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So what did you eat for lunch today? Home cooked, leftovers or nuttin'?

I cook at home a lot and I foresee even more home cooking in my future, and I love to hear what people make themselves for lunch. I always learn and get good ideas. I'll start but this is embarassing, I had a hot cup of coffee, a madeline cookie and about eight cold shrimp with lemon and cocktail sauce. Oh and tap water. But I have a well so it was nicely chilled, just like the air here in Pennsylvannia

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  1. Leftover-ish as in I had food already made. Panini with cheese and bacon on home made bread. Butternut squash soup, made this weekend, just reheated. I don't consider them leftovers, I guess, because I like to have home made bread and soup ready to go in the winter and consider them staples but they're leftovers in the respect that I didn't just make them. Hmmm, a philosophical discussion on what a leftover really is.

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    1. re: chowser

      Wow! Awesome replies already! The home cooking board rocks!!! I adore leftovers. For one thing I think of them as free food. They are a way of stealing time and beating the system. And since they are My leftovers they are of course extra delicious. :) Planned overs rock too. Your lunch sounds a lot more seasonal and suited to the long cold streak I've been experiencing here chowser. I've been reaching for salads more too weezycom. I want to still fit into my clothes in 2009.

      1. re: givemecarbs

        givemecarbs, i love this salad thread "pimp my autumn salad": http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/456931

        p.s. glad you're "warmin' up" over here! ;-).

        1. re: alkapal

          Thanks so much alkapal! Things were getting pretty breezy. I'll check out the thread. I know very little about salads.

    2. I'm on a strict diet during the week b/c of the plethora of holiday parties so that I can indulge with less guilt when I see some particularly tasty morsel. Today I had a nice tossed mixed greens salad w/ low-fat ranch dressing, a handful of baby carrots, a cup of chicken broth, and a clementine. Tomorrow's lunch is more broth, cottage cheese and mixed berries, and some whole-grain bread.

      1. We had people over to watch the game yesterday and cooked Mexican food, so lunch today was leftover salad, refritos, and a chili colorado burrito. Chili colorado is one of my husband's specialties. It's delicious but he only makes it a couple of times a year. I wish he enjoyed cooking more and would make it more often!.

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        1. re: Rubee

          Was just thinking about making some chili Rubee. I usually have it just in a bowl with bread the first time but then I love eating the chili in a burrito for the second outing. So what goes into Chili colorado? A man that can cook is a wonderful addition to any household. :)

          1. re: givemecarbs

            He said it's so easy, "it's not really a Chowhound recipe". I said of course it is, a CH recipe just has to be good!

            He cuts thick sirloin steaks into cubes and then browns them in butter. He adds a couple splashes of his 'secret ingredient' - worcestershire - and then adds a couple of cans of enchilada sauce. He likes to use Hatch medium red enchilada sauce, but will use hot if the crowd likes it extra spicy. He then adds whole chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to taste, lets then simmer for another 20 minutes until it's as spicy as he wants it, and then removes them. This weekend he used 3 lbs of steak, 2 14-oz cans of Hatch enchilada sauce, and four whole chipotles. He always makes it the night before so the flavor melds and you can judge how spicy it is.

            To use up the leftover tortilla chips, lunch today (we both work at home) was chilaquiles topped with a fried egg. Inspired by Ms. Needle, for tomorrow I took out some roasted duck stock with five spice that I had in the freezer and am planning a soup with Chinese egg noodles, cilantro, scallions, and leftover roast chicken from pollo asado this weekend.

            1. re: Rubee

              Thank you Rubee! I will try this recipe for sure. Chowhounds are my kitchen muses!

        2. I totally had leftovers. First, a piece of bratwurst grilled the other night. Then, some slices of a marinated, grilled chuck steak with leftover mashed potatoes. A little mustard, a little BBQ sauce ... and an apple for dessert. Gala, I believe. Cold filtered water to drink.

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          1. re: k_d

            Mmm bratwurst. Haven't had that in awhile. Everyone's lunch sounds better than mine! I knew I'd get some awesome inspiration here!

          2. I had yucky split pea soup from the deli in the lobby of my office. Normally I love pea soup, this was too salty. Also, I had a macoun apple and a Fresca.

            1. Made a big-ass roasted chicken last night for dinner with sour cream mashed potatoes and peas as sides (an old family Sunday dinner we used to have at least once a month) - so that's what was for lunch today. But I'm liking your shrimp cocktail idea as a lunch! (And good first post on the Home Cooking board vs. the Moderation discussion on Site Talk! <g>)

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              1. re: LindaWhit

                Thanks Linda! I'm still trying to find my way here. Mashed potatoes are my fave. How do you make your sour cream mashed potatoes?

                1. re: givemecarbs

                  This was super-easy, as I was distracted by the Pats/Seattle game (so dinner was a bit postponed until the Pats won).

                  Boil Yukon Golds in salted water (cut the potatoes into quarters). When fork-tender, drain, and put pot back on the low heat to dry the potatoes a bit. I use a hand potato masher, and smoosh the potatoes up, adding a couple of Tbsp. of good butter. A bit of half-and-half (maybe a 1/4 cup or more, depending on how many potatoes you've boiled (I was making enough for 3-4 servings), and then what was probably 1/3 cup of sour cream. Smoosh it all together getting it to the consistency you want (I don't like super-dry mashed potatoes nor do I like "runny" mashed potatoes - they have to be *just* right <g>). Then season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, and you're good to go.

                  If I'm ambitious and have previously roasted garlic in the freezer, I defrost that and add a heaping Tbsp. of roasted garlic (or more - if it's just me, it can be as garlicky as I like it!) to the mixture.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Mmmm. Thanks LInda! I like to wield the hand masher too. And I like the consistency just so also. Someone else made the mashed potatoes at my house recently and they cooked them slowly (Yukon Golds too) so they were a bit water logged. I made potato pancakes out of the leftovers and it took forever for them to get nice and crispy but it was worth the wait. I'm going to try your recipe.

              2. Fresh rice noodles, scallops, shrimp and tofu in chicken broth topped with sesame oil, chopped cilantro, scallions and Sriracha. Perfect on a chilly day like today!

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                1. re: Miss Needle

                  miss needle, do you have any leftovers to share? ;-).

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Me me! /rushes in and grabs Miss Needle's leftovers before alkapal can get any! He he he! I'm feeling some serious lunch envy here.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      fresh rice noodles i could probably eat every day without tiring! can you say "pad kee mao"!

                      related threads, all pulled from my "favorites" file:

                      1. re: alkapal

                        Thanks! I am already addicted to pad thai and I love drunken noodles but I have never tried to make them myself or tried some of these other dishes. And I have a huge Asian supermarket nearby too.

                        1. re: givemecarbs

                          look on my favorites list, and there are a couple of "help making pad thai" threads. dang, now i'm craving kee mao!

                  2. re: Miss Needle

                    Sorry guys! I sent the leftovers with DH for lunch today!

                    Alka, happy birthday, btw. If you lived closer to me, I'd gladly have you over for a B-day meal!

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      thanks, the divine miss n! if your wok is hot enough, i can use my heat-seeking supersonic transport -- the "dining car of the future" <think "the jetsons" meets "the wild, wild west"> it is especially sensitive to kee mao, wok char, and sink-your-teeth-into-fresh-wide-rice-noodles.

                      and, if you indulge me, i'll have som tum green papaya salad for my birthday cake! ;-).

                  3. nothing fancy. a few thin-thin slices of last night's ham (a cure 81 guy), a few slices of good new york cheddar and some stone wheat crackers. i hate winter.

                    1. Leftovers of leftovers. Yesterday I made turkey rice soup w/ my Thanksgiving leftovers. Today I had leftover soup for lunch. Leftovers rock....they prevent me from spending money I don't have buying lunch.

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                      1. re: Petrichor

                        Mmmm hot homemade soup. I made some turkey soup also and still have a medium-sized container in my chest freezer. Maybe I'll bust that out for tomorrow's lunch, Petrichor. I feel so lucky to have a big freezer, it is like a treasure chest to me.

                      2. Leftovers, or planned overs as we call them. Lunch for myself was turkey noodle casserole, with the last of the turkey from T'giving, as well as some stuffing and gravy mixed in from the remaining drippings. Lunch for the hubby was chicken from last night, a couple of drumsticks, oven fried, with mashed potatoes and the very last of the T'giving stuffing. Lunches for us is almost always planned overs. I'm in a rather desolate area, with nothing to really to go to for lunch, unless I wanted to drive more than 12 miles.

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                        1. re: lrostron

                          popcorn @ target. =/

                          EDIT: oops...meant to reply to OP.

                          1. re: OCAnn

                            OCAnn there are worse things I've seen people eat for lunch than target popcorn. :) Oh wait, I've eaten worse things recently! :)

                            1. re: givemecarbs

                              Thank you...now I don't feel so unchowworthy.

                              I did try to redeem myself today. Colleagues did a take out from a Japanese restaurant, and instead of ordering the lunch special, I had chirashi sushi.

                              1. re: OCAnn

                                Yum OCAnn! Well no one can accuse me of starting this thread to brag!

                        2. Leftovers here.

                          Last night's dinner was Colorado Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Vegetables.

                          Today's lunch was a Souvlaki/Pita sandwich. Grilled pocketless pita bread with thin sliced red onions, jalapeno pepper slices, Baby Arugula and homemade Tzatziki sauce....lamb slices of course.

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                          1. re: fourunder

                            Last night's dinner was Colorado Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Vegetables.
                            I wanna have what YOU had!

                          2. I eat the same thing for lunch almost every day to try to control my weight. I've lost 30 pounds in the last 7 months. Sandwich on wheat bread with low fat muenster, 4 slices mini-salami (Columbo), 4 very thin slices deli turkey, 4 very thin slices deli ham, alfalfa sprouts, and 1 slice of bread is buttered with Earth Balance. 10 baby carrots and a handful of Blue Diamond Lime 'n Chili almonds. Volvic water to drink. Snack: 2 clementines or a pear. I love food and cooking, though, and there are tons of good places to eat (Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese--mom and pop type places, not chains) right down the street. I used to go to those places, and it kills me that I can't anymore. I just daydream about them. I eat the same thing every day for portion control and to control my choices. Just during the workweek though.

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                            1. re: sibaik

                              I'm also keeping an eye on my weight. I made a simple big-bowl salad of baby spinach, quartered cocktail tomatoes, olive oil and good balsamic with a touch of Dijon mustard, then topped with a tin of lovely tiny whole sardines packed in olive oil (I drained the extra oil). Simple, but very tasty. I would have smashed a garlic clove for some punch, but I have to be out at a social engagement and chatting with people tonight, so I nixed the garlic.

                              1. re: 1sweetpea

                                I too have lost weight and I eat almost the same thing you ate, everyday. A spinach salad with baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. I currently have some fresh from my patio and eat them whole. When I use store bought I cut in two and put on the salad with a dressing of olive oil, dijon, balsamic, and honey. I eat a small can of tuna in water as a mid-morning snack, with a small orange juice. I had some leftover fried speckled trout for dinner, yes you can eat fried fish and lose weight. Tomorrow I'm off and will have leftover chili I made two weeks ago. Check out chili.org for CASI world champion recipes from Terlingua from the last 20 years.

                            2. I frequently make a batch of roasted bone in chicken or meatballs and hook that up with something. For tomorrow I've pulled out a cilantro lime leg quarter that I'll nuke back at work with brown rice and some roasted tomato salsaand maybe some queso . I'll also have a salad with bottled ceasar and banana peppers. I put the dressing in the bottom ot the tupperware container with my extras next and the salad greens next. At work I shake it all together.

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                              1. re: Cameraman

                                Like the salad dressing idea, layering so the greens don't get soggy.

                              2. Ridiculously easy salad. I sliced a chicken breast into 4 strips, shook them in a bag with some falafel mix, then put them on a baking sheet w/a silpat and baked them at 375 for 15 minutes. Sprayed with olive oil, then back under the broiler for a minute to brown.

                                Sliced up the chicken and served on top of a head of chopped romaine tossed with a tbsp. of caesar salad dressing.

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                                  1. re: nolanani


                                    You can buy a powdered mix to make these, that's just reconstituted with water, formed into balls, and deep-fried. I like using it as a coating for chicken, it's great that way!

                                    1. re: operagirl

                                      Thanks for the info. I have eaten falafels. Just didn't know there was a mix.

                                      1. re: operagirl

                                        What a cool idea! /puts mix on my shopping list. Thanks operagirl!

                                        1. re: givemecarbs

                                          You're welcome! I've also done them dipped in plain yogurt first, then dredged in the falafel mix, and finally shallow-fried in olive oil. Less diet-friendly but really good that way too.

                                      2. re: nolanani

                                        Near East makes it. It's a box mix that you add water to , shape, and fry. So I guess it was used like a breadcrumb type thing. I'm going to try it!!

                                        1. re: nolanani

                                          Falafel mix is something you add wet ingredients to in order to make falafels. Falafels are deep-fried chick-pea balls of Middle-Eastern origin. Very delicious - what an original idea to coat chicken breasts with this!


                                      3. I made Veselka's cabbage soup(recipe courtesy of NY Times) on Friday. Tonight, I am making pork chops and will drain off the broth to use the cabbage/sauerkraut mixture as a side.

                                        1. I made a grilled-halloumi "panini" sandwich with grilled peppers & baby spinach on challah. George Foreman grill not happy with halloumi, it didn't work nicely like my regular indoor grill does - didn't get any grill marks. Maybe I was too impatient and it wasn't hot enough. Nonetheless, my panini was delicious.

                                          One of the reasons I love working from home is the ability to whip up quick, relatively healthy & inexpensive lunches like these!

                                          1. I had potatoes, onions, and eggs on hand so made a Tortilla Espagnol on Saturday. Took a slice of that for my lunch. Thanks for asking!

                                            1. Planned leftovers. I am always trying to cook for leftovers for time and money management; and this week I think I deserved an A+.

                                              Saturday dinner was grilled fish with red onion-papaya salsa (meh fish, good salsa). I made some extra salsa because it keeps well. Sunday, I roasted a duck for the first time in my life; and I think I did OK. We ate most of the the legs and skin, but set aside the breasts which were somewhat overdone (the standard problem with roasting a whole duck)

                                              So for lunch today, I combined the duck breasts with the papaya salsa and made little english muffin sandwiches. Score! Dinner was also a variation on the Sunday duck. I added some mushrooms, rice noodles and coconut milk to the broth made from the duck carcass, and spiced it with a Kerala duck curry spice mix (same spices I used when I roasted the duck). This sort of a pan-Southeasten Asian soup turned out pretty well and warmed our freezing asses (hey it is just -20 Celsius here)

                                              There is still a lot of broth and some meat left, and that will be turned into tomorrows lunch by some last minute inspiration. In the end one roast duck fed two hungry people four meals (two dinners and two lunches). Not bad.

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                                              1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                For todays lunch I made another soup with the remaining duck broth. This one is with tofu, green onions (my dear friend moh's favorite ingredient) and brown rice noodles. Then I had a slice of Presidents Choice lemon tart. Yuck. Cardboardy and gummy. Don't understand what the fuss was about it, considering that it had all rave reviews.

                                              2. NKB and butter. But I'm going to roast half a chicken tonight, so...

                                                1. I had a salad of loose leaf lettuce, apple, beets, cheddar cheese with Penzey's peppercorn dressing. And since it was so cold today I made a quick soup out of last nights butternut squash. I little sauteed onion and garlic, cumin, coriander, chicken broth and milk whirred up with mashed squash. Excellent !

                                                  1. I had a latte from Stabucks and a (smushed b/c forgot to eat it) peanut butter sandwich on 40 calorie raisin bread.

                                                    Don't know if it counts but I had a fuji apple that I forgot about too :)

                                                    Usually though, I have leftovers or soup. I like to freeze soup in pint containers so I can leave one out in the morning, run home from school and microwave it.

                                                    1. i love these threads.

                                                      one of the many benefits of working from home - much better lunch options than what you might have in an office! today was the first REALLY cold day here so i was in the mood for something warming & comforting, but i didn't want soup. i decided on homemade Chana Masala with curried cauliflower & spinach...it totally hit the spot.

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                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                        You made that specially for lunch? I'm impressed with cooking an extra meal midday. Is it a quick recipe? If so, would you mind sharing? Thanks.

                                                      2. I had my usual, a couple of slices of chicken grabbed out of the fridge. But I was painting my den today, so that wasn't enough; I got hungry again. Then I remembered I had a little bowl of last night's dinner--penne with sage, walnuts and roasted corn. Why is pasta always better the second time around?

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                                                        1. re: Steady Habits

                                                          funny, pasta is the one thing that isn't better the next day for me!

                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                            alkapal, you mean...you don't like it the next day, or it doesn't like you? :-)

                                                            1. re: Steady Habits

                                                              oh, i'll eat it, but these days i'm trying to make only enough pasta for the meal at hand. i will reserve half the sauce for another pasta. but, the "next day" pasta has lost its succulence and silkiness. it seems "coarser" somehow.

                                                              when it is fresh from the pasta pot, into the condiment/sauce, it is nice and slick, with the starch that grabs the sauce. as it cools, it "hardens/stiffens up" and well, just isn't as "pasta-heavenly". even covered in the fridge, as well, the pasta "dries" out -- or -- the pasta has absorbed the sauce, destroying the "al dente" core, so adding more sauce won't "fix" it. none of these bad effects is reversed with reheating.

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                <<the "next day" pasta has lost its succulence and silkiness. it seems "coarser" somehow.>>

                                                                Yes, I think all of that is true, and well articulated.

                                                                The only thing I'd say for this little portion is that the flavors had melded and aged nicely, more like what I had hoped they would be the evening before when I cooked the dish. Which is another way of saying I need to perfect the recipe so that the flavor and texture are right at the same time, when the pasta is originally served. :-)

                                                            2. re: alkapal

                                                              I agree Alkpal, I don't like reheated pasta either. It's not al dente any longer to me.

                                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                                I like to make a frittata with leftover pasta.

                                                          2. I'm currently without a job so I am now making lunch at home (husband telecommutes). Today we had sauteed green beans and cherry tomatoes with cornmeal crusted mahi-mahi. All drizzled with lemon-mustard vinaigrette. This is how I earn my keep.

                                                            1. Monday must be 'leftovers' day. Ditto for me. I had some salmon gravlax with cream cheese & capers, some manchego cheese on crackers, and an English muffin with cream cheese. Ugh! I didn't realize it was so dreadful.

                                                              1. Leftover Indian butter chicken and cucumber raita. Quite good actually.

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                                                                1. re: Joebob

                                                                  leftover butter chicken is a fave of mine, and i have to eat a bite or two cold, while i'm warming up the leftover in a pan. (i don't like the smell of reheated chicken from the micro).

                                                                2. My boyfriend got off early from work so I made a special wintery lunch-- beef stew, spring mix salad with tomatoes and bleu cheese, and sourdough garlic toast. I had pinot noir and he had a newcastle brown ale. [The stew was like an intentional leftover, because it is better on day 2,3,4 ...] We sat outside and ate in the chilly Arizona weather--it was probably 60 degrees! Kind of heavy for lunch, but it was a lazy day off.

                                                                  1. I work in a surgeon's office, without a lunch room. My desk is right in front of the waiting room, so I don't have much privacy.

                                                                    On the two days that we see patients, right through lunchtime, I bring soup or a half of sandwhich. Today was poached salmon, made into a salad with celery and cucumber. I had that on toasted multigrain bread. I have an apple in the morning and usually a pear at lunch.

                                                                    Today, we see patients. So I made (and froze two batches), of my chicken soup with orzo, celery, carrot and escalrole. Throw some grated parm on once it's heated, and I am good to go.

                                                                    1. We nearly always make enough supper for leftovers for lunch the following day. We're vegan and I'm gluten-free so eating out is not convenient. I work in social services (non-profit) so it's not in the budget either.

                                                                      My husband is away on business so I had spinach, hummus, and hemp tortilla chips for supper night before last and took TJs black bean and corn frozen enchiladas and an apple for lunch. I didn't get around to eating the apple. Last night I had a red bell pepper, the rest of the hummus and some blue corn tortilla chips. Today I'll take the other enchilada, the apple, and maybe plantain chips. Tonight I plan to make real supper with leftovers, but that require washing some dishes first....

                                                                      1. Planned leftovers...I made a big batch of chili on Sunday and it's that with rice for lunch Mon and Tues. Wed it will be Chili Mac. Thursday it will be a burrito. Friday night it will be an experiment...I'm going to take the chili and try use it to make a shepard's pie-ish dish.
                                                                        Love this thread...I'm getting lots of great ideas.

                                                                        1. Yesterday I was home sick so I had the Sichuanese beef soup with shirataki noodles I made on Saturday when I started to feel congested. Today I'm having a bowl of the 5-alarm no-bean chili I spent all day yesterday making while I convalesced.

                                                                          1. I had leftover chickpea and carrot oven-baked fritatta (it actually tasted better than yesterday) with a side salad of green leaves, sweetcorn and mixed seeds in a balsamic dressing. And a pomegranate for dessert. It was just what the doctor ordered.

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                                                                            1. re: Paula76

                                                                              I love frittata leftovers - to me they always taste better the next day. When I was in grad school, I'd grab a piece from the fridge on the way out the door.

                                                                              1. re: Paula76

                                                                                That sounds delicious. Do you have a recipe?

                                                                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                  due to thansgiving and back to back christmas parties on the weekends, i have been reduced to: cup of cottage cheese, carrot sticks, a pear and a quava for lunch... at least all these random stuff will keep me busy at the table... making room in the fridge as we speak!

                                                                                  husband is having a ham and cheese sandwich on seedy bread + all of the above (i'm hoping he eats his fruits and veggies).

                                                                                  I have some frozen gonnochi (a la T. Keller) in the freezer i plan to make with some mushrooms and squash later this week.

                                                                                  1. re: jeniyo

                                                                                    jeniyo, do you squeeze lime and/or put salt on your guava?

                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                      guava with a squeeze of lime & a pinch of chili powder. yum. also great on mango, papaya, and jicama!

                                                                                  2. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                    HI cheesecake. The recipe couldn't be easier and it's so versatile that you can add or replace any ingredients for whatever you've got in the fridge. That's what I love about it! What I did is soak about 250 grams of chickpeas overnight and boiled them for about 1 1/2 hour until they were quite soft. I then mashed them (but leaving some hard bits in as it gives it a nice texture), added some chopped roasted carrots, sautéed onions, garlic, peppers and chillies and some spices. I poured that into a pyrex dish, poured three beaten eggs over it and mixed well. I then baked it for about 30 minutes (until the eggs are set) and 5 minutes before removing it from the oven, sprinkled some manchego cheese on top. I hope you'll like it!

                                                                                    1. re: Paula76

                                                                                      yum thanks! maybe i'll make that next week for lunch.

                                                                                2. planned leftovers as well...roasted chicken with capers and herbes de provence, and then some spinach/tomato/chickpea soup. an apple and a clementine for later. although, after reading everything you've all posted, I'm tempted to start going home (I work only 10 mins away) for lunch!

                                                                                  1. Yesterday for lunch:

                                                                                    Snickers Bar
                                                                                    Blueberry Pop Tart (both of them)
                                                                                    Diet Mountain Dew

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                                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                      Snickers+ diet soda: that is what I'd call a balanced meal.

                                                                                      1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                        I'm trying to watch my sugar intake, but still fulfill my daily caffeine requirement!

                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                          yesterday's lunch fulfulled my caffiene requirement for the month. triple shot starbucks latte. yeah- i didn't really sleep last night

                                                                                        2. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                          "balanced meal," LOL. that's what we always said in college, that the diet coke canceled out the candy bar! even then, in our tender youth <ahem>, we knew that was a crock!

                                                                                          now, on the other hand, eating while standing up lets the calories drain right out through the soles of your feet.

                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                            "eating while standing up lets the calories drain right out through the soles of your feet."
                                                                                            also, the broken pieces & crumbs in the bottom of the bag/box of cookies are calorie-free, right? when they break, all the calories remain in the larger, more whole pieces ;)

                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                              triple chuckle.........MUST BE TRUE My sister is going to love both.She just had
                                                                                              one knee replaced and is walking the walls with therapy and DO NOT GAIN ANY WEIGHT.A mantra hard to swallow without normal activity and excercise.
                                                                                              THANKS goodhealthgourmet & alkapal

                                                                                            2. re: alkapal

                                                                                              toasting the bread removes the calories of the sandwich

                                                                                              so does putting lettuce on the sandwich

                                                                                              1. re: laliz

                                                                                                Eating with the fork positioned upside-down allows the calories to fall through the tines.

                                                                                        3. Today I had to run up to the Post Office to drop off an Express Mail envelope, so I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up a couple of small containers - one of their apple/walnut/cranberry salad, and another of their "Sonoma Chicken Salad." Just didn't feel like the Michael Angelo's Veggie Lasagna in the freezer.

                                                                                          1. I am pretty boring today. I had an egg salad sandwich ( from home), a tangerine and a bottle of water.

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                                                                                            1. re: macca

                                                                                              Mmmmm....I loves me a good egg salad sandwich, macca - what do you add other than the chopped eggs and mayo (and hopefully salt and pepper)? Anything other goodies? Celery bits? Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle?

                                                                                              I like adding some Penzey's Aleppo pepper to mine or the aforementioned Sandwich Sprinkle. I'm wondering, since I assemble my sandwiches at work, how a sprinkle of ground sumac would be on top of the salad? Hmmmm......

                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                Mine is pretty standard- eggs, onions, hellmans S/P and a bit of mustard powder. I really wanted to add some bacon slices, but I figured the eggs and mayo were bad enough!!

                                                                                            2. bowl of miso,hard cooked egg and 2 kirby cucumbers with mild rice vinegar.So easy now that I work from home 80% of the time or more.When traveling the preferred is an apple and tuna salad and water.

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                                                                                              1. re: lcool

                                                                                                i was thinking about kirbys last evening, as i ate a burger with a freshly made pickle spear on the side (nearby resto, cowboy cafe). i loved its fresh, bright flavor -- actually, i was happy to eat the leftovers at 5 a.m. today, and it was primarily pickle chunks on the bun, with lettuce tomato and mayo!

                                                                                                where would the kirbys be coming from this time of year, i wonder? central america? or are they being harvested in florida?

                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                  There is a Vietnamese family and an Amish family farming on the Eastern Shore,
                                                                                                  south of Salisbury.Both have some things started late,Kirbys,Chinese eggplant,most
                                                                                                  of the tender herbs,cherry tomatoes,daikon,real wasabi and a few more "presold" ?fancy if you will things.As soon as the temperatures started to drop,on went the row covers.If they are 2/3 along when that occurs and get plenty of sun the soil will retain ample warmth to finish things up.On a warm sunny winter this will go until sometime in January.Not this year.
                                                                                                  There will be some out of Florida and Texas if all goes well this winter.

                                                                                                  1. re: lcool

                                                                                                    yeah, definitely not THIS year! too bad those farmers will lose lots of income....
                                                                                                    there is a vietnamese family farming (and selling produce) on annandale road, not too far from gallows, and they usually have things late into the season, but i doubt it this year.

                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                      I'll pass along your local support.This year I think? they will be OK.I don't think OK is quite what most of us would like while we sort through the long and perhaps slippery two? years coming at all of us.
                                                                                                      One of the many blessings of a mature life position.

                                                                                              2. Good idea for a thread. I had leftover zha jiang mien. How to describe it... kind of like a spicy Chinese bolognese sauce served over wide noodles. But this is a tasty aberration. Usually I'll cook a big pot of bean "chili" on Sunday and bring it to work all week. There's no meat in it so I can't call it a real chili, but served over rice it provides a complete protein, is cheap, tastes good, and keeps well.

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                                                                                                1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                                                  meatless zha jian mien sounds really good, realmenjulienne. how does one go about concocting this tasty aberration? do you just use more dried dofu in place of meat? (i'm trying to eat less meat so i'd love to hear about this!)

                                                                                                2. 4 workdays out of 5 it's a meal from home, usually leftovers. Today was chicken and shrimp pasta in mustard cream sauce.

                                                                                                  We plan a week of meals at a time and I plan my lunches at the same time based on how many dinner will have leftovers.

                                                                                                  1. Egg noodles, bit of concentrated stock, shredded left-over roast chicken, lots of chopped collard greens, chile flakes.

                                                                                                    1. I nearly always bring my lunch so it is usually planned ahead if not leftovers. I can't believe what people spend and the "crap" they eat for lunch.

                                                                                                      Today was a sandwich of (Butterball) turkey slices, canned cranberry jelly and a spoon of stuffing on whole wheat. Not l/o from Thanksgiving but keeping it going. A can of green beans and a honey crisp apple. And a cuppa.

                                                                                                      I will make some pasta tonight for lunches for the next few days. I love l/o pasta. One day this week we are going out for Vietnamese. One day last week we went out for Japanese.

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                                                                                                      1. re: laliz

                                                                                                        I agree with you on the extravagant amounts people spend on "crap" for lunch. A cup of bland and beany chili in my neighborhood averages $5 (though the typical lunch at my office is a salad bowl which ranges $8 - $11). For a little more than twice that, I was able to purchase 4 lbs. of beef to make a healthy chili with plenty of spice that will last me through the week. Cost per serving: approximately $1.57.

                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                          I sat down a couple of years ago to work on a budget for myself and realized that I was spending way too much money on lunches that just weren't all that enjoyable. The planned leftovers idea that many people on this thread have mentioned is really the only thing that makes sense to me anymore. This way I not only save money, I eat something that I know I enjoy, as opposed to blah sandwiches and bad chili, soups and salads.

                                                                                                          1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                            JungMann & CeeBee more than 30 years ago a financial analyst/writter at the Boston Globe ran the numbers.Brown bag vs Daily puchase out,arrived at a weekly $ amount
                                                                                                            for the savings annualized it.Then compounded it for yield over 20 years.The amount of money in the pot was staggering.
                                                                                                            As you state all that $$$$ for crap lacking in satisfaction just rediculous.
                                                                                                            The Washington Post reprised the study about 20 years ago,the amount of money in the pot was even more staggering.

                                                                                                          2. re: laliz

                                                                                                            MMmmmm laliz I had one of those turkey sandwiches recently and it is one of the very few things my dad taught me how to make. They taste so much better than they sound, and the cold stuffing is key!

                                                                                                          3. Leftover chicken parmagiana with whole wheat spaghetti. Pretty small portion, so I had a granola bar to fill the rest of the void.

                                                                                                            1. Yesterday: Wheatberries w. beets & beet greens, feta, walnuts (from the freezer; I typically 'cook for the week'; by the end of the week, I am so bored, I always end up freezing the last portions....This one tasted awesome a month later)

                                                                                                              Today: work catered lunch so it was a large salad, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto on a baguette

                                                                                                              Tomorrow: Sophie Grigson's sweet potato and red lentil soup with mint. Made it yesterday in protest of the cold temperature outside and it was glorious....

                                                                                                              1. I know this is weird but I prefer nothing heavy for lunch-just four or five egg whites (warm or at least room temp) with just a touch of mustard and even less mayo (but not the low-fat variety) or lots of sliced celery with a mixture of fat-free ranch dressing and balsamic vinegar. Works for me at least. . . . .

                                                                                                                1. I had the Kashi equivalent of a Hot Pocket. My husband usually takes the leftovers from dinner the night before to lunch. Last night, I made pork loin, spinach, and saffron rice. Tonight's dinner and his lunch for tomorrow will be shell steak, roasted potatoes, and broccoli. I'm going to have another Kashi Hot Pocket type thing.

                                                                                                                  1. So this will be my first post on this site ever, Hurrah!
                                                                                                                    I'm a student on a tight budget (ie. occasionally lacking on the grocery front) so I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen! I usually have to be creative with whatever I can find in my fridge/cupboards. I'm down to my last meat options so last night I cooked up a decent sized pork roast just for little old me... thus leaving me with a large dish of leftovers! Today for lunch wasn't very interesting... I just sauteed up the pork with a mix of things creating a smokey sort of bbq sauce and made a pulled pork sandwich. Dinner, however, was delicious. I'm all out of bread of any sort so I made some homemade flour tortillas using a recipe found online, cooked up the pork in a sweet and spicy sauce using some ketchup, a spicy chili sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce and some horseradish mustard and put that in a tortilla with some spicy maple mayo (mayo with cayenne and maple syrup, hehe) and some red pepper (might have preferred a simple iceburg lettuce for some crunch if i had it)... Maple and mayo might not sound all that delicious, but I was pretty impressed by it! Yum, yum!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Hassley

                                                                                                                      Welcome to chowhound Hassley! You are so resourceful and the meals sound terrific. Well today for lunch I had a hot cup of coffee and a small slice of pear cabernet tart and some apple juice. I was going to bring a clementine too but I left it on the kitchen table. I could seriously use some of these lunch suggestions!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Hassley

                                                                                                                        Welcome,sounds wonderful.Even more so the the good use of fine condiments.Instead of allowing them to become rarely used "artifacts"Tasty

                                                                                                                        1. re: Hassley

                                                                                                                          hassley, your leftovers sound fabulous, actually! i'd certainly eat them.

                                                                                                                          and great job making flour tortillas. homemade tortillas was a staple of mine when i was a young, starving grad student (and really still are).

                                                                                                                          look forward to your posts!!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Hassley

                                                                                                                            I'm the mom of a starving law student with a "food plan" -- me.

                                                                                                                            last year I cooked his dinners and gave them to him once a week. (he lived about 75 miles away in the dorm)
                                                                                                                            this year he did his first semester in London (we live in CA). Will be home soon.
                                                                                                                            I was very interested to read how resourceful you are.

                                                                                                                          2. Leftover brown rice, steamed carrots, and the last of a mixed bean soup. I made a salad of finely shredded red cabbage, diced kirby cucumber, celery, and apple. A couple of hours later I made a huge batch of hummus, put it in jars, and cleaned out the blender with a stalk of celery.

                                                                                                                            1. Today was leftovers. I had Garlic mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, stuffing and brussel sprouts sauteed in bacon! Tomorrow it's a Kohindoor indian meal and rice.


                                                                                                                              1. Potato leek soup and ginger ale.

                                                                                                                                1. Being a college student on a meal plan means that the choices are somewhat limited. Today, I ate a turkey club panini (not bad for college food), with raspberry iced tea, scalloped potato soup and a cookie. One of the better meals that is available:)

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: milkyway4679

                                                                                                                                    where are you in school, if you don't mind my asking? many campuses have surprisingly good dining options nowadays.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                      Sounds like your school has pretty good food. My school doesn't offer meal plans or dining dollars or anything like that. The cafeteria is pretty bad. I won't even go near the place, not even for coffee or a plastic fork.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cheesecake17

                                                                                                                                        cheesecake...did you mean to reply to milkyway? i've been out of school for a long time ;)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                          yes, I did, sorry. too much studying and not enough caffiene :)

                                                                                                                                  2. I often - probably 3X /week - make planned-overs. Today it was broiled strip steak, spinach-ricotta ravioli in sage butter, and Tuscan kale salad, with iced green tea. Leftovers are your friend!

                                                                                                                                    1. Cafeteria sushi. Not even close to as good as the real stuff but probably better (not to mention healthier) than a lot of the other options there. I brought a Lean Cuisine pizza but I'm having a rough day so I figured I deserved better than microwave pizza.

                                                                                                                                      1. i took my thai leftovers. Garlic chicken with broc and a few other veggies. Added chix stock, sambal and bean thread noodles...YUM. I do this with almost all my asian leftovers ( no fried stuff) sometimes I skip the bean threads or rice noodle and use the rice that is always leftover with it.

                                                                                                                                        1. So yesterday I had a can of vanilla coke for lunch. Hangs head in shame. :)

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                            We should hang out...you with your vanilla coke & me w/my target popcorn. I'm sure we redeem ourselves on many other occasions. =)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                              We should hang out OCAnn! I don't even like vanilla coke but hey, sugar and caffeine! So today (thurs) half a package of peanut butter and crackers (those awful bright orange crackers) and some orange juice. Gah.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                .....at least you've coordinated the colors!

                                                                                                                                                and ya know, "orange is the *new*....hmm....


                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                  Heh. Alkapal I never even thought of that! Thanks to all who posted, I have learned so much from this thread and gotten so many good ideas. Everyone was so sweet with sharing all the great recipes. I tend to amuse myself quite a bit and it cracks me up the way my week went d o w n h i l l If this thread had a booby prize for the worst lunches I think I would win. Not saying what I had for lunch today, don't want to be driven from chowhound by an angry mob!

                                                                                                                                          2. BF and I like to make chicken and steak on the grill with different rubs and marinades, bake some sweet potatoes on Sunday or Monday and use them in salads, wraps, sandwiches to take to work. I'll make different dressings and have toasted chopped nuts, different cheeses, spreads and herbs to keep the variety. Dinner is usually seafood and doesn't take too much time to prep.

                                                                                                                                            1. I had acooked chicken brest stuffed with a sage stuffing, with a cream gravy over top. some green beans. and a delicate cabernate. 1860 or something. (more likely an 08).
                                                                                                                                              For dessert I had some apple crisp and a cup of kula freetrade coffee.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: givemetomatos

                                                                                                                                                Umm, John, (givemetomatos) it's nice you finally posted but I'm pretty sure that is what you had for Dinner not lunch. :) Oh well, sounds yummy. Now, what did ya'll have for lunch?

                                                                                                                                              2. One detail: I almost never have "leftovers". I most often cook with multiple meals in mind.

                                                                                                                                                1. man, i feel like the shoemaker's kids. i'm jealous of everybody's planning and nice hot meals. i make food all day, so i absolutely *stink* like it at the end of the day and i have a hard time eating my own cooking. i have to force myself to make myself a single portion of cold food for lunch, and sit down and eat it. it's usually a cobbled together salad or sandwich of whatever's lying around-- today a turkey sandwich with mayo, red onion slices, an organic muenster, some huge fresh basil leaves, & a local apple. totally basic, but the artisan bread redeems the whole sandwich thing. seems like dh and i eat like chefs one day and the next we eat like college students-- but the college students in this thread are eating better than me, the chef :(

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                                                                                    Doh soupkitten. You brought back a memory for me. The man who was like a second father to me, Joe, was a partner in a bar and restaurant, and he did the cooking mostly. When we all sat down to eat after the lunch rush he often wanted a plain ham and cheese sandwich but liked it put together just so. We were all getting ready to munch out when I noticed he looked tired and blah and had no food in front of him. On an impulse I offered to make his sandwich for him. His face lit up as he gave me his exacting instructions. It was quite an honor he he! I also remember the chef at the holiday inn where I worked years ago would often ask the pantry guy for a cold sandwich for his dinner. He could have had anything he wanted but what he really wanted was someone else to make it.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: soupkitten

                                                                                                                                                      I used to cook in restaurants and I was lucky if I found time to go to the bathroom. Mostly I ate bread and coffee, it fills you up and keeps you going!

                                                                                                                                                    2. For the first time in about 25 years I had a Big Mac....just drove into that drive-thru and ordered it.
                                                                                                                                                      It was amazing.

                                                                                                                                                      1. was on set today, which is always a challenge given allergies, but yesterday...

                                                                                                                                                        i did a medley of chopped onions, sliced baby zucchini/courgettes, chinese peashoots with italian seasonings, wild mushroom broth, bragg's and a little balsamic to finish it off. had some hard boiled egg whites i had leftover.

                                                                                                                                                        the day before i revived my thanksgiving creation "TVPurkey patties" - revived some tvp with wild mushroom broth, cooked some chopped onion and stirred it in along with an egg white and some TVP (crushed to a fine powder), along with some salt, pepper, and herbs. then shape into patties and fry in Pam. so good.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Today's "lunch" was a snack-size bag of Herr's sour cream and onion chips and a small (1.2oz) Green & Black's milk chocolate. I was trying to save room for dinner, which will be kielbasa and sauerkraut from the Polish deli and some grilled red potatoes. Seems to have done the trick since I am now ready to gnaw my own arm off....

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: evewitch

                                                                                                                                                            I redeem myself with dinner a lot too evewitch. Coffee and an apple for lunchie but salmon burger, green beans and saffron rice for dinner, and I'm sipping on a chocolate milkshake from Friendly's now. I wanted to try thefrozen salmon burgers from Costco on the grill and a small window opened today for grilling, it got up to sixty or so here in Penna The service was really slow at the take out window at Friendly's, I guess they figured they were through with the take out window for a good long while. He he! I was not the only one waiting in line.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                              12" turkey (no cheese)
                                                                                                                                                              + veggies
                                                                                                                                                              xtra sweet peppers
                                                                                                                                                              Southwest Sauce
                                                                                                                                                              Italian Herb & Cheese bread

                                                                                                                                                              bread could have been fresher

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Lettucepray

                                                                                                                                                                lettucepray, u have made my day! italian herbs & cheese is the best. why does no one realize it? u should try it w/ turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo(no cheese) TOASTED! it's the best!

                                                                                                                                                          2. i had a baked potato! i reccomend it for anyone who's at home and looking for a light lunch. simply get a potato, wrap it in tin foil, and throw it in the oven for a few minutes!

                                                                                                                                                            1. uhm...planned overs?
                                                                                                                                                              I go to school and work full time so 5 days a week i eat lunch and dinner out of the house. I cook up huge batches and freeze. So today: a trilogy of soup, over a few hours. Minnestrone, pea soup, and chunky cream of mushroom.

                                                                                                                                                              1. A friend had served jambalaya for Christmas (we should all have such friends) and I got to take some home. After having a big plate the other day, I took what relatively little was left -- not enough for a meal, certainly -- and stirred it into some Campbell's canned jambalaya "soup." Worked out nice.