Or sandwich club. Or whatever other cutesy name your/your kids' pre-school called it. Lunch is probably my least favorite meal to make. I just never seem to know what to do for it. For whatever reason, it seems odd to make a "real meal", but apparently eating only bagels and eggs isn't a great healthy life plan. And if I'm going to have leftovers for dinner, I don't want to have the same thing for lunch. It's a conundrum. But, I'm definitely not going to make it from breakfast to dinner without eating; I'd be grumpier than this cat at Christmas (if you're generally unfamiliar with Grumpy Cat, look it up. He's occasionally offensive, but it's pretty funny).
Usually for lunch I take a hodgepodge of random things I have. If I do a sandwich, I pack all the components separately, that way the bread doesn't get soggy. Let me tell you, there is nothing sadder than being excited and self-congratulatory about packing a lunch to find out that the bread is all soggy and gross. Ick. I also try to bring some kind of salad everyday. I keep a bottle of dressing in the office fridge so I'm not carrying it back and forth all the time. Today, I brought salad, sandwich stuff, and cottage cheese with strawberries.
I pack it all up in my SWEET lunch bag. I got it at this really fancy French boutique called Tarjay.
The salad is really boring. Lettuce, carrots, celery, peppers. If you want to be fancy, you could always cut the carrots into hearts. I don't have the patience or the motor skills for this at 7am.
I'm using the bean spread for sandwiches this week (although I have also tried it on veggies and it's excellent). On top, I like avocado, cheese, and a few of the peppers from the salad. Actually, I'd like to start topping all of my food with those three things. Look for that next week. I always always always toast the bread when I make a sandwich. It makes the soggy less persistent, and since it's just me, I have to freeze bread so it doesn't go bad before I can finish it.
Finally, some either cottage cheese or yogurt with berries. I try not to eat this until later in the afternoon, so I don't get a vending machine snack. It works a few days a week.
And that's it. I keep apples, almonds, and cookies in a drawer at work for random munchie attacks.
I'm saving so much money by bringing a lunch from home instead of going out all the time; I've also lost a pound, which is a lovely bonus. It's kind of the last thing I want to do when I get up in the morning, but it's totally worth it!
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