Low Carb Lunches
What are your favorite low carb lunches and snacks to take to work? I'm trying to give up bread and crackers.
Soups are easy because they're usually made in large batches, so one night of cooking will feed you for a week of lunch. You can also freeze them for later (so you don't get sick of having soup every day).
Someone else posted about making meat rollups with cream cheese and something else. That would be good.
I like salads with either chopped egg or sliced chicken and tomatoes. If I have them around, chopped cucumbers go in for crunch. I used to hate salads until I found good salad dressings.
Hard boiled eggs make good snacks. Is fruit considered low-carb? I'm also a fan of the Babybel Light cheese. Every now and then I like hummus with either cucumbers or carrots, but ww baked pita crisps are my favorite (I know, pita has carbs, but these are ww and they're just really good).
If you're like me, you don't want to spend eons each morning making a salad, but lettuce salads don't keep well for days. So, at the beginning of the week, I make a big helping of a salad that will keep. One good one is corn, black beans, diced peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, chili powder and a squirt of lime. Another is an Asian cabbage slaw, with carrots, peanuts, pickled ginger, scallions, and a homemade peanut butter/vinegar/soy/sesame dressing. Or a waldorf salad can keep for a few days (though the apples lose some of their crunch if it keeps too long.
Snax: Celery ribs with schmears of Boursin cheese; slices of pepper jack cheese and sliced kosher salami; 1/2 an avocado with bottled Italian dressing (surprisingly yummy).
Lunch: Rotisserie chicken; bagged salad mix with creamy caesar dressing or bleu cheese; leftover whatever I had for dinner.
If you must have crunch of a crackery variety, sample pork cracklins with slices of cheese.
I have been doing the South Beach thing since Jan 1 and also trying to bring lunch to work, to save on $$. Here are some things I have done recently: with leftovers from a large roasted chicken, I made homemade chicken salad using toasted pecans, crunchy celery, hard boiled eggs, mayo and curry powder to spice things up. We have a microwave at work, so there is the option to heat up foods as well. I made a big pot of ratatouille using onions, several kinds of peppers, zuchinni, eggplant & chopped tomatoes. Took this to work one day and put some refrigerated raw shrimp on top and nuked it till done. Turned out very well. Had some leftover rare tuna and made homemade tuna salad with lots of crunchy veggies, mayo and basil. We have a salad bar in our cafeteria and took some leftover roasted salmon and added that to purchased green salad. Also, made big vat of egg salad using onions, mustard, mayo & celery that kept for a few days.
As for snacks, went to Sam's Club and bought huge bags of almonds and pecans, repackaged them in small containers. Also bought Laughing Cow light cheese triangles. Have been making big vats of homemade hummus and keeping plastic containers of ready to eat cut-up veggies (celery, peppers, grape tomatoes, scallion brushes, etc) and taking some of that to work. Have big jar of peanut butter in my desk. One tablespoon is a good snack and seems to be working. Also keep light string cheese (mozzarella) in fridge and take for snacks.
Have become addicted to peach diet iced tea - either Arizona or Lipton. Have been buying 12 pack cases of that and taking to work.
Nuts. Spiced nuts, slightly sweetened nuts. Various types of jerky, salami, pepperoni and cheese, cottage cheese, just cheese slices... chicharonnes (sp? pork rinds), these come in spicy flavors in most supermarkets I've seen.
I often wrap up cheese slices in deli sliced meats. Or spread soften cream cheese on top of sliced roast beef, sprinkle with green onions, then roll it up around matchsticks of cucumbers or other veggies. :)
Eggs are also a good thing for low carbing it. Egg salad eaten in a low carb wrap, or, this is how I usually do it, just wrapped up in some sliced cheese or a leaf of lettuce.
Was it you who recently suggested this roll up thing? I tried it with thin ham. A minute on microwave with cream cheese was too much -- it protested at half that so I'll do less time next time. I think my ham was sliced too thin because it was a bit leaky. I stuffed in chopped green onions, slivers of japanese cukes, slivers of carrot and rolled up in plastic wrap and chilled in fridge. This was so delicious. Maybe I could do with laughing cow cheese instead of cream cheese -- the low fat variety tastes just as good to me. Low carb is the only way my body will lose weight.
Any more ideas?
Heh, it was likely me, It's my new favourite lunch and I'm telling everyone about it and have mentioned it in a couple threads here. I did a minute and a half in my microwave with it set on power level TWO, not full power. :)
And I got my roast beef sliced on a 2 at the Shaw's deli, so it was thicker than the typical deli slice. :)