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Over the last few years dh and I have become a lot more "crunchy" and I'm enjoying eating a low meat, organic, whole food diet. The problem? I never know what to make for lunch. I used to heat up a can of Campbell's soup or stop by Taco Bell, now I'm just stumped. I end up either skipping the meal altogether (just pb&j on homemade bread for dd), or eating the same two or three things all the time! 3 days a week I'm home and can cook (well I can try ). The other two days I need something I can take to work with me. I hate sandwiches!!!!

So ladies (and gents), what do you make for lunch? Any and all suggestions are welcome.

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Deviled eggs
Cereal
Fruit & cheese
Yogurt
lentil soup (homemade)
chicken soup ""
chili
salad
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Cold grain and veggie salad
Homeade soups
Baked eggs
Hummus and veggies
Tofu
Smoothies
Baked potato
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I'm an avocado adict. I make up a quick guacamole or dice an avocado & use it to make a little salad with any combination of beans, corn, tomato, onion, celery, spices, balsamic vinegar. Munch with whole wheat tortillas or corn chips. Or quesadillas are quick & tasty with a little salsa.
The other day I had beets with cheese & crackers. Sometimes I have yogurt with fruit &/or granola. Or leftovers from dinner. I also like to keep boiled eggs ready to go for when I'm in a hurry.
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>>Over the last few years dh and I have become a lot more "crunchy" and I'm enjoying eating a low meat, organic, whole food diet. <<

What does "crunchy" mean? I see this on another board and can't figure it out. LOL:
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If I'm pressed for time and feeling unoriginal, I usually just make bean/cheese quesadillas... I preheat a dry skillet, spread canned refried (pinto or black) thinly on one half of a flour tortilla, top the beans with a little monterey jack or colby jack cheese (sometimes I sprinkle on a little drained salsa as well), fold it over, and toast in the dry skillet until lightly browned on each side.
They are tasty, non-messy, and 18mo old ds loves them! Sometimes I assemble a bunch ahead of time, and store 'em in the fridge....

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tofu, raw veggies and peanut dipping sauce

quesadillas

fritatta

leftover soup or stir fry
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Thank you for the great ideas. I'm writing them down so I can give them a try.
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K&JsMaMa >>What does "crunchy" mean? I see this on another board and can't figure it out.
:LOL Sorry K&JsMaMa..."crunchy" is a term used synonymously with phrases like granola eater, tree hugger, earth muffin, etc. Basically meaning environment and health conscious. Other ways dh and I are "crunchy" are that we eliminate and limit plastic in our life, drive an electric car, recycle everything, buy organic and recycled products, and may others I know but can't think of of hand. Many of my more mainstream friends also consider our AP parenting as "crunchy" :

Hope that helps!

Everyone, please keep the ideas coming! (I need all the help I can get!!! )

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Thank you for the great ideas. I'm writing them down so I can give them a try.

:LOL Sorry K&JsMaMa..."crunchy" is a term used synonymously with phrases like granola eater, tree hugger, earth muffin, etc. Basically meaning environment and health conscious. Other ways dh and I are "crunchy" are that we eliminate and limit plastic in our life, drive an electric car, recycle everything, buy organic and recycled products, and may others I know but can't think of of hand. Many of my more mainstream friends also consider our AP parenting as "crunchy" :

Hope that helps!

Everyone, please keep the ideas coming! (I need all the help I can get!!! )
Yes, that explaines it. I was thinking that is what is meant. I guess I'm crunchy too. Yeah!!!

PS, I love the quote in your sig line.
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For your crunchy days:

have you tried some healthy legume-based soups? I know others suggested it but I just can't believe how easy, cheap and good these soups can be! I just made a batch of yummy lentil soup today - it probably cost me $2.00 to make and enough for 10 servings!

I ate a bowl at lunch but may serve it for supper tomorrow with some black olive tapenade spread on Italian bread and then put the bread in the oven with mozzarella cheese on top the tapenade (as brushetta)

Do you eat/like fish? You can spread olive tapenade on salmon or other heavy fish and quickly cook it in the oven for 10 minutes at 450!

Do you dislike all sandwiches? With a little bit of creativity, you can have some delicious ones. I tried one somewhere - you may think it sounds weird but it was yummy - take whole grain muesli bread, butter, place some sauted apples on it and a very thin slice of cheddar cheese. VERY GOOD and light.


another "crunchy"suggestion - make a pot full of chili with TVP (textured vegetarian protein) and legumes and warm some up at lunch.


sometimes I don't feel like really eating lunch - that's when a smoothie or home-made juice plus a muffin goes down well.

I've been bringing all these things to work (except the salmon - too stinky!) and they are all portable.
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