What type of food do you like to have for lunch?
I've been having a debate with some friends as to what we, Americans, think is a good lunch meal (by good meal, I mean - does it need to have veggies?, meat?, bread?, dairy products?, etc?
Can you guys let me know what you think is a good lunch meal to you?
Well alwayscooking was clearly thinking of "your ideal lunch situation" while I was thinking "what am I packing to bring to work these days?"
So, for weekdays and working situations I like to pack salads - just a huge mountain of vegetables, that way I figure I am frontloading my produce requirements for the day so I don't have to worry about getting them in at dinner and can make whatever I want when I am home and have the time to make something more enjoyable (though that often ends up being quite a lot of veggies as well).
I prefer to keep lunches vegetarian because I don't like to feel very full or heavy in the middle of the day. I save my meat consumption for dinner (a la Bittman, though I do sometimes consume dairy in the daytime).
Ideal lunch situation? Brunch. Omelettes and fresh fruit. A Bloody Mary or a glass of champagne. In the sunshine.
I usually have a salad with either chicken or steak on it. I always use peppers, cucumber, celery, radishes, feta cheese, and whatever else I happen to have in my fridge.
Occasionally I will have leftovers from dinner or a sandwich.
My preferred lunch would some meat and a starch, perhaps some fruit too. Sandwiches or leftovers usually populate my lunchbox. There’s always fresh fruit and/or some nuts or seeds.
I love a salad, but it doesn’t seem to fill me up at lunch and am tempted to snack later.
Now if lunch is on my salesman, then anything goes! ;-)
I've heard that having protein on your lunch actually helps you feel satisfied throughout the afternoon, so I try to eat something that combines vegetables, a protein (chicken, beef or pork) and either bread, tortilla or a starch.