of their favorite lunch box meals :)
08/01/2010 10:59:10 AM CDT
Nadyne says ...
Tomorrow's lunch is brown rice and baigan bharta (roasted eggplant, which is then mashed and mixed with spices, tomatoes, and peas). I made a big pot of baigan bharta yesterday, and froze it in single-serve packages for lunches to take to the office. I'll add a piece or two of fruit for a snack after I do my shopping later today.
08/01/2010 11:08:58 AM CDT
Michele Dinsmore says ...
Packing lunch for my gluten intolerant son can be a challenge because he is also a very finicky eater. During the week, I try to cook and pack up extra servings from dinner, but inevitably, by the end of the week, we've exhausted both our leftovers and our loaf of gluten-free bread, so I need to be creative. I've learned to keep whole grain corn tortillas handy in the freezer because they take only a few minutes to defrost. I spread refried beans on one and put a slice of cheese on the other and stick both in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Once the cheese is melted, I put them together and he has a quesadilla. They're good hot or cold. He enjoys them with apple slices or grapes, cucumber spears, and a Silk chocolate soy milk.
08/01/2010 11:10:44 AM CDT
Laura M. says ...
As I don't have a way to heat up food I love to make a big batch of healthy eggrolls that can be eaten cold from my brown bag. I saute garlic, onions, pine nuts, shredded carrots and cabbage with olive oil. Add some ginger or lemongrass. The I take that mixture and roll up into wonton wrappers and instead of deep frying I put in a skillet with a little oil and keep turning on each side until they are brown and crispy. The eggrolls keep for several days in the frig at home. (My husband loves them as a snack when he gets off 2nd shift) This is a great way to get veggies and protein from the pine nuts. Plus they are very portable. I usually pair with brown rice and a salad to round out the meal.
08/02/2010 12:36:12 PM CDT
Ron Wall says ...
My local Walmart sells their rotisserie chickens off at the Rotisserie chicken is amazing & low fat. I only eat whole wheat or multigrain bread & love to swap up my toppings for a little variety. Next time you are slapping a sandwhich together try slicing up a nice big strawberry to take the place of the tomatoe. It adds a zesty kick & its not overpowering. Also, I never use soimple iceberg lettuce. Stick to something packed with nutrients like fresh spinach or even grill up some sliced zuccini for a change. Don't forget to toss some onions on the grill for that mice sweet zing & finish with some cracked pepper. If plain old mustard ain't doing it for yah anymore try some peanut butter. Lots of protein & I actually feel full afterwards. Another alternative can be your preferred salad dressing. Just pour a few drops of your fave on one slice of your heavenly concoction & go to town*
08/01/2010 11:29:07 AM CDT
Ashlei says ...
Tomato, basil, mozzarella sandwich on whole grain sprouted bread, with a hardboiled egg or two, roasted red pepper soup, and fresh cherries with dark chocolate chips for dessert.
08/01/2010 11:30:37 AM CDT
Jessica says ...
For a quick packed lunch I love raw veggies with white bean pesto, a gluten free flaxseed muffin and low fat yogurt with bakery on main granola and fresh raspberries.
08/01/2010 12:29:38 PM CDT
Wins says ...
Easy favorites (all with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper): 1) roasted beets, blue cheese, toasted walnuts, golden raisins, wheat berries and walnut oil; 2) cooked shrimp, mango, avocado, cherry tomatoes, whole wheat couscous, diced jalapeno and lime juice; and 3) steamed string beans, feta cheese, bulghur, dried apricots, and almond oil.
08/01/2010 12:38:16 PM CDT
Hema says ...
Whole wheat tortilla with cilantro-lime rice (a la Chipotle), boiled and seasoned lentils, chunks of boiled egg, mango salsa and Tabasco. A cup of yogurt and some cantaloupe slices on the side.
08/02/2010 12:31:59 PM CDT
Katie K says ...
I’m having a whole wheat pasta salad which chicken, red onion, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumber (tomatoes & cucumbers are fruit!), mozzarella cheese, and basil with a lemon vinaigrette over the top. I make a big batch on Sunday, and then am able to enjoy it for lunch a few days in the following week.
08/01/2010 1:41:11 PM CDT
sara says ...
This is my favorite lunch to pack for my 5 kids! A whole wheat wrap filled with sliced cheese, mustard, a bit of spinach and sliced tomato. Also a fruit salad kabob on the side. For dessert a homemade carrot quinoa muffin! And a reusable water bottle to drink. Thanks Sara
08/01/2010 1:45:21 PM CDT
Inas says ...
I recommend a healthy falafel sandwich (falafel patties made from chick peas) on wholewheat pita bread, with a side of grilled corn on the cob, and seedless watermelon for dessert.
08/01/2010 1:47:45 PM CDT
Stephanie Abney says ...
I pack for my husband and I'm a SAHM, so it's usually homemade goodies! A homemade granola bar and orange juice to eat on the way to work, a fresh chopped salad, dressing on the side. Either grilled chicken to throw over the top or half a tuna sandwich. A yummy, freshly made fruit salad, yogurt or homemade fruit leather for snacking. Once in a while if he's feeling adventureous I'll throw in some snickerdoodles or chocolate chip cookies. He hasn't complained yet!
08/02/2010 12:28:02 PM CDT
Samantha says ...
My whole family LOVES sardines or canned tuna, crackers, and cheese. This is a great meal I can grab (mostly!)from the cupboard, packs well, and requires minimum refrigeration, so its perfect for boating or picnics. I start with the Back to Nature Chedder Flax cracker, then a smear of avocado and a bit of fish for my children, ages 2 and 4. Depending on their mood, I may add additional veggies. My husband and I will usually top our crackers with of a bit of fish, thin shaved red onion, and a thinly sliced cherry tomato. We then sprinkle a little cheese, maybe A St. Agur or Humboldt Fog goat's milk...a little goes a long way so we can afford to splurge. We complete our meal with carrots, celery, and seasonal fruit. Mmmmm....yum!
08/02/2010 12:24:07 PM CDT
Alexandra P. says ...
My favorite sandwich: Blackened tofu with mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, muenster cheese and avocado on crusty white bread. Grapes for dessert.
08/02/2010 12:24:32 PM CDT
kee says ...
Today's packed lunch: A slice of whole wheat pizza (pizza dough from Trader Joe's) topped w/ tomato sauce, tomato slices, basil, and cheese; and a bowl of chicken & vegetable/bean soup (rotisserie chicken, kale, swiss chard stems, mushrooms, carrots, celery, tomatoes, onions, and shelled edamame. A couple hours later I'll have an apple as my afternoon snack.
08/02/2010 12:24:35 PM CDT
Vanessa says ...
I sometimes make my husband fish sandwiches for lunch and he loves them! I use whole wheat toast, hummus, a fish fillet (usually leftover from dinner), tomato, onion, and lettuce. I also pack him granola bars, an apple or banana, and celery with peanut butter. Everyone at work always says how lucky he is that his wife packs his lunch. :)
08/02/2010 12:15:48 PM CDT
Amy says ...
Quinoa salad with chickpeas and an array of veggies in it (blanched green beans, cubed yellow squash, diced tomato, diced cucumber, and other veggies you have on hand) dressed with a smoked paprika and basil lime dressing. Finish that off with a piece of fruit, like the gorgeous plums that are in stores now - YUM!
08/02/2010 12:23:14 PM CDT

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