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Monday, March 27, 2006

Lunches Revisited

A few posts back, I asked for lunch suggestions (If you click on that link, you might have to scroll down--for some reason the formatting is wack!:op ). I got some great ideas from many of you! Now I am finally taking the time to make my master menu-planning lists, and I thought I would share my list for lunches.

My main criterion for this meal is simplicity and that it be easy for my husband to bring as a packed lunch (Keeping in mind that he doesn't have access to a microwave!). I will be looking to this list for inspiration as I plan my menu and grocery list every week, so that hopefully I will not fall back into the lunchmeat-sandwiches-only rut! I will be trying to coordinate lunch plans with my dinner plans for the week, so that the ingredients (especially the meats) needed will overlap and so that leftovers from dinners will get used.

Packed Lunches: Main Event

  • Leftovers
  • Deli sandwich w/meat, cheese, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, banana pepper, purple onion, mustard and mayo on French bread.
  • Grilled chicken sandwich w/leftover chk, cheese, spinach, avocado (if have some), tomato and pesto on French bread.
  • Tuna sandwich w/cucumber on French Bread
  • Chicken Ranch Pitas
  • Chicken salad sandwich w/lettuce
  • Jalapeno-Pimento Cheese sandwich
  • Peach Tree Egg Salad sandwich
  • Chicken Salad Salad
  • Side salad or raw veggies and [select one]: Cheese and crackers, PB and crackers, Cream cheese w/sauce on Melba Toast, Humus on Pita, Spinach dip and bread, chips or crackers, Dilled Tuna dip and chips or crackers, Layered Tostada dip and chips, Guacamole and chips, Hidden Valley Ranch Pinwheels.
  • Salad wrap w/meat and dressing
  • Quesadillas
  • Pigs in a blanket (turkey dogs)
  • Soup (in a thermos) and muffins
  • Calzones
  • Stromboli

Packed Lunches: Sides

  • Leftover Dinner Sides
  • Fresh veggies and dip
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Pretzels
  • Baked or tortilla chips w/salsa
  • Apple or plantain chips
  • Homemade munchies:
    Dill Nibbles
    Julie’s Saltine Snack
  • Trail mix or mixed nuts
  • Homemade cookies or granola bar


Blogger Mrs. Wilt said...

Yum! With warm weather coming up, we Southerners will be eating lots and lots of tomato sandwiches for lunch. My grandparents used to have a huge garden, and they would have tomato sandwiches and cucumber slices in vinegar (w/ salt and pepper) for lunch nearly every day, fresh from the garden. Delicious!

2:12 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

Mrs. Wilt- Mmm...that sounds REALLY good! My husband would have to have some mozzarella with that, though...he likes his protein:o)

2:22 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Mrs.B. said...

I'm from the south too and I LOVE tomato sandwiches, Mrs. Wilt!

Erin, what creative ideas you came up with....good for you!

3:00 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger deleted said...

Tomato sandwiches are soooo delicious.

I'm also a fan of cold soups like gazpacho in the summertime. Made with fresh produce from the garden, of course!

9:51 PM, March 30, 2006  

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