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  • Thu, Nov 11 2010 12:03 AM

    I've got a new job...

    I finally found a job that fits into my crazy life but I have one prob. I need lunch ideas. I'm sick of sandwiches, soup and salads. Please hit me with new thrifty ideas. Hot, cold, make ahead, quick fixes... whatever you can think of. I do have an hour for lunch but only have a sink, ice machine, coffee maker and microwave to work with.



  • Thu, Nov 11 2010 12:18 AM In reply to

    Re: I've got a new job...


    If you have a microwave, then you have lots of options.   DH and I freeze dinner leftovers in containers and take those for work lunches .. they warm up nicely in the microwave.   

        A few ideas: pasta with sauce; chili, stews, fried chicken ... 

  • Thu, Nov 11 2010 10:31 AM In reply to

    Re: I've got a new job...

    Ditto on the leftover dinners idea. Also, have you tried making your sandwiches using a tortilla (like a wrap) instead of using bread?

    Congrats on the job! What a blessing that is. Smile


  • Thu, Nov 11 2010 11:11 AM In reply to

    Re: I've got a new job...

    String cheese and grapes, cottage cheese with fruit, boiled eggs, jerky, fried or baked chicken, green salad with meat, or try putting some leftover meat in a thermos and filling with a complementary soup...Liz.

  • Thu, Nov 11 2010 11:52 AM In reply to

    • MarthaMFI
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    Re: I've got a new job...

    congrats on the new job!   don't have any ideas to add except maybe some cheap frozen entrees for the times you don't have leftovers etc.

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  • Sun, Nov 14 2010 8:38 PM In reply to

    Re: I've got a new job...

    Attagirl!  Stir-fries warm up well in a microwave and can be reheated over frozen or leftover rice.  Refried beans, cheese and tortilla chips, or hummus and pita chips or pita toast also work well, if you moderate the garlic in the hummus.

  • Sun, Nov 21 2010 7:43 PM In reply to

    • slccom
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    Re: I've got a new job...

     Hummus and pita bread, and boiled egg and a couple of slices of cheese are one of my husband's favorites. I also will make 7-layer dip (Mexican) and chips for a nice meal.

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  • Sun, Nov 21 2010 10:00 PM In reply to

    Re: I've got a new job...

    Make sure to take several servings of fresh fruit with you to work, as well as your regular lunch.  It makes a huge difference in the energy level, which is really important with a new job. 

    My vote is for leftovers from the previous night's dinner.  I've known a number of people who take their dinner leftovers for lunch in a microwaveable pie plate (covered well with plastic-wrap to prevent leaks)

    Sausage and cheese with crackers always makes a nice change-of-pace lunch. 

  • Mon, Nov 22 2010 2:03 PM In reply to

    Re: I've got a new job...

    I bring leftovers for lunch, and I keep jars of dried fruit I make every summer on my desk, for when the munchies hit.
  • Mon, Nov 22 2010 2:25 PM In reply to

    • MamaJ
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    Re: I've got a new job...

    Whenever I make lasagna, enchiladas, or any casserole-type dish, I will freeze one or two servings. That way if there aren't any leftovers from dinner the night before, I can take one of those for lunch.


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