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SalsaMTB
12-05-2005, 01:27 PM
I get tired of foods very quickly so I'm looking for good ideas for lunch. I also don't have time in the morning to prep an elaborate lunch. I bring a lunch to work every day, but I don't have a fridge to keep it cool. I need something that is really quick to make in the morning and can stay at room temp for about 5 hours until I eat it. I am completely burnt out on sandwiches or pita w/ hummus. Any suggestions on how to add variety without adding a ton of cost? My meals for the last year have been sandwich, fruit, and side dish (pretzles, carrots, etc).

Also, if you can suggest things that are easy to eat while driving, that would be a bonus. I would like to make the same thing for my husband, but he eats on the road and that gets challenging so it isn't a top priority.

Nanci
12-05-2005, 02:13 PM
Red or black beans and rice? You could make it the night before. But would be better made in the morning- I think they take 15 minutes? What if you had an insulated lunch box? Then you could take cold chicken, sushi, that kind of thing. My favorite cold pita food is Steakums, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. A good thing to make the night before, keep in the fridge, then stuff the pitas in the morning. I guess if you're vegetarian, though, I'm not much help! What about a bean and cheese and onion burrito? I could definitely eat that at room temp.

Nanci

crazycanuck
12-05-2005, 07:59 PM
What about apples & cinnamon...
(I was eating some one day & someone said to me "that's so american.."..I wansn't sure what to say...)

Carrots & dip?

c

CorsairMac
12-06-2005, 08:51 AM
I eat turkey hot dogs with brown rice tortillas, some type of quickie veggie: raw celery or broccoli and an apple. If it takes me more than 5 mins in the morning to throw together, it ain't happening in my life! LOL

Trekhawk
12-06-2005, 09:40 AM
What about apples & cinnamon...
(I was eating some one day & someone said to me "that's so american.."..I wansn't sure what to say...)

Carrots & dip?

c

Hey CC we must be spreading food confusion around the world. The other day we were out at a school picnic and my kids were eating weetbix with a bit of butter and jam. People kept gawking at us saying what is that you are eating. The look on their faces was not one of oh please can we share. :D

Trekhawk
12-06-2005, 09:43 AM
I get tired of foods very quickly so I'm looking for good ideas for lunch. I also don't have time in the morning to prep an elaborate lunch. I bring a lunch to work every day, but I don't have a fridge to keep it cool. I need something that is really quick to make in the morning and can stay at room temp for about 5 hours until I eat it. I am completely burnt out on sandwiches or pita w/ hummus. Any suggestions on how to add variety without adding a ton of cost? My meals for the last year have been sandwich, fruit, and side dish (pretzles, carrots, etc).

Also, if you can suggest things that are easy to eat while driving, that would be a bonus. I would like to make the same thing for my husband, but he eats on the road and that gets challenging so it isn't a top priority.

Ooops Salsa forgot to say you could try the Weetbix thing but you would need to look for Weetabix the Pommie brand as I havent found the Aussie one here. Its yummy I promise. :D

nuthatch
12-06-2005, 05:10 PM
My personal favorite is brown rice, asian veggies and a small packet of salmon smothered in one of Trader Joe's bottled asian sauces like red curry. The packet (you know those new packets that take the place of a can of salmon) stays at room temp until you put it on the rest of the stuff at work before warming it up. I cook up a big vat of rice at the beginning of the week and throwing the whole thing together takes about 3 minutes each morning. The veggies are raw but who cares!

The burrito roll-up is a good idea too. Hmm, wonder if they make "chili in a tube"??

SnappyPix
12-06-2005, 11:27 PM
Hey CC we must be spreading food confusion around the world. The other day we were out at a school picnic and my kids were eating weetbix with a bit of butter and jam. People kept gawking at us saying what is that you are eating. The look on their faces was not one of oh please can we share. :D

Weetabix and jam? Weetabix AND jam?
That's wrong. SO wrong!!! :eek: And yet, strangely intriguing!!
You eat the Weetabix dry?? :eek:

Nanci
12-07-2005, 01:42 AM
What is a "weetabix?"

Sounds like a bird treat.

Nanci

crazycanuck
12-07-2005, 02:26 AM
Trek..i'm not a fan of wheetbix at the best of times...wheetbix dry...ummm no...

Nanci, it's a staple in most kiddies diets here...it's ok..

Trek or Snappy do you wish to explain this delicacy to our overseas friends?

c

SnappyPix
12-07-2005, 09:39 AM
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Nanci, you're not too far wrong!
It's scrummy with hot milk.
I was sent to school every morning on a couple of Weetabix.

I think it's possible to get it in the U.S., but probably in selected outlets.
Would make your lunchbox a bit messy though - and I still refuse to believe anyone could eat these dry with butter and jam!

DirtDiva
12-07-2005, 11:03 AM
Jam? If you're going to con an uninitiated American into eating dry Weetbix (not a personal fav), you really ought to slather them with Vegemite/Marmite! :evillaughingsmiliegoeshere:

As for the lunch thing, I always make mine (sandwich, selection of fruit/veg, muesli bar - everyone else always has a yummier looking lunch than I do) the night before and leave it in the fridge until I leave for work - if I didn't I'd never have any. :eek: Um, mornings aren't my strong point... :rolleyes:

Trekhawk
12-07-2005, 01:00 PM
Trek..i'm not a fan of wheetbix at the best of times...wheetbix dry...ummm no...

Nanci, it's a staple in most kiddies diets here...it's ok..

Trek or Snappy do you wish to explain this delicacy to our overseas friends?

c

Not a fan of weetbix what is wrong with you girl. :D
When choice mag did a spread on the healthiest breaky cereal guess what came in at number 1. Yep weetbix closely followed by the other wheat biscuit (cant remember its name maybe vitabrits). Im not sure it would be a big hit here because it has little if any sugar where as all the cereals here seem to be drowning in it.

As far as not ever seeing it with butter and jam check out the box of weetabix the english version it has a picture of just this on the back plus other ways to eat them. Its a very healthy snack and Im pleased my kids like to eat them (actually its what we all eat for breakfast as well).

Nanci - SPD the supermarket sells the english version Weetabix.

Blueberry
12-07-2005, 06:32 PM
is to purchase tins of broiled eel from an Asian Grocery (I don't think these have made it to mainstream grocery stores yet) and dump over rice with a little soy. Add veggies on the side, or fruit if you wish.

Yummy! (It's the same stuff that is in Eel rolls for those sushi eaters out there). The tins are somewhere between .99 and 1.19.

Added Bonus: No one in my ex-office would touch the stuff. Hee Hee.

Homemade (on the weekend) soup heated and kept in a thermos works well too in winter. So does instant tuna salad on bread type thing of choice (buy pouch tuna and single serving mayo - take zip loc baggies of spices).

solveig
12-07-2005, 07:32 PM
I'm so glad to find other weetabix lovers! They are my favorite breakfast food; I love the technique that you acquire trying to keep part dry and part soggy.

As for lunches, I've been using baked, mashed winter squash - especially a sweeter variety like buttercup or delicata - as a sandwich spread. Bake or steam the squash the night before, season w/ s&p and/or herbs, and add Nayonnaise, mustard, salad greens, seasoned tofu, or whatever. Kind of fun!

Pedal Wench
12-08-2005, 10:45 AM
I've been making a huge pot of soup on Sundays for lunches during the week. Onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, shredded cabbage (buy the bags of 'cole slaw') and assorted dried beans. Add enough chicken stock to make it soup and cook for a few hours. I freeze it in individual containers. Grab one in the morning, and by lunch it's still cold, but not frozed, I just microwave.

SnappyPix
12-09-2005, 12:15 AM
Jam? If you're going to con an uninitiated American into eating dry Weetbix (not a personal fav), you really ought to slather them with Vegemite/Marmite! :evillaughingsmiliegoeshere:

Sigh, I'm in the presence of too many Antipodean sisters to EVER say anything disparaging about vegemite or its distant relative - the NZ version of "marmite".

I'm afraid I consider the true king of Yeast Extracts to be "Our Mate" (as packed in NZ, or Marmite, as packed everywhere else, except NZ :confused: ).
I fear, however, that the deliciously revolting taste of yeast extract may tip our North American sistern well and truly over the edge.

And Marmite on Weetabix? Cue the theme tune for The Twilight Zone.

SalsaMTB
12-09-2005, 09:53 AM
Wow, I need to find some of this weetabix to give it a try.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I really like the soup idea and the rice with veggies, salmon or whatever else. I can't wait to give some of these ideas a try, maybe I'll actually learn to enjoy lunch rather than forcing bland food down because I'm hungry

Lise
12-09-2005, 11:16 AM
Ummm, Weetabix looks like Shredded Wheat. The big kind. Right? And, no, I will not eat it with yeast paste. No! No! No! :eek: L.

mary9761
12-09-2005, 11:51 AM
for something different, how bout a cyclist's PB&J? Peanut butter on your choice of bread with a slathering of Triberry gu gel instead of jam. As a friend who finally tried my sandwich [was recommended to me by someone else] PB&J on Steroids!! Tasty and nutritional.. :D
Never tried vegemite, but first thing I thought when i was reading about the Wheatibix was slapping vegemite on it..
I agree with someone else though too, it does sound alot like shredded wheat stateside. I won't do that dry either. Now FROSTED mini wheats... YUMMMMM :p

latelatebloomer
12-09-2005, 02:08 PM
Speaking of eel, I keep an emergency lunch in my office - ww crackers and a little tin of smoked oysters - add an apple and I'm happy for a long time.

RoadRaven
12-09-2005, 03:54 PM
Jam? If you're going to con an uninitiated American into eating dry Weetbix (not a personal fav), you really ought to slather them with Vegemite/Marmite!



Sigh, I'm in the presence of too many Antipodean sisters to EVER say anything disparaging about vegemite or its distant relative - the NZ version of "marmite".
And Marmite on Weetabix? Cue the theme tune for The Twilight Zone.

Mmmmm... VEGEmite on weetbix... yummmm.... but you have to put a reasonable smear of butter on first.... yum!
I used to have those in my lunchbox at school, the weetbix split like a bun.... but todays weetbix are not as hardy and crumble when you try to split them...

amg
12-11-2005, 05:31 PM
Well, I don't know about that weetabix stuff, but I've found you can put almost anything in a wrap. My favourite is red peppers, avocado and cheese - also good in a regular sandwich. In summertime I dig into my recipe books for different salads and make big batches. If you only put the dressing on single servings, rather than the whole batch, it keeps pretty well. Fruit and cottage cheese, veggies and hummus, are good as snacks. I'm also a bit odd in that if a veggie stew is thick enough I'll eat that cold too. I have a nice black bean stew recipe that makes a big batch - and leftovers are also good with rice, either on their own or made into a burrito of sorts.

Eaglewalker
12-12-2005, 09:38 AM
Here I sit, dining resplendently from an individual serving-sized can of Bush's Baked Beans.

I try to keep a stock of them in my office desk drawer, along with Lundberg's tamari/seaweed rice cakes, and "bricks" of soup from the health food store.

I can't eat most things that are commonly available, and with a job, half a job, and twenty-four critters (a cat, a mouse, a rabbit, six chinchillas, and three parakeets of my own, plus twelve rescue rabbits), I don't cook. It's as much as I can do to find time to ride. I envy people who can eat fruit and salad. Or cheese. Or bread. Life must be so easy... ;)