Posts Tagged ‘leftovers’

Say Cheese! Cheeseburger Pizza for lunch!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
 

cheeseburger two

My family loves pizza and I love the challenge of coming up with different kinds of pizza! I make it a personal mission to come up with new, easy, fun and yummy family meals. I also work full time in Sales & Marketing and have 4 active children. My time is short and my energy level low at the end of the day so fast is a must! We all know once the snack cabinet is open while waiting for food, appetites for dinner will diminish!

I had this idea for a simple cheeseburger “stir fry” and it just evolved into pizza!

“Cheeseburger stir fry”
Spray your heated pan with cooking spray. Cook 1/4 cup of diced onions until translucent then add one pound of ground beef. Cook/scramble beef thoroughly draining off the grease when done. While mixture is hot stir  in 3-5 tablespoons of ketchup and 1-2 tablespoons of dijon mustard. Taste the mixture and adjust to suite your taste.

Spread the cheeseburger mixture on your favorite pizza crust. I topped with american cheese but use whatever you like on your cheeseburger! You could also add cooked bacon (but I did not) for a bacon cheeseburger variety. Cook until crust is cooked/heated and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and add your favorite cheeseburger toppings such as pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard etc.

For a gluten-free version for my son I simply skipped the crust and stirred the cheese into the mixture. I served it to him as the original “stir fry” mixture I envisioned.

 

For lunch I packed a slice in my Easylunchboxes container and included:

  • Mangos & blackberries
  • Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels

Sincerely,
Deb

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Hearty Portions (and gluten-free!)

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
 

hearty portions one

Not so long ago I read a very active, very heated, online discussion regarding the definition of an appropriate “hearty portion” for a man versus a woman. The discussion actually stemmed from a photograph of one of my very own lunches. Now nothing negative was said about the actual lunch itself but the photograph involved in the discussion did note that the lunch was for “him” (that being my husband). The point of the original post that featured the photo however, was to show how I changed things to suit my husband’s taste versus my own and was actually not a statement on portion sizes for gender. No worries I did not take the discussion personally! lol

Regardless, I thought I’d clear the air on how I feel! I actually believe that portions should be related to an individual’s appetite, health and activity level amongst other things!  The lunches I show illustrate the portions I feed my family. I always recommend you decide your own portion and adjust accordingly! The two lunches featured in this post are MY lunches and I consider them “hearty portions”. The large compartment of my Easylunchboxes container holds up to 2.5 cups of food and in both cases I have filled the compartment pretty well. This compartment alone can be a very filling portion! I skipped out on crunchy snacks or a sweet treat in both to fill out my leftovers with lots of fresh produce. This gives me the opportunity to fill my appetite with lower calorie options. The two smaller compartments hold 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup respectively. All in all that is almost 4 cups of food if packed tightly (ok 3  and 3/4)! Now generally I eat the fruit or veggie in the late morning and the leftover heat up as the actual lunch later.

hearty portions two

Lunch one (at top of post)
This lunch box contains a Rotisserie Chicken Leg/thigh along with homemade ,skin on, mashed red potatoes. Sliced Cara Cara oranges sit alongside European cucumbers cut with a crinkle cutter. Red grapes complete this box.

Lunch two (above)
Gluten free pasta (Tinkyada Brown rice pasta) is topped with tomato basil pasta sauce. Not well pictured but nestled within the pasta are a couple of gluten-free meatballs. We actually tried the Bove frozen brand which was new to our grocery store. Every member of the household enjoyed them so we highly recommend although slightly pricey as gluten-free foods often are! Made on consecutive days, this lunch also used the European cucumbers and red grapes but is finished out with mango slices and raw broccoli florets.

Sincerely,
Deb

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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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