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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
If you have to report on what you've made for lunch, you're more likely to be creative and healthy. Here is a very lame, very carb-filled lunch for tomorrow. My only defense is we haven't gone shopping in a while, and I'm feeling kinda down tonight. I find carbs very comforting. :)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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From top to bottom, left to right, this is: two squares of caramel-filled chocolate, napkin, fork, and individual pack of hummus (chickpea dip/spread); tzatziki (garlic cucumber yogurt dip) and falafel (chickpea/veggie patties); baby carrots, mini pita bread, and tabbouleh (parsley, tomato, and bulghur salad).
Everything was pre-made, so I just had to buy it and portion it out. We buy most of our groceries at Trader Joe's and Costco, and keep an eye on the bottom line. So even though this isn't very homemade, it's still less spendy than a restaurant lunch. Probably on par with fast food, but much more fun and healthier.
Just FYI, I'll run the numbers to see how much this lunch cost.
Mini pita bread is $2.60 per 8 oz bag, and this is one-third of a bag = .86
Carrots were $1 per 16 oz bag, and this is not even a quarter of a bag = .25
Tabbouleh was $5 for 21 oz, and this is one-tenth of that = .50
Falafel was $10 for 2 lbs (~30 patties), so three patties = $1
Tzatzki, for such a tiny amount, I'm going to have to guess = .25
Hummus was $5 for 2 lbs (16 little containers) = .31
Chocolate? There is no amount I would not pay for good chocolate, and that is all I have to say about that.
Each lunch = $3.17
Oh, and the ambiance of the practically private park across the street from my office, sharing food with my hubby on a picnic blanket, with plenty of time to lie down during my lunch hour and look at the leaves and clouds? You can't buy that, not even at Costco.
I started packing lunches two weeks ago, and it was such a pain using containers and Ziploc bags for everything that I soon ordered bento-style lunch boxes. We tried Laptop Lunches Bentos 2.0, but settled on Goodbyn boxes (see below for our reasons). I’m posting our lunch menus here to keep me motivated and to remember good ideas for those days when I’m feeling un-creative.
Here are the last few lunches I photographed…
From top to bottom, L-R, here's pasta salad with carrots and broccoli, kalamata tapenade, parmigiano reggiano cheese, and garlicky vinaigrette; two squares of dark chocolate with orange, napkin and silverware; grilled rosemary/balsamic chicken to top the salad, TJ's pear sauce, and sliced strawberries. This was really yummy.
This one was really fun... banana, spife (spoon/knife), napkin; dark chocolate sauce and HUGE strawberries; tzatziki (Greek cucumber-yogurt dip) with mixed fresh veggies, and a toasted English muffin with maple almond butter. We sliced the banana and topped the sandwiches with it. The yogurt dip was a little garlicky for the sweet, fruity lunch. That's the only thing I'd change for next time.