Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DAY 6: Beef Up Your Sandwich...With VEGETABLES

This is a super quick post about an even quicker lunch. The best way to get the most out of your lunch is by adding vegetables to any ordinary sandwich. Cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, romaine and spinach will give that sandwich a crunchy boost and will take away some of the guilt of the chips.

Today I'm having Tuna Salad with Chips. I added a splash of lime, cilantro and jalapeno and my all-time fave Dijon ...everything tastes better with Dijon, and a little mayo.


I'm off!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

DAY 4: Brown Bagging Never Tasted So Good

Rolling into Day Four of the Brown Bag Challenge and I am feeling pretty good. Today's lunch is in honor of Fall. I am now craving my own cooking so I decided to make Turkey Meatballs with a Lemon Yogurt Dipping Sauce. Let me tell you it is YUMMY.


Always add a little garnish just liven up the plate and to get your palette excited about eating.


Remember that variety is the spice of life. Find a recipe that you like and make it your own. Adding new twists to old dishes will keep you away from the "habit" of eating out or mindless eating. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a great dining experience, but nothing can ever compare to the meals that you make yourself. I have included my recipes for you to try.


SPICY TURKEY MEATBALLS

1lb Ground turkey
1 Jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed and diced fine
2tbs Red onion, diced fine
1 t fresh garlic, minced
1 tbs Fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 dash Salt
1 dash black pepper
1 Whole egg
1 cup Plain breadcrumbs
1-2 tbs Olive oil or neutral oil

1. Mix diced and chopped ingredients into the ground turkey.
2. Season with salt and pepper
3. Add egg and bread crumbs and mix well but do not overly mix.
4. Heat oil (if using olive oil be careful because it has a low smoking point and
will burn quickly).
5. Shape 2 tablespoonfuls of meat mixture in your hands into balls.
6. Place in hot oil and cook turning until even and well-browned.
7. Drain on paper towels and cover to keep warm.


LEMON YOGURT DIPPING SAUCE

1 cup Plain Greek yogurt
1 t Fresh garlic, minced
1 t Fresh Cilantro, chopped fine
3 tbs Fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used 3/4 of lemon)
1 dash Salt
1 dash Ground white pepper

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until chilled.

Enjoy!

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you're eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 3: Ode To The Sea

After a long-weekend it was a little difficult to get back into the groove of things and I almost forgot my lunch. Today I packed Seafood Salad on a mini-bun and fresh grapes with bottled water. Nothing fancy but sure to be delicious.




The key to brown bagging is simplicity, freshness of ingredients and variety. I am loving this. Okay, off I go!



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Friday, September 2, 2011

DAY 2: Lunch On-The-Go

What do you do when the schedule is tight and it's so much easier to just roll into the local fast-food "restaurant" and grab a burger and fries? Here are my 5 rules to a quick lunch:

1. Fruits and vegetables are great on the go!- Some require no prep, just peel and enjoy. Instead of the relying on that candy bar to get you through the day, rely on nature's candy to give you the healthy boost of energy needed throughout the day.

2. Leftovers make a great lunch the next day: While you're cleaning up the dinner dishes why not pack a hearty lunch from the awesome dinner casserole. Quick, easy, and sure to taste even better the next day.

3. Keep it simple: Try throwing some spinach leaves a cucumber and nuts together and tossing it in a raspberry viniagrette...quick and very delicious.

4. Make time on the weekends to prepare lunch for the week ahead- This requires shopping ahead, but will save you a lot of time and eliminates the temptation of eating out.

5. Don't be afraid to try something new. It's fun to take your favorite meal and create a lunch time twist. Meatloaf minis or Curry Chicken Salad with Pecans and Cranberries will take the monotony out of the meal time break.

Lunch today is super quick: Shaved deli turkey with Salad Savoy and Tomato, fresh grape medley. Today I omitted the chips as a gesture of good will. Happy Friday!



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Thursday, September 1, 2011

DAY 1: Reinventing The Sandwich

Today I saved a few extra minutes to make my lunch for the Food Network's "Healthy Eats Brown-Bag Challenge. Just to recap, for the next 30 days I will be making a home-made lunch and brown bagging to school and work. My family has been recruited as well, so when school starts next week I will have triple the bags to pack...No worries. It's all about healthy eating, so it's definitely worth it.

In the bag today is: Roasted Turkey Sandwich with sliced Cucumbers and Tomatoes on Jalapeno Cheddar Bread and Tim's Luau BBQ Chips(these are so AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS), Juicy, Fresh Fruit Grape Medley and Frozen Bottled TAP Water. Variety in colors and texture will make your lunch visually appealing and satisfy your palette, so when packing remember to add at least 3 colors in the fruits and veggie department. Try different types of breads-my favorites are always those with nuts or olive oil or some kind of pepper or cheese baked right in.




It is very helpful to freeze bottled water and place it in with your lunch so that your food stays cold and to prevent food borne illnesses.

So we are off and running! Here's to making healthy, delicious meals. P.S. I forgot the brown bags...will buy an actual lunch bag this weekend.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Love A Good Challenge

As a busy Mom and culinary student, I don't really make a lot of time to have a sit-down lunch. Sadly, my routine is to grab something out of a nearby vending machine(Dr. Pepper and something sweet or salty depending on the mood), or starving until dinner time which is never good. So, I thought this challenge would be the perfect opportunity to take a step back to the good old days when Mom made your lunch each day and sugar and fat were not main items in the bag.

The brown bag is nostalgic, practical and it can be recycled(which is always great). So, for the next 30 days EVERYONE in my family will be taking their lunches to work and school. I will post pictures and recipes and dispense helpful tips along the way...Who knows, there may even be a giveaway before it's all over.

The idea is to show that brown bagging has never been more healthy. When we take the time to prepare our own meals we stay in control of what goes into our bodies and in control of our health.

Thank you in advance for sharing this adventure with me and feel free to post questions or comments.

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