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Down with the turkey sandwich
Apr 6th, 2005

(Following up on Steph's comment on the previous post looking for lunch alternatives to the turkey sandwich).

I agree, I ate enough turkey sandwiches for lunch while working at Attachmate to last me the rest of my life. Here are some thoughts:

  • Chef's Salad: Get a good mix of lettuces, some crunch and some green, and add a combination of things like chopped up carrot, red bell pepper, green peas, cheese, and ham or turkey. Add a few canned chickpeas or white beans if you have them. A little red or green onion is good too. Put the dressing in a separate container or keep a bottle in the fridge at work. Chop up some apple slices and add a piece of good bread and you're good to go.
  • Tuna Salad: or try a tuna and white bean salad. Drain a can of tuna and toss with salad greens, drained white beans, oil and lemon. A little parmesan is good too, or cherry tomatoes if you have them.
  • Brown rice: make a pot of brown rice and it will last you several lunches. Mix with leftover chicken, parmesan, & basil or arugla; or canned black beans, green onions and cheese w/ maybe a little salsa. White rice is good too, I've just found brown rice fills me up more.
  • Hard boiled eggs: These are good on their own or slice them and lay them on lightly toasted bread with mayo or butter and a little salt. Yummm...Bring pickles or black olives on the side and some carrot sticks.
  • Tasty Bites: Indian food that comes in foil pouches, you just heat up in the microwave. You can even order in bulk from their website (tastybites.com I think). I get tired of these if I eat them too often, but they're my fallback once every week or two when I have no leftovers. I bring cauliflower and steam it in the microwave for 4 minutes to go with, but most people would eat them with rice.
  • Gardenburgers: really good on toasted bread with a little mayo, cheese, and pickle.
  • Leftovers: if you're cooking dinner regularly just make a little bit more than you normally do and think about what you could combine it with the next day to make it stretch a bit and taste a little different. These are usually my best lunches.


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