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Quick, eat on the go lunches?

does anyone have any ideas for easy lunches that can be eaten on the go, in the car, at your desk?
i'm getting tired of sandwiches!

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  1. I like a salad with some protein in it that doesn't involve lettuce and gets better the longer it sits. Something like black beans, diced red bell pepper and corn kernels in a chipotle lime vinaigrette is awesome for a couple of days. An antipasto salad (artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, grilled mushrooms, pitted olives, mini bocconcini cheese balls) in a balsamic herb vinaigrette is also one of my favourites.

    How about a slice of frittata? You can make a big one with your favourite veggies, cheese and herbs, slice it up into wedges and eat it warm or cold.

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    1. re: alicat

      curious: how do you eat salad in the car??

      1. re: piccola

        Well, RiJaAr did say at one's desk as well, but in a pinch I have eaten the antipasto salad out of a tupperware with a fork in the car. It's not that hard; just make sure you're not turning or doing anything complicated, and place the container on the seat or have a passenger hold it for you while you are too distracted to eat.

        This is why i avoid lettuce-based ones while on the go: too hard to eat neatly.

        1. re: alicat

          I can see that for desk eating, you're right.

          As for car eating, I'm guessing you drive an automatic. :-)

    2. As Alicat, rights, vegetable and legume-based salad are good choices. I like lentils du puy with beets and goat cheese with a little frisee.

      1. Fried rice is great too. You can customize it to your needs as well. It can have as little or as much protein as you want and the ingredients are endless: shrimp, peas, carrots, eggs, chicken, ground meat, salted fish, broccoli, corn, peppers...you get what I mean. It's also a great way to use up small quantities of whatever is in the vegetable basket in the fridge.

        1. Tofu salad,somen salad, chicken salad on croissants, lettuce wraps, mini burritos, onigiri-musubi-rice balls-pitas make good lunches.

          1. Tabbouli, pesto pasta salad with cherry tomatoes & feta, grilled vegetable wraps, grilled chicken (frozen from TJ) in romaine leaves w/Caesar dressing, soups in a thermos, salami-mini mozzerella balls-cherry tomato kebabs

            1. I really like salads at lunch. I usually start with pasta or grains (couscous, quinoa, or millet) and then add tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, asparagus, and any other veggies that are kicking around, plus various combinations of cheese, capers, olives, lots of parsley and/or cilantro, toasted sesame seeds, palm hearts, etc. Throw on a lemon-olive oil-dijon dressing and I'm good to go.

              Another lunch salad I've been enjoying is fennel with potatoes and tuna, plus feta, parsley, cumin seeds, mint, and, if I'm feeling very enthusiastic, a combination of slightly fried yellow wax beans, slivered almonds, and chopped garlic gets thrown on top. The dressing is the same as above.

              - Lea

              1. I like an apple or pear spread with peanut butter.

                1. Stick to stuff you can eat with one hand: sandwiches (wraps are best), dumplings, skewers (not in the car, they're pointy!), veggies and hummus, patties and croquettes, sushi, etc.

                  If you're at your desk and can use both hands, try to limit the mess factor - nothing that requires cutting or has a lot of sauce. Baked potatoes work (stuff'em with veggies and cottage cheese), so do mini-pizzas, and smooth soups you can sip from a cup.

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                  1. re: piccola

                    Let's not forget the smell factor when working at your desk... don't want to be eating anything strong or stinky at your desk or in airplanes, for that matter.