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A Lunch to look forward to

Now that I’m EMPLOYED(!!!!!), I get to make healthy lunches every day. I have some requirements for any lunch, it has to be portable, delicious and filling. I want a lunch that I’m excited to eat. If you pack yourself a good, quality lunch, you’ll be less likely to hit up the vending machine or scrap the whole thing for fast food.

When it comes to midday meals I prefer a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner. In my excitement of being employed again I decided to prep my lunch for Monday.

Before I get to what I prepped for myself, here are a few lunch ideas that are filling, delicious and travel well:

-Tuna Fish salad

-Waldorf Salad

-Chicken Salad

-Egg Salad

-A sandwich version of any of the aforementioned salads

-A regular MEGA salad (a salad with your favorite fixins)

-Taco Chicken Salad

-Tacos (easy to assemble and eat!)

-Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich (Or PB&J)

-Turkey (or other deli meat) sandwich

-Veggie Wrap (meat can easily be added)

-Leftover Pasta (Italian food always gets better overnight!)

-Leftover Lasagna

-Fried Rice or Stir Fry

-Grilled Chicken (in sandwich or tenders form, just cook up a breast or strips the night before and reheat!)

Great Sides/Snacks: potato salad, almonds, crackers, hummus (with cracker or veggies), celery and PB, baked chips, popcorn (with assorted toppings, Salt, butter, chocolate chips, nutritional yeast), rice, pudding cups, trail mix, granola bar, any fruit or veggie!!

Mondays are usually the bain of the workweek, but a delicious and filling lunch can make any Monday brighter!

I’m looking forward to a delicious Tuna Salad! I love tuna because it can be made in SO many ways. I like my tuna salad with lots of flavor and crunch! Definitely not your traditional tuna salad.

Brittany’s Favorite Tuna Salad

-2 cans of tuna (in water, NEVER oil!)

-1 cup of grapes (I slice mine lengthwise, cause I’m picky)

-2 stalks of celery chopped up (any way you prefer, I prefer mine in slices)

-Nature’s Seasons

-Garlic Powder

1. Slice celery and grapes

2. Drain tuna and add

3. Mix well and season to taste

You’re probably wondering, “Where’s the mayo?! The relish?!”

Well remember, this is for a lunch! And it’s enough for several lunches! So my suggestion to you, wait to add the mayo until you are packing up everything to take with you.  Add mayo as you prefer (I don’t have an exact measurement)

Mix it well and add a TB of mustard. The mustard gives it a nice kick and makes up for the lack of relish. The celery adds a great crunch, and the grapes add a burst of sweetness.

If you are hesitant to stray from your standard Tuna Salad recipe, this is a great “gateway” recipe.  I’ve got another Tuna Salad recipe that involves honey and cinnamon…..but that’s another fish for another day!

Wondering what to do with the tuna water?

Midnight will be HAPPY to take it off your hands!! (Military Man’s kitty cat, pretty much the nicest cat I’ve ever met!)

Bon Appetit!

-Brittany

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Souped Up

I’m all about making things from scratch and trying to rely, mostly, on fresh foods. However, I know that sometimes life gets in the way and we have to rely on shortcuts. But that doesn’t mean that those shortcuts can’t taste homemade!

I know grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic…but the great thing about classics is that you can remix them!

So here’s my take on the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese. Trust me, once you modify the soup it will taste homemade!

**Initially, Military Man intended to have some of his leftovers for dinner. I had him do a taste test on the soup to see if I was right on with my additions and after trying it he asked, “Can I have grilled cheese and soup for dinner too??”**

“Can’t Believe It’s from a Can” Zesty Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

-1 can of Zesty Tomato Bisque soup (I’ve only amped up this soup before so I can’t say whether this particular mix of spices would work on a different brand or flavor)

-4 shakes of Hot Sauce (I recommend Texas Pete!)

-1/2 tsp of Nature’s Seasons (AH-mazing spice blend…I put it on everything. Fries, peas, spinach, chicken, etc)

-1 tsp Gahlic Powdaaa

1. Pour one can of soup into a blender or food processor.

2. Add hot sauce, Nature’s Seasons and garlic powder and pulse until combined.

So now that you’ve got your soup how about some grilled cheese to go along with it?

Great Grilled Cheese

~If you choose to use regular bread over sandwich thins then this recipe will not be as low cal, but if you’re worried about flavor, don’t be. This may be a low cal version of grilled cheese but it tastes nothing like cardboard. PROMISE!~

Ingredients:

-1 sandwich thin

-2 heaping TBS shredded cheese of your choice (I recommend shredded because it melts easily)

-1 TB garlic hummus

-1 pat of butter

Recipe Note: This is pretty low cal but I’ve included real butter. If you wish to cut calories non-stick cooking spray would work as a substitute. Frankly, I need that buttery, crispy crunch on my grilled cheese. Plus, I live in close proximity to Paula Deen and if I don’t use butter at some point I’m fairly certain she can expel me from the South.

1. Melt butter in a pan on medium/high heat and add the sandwich thin. Move it around so it soaks up the buttery goodness.

2. Add cheese and distribute between both sides. Leave on the skillet until melted, then remove from heat.

3. Spread hummus on one side and press both sides together.

4. ENJOY!

The soup tastes phenomenal and crazy close to homemade. The touch of hot sauce adds a warmth which makes the soup even better for cold, crisp fall evenings. The hummus takes the grilled cheese from mundane to extraordinary! A quick, healthy meal! And the hummus adds more protein for filling power! (Not to mention crazy good flavor!)

-This was a delicious meal for me, however, Military Man needed a little more food. I used regular bread for his sandwich and included crackers to go with his soup.-

Bon Appetit!

-Brittany

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They just don’t make ’em like that anymore

First a photo of a working lunch/hungry hound.

Lunch of champions: Everything bagel thin (obsessed!) with Smart Balance, hummus, goat cheese and 2 chopped up carrots. Plus a banana. Not pictured: JUG of water. Hydration overload here!

Carrot beggar! “Please mom…just one…just onnnnneeeeeee”

But back to the main reason for my post:

I’m a sucker for classic movies.

TCM owns me. In college, my ability to get things done solely depended on the TCM schedule and whether or not “Gypsy” was on.

I can remember the first time I saw “Singin’ in the Rain.” I was staying with my grandmother and I had worn out my tape of “Captain January” (Shirley Temple…anyone?!) so I went foraging for other movies and stumbled upon “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The cover looked fun, dancing with umbrellas and obviously singing was involved. I liked rain. So I popped it in and it changed my life!

Whenever it rains I start up that Gene Kelly dance routine. Also in college I had an annoying endearing tendency to sing, “Good Morning!” after every overnight cram session. My friends just LOVED me!

I miss the time when movies were called pictures, when diction mattered, and you had to have talent to make it in Hollywood. (Dancing, singing, and acting, often simultaneously.)

When movies had musicals within them…just because.

The Golden Age of Cinema.

I only wish I had been there to see it firsthand. I’d gladly give up Internet and Starbucks for the chance to go back in time and live large in the 50s.

But why am I going on about the movies?

Well folks I have a confession….

I’ve never seen Gone With the Wind.

And tonight I’m going to change that!

I’ll let you know what I think after I finish (it might take 2 days…it’s a long movie!)

Are there any classic movies you haven’t seen? For me it used to be The Sound of Music (Military Man changed that one) and  Gone With the Wind (Which will change after tonight) But one movie I never, ever, EVER, plan on watching is Titanic. NEVER.

How about you?!

-Brittany

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