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    Default Lunch Ideas

    Please post any lunch ideas here, especially the kid friendly ones!

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    1 whole wheat soft Tortilla shell
    2 slices of healthy choice smoked turkey breast
    2 pieces chopped red onion
    1 thinly sliced tomato
    2 inside leaves of romaine
    5 pieces of cucumber
    1/2 tsp of honey mustard

    roll er up, cut in half and eat. It was so yummy and filling.

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    Tuna Pasta Salad

    1 cup cooked pasta cooled - we like veggie flavored rotini
    1 can tuna - drained
    1/2 cup mayo
    1 tbsp Epicure Lemon Dilly spice
    1 red pepper finely diced
    1/2 a medium onion finely diced
    Sweet pickles finely diced - about 2 tbsp diced
    2 stalk celery finely diced
    1/2 cup shredded cheese

    Mix all ingredients and let marinate in fridge for a couple hours or in lunch box with a cooler pack - even my picky eater ... who HATES tuna loves the flavor of this one and didnt even realize it had tuna in it until someone else said something ... think the Lemon Dilly spice and cheese is the key though

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    mini-meals for a balanced school day (a thread a wrote awhile ago with ideas in it)

    cup of dryr cereal/raisins/milk
    1/2 bagel w/ cheese/orange juice
    1/2 english muffin with ham and cheese/clementine
    4 graham crackers w/ cream cheese/fruit cup
    raisin bread w/ butter/yogurt/OJ
    mini pitas w/ grated cheese/kiwi/water
    pumpkin loaf/yogurt/apple juice
    2 blueberry pancakes (yes, they will eat them cold!)/orange sections/milk
    tomato soup (made w/ milk)/whole grain crackers/kiwi pieces
    1/2 ham sandwhich/apple suace/water
    whole grain crackers/cheese cubes/pineapple chunks
    drycereal with dried cranberries/yogurt
    1 slice banana bread/dried appricots/cheese slice
    1 slice whole wheat bread w/ jam/banana
    raisin bread w/ cheese slice/juice
    dry cereal/peach/yogurt

    1/2 cheese sandwhich/broccoli & dip/fruit juice/oatmeal cookie
    2 mini pitas w/ egg salad/carrots sticks&dip/milk pudding/water
    chick noodle soup/soda crackers/yogurt/grapes
    1 slice veg pizza/cucmbers&dip/paer
    1/2 roast beef sandwhich/carrots&dip/plum/milk
    lunchbox chili (pm me for recipe)/whole wheat rool/pear/milk
    tuna wrap/cauliflower&dip/peach/choc milk
    pasta salad w/ mozza cheese/pepper&dip/juice
    small muffin/celery&dip/fruit cup/milk
    1/2 ham sandwhich/carrotsticks/fig bar/milk
    cheese tortilla w/ salsa dip/grapes/animal crackers/water
    salmon wrap/veg&dip/applesauce/choc milk
    mini pitas w/ corned beef/tossed salad(dressing on side)/milk pudding/water
    baked beans w/ shredded cheese/whole wheat bread/baby corrots&dip
    hummus/pita triangles/cucumbers/tomato wedges/milk
    cheese cubes/ham slices/whole grain crackers/rice krispie square/juice

    Make ahead tips
    baked double batches of muffins and freeze extras into meal bags
    bake breads&loaves(banana,pumpkin,date,etc), then slice,wrap and freeze individually. Put frozen into lunch bag
    make extra pancakes on weekend and freeze individually, wrap in packs of two for lunchbag
    make extra of one pot dishes like soups, strews and casseroles. Freeze individual prtions in microwaveable safe dish. Thaw in fridge overnight and reheat to piping hot in the morning, spoon into a thermous for lunch
    cut up extra veggies when making stirfry dishes to use with veggies the next day
    when cooking pasta or rice, cook extra and freeze in 1 cup portions. These grains thaw quicklt (place in stainder and pour boiling water over) and are handy for making pasta or rice salads in a flash.

    Keep cold foods cold:
    make sandwhiches the night before & keep them in the fridge
    pask items like coleslaw/potao or bean sladas in a thermos
    use an insulated lunch bag
    add frozen juice/milk or ice pack to keep things cold
    Keep foods hot:
    pack in thermous, should be piping hot when packed, put in thermous in mroning.

    Can convenience foods br nutritiuous?
    Pre-packaged snack foods, pre-packaged lunch trays and ready-to-serve items are often costly and poot nutrition choices. I f they are packed once in a while they won't offset an otherwise healthy eating plan but it would be wise not to rely on them regularly. You can boost the nutritional value of convenience foods" add frozen veggies to canned soups and pasta when heating them to put in thernous; make creamed soups with milk; include veggies sticks, fruit juice with store-bought itmes.

    Are cereal bars&granola bars a good choice?
    Not always. SOme are more like chocolate bars, especiallt if they're covered in frosting and filled with choc chips or marshmallows. Check the ingredient list and look for rolled oats as the first ingredient. Pack them once in awhile, not every day.

    Here are some "healthy" muffin recipes if you like to bake. One of them is a breakfast muffin made with egg!
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    Default Tuna Quesadillas

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    6 whole wheat tortillas
    2 cans of albacore tuna
    mayo as desired
    1/2cup of salsa
    shredded cheese
    (could add 1/2c corn to this one as well)


    6 whole wheat tortillas
    2 cans of albacore tuna
    mayo as desired
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    4 pickles chopped finely
    shredded cheese

    Mix all ingredients except cheese and spread on a whole wheat tortilla, top with cheese and then add the 2nd tortilla. Pop into the oven at 375 for about 5-10 minutes (keep an eye on it!) Slice with a pizza cutter and serve warm!

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    Default Hep first recipe share - Pastrami Apple Sandwiches.

    *the idea for the pastrami/apple sandwich is certainly not mine, I have taken the idea from other recipes I have seen, and switched things up to suit my tastes. *

    Hep's Pastrami Apple Sandwiches.

    * 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    * 1cups beef broth
    * 1/2 cup beer- apple juice can be substituted,
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
    * 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
    * 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced red onion
    * 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced apple (tart apples, like empire works best)
    * shaved pastrami ( I buy 1/2lb, then eye it for the sandwiches there is always lots left)
    * 4 slices dark rye bread
    * about 4-6 slices asiago cheese ( can be any sharp, strong flavored cheese, I am partial to asiago).

    To make the rosemary-ale jus, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium sized saucepan, over medium-low heat; whisk in beef broth, beer, garlic, rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and allow to simmer. (do not allow this to get to a boil, especially if using apple juice instead of beer)

    In a large cast iron skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Stir in onion, apple, the additional 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until light golden brown and tender; remove from skillet and set aside. (be careful to watch the time, you don't want mushy apples)

    Place pastrami equally 0ver 2 slices of bread; top with apples, onions, and cheese. Top with remaining bread slices.

    cook the two sandwiches in a heavy skillet with the last tablespoon of butter, much like a grilled cheese. Make sure to flatten the sandwiches with a spatula to help the melting process. Should be about 2 min on each side. Slice sandwiches and divide jus into little bowls for dipping.
    Last edited by Hep Alien; 07-29-2009 at 04:55 PM.

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