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Leftovers for Lunch Hour

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
 

leftovers for lunch

Time sure flies when your having… well it seems to fly no matter what! This is my first post in some time because sometimes life simply gets away from me! I am delighted to say however that I had the opportunity to not only take a break from posting but to take a much needed life break. My husband and I were fortunate to escape our every day chaos and take a 3 night cruise with Royal Caribbean. My wonderful mother-in-law watched our 4 children for 4 days and we had a true break of the mind, body and soul!

This was our first ever cruise. I wasn’t sure how I would feel. I was concerned about being sea sick. I was concerned about feeling trapped. I was concerned I would just not like it at all! All my concerns proved to be unfounded! My husband and I are most definitely “cruise people” and had a fabulous time! With so much to do, so much to see and so much to eat, how can you not enjoy yourself? Not to mention the views were simply spectacular!

cabana view

View from our cabana on Coco Cay (Royal Caribbean’s private island)

 

Sunset on board the Enchantment of the Seas

Sunset on board the Enchantment of the Seas

This also meant a temporary break from packing lunch but not for long!

The lunch featured at the top of this post is a leftover lunch. Most of the grown-up lunches I feature on this blog are derived from family dinner leftovers. In this case, this is actually leftovers from Father’s Day. To celebrate my husband we had dinner at his favorite Mexican restaurant! Let’s face it when you go out to eat the portions you receive are often more then you can (ok should) eat. If you keep the idea of packing the leftovers for lunch in mind you may be inclined to eat a more reasonable portion. However even if you do indulge (and hey we all sometimes do) whatever amount you have leftover can still become your lunch by simply filling it out! My Easylunchboxes container is always a great way to turn today’s restaurant leftovers into a filling lunch for work tomorrow! Be honest, how many times have you brought restaurant leftovers home only to throw them out? Don’t do that! Pack them up and take them to work for lunch hour!

In this case, I have pulled my leftover Chori Pollo (Chicken with chorizo sausage) out of a sad restaurant take home tin and freshened it up. While I sat at my desk and worked I enjoyed this meal a second time! No leftovers were thrown out!

This lunch included:

  • Leftover Chori Pollo  and rice which I served on a bed of lettuce harvested from my own garden.
  • Way Better Snacks Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  • Fruit salad of grapes, blueberries and strawberries

I have to admit I was pretty excited to open my lunchbox that day! This is one of my favorite eat out meals and I was happy to enjoy it just as much the second time around!

Sincerely,

Deb

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Gluten-Free Friday 11/16/12

Friday, November 16th, 2012
 

Gluten-free Friday is here!

In full disclosure, as always, please note that no member of my family is gluten-free. I do, however, have many dear friends who are! For them and perhaps for you, I hope to inspire some fabulous lunch ideas sans gluten! For more lunch ideas that are gluten-free as well as nut-free, check out the website of my good friend Keeley McGuire! For other gluten-free recipes ideas you can check out my friends at House-54.

This week, after a receiving an inquiry from a reader, I decided to make a lunch inspired by what my 15 year old daughter would love in her lunchbox. What am I feeding that girl anyway, right? The truth is, she chooses to bring a light snack or buy lunch. I have however put this lunch together full of things she would love IF she brought her lunch. One of her favorite meals, is the classic caprese salad. Actually, caprese salad is one of my favorites too.  I often make caprese kabobs for get togethers and have based this lunchbox on that concept.

I have layered on snack picks (purchased in the party aisle of a craft store) fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. I used BelGioioso Mozzarella pearls which are gluten-free! I laid the kabobs on top of baby spinach and drizzled on some Balsamic Viniagrette. My brand of dressing was purchased in the regular dressing section of the grocery store but is clearly labeled gluten-free on the back of the bottle. You can’t assume all brands are so do check! Also please be sure to wash and reuse those snack picks!

Speaking of snacks…

2 Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate chip cookies were added along with Way Better Snacks Black Bean Tortilla Chips both always gluten-free and delicious! Finally off to the side of the photo above you will see I included a GoGo Squeeze Applesauce. My daughter would eat this by the gallon if she could!

That wraps up this week’s segment! Remember, on Fridays I do the gluten-free work for you but most of the lunches you see here on my blog can easily be converted. If you have any questions on how to do that hop on over to House-54 and ask for advice! I’ll see you next Friday with another gluten-free lunch idea!

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Way Better Cheeseburger Nachos

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
 

 

 

I love cheeseburgers! I mean I really LOVE cheeseburgers! I also really love Way Better Snacks. I thought to myself “gee I wonder if I could marry these two loves together?”. Then it occurred to me how, nachos! Perfect! Nachos are such a great snack food, a great comfort food, a great share food, a great pick at food, a great sports food, they are just great, aren’t they? I am quite sure I am not the first person to stumble upon this concept but once the idea popped into my head it really just built itself. I didn’t really need someone else’s inspiration. I instinctively knew just how I would make them! I am going to tell you just how I made mine but I encourage you to think about what you like on your cheeseburger and have some fun!

Way Better Cheeseburger Nacho ingredients

  • 1 bag of your favorite Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips (I used Multigrain)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup (plus additional for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire  sauce
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup or so of your favorite pickle (I used bread & butter)
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato (or more)
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • sourcream and mustard (for serving)

Cook the lean ground beef and onions, drain off fat and add 2 tablespoons of ketchup (or more to taste) and 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce (or more to taste), mix throughly.

Layout the entire bag of Way Better Tortilla Chips on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Top with the ground beef mixture, pickles, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve with shredded lettuce, sourcream, ketchup and mustard.

As I said, have fun! Use crumbled bacon and BBQ sauce! Use thousand island dressing! Use whatever you like on your cheeseburger. My family really enjoyed these and we will definitely make them again!

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