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I've got the lunch packing blues!

October 18th, 2010 at 12:31 am

It's Sunday and I've been in the kitchen most of the afternoon fixing stuff for the coming week. I also pack my lunch for the next day because it means I don't have to get up that much earlier in the morning. Plus, I hate worrying that I might forget.

I have read many posts and blogs about folks saying they save money taking their lunches. It was always a given with me because I don't have time to go out and I don't want to get up an earlier than I have to to stop someplace and pick something up.

Are you creative with your lunches? Often I take leftovers and that's pretty good. But there are times when I don't have leftovers. For awhile, I was eating turkey and to be quite honest, I was getting a bit tired of it. I guess that sounds whiny. Sorry!

A friend of mine was talking about her tuna salad and I'm thinking I need to try it. She puts sliced boiled eggs (3 eggs, but only uses one yolk), and relish in it. That sounds pretty good.

I had some potatoes that were starting to get a bit soft and since I had fixed a chicken in the Crockpot, I had chicken broth left over. I normally freeze it so I have it on hand, but I figured it's mine and I can use it. So, I made potato soup this afternoon and put it in a microwavable mug with a lid for lunch tomorrow. It's supposed to be rainy so that sounds pretty good. DH bought a bag of apples on sale and we usually have grapes so I cleaned them and packaged the grapes in a plastic container and washed the apple and have it ready for my lunch. With a Thermos of water, it should be a decent lunch.

So, do you have the lunch packing blues?

5 Responses to “I've got the lunch packing blues!”

  1. PatientSaver Says:
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    I always pack a lunch but having to think about what to make each night before work is a chore, so lately i've been stocking up on Lean Cuisines when they go on sale for $2 each. I have an insulated lunch tote and i throw one of frozen dinners in with a frozen gel pak, fresh fruit and a snapple and i'm god to go.

    but when i bring my own, it's usually a ham, cheese and lettuce sandwich, egg salad sandwich or leftover soup or stew from my Sunday cooking.

  2. PatientSaver Says:
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    I always pack a lunch but having to think about what to make each night before work is a chore, so lately i've been stocking up on Lean Cuisines when they go on sale for $2 each. I have an insulated lunch tote and i throw one of frozen dinners in with a frozen gel pak, fresh fruit and a snapple and i'm good to go.

    but when i bring my own, it's usually a ham, cheese and lettuce sandwich, egg salad sandwich or leftover soup or stew from my Sunday cooking.

  3. baselle Says:
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    I've been doing the bento box type lunch. I take one of those small square Ziploc box (2 cup?), layer the bottom with cooked brown rice, then add sliced turkey or ham or tofu or a compatible-with-rice leftover like stew or spaghetti sauce, then since rice and protein sometimes is dull I'll add a pickle or kimchi or sauce or condiment-y thing for sparkle.

    Works well because the portions are kept appropriate, I mix it up but I don't have to think too hard, I clean out the refeer, and those boxes stack well so I'll make up 2-3 at a shot and only have to lug the lunches 2x/week rather than every day. We have clean work refeers on each floor with very defined rules so I'm confident I'm not adding to a health hazard.

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  5. Jerry Says:
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    I don't have the lunch packing blues (except that there is no place for students to eat lunch, let alone heat up food at the hospitals where I'm working now). This means that I usually have no insurance that I will be able to eat at all until after class in the afternoon, because I refuse to buy the gouge-priced junk at the hospital snack bars. Anyway, the mention of potato soup leads me to think of rainy days in Oregon when I was a kid... great stuff for a chilly, soggy day! Thanks for the reminder...
    Jerry

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