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Aug 29, 2006 04:17 PM

lunch at home ideas please!

I'm getting bored with my usual at home lunches. I need some new ideas as I'm home most days. no deli or fish please- I do eat all real meat though.

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  1. Next time you go to the store, buy some medium size flour tortillas, a can of refried beans, mexican cheese, and some good salsa. Make quesadillas for lunch by smearing some beans over a tortilla, sprinkling cheese over the beans, then topping with another tortilla. Put the whole thing into a skillet that you've sprayed with pam and heated. Heat for about 3 minutes on each side, and remove to a plate. Smear salsa on top, and enjoy.

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    1. re: ClairfiedButter

      I usually make mine with one torilla, pop that into the toaster oven until cheese melts and no pan to wash. Add some scrambled eggs and you've got a good breakfast burrito (plus the pan to wash).

    2. What are your usual at-home lunches?

      I love pasta when I'm eating alone. My favorite quick fix when I'm eating out of the pantry is pasta carbonara with bacon, eggs and cheese, all of which I always have on hand. If you have good fresh veggies, a quick tomato or primavera or puttanesca sauce isn't a lot of work. Or mac and cheese, very comforting when it's miserable outside like today in Boston.

      Soups are also good lunch meals. You can make these in largish batches and freeze in single-portion containers.

      I like the quesadilla idea, or any kind of panini with cheese and veggies, or cubano made with good pork and a nice dressing.

      Are you bored with egg dishes? Frittata, quiches, omelets all make simple tasty meals.

      1. Last night I made an easy salad:
        Chopped Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, and chopped fresh mint. Then poured/mixed in a couple tbls of EVOO and fresh lemon juice. Sprinkled w/s and p. YUM! Added avocado too. Then today for lunch had the leftovers w/stuffed grape leaves (bought at a mid-eastern market) you can get at any Jon's, hummus and fresh slices of orange bell peppers! Refreshing, light and easy. :) KQ

        1. Fried rice--which works best with leftover rice. It is very versatile. You can make it with or without eggs. Put use fresh vegetables or leftover meats. Quick and tasty. In the summer, I some time mix in fresh herbs like mint or basil.

          Pasta salad with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozarella.

          Steak salad

          Larb--Brown ground chicken in a skillet. Tossing in onions/vegetables. Soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce and salt or any combo of that. Serve on crisp iceberg lettuce or cabbage leaves.

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          1. re: mielimato

            I forgot the part about adding fresh mint to the larb. That's the best part!

          2. Soup! I make all sorts. You can keep leftovers in the freezer and the variities are endless...cold, hot, veggie, grain, meat, bean, pureed and smooth, or chunky.

            Try Deborah Madison's Soup has loads of healthy and tasty recipes.