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Dec 5, 2012 06:56 AM

Fast, inexpensive, simple, healthy lunch on the go

I've grown tired of the usual lunch meat sandwiches I typically slap together for lunch at work. I need some new ideas. The thing is that I want there to be minimal prep. and the cost to be low. I cook for dinner every night and can't be bothered to do the same for lunch as I'm really busy and just want what little down time I have to relax, not to do more cooking. Sandwiches are fine, I'm just thinking of alternatives to lunch meat. Thoughts on cream cheese, hummous?

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  1. Are you averse to repurposing your leftovers for your lunch?

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    1. re: wattacetti

      I do this for the man almost every day. I pack it up right when I'm plating our dinners and into the fridge it goes- it takes about two minutes and he gets a complete well balanced meal. If you didn't want the same thing two days in a row you could freeze a serving each night and then grab from freezer based on what sounds good.

      We have no food waste in the form of leftovers lurking in the back of the fridge and if I know it's something he really likes for lunch/ reheats well I can make extra when I'm making dinner and portion it into containers as back ups for nights we don't have leftovers.

    2. This might not be the best option available, but I made it the past month whenever I needed a quick lunch to take to work.
      Pumpkin puree, apple butter, almond butter, with a dash of cinnamon between two slices of whole wheat bread. It's kind of like a fall take on the classic PB&J.

      Also, soup or chili work pretty well if you can reheat it. A batch made over the weekend would make things easy. Also a good way to finish any vegetables before they go bad.

      1. Hummus and dubliner make a delicious sandwich and hummus instead of mayo definitely livens up lunch meat.

        Slices of canned jellied cranberry sauce with deli turkey (a rif on Thanksgiving). Mango chutney would go great with this too, or just chutney and cream cheese.

        Try mixing up the bread - cream cheese or PB&J on raisin bread. Chutney & cream cheese on rye.

        Pre-mix some curry powder into mayo and have that with sliced chicken/turkey. You could of course also actually pre-make curried turkey salad which is delicious.

        1. We do crackers in place of the bread a lot.

          Beer cheese with crackers ,carrots, and celery
          Shrimp salad on lettuce
          Pimento cheese
          Eat sandwich meat in a pita, tortilla roll up,bagel,etc
          Tuna in a tomato

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            Cream cheese and jelly
            Cream cheese and cucumber
            Carried chicken salad
            Roasted vegetables and sliced feta or mozzarella
            Cold eggplant Parm
            Chicken cutlet and greens with provolone
            Hummus and roasted red peppers with red onions
            Lamb and spinach with yogurt sauce
            Corn beef and pastrami
            Tomato and mayo