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Old 08-03-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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Pack My Lunch Box

I am heading back to work in a couple of weeks from a maternity leave.
I need help with my lunch box. I have a newborn and a toddler (and a man-child ) and things need to be very time efficient and easy. Maybe even something I could assemble the night before.

I would like to stick to healthy, whole foods and low carb.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:34 PM   #2
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i have no ideas for your lunch box just yet ..but had to comment on your picture .
that little girl is just to cute =)
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:35 PM   #3
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I just bought a really cool take-along salad container ... I'd fill it up with lettuce, etc, add your proteins (feta, chicken, shrimp, egg, whatever), put dressing in the little attachable container and voila! lunch for work!
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:43 PM   #4
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We do Bento boxes. Super cute and easy to pack! This one was a fave recently:



Low carb onigiri, spaghetti squash, American cheese, spiced hamburger, etc etc. Fun and colorful and healthy.

Mini cauliflower taco shell Bento:


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Old 08-03-2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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Cook up chicken once a week, shred. Divide into 5 portions.
Buy salad extras, like nuts, feta, cranberries, etc. Divide into 5 portions.
Buy a box of organic salad greens. I buy organic because it doesn't get slimy.
Make a bottle of your own salad dressing, 3 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic vinegrette.
I store the greens and dressing in the fridge at work.

Easy salad for work. If you want to bring more food, grab an apple and take a container of peanut butter. Another snack I like is an orange and greek yogurt.

I almost always have a salad at lunch. It's the easiest way for me to get some veggies in my diet.

Another options is leftovers from dinner.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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Sorry. Little lunches. Biiiig images.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:47 PM   #7
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Cook up chicken once a week, shred. Divide into 5 portions.
Buy salad extras, like nuts, feta, cranberries, etc. Divide into 5 portions.
Buy a box of organic salad greens. I buy organic because it doesn't get slimy.
Make a bottle of your own salad dressing, 3 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic vinegrette.
I store the greens and dressing in the fridge at work.

Easy salad for work. If you want to bring more food, grab an apple and take a container of peanut butter. Another snack I like is an orange and greek yogurt.

I almost always have a salad at lunch. It's the easiest way for me to get some veggies in my diet.

Another options is leftovers from dinner.
this is what i used to do. i would keep my salad greens and dressing at work and bring in a container of my extras. easy peasy!
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:51 PM   #8
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I always love to see hard-boiled eggs sliced in half with some salt & pepper in my lunch...especially when the yolk is still bright yellow and moist (~10 minutes). Also, little baggies of almonds are awesome, expecially to snack on between meals to prevent getting overly hungry.

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:25 PM   #9
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Sorry. Little lunches. Biiiig images.
That looks great.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:32 PM   #10
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LC wrap or tortillas made with meat, cheese, veggie are always good depending if you can do the carbs for the wrap/tortilla.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:32 PM   #11
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I keep a couple of bottles of dressing and vinegar at work. After dinner I throw a quick salad..i do buy those bagged ones. Add some shrooms, grape tomato, green onion and some olives. Then I put a paper towel on top then close the tupperwear lid. The towel absorbs the liquid so I dont get nasty lettuce. I try to save some meat from the nite before to add to it. Or I add some low sodium luncheon meat or a hard boiled egg. Easy and quick.

I do this 3 or 4 times a week. And 1 or 2 I might make something a bit more exciting so I dont get bored.

Or instead of salad I will use cole slaw instead or a bed of frozen brocolli.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:33 PM   #12
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I forgot to add, I make a large batch of taco seasoned meat and split it up and vacuum seal it and freeze it. Easy to take out, add some lettuce and veggie fixings to my lunch box and have a quick taco salad.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:42 PM   #13
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More ideas..

It's easy to do a bunless burger. Just cook up a pan of hamburgers, let them cool, and put them in a bag with a slice of cheese and bacon strips.

Another lunch staple for me is quiche. I use 12 eggs, 1 cup of cream, plus whatever meat, cheese, and veggies I want for the week. Whip up the eggs and cream, pour them over the other items, and cake it for 35-40 minutes at 350 or until it is set and the top is browned. Then cut it into slices and bag it up. Very easy and I usually have it with a salad.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:47 PM   #14
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I used to love those mini quiches made in the muffin tins. Really easy, and good cold also. Leftovers. I like leftovers for lunch, just make extra big batches at dinner and you can take some the next day. Boiled eggs are quick and easy. Tuna or chicken salad is really easy too.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:56 AM   #15
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Sorry. Little lunches. Biiiig images.
I love the bento boxes!! Very cute...and they look tasty!
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:33 AM   #16
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I buy frozen wild-caught fish from Trader Joe's (but if you don't have one, you can also get them at your regular grocery too) defrost them in the refrigerator the day before and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper then pan sear them quickly in coconut oil (usually ahi tuna, salmon, or mahi mahi) for just a couple of minutes. I love the tuna to be like sashimi. I just slice it up thin when it's cooled. They take virtually no time at all and I keep them in the refrigerator so I can just pop a bit on top of some bagged fresh spinach greens or mixed herb salad mix with a half an avocado and a squeeze of lemon & a touch of olive oil. I love it and don't really get sick of this lunch because I switch off which fish I eat. If your carb intake allows it, you can also cook up some baba ghanoush, which is just pureed roasted eggplant with garlic and a bit of tahini (sesame seed paste), and give yourself a spoonful next to the salad in the container. I typically make this stuff on a Sunday and have it available for the rest of the week. The fish I end up doing twice a week because I don't defrost that much at once.

Another easy idea is hardboiled eggs or egg salad as well as chicken salad.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:21 AM   #17
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My lunch (almost daily):

Chef salad of some kind.
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Peanut butter.
Apple.

Keeps fine in a small soft cooler with ice pack.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:33 AM   #18
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I tend to get tired of lettuce easily so:
Tuna ( canned) with chopped veggies- e.g. peppers, cucumber, tomatoes -add dressing and some jalapeno or banana peppers for a kick.- You can put the dressing directly on the tuna
Make-ahead spaghetti sauce with ground beef- add steamed cauliflower / spaghetti squash / zucchini....- ( need a microwave for this one though)
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:01 AM   #19
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I do leftovers (have access to a microwave at work)

But, when they'res no leftovers, or even sometimes when there is I find I prefer a couple hard boiled eggs.... I'm on my feet all day, and my breaks are short. I'm actually able to eat those at a leisurely pace, come out satiated. They're super quick to whip up and keep in the fridge for a few days too. They are my "fast food" of choice. Also things like vegetable sticks. portable, no mess, no fuss.

But, I can be happy with "boring" food. If you need the variety, that won't cut it I'm sure. lol.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:41 AM   #20
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I've been where you are, including the "man-child" . Keep it real simple. I still do, now that my kids are teenagers. If possible, take it all in on Monday and put it in the fridge at work. This saves a ton of time on the rest of the mornings. I have the same thing every day for a week.

I take in a package of Joseph's LC Pitas (or Oopsies if you prefer), a container (enough for a week) of tuna salad, egg salad, home made pimento cheese, or chicken salad, etc. Or a package of deli lunch meat and cheese. Then, I just make a pita every day from the supplies already there. It's not glamorous, but it is good, low stress and keeps me going until dinner.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:04 AM   #21
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I make a couple batches of chili and freeze in individual serving sizes. Easy and lunch is always in the freezer! We also do a lot of salads, lunchmeat roll ups, and chicken/tuna salad.

Oh and wow, is now a good time to tell Cleo I love her Those lunches look fab!

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Old 08-04-2010, 10:57 AM   #22
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I also do either leftovers from dinner or a salad. It seems we always have some kind of protein, chicken, steak, hb eggs, etc. in the refrigerator so I just slice and toss on greens and top with whatever other veggies I have, add some cheese, sunflower seeds or walnuts and pack it up for the next day. I keep my dressing at work. Then I grab either an apple and pb or some yogurt and berries for breakfast and I am set.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:26 AM   #23
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.... Oh and wow, is now a good time to tell Cleo I love her Those lunches look fab!
Right??!!!!

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Old 08-04-2010, 11:32 AM   #24
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Aw now. You'll make my eyes leak.
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