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manatisalas Apr 23, 2009 11:37 AM

Hello everyone!

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?

Thanks!
Rodrigo

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    flavrmeistr Apr 24, 2009 11:49 AM

    Scotch on the rocks. Happy Friday, everyone!

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      manatisalas Apr 23, 2009 02:00 PM

      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.

      1. cuccubear Apr 23, 2009 12:25 PM

        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! ;-)

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          rizzo0904 Apr 23, 2009 12:24 PM

          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.

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            jeanmarieok Apr 23, 2009 12:17 PM

            Soup and some salad/veggies/fruit, or leftovers from the previous night's dinner.

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              bayoucook Apr 24, 2009 12:38 PM

              Me, too.

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              Cebca Apr 23, 2009 12:15 PM

              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.

              1. alwayscooking Apr 23, 2009 11:45 AM

                Witty friends, a glass of wine, superb food, a lovely patio, and a temperate clime.
                Other than that, I'm not sure what you mean. Food must be fresh and well prepared - variety would be nice as well.

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                  manatisalas Apr 23, 2009 12:06 PM

                  Thanks for your reply! My apologies, my question was so ambiguous. I meant, what kind of food you consider is good for lunch?

                  1. re: alwayscooking
                    alwayscooking Apr 23, 2009 02:03 PM

                    For an average meal, I try to eat a balanced - protein (beans, tofu, cheese), lots of vegetables, and a starch. Mostly leftovers during the week although I tend to have a heavier lunch than dinner.

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