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Light Lunch at Home

My husband and I both work at home and I'm always trying to think of things that are quick, easy and light on the calories for lunch. It can be a challenge.
I'm not a huge fan of "lettuce salads" at lunch for various reasons. My husband has a high metabolism and can eat what he wants. I'm always in the position of wishing I were a few pounds lighter.

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  1. What about soups? Roasted tomato, white onion, butternut squash, chicken and corn chowder are three of our faves. A bit bowl of any of those give you most of your veg. intake for the day, can be made in large quantities and frozen, and can be made virtually fat-free.

    Or paninis. DH loves brie and apple, whereas I prefer low-fat mozzarella and tomatoes marinated in garlic, chilis and balsamic. Any filling goes, and all taste better warm!

    My friend's fave lunch is half an avocado filled with 2 tbsp cottage cheese, a drizzle of balsamic and a few crushed nuts on top.

    I'm eating chickpea salad, leftover grilled sirloin and roasted vegetables with harissa and allspice for lunch today (left over from last night's healthy dinner.)

    Hope that helps!

    1. I love baked chicken and veges. You can buy already cooked chicken or make your own. I buy ONLY Kosher 'cause there's no hormones or chemicals. (I buy at Trader Joe's). Serve your hubby a baked potato or share a small sweet potato - make in microwave.

      Hummus and babaganouj are also good sources or protein and goes well with dolma, veges and a little couscous. I love to add spicy olives to the mix. For Hubby add cheese and pita.

      1. I also work half from home...and I love cheese crackers and salami.It always just hits the spot.
        I do lots of leftovers but I am a big fan of soups as well.
        Chicken salad or pimento cheese are always good sandwiches.


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        1. re: LaLa

          One of my absolute favorite meals of all time is a french baguette, cheese, salami, and grapes! Can't get much easier than that!

        2. I'll ditto the soup. I work from home as well, as does my husband. He'll usually eat dinner leftovers, but if I did that, I'd be big as a house. I love a bowl of soup and half a toasted bagel or a toasted cheese sandwich or sometimes a hot turkey and cheese sandwich with it. Soup is filling, satisfying, and it's one of the (few) ways I get my veggies.

          I will eat leftovers if there is leftover rice - I like to add some shredded chicken or turkey and maybe toss in some broccoli and reheat that all together. Makes a nice alternative once in a while.

          1. Humu sandwiches are my favorite quick and easy lunch to make. And healthy. http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...

            1. Love tuna sandwiches--you can make them tuna melts very easily ,too.

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              1. re: IndyGirl

                Who knew there were so many people who worked as we do?!
                It's the two meal kitchen clean up that gets me.
                I made egg salad yesterday, which involved making the mayo (easy- but the food processor had to be washed). Everything just seems to take too many steps. Sometimes I'll make myself a poached egg on toast (sounds like a lot of eggs, all of a sudden) or just a baked potato with a little low fat sour cream...
                I'd love to avoid extra fat if I can.

                1. re: Oakland Barb

                  It rocks, doesn't it!? I love working at home.

                  But yes, with both of us here, there's a lot more kitchen clean-up. Seems like every time I walk in there, something needs to be washed or loaded in the dishwasher.

                  Where IS that maid??

                  1. re: Andiereid

                    CONSTANT loading and unloading of the DW makes me batty. But yeah, I am taking this year to write my dissertation so I am home all the time. DH is a professor and has weird hours (esp right now). I try to make one- dish meals as much as I can. Grilled cheese and TJ's tomato soup (heated in each person's bowl in the micro) is also good.

                    1. re: Andiereid

                      I have a desk in an office but as a Realtor I do much work from my computer right here in my kitchen. My DH goes out but he does come home for lunch every day. I am in soup mode right now. I made split pea on Sunday today I am making Chao Ga which we will have tonight with spring rolls that are in my freezer and need to be used up. Frequently supper's soup leftovers will be lunch in the days following.

                    2. re: Oakland Barb

                      I like to use Greek low fat yogurt in place of sour cream on baked potatoes -- I find that it gives me the same tang that I'm seeking, without the fat of sour cream.

                  2. I have two stand-bys...Omelets with whatever's around...Tuna & bean salad with chopped celery, oregano, parsley etc...a snap to make, not much clean up, tastes good & satisfying....

                    1. A lot of my work is on the phone. There's a big dead period in the middle of the day over several time zones. I eat my main meal then. When husband worked at home for several years, we both did.
                      Grilled steak, fish, chicken, pastas, veggies, salad, even dessert. Maybe a glass of wine. By the time everyone we had to talk to was back in their offices, the kitchen was cleaned up and we were back at work too. We were able to and had to work well past 5 because of time zone differences - but then we started early too.
                      Eating a light meal at night really made a difference with weight control and snacking less through the day. Fewer trips to the fridge.
                      We enjoy more elaborate meals on weekends. The best thing is being able to go to the market during the day mid-week when it's not crowded.

                      1. I just got an order of dried beans (6 different kinds!) from Rancho Gordo today. i'll bet there's something I can figure to do with them. I like the idea of the tuna and bean salad.
                        Any one else?
                        And just send the housekeeper over when you're done with him!

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                        1. re: Oakland Barb

                          Well, I absolutely love bean soups, so that would definitely be on my agenda for all those beans.

                          I also love beans and rice, and will sometimes have that for lunch if they're leftover from dinner.

                        2. I work from home on Fridays and usually take advantage of the fact that Mr. K is at the office to make my quick faves - egg salad sandwiches (Mr.K doesn't do *any* mayo - ever) or a quick bean and cheese burrito w/ whatever veg & salsa is around -- canned pinto beans make great refried beans...I was surprised.