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Lunch Ideas
Jun 17th, 2005

When I don't have any leftovers and don't feel up to putting together a salad, there are a few ready-to-eat products I like to have around so I can grab and go. I thought I'd post them here to add to our growing list of lunch ideas (I should archive them all together somewhere, hmmm....).

Pacific Foods Soups: These soups come in aseptic packaging, so you can just put the opened package in your fridge at work. It usually takes me about three lunches to make it through one package. I've tried all the flavors listed here except the French Onion. My favorite is the Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato - it's sweet and creamy. The Creamy Tomato and Creamy Butternut Squash are fine too, but definitely stay away from the Roasted Carrot. You can find these at the supermarket here in Seattle, and if they're hard to find in your area you can at least find them at Whole Foods.

Pete's Tofu2Go: These packs of cooked seasoned tofu with a dipping sauce are yummy to microwave and eat on their own, or tossed with leftover noodles or rice. My favorite is the Sesame Ginger with Jazzed Ginger Soy Sauce, although I need to try the yummy sounding Thai Tango with Mango Wasabi Sauce. Just go easy on the sauce, I never use the full amount they package with it. In Seattle these can be found at QFC, but again Whole Foods carries them if they're hard to find in your area. (Trader Joes does too).

Amy's Organics has a huge line of frozen vegetarian entrees, as well as canned soups and chilis. The quality varies, but I really like their 'bowl' line for lunch, particularly the Santa Fe Enchilada Bowl. It's tasty, not terribly high in calories, and the just the right size for lunch with a piece of fruit and some carrot sticks on the side. I like their Burrito Especial too (black beans, rice, veggies, cheese, and 'sauce'). Their products can be found all over the place. I took a look at the Chicago area in their store locator, and apparently they're in Safeways, and of course, Whole Foods.

What do you all keep in the cupboard or the freezer for emergency lunches?


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