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The Whole Deal Pack-a-Lunch Contest

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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Renee says …

Wow. Everyone has some really creative lunches. I love soup for lunch and today I'm having some leftover white bean chicken chili that I made Saturday with a beer bread muffin (also made Saturday). It's comfort food at its best :)

Rita A says …

I like to make salads for the hands. Using whole wheat pita breads, I fill the pockets with good salad fixings, lettuce onion slices, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and more. The dressing is added while eating (from a reusable storage cup) for a tasty clean way to eat salad.

Jessie Bea says …

One of my favorite things to pack for lunch is a whole grain salad. One of my favorites starts with cooked quinoa (a complete protein in itself!), and then I add chickpeas, chopped organic baby spinach, dried cranberries, green onions, finely diced carrots and a simple vinaigrette. Sometimes I will sprinkle a bit of feta cheese on the top for a bit more flavor. It's great paired with a fuji apple and a crusty roll on the side.

Erin McCormick says …

A typical lunch for my kids, me and my husband is: a whole wheat tortilla wrap filled with hummus, strips of bell peppers and red onion, a bowl of homemade lentil soup (organic lentils, onions, garlic and 365 vegetable broth), and a serving of mixed fruit which is usually organic red grapes, organic kiwi, and banana. Kids have milk or chocolate soy milk, and we have 365 green tea. The kids just have smaller portions!

Natalie says …

We like to make a bean salad at the beginning of the week that will last until the end of the week. If I don't have time to sprout my dried beans and cook them, I look for BPA free cans from Eden foods. We use 3 or more kinds of beans along with fresh herbs, olive oil, chopped veggies such as tomato, onion, garlic, bell pepper, etc. Seasoned with salt and pepper and a dash of vinegar (red wine is our favorite) a bean salad is delicious and packed with protein and nutrients. This makes an easy go to item with which I pack something like fruit and whole wheat cheese toast to make a simple, nourishing lunch!

Kari O says …

Yummy (and always changing) Pasta Salad. This is great because you can change the veggies with the season and different dressings for different flavors. 1 cup whole wheat pasta 1/2 cup cubed baked free-range chicken with a touch of seasoning salt 1/4 cup cheese (cheddar or mozzarella for tamer palettes or gorgonzola or feta for a stronger flavor) 1 cup veggies fresh local or even organic frozen- I usually use whatever I have in the house.(zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, peas, broccoli, yellow squash, asparagus, or whatever else you want) 2 tbs Italian or ranch organic dressing Serve with a handful or grapes of apple slices and you've got a great, health, easy lunch!

David Bernard says …

Nothing but leftovers. Homemade potato rosemary bread and a stew of acorn squash, kidney beans, tomatoes, prunes, onions, garlic, and corn. Great fall dish.

Lisa Miller says …

My daughter loves Japanese + simple food! Today she will have edamame (soybeans) with soba (buckwheat) noodles. She loves to open the edamame pods herself! This is usually accompanied by raw celery and carrots, which she loves---she's like Peter Rabbit, she says! :)) And for dessert, she will have Fuji apples or grapes.

Tamara R says …

So, I usually serve my son a stew made of yams, chicken, carrots, zucchini, whole wheat pasta and serve this with an apple; no complaints from him or my husband:)

heley says …

wholewheat pita[or sprouted wholegrain] stuffed w/salmon salad[poached wild salmon or can,mayo+sour cream,fresh dill,diced pickled veggies,baby mixed greens+avocado slices]. w/seasonal fruit[mango...] pureed w/ kefir [or add to kombucha]

Walter Berten says …

Pack a lunch contest: start with some 365 canned organic black beans. add a teaspoon of bbq sauce, some cayenne pepper and heat in a sauce pan. mix into brown rice and add some chopped red onions. add extra virgin olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Place mixture on a plate and top with a dollop of plain yogurt. Add seasonal veggies like asparagus, squash or broccoli on top. Enjoy For desert fresh fruit.

JACQUELINE GISBERT says …

Here is what I packed for today: Morning snack: 4 oz of greek yogurt,4 oz fresh strawberries to blend in. Lunch a sandwich consisting of 2 slices of sprouted grain bread *Ezekiel 4.9 Sesame. On the bread I spread 1 teaspoon on each slice of bread with Hummus *artichoke. Now in side this wonderful sandwich I place 3 oz of sliced chicken breast, this has been freshly sliced from the deli. Next 1 slice of alll natural Jarlsberg cheese.Things are looking great! So lastly, a hand full of baby spinach a few thinly sliced red peppers & vined ripened tomatoes!!! Is you mouth watering to take a bite of this?? Dessert will be a small gala apple & water with a lemon slice if @ home , or bottled if @ work. Enjoy !!!

Lora Buchenau says …

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Mariano Wiginton says …

Thanks that was a great read. I can't believe it , but my wife and I will have been married 10 years next weekend. Our first anniversary was in Italy, and we had some incredible shrimp salad in this little restaurant in Rome. I've been scouring the internet for decent recipes to see if I can't make some myself to surprise her, and I even found a <a href="http://www.shrimpsalad.org/category/rice/" rel="nofollow">shrimp salad recipes</A> website full of them! Thought you might like to know, you can find anything on the net nowadays it seems!

Bruno Guedes says …

Thanks, thats quite useful stuff to know! I admit to being a bit useless in the kitchen, but I'm trying my best to learn. Admitting is the first step to recovery right!!? I promised to cook a whole meal for my wife this weekend for the first time - very exciting! I found some <a href="http://www.simplerecipes.org/category/pork-recipes/" rel="nofollow">simple recipes</A> at this website, seems to be designed exactly for me, which is fantastic! Anyway, thanks, I'll be sure to subscribe to your site to read more.

Robert Vajgrt says …

Thanks for that. My son has a terrible aversion to eating raw fruit for some reason, so I make the fruit into smoothies for him and then he loves it! I also found some great <a href="http://smoothierecipes.tv/" rel="nofollow">smoothie recipe</A> here and thought I'd share - lots of other great ideas there.

Shirley Sinkiewicz says …

Thanks very much for that! My mother recently harvested her garden full of tomatoes , and I found myself the owner of two or five buckets worth! Of course I couldnt eat them all, but I did find a website full of tons more <a href="http://www.tomatorecipe.net/eggs_in_a_tomato_box/" rel="nofollow">tomato recipe</A> at this site. A website dedicated the topic!! Crazy what you can find on the internetz nowadays!!

Lashandra Agostini says …

Thank you, very useful. I wasnt actually a big fan of Spinach for many years ( understatement, I hated the stuff), but after shacking up with a vegetarian I kind of had to put up with it, and have slowly come to absolutely love the stuff. Spinach curry is undoubtedly my absolute favourite! I recently found an entire <a href="http://www.spinachrecipe.net/" rel="nofollow">spinach recipes</A> website which is my new favourite site now, you should take a look!

Lacey Astwood says …

I've invited the whole family to ours this xmas for a big dinner, so obviously the roast is pretty central to that.. I found a tonne of ideas at this <a href="http://www.roastrecipes.net/stuffed-roast-turkey/" rel="nofollow">roast recipe</A> site, but cant seem to decide on one - there's so many to choose from! It's fun planning such a big christmas meal though!

Noodle says …

If you use chicken stock you already have, that's fine. You can also make it from bouillon. About four cups of it is good. Chop a couple of celery stalks into think semi-circles, and chop a couple of carrots into thin circles. Bring the stock to a boil, then add the vegetables. Turn down the heat and let it simmer (cook without boiling) for about ten minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Turn the heat to low and stir in the noodles. In a few minutes, it will all be warm and you're ready to eat.

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Robin Neudorfer says …

My favorite quick and easy, is using a Ezekiel pocket bread, with slices of Applegate Farms oven roasted turkey, some organic spring mix, and drizzle of Cindy's Kitchen honey dijon vinaigrette.

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