Archive for January, 2014

Easy Work Lunch: Chicken Pesto Pizza

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
 

chicken pesto pizza

Yesterday you saw what I made for lunch with a portion of my pesto, tomato pesto grilled cheese (if not check it out!). Today you are seeing leftover lunch featuring what I made with the rest of the pesto, chicken pesto pizza! I bought my pesto but if you are looking for an easy homemade version, I highly recommend the broccoli pesto recipe from Momables. For those of you keeping track that is now 1 family dinner and 2 days of adult work lunches all from the same pesto! How is that for efficiency? ;)

For the chicken pesto pizza, simply spread your favorite crust (or bagel, or english muffin etc) with your pesto, top with sliced tomatoes and sliced grilled chicken then finish up with your favorite sliced cheese. In this instance I have used sliced mozzarella. This is a very quick run through the oven at 350 degrees (maybe 15 minutes depending on the crust you’ve chosen and your oven). I recommend serving with a fruit salad, coleslaw, green salad or perhaps raw veggies and dip for a very simple and fast dinner. Leftovers pack nicely the next day! I added black pepper and diced tomatoes to keep it interesting the second time around! Adding sautéed peppers or mushrooms on top of the pizza would also have changed this up nicely the second time but work with what you have!

This lunch is packed in an Easylunchboxes container and also includes:

  • A whole kiwi sliced
  • Cara cara orange slices
  • Mixed Veggie Chips by Creative Snacks Co (Gluten-free, Non-GMO)

Sincerely,
Deb

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Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese Work Lunch

Monday, January 13th, 2014
 

tomato pesto grilled cheese work lunch

Do you have one of those little gourmet sandwich shops that your office frequents? You know the quaintly decorated shops with unique gourmet sandwiches wrapped in paper, spectacular soups, an interesting display of chips (maybe even homemade) and the pickle (oh the pickle)… you do, right? How much does that lunch cost you? Perhaps $8, $10 maybe even $12 by the time you throw in one of those expensive drinks? You really are paying for that atmosphere, aren’t you? You could totally do that quickly and easily at home! You really can! Although I support an occasional visit to your favorite local shop!

When I planned my menu for the week I decided to make a pesto chicken pizza for dinner one evening. I knew I could borrow some pesto sauce to make these sandwiches! In this case I purchased the pesto at my local grocer but if you make pesto homemade all the better! Check out this Broccoli Pesto Recipe by Momables! My grilled cheese features sliced mozzarella cheese, pesto sauce and sliced tomatoes grilled on whole grain bread. I had no leftovers for lunch and whipped up 2 of these sandwiches for my husband and I to bring to work for lunch today in less than 10 minutes! Now I admit I skipped out on the paper and the pickle today but this is one very easy, very do-able, work lunch that I promise will feel just like you ordered from the expensive sandwich shop – chips optional! This lunch also works very nicely on gluten-free bread!.

Hey don’t hold back on my account, pack a thermos of soup too!

This lunch is packed in an Easylunchboxes container and also includes fresh blueberries and raw carrot and cucumber “fries” which were cut with a crinkle cutter.

Sincerely,
Deb

 

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Winner Chicken Dinner: Leftover Lunchbox

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
 

chicken teriyaki leftover lunch

As I mentioned in my last post, for 2014 I am trying to work in some new recipes whether original or inspired. As a family we were desperately longing for some new meals in the dinner menu rotation. While browsing Pinterest I came across the Baked Chicken Teriyaki recipe which is from a site called Grandmother’s Kitchen (please go visit for the recipe). It looked pretty easy so I thought I would try it out on my family. I am going to say this was a clear winner and my family has requested it be moved into our menu rotation.

I followed the recipe exactly! The only change I made was cutting the chicken breasts in half so I could shorten the overall cooking time! This recipe made enough chicken to feed everyone with leftovers for lunch (as you can see)! I served with mashed potatoes (I cook small potatoes whole and mashed with the skin on) and with zucchini. We spooned the teriyaki sauce leftover in the baking dish over everything! The whole meal made for a wonderful Sunday supper! It felt like we ate out except I did have to cook it! A pleasant side effect is that the whole house smelled fantastic!

Guess what? My lunch is all packed in my Easylunchboxes container for tomorrow, how about yours?

Sincerely,
Deb

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