Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Question of the Week...

What do you like to eat for lunch?

Honestly, I think lunch is the hardest meal of the day.

I feel like I'm running out of creative options.

I don't like sandwiches, unless I eat them somewhere else. They just seem to taste better anywhere else but home.

And we don't usually have tons of leftovers thanks to our growing children and their summertime appetites.

Lately, I've been eating this cheese with some whole wheat crackers. And sometimes I have one of these burritos or a Lean Cuisine.

What do you typically eat for your mid-day meal?

23 comments:

*carrie* said...

Mer, lunch is hardest for me to plan, too. We do sandwiches or leftovers, usually. In the summer, we often make smoothies--yum!

Michele said...

A good lunch here is anything I don't have to "cook".

I was going to suggest leftovers - that's what we do a lot...other than that, sandwiches or just "snacky" lunches (cut up veggies, fruit, cheese cubes, slices of meat and crackers). Salads are good too - I keep sliced veggies and can throw them together for a quick salad. Oh, and like the previous comment, yes, lots and lots of smoothies! Add some protein powder to give it a little more "kick" and it's a great option!

Kim Heinecke said...

Turkey and cheese is our staple. I use tortillas instead of bread. Cheese and crackers too.

Basically cheese and anything. :)

His Doorkeeper said...

We are like Kim in the above comment. We can't eat a whole loaf of bread without it molding and I don't like the freezer taste so I keep tortillas in the refrig for bread. We just wrap a little turkey, cheese or whatever we have on hand and microwave for a few seconds and there you go...lunch!

Fran said...

I hate lunch too! My kids will usually just eat good ole sandwiches....even on some good bread if we have it. :) Ya know...Subway bread.

I usually eat whatever....how's that for an answer?!

His Girl said...

I can't even like sandwiches unless they are on these:
http://www.flatoutbread.com/
or on an everything bagel.

I also love soup & salad, and I'm all about the leftovers.

all failing, this time of year, fruit and cheese forever hit the spot.

His Girl said...

*the everything bagel MUST be lightly toasted

DotBlogger said...

hmmm...
-Rice cakes
-Pita bread
-Simple nachos
-Fruit salad
-Soup & crackers

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I don't like lunch either. I usually opt for leftovers, if we have them. Otherwise, I'll go for PB on toast, cheese and crackers, tuna. I just need something with protein to keep me satisfied until dinner. Otherwise, the afternoon turns into a munch fest.

Kecia said...

I'm no help--I could eat a sandwich every day for the rest of my life (and cereal every day for breakfast) and be content. Mike, however, grew up thinking he needed a hot meal 3 times a day. Good thing he's such a good cook! ;)

Gretchen said...

I will often go the bean and cheese burrito route, too. I like carb balance soft taco sized tortillas and Rosarita ff green chile refried beans. Then a bit of 2% cheddar or Mexican blend cheese. Also, I squirt a little Taco Bell sauce on there if I have an extra packet--since as you may know, we have Taco Bell for lunch each Sunday. :) I can feed a family of 4 for under $15.00. That's almost cheaper than cooking!

I like making up pasta salads or egg and tuna salads to munch on. I know what you mean about it being a hard meal, though--I'm forever wanting to go out with a friend or my hubby for lunch, and I think that's an avoidance strategy as much as it is just fun to do. :)

xxxooogretchen

Jenn said...

I like salads of all kinds.Here is one I really love http://jennrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/05/spinach-salad-with-pepper-jelly.html. I make this dressing and have all the other things ready in the fridge and eat on it for a couple of days.

I like to make tuna or chicken salad then it with crackers and fruit.Sometimes I just do fruit, cheese and crackers. Soup is always a choice and I do not mind leftovers. But I am not a lot of help because when there is nothing around I can always eat a sandwich.

Elizabeth said...

I eat those burritos all the time-at least twice a week. I have to hide them from the kids, though. I also eat that cheese almost every day for a snack, either with Wheat Thins or Kashi crackers.

Lunch is harder for the kids. We do roll-ups with tortillas, meat, and cheese, or PB&J sandwiches.

I try to always have leftovers because it makes lunch so much easier, but lately there aren't any. But anything is better than a run through the drive-thru.

Debbie said...

Hi Mer, So you are the Life at 7000feet that I have seen on Gina's blog! Thanks for stopping by the other day and leaving a comment. I don't have alot of time right now, so I just wanted to stop by, say Hi and let you know that I will be back to check in! I had to laugh at this post because for some reason I like sandwiches made elsewhere for some reason, too. I don't know why. Isn't that funny and yes I am getting sick of the same turkey sandwich day after day!

Kellie said...

I feel the same exact way.

Especially in Summer when I feel too hot to eat the things I REALLY like for lunch, like soups and hot things.

Today I made smoothies for lunch because they are quick and easy. And COLD.

Yesterday for lunch I had Wheat crackers and Almond butter and an apple. The day before that I can't remember, but it was probably a turkey sandwich, (which I know you are trying to avoid!)

Sometimes I make rice for lunch too! Especially if I have left over chicken!

Jessica said...

I'm not much help--w/ DH being a farmer, big mid day meals are kind of expected. Fortunately he's happy with leftovers ;-). If not, usually a casserole--other standbys are tostadas & Rueben crescents.

Betsy said...

I usually have salads or leftovers. But really my favorite thing to do is go out to lunch since I always have to eat in the school cafeteria with tons of really loud kids! :) Going out to lunch is a huge treat for me and I will eat anything someone fixes for me!

Heather said...

I don't like sandwiches at home, either. Lunch is HARD. We like grilled cheese sandwiches, for something different but still an easy sandwich-y option.
I also love leftovers....or bagel bites pizzas!
I would love to make a salad, but it is too hard for me to do with just one person.
You could do quick quesadillas with tortillas and some leftover chicken (just make extra the next time you make a dish for dinner...)

Leigh Ann said...

I have been wondering if that cheese is good, and we buy some Amy's products and love them but I haven't ever had the burritos. I'll have to give those a try.

Moriah said...

Maybe you'd like wraps better than sandwiches? I dunno... Lunch is always my quandary, too. Often the kids get pb&j (hey, meat-free! ha) and we eat fruit all day long.

I guess it all depends on what I am or am not doing when the kids get hungry.

chickadee said...

that's always hard for me too. but i love a good hot ham sandwich.

Susan said...

Hmmm, the biggest meal in this country is lunch...so no sandwiches. Usually peel up potatoes during the morning. Make potatoes and veggies a lot. Usually use one of the nice German sauces for on top. I have a toddler, so nothing fancy. Sometimes with German dumplings topped with Brown sauce. Grilled cheese or pasta with sauce. Homemade pizza is his favorite. We make pizza with corn, pinto beans, peppers, mushrooms, pineapples...whatever is around.

Bread and cheese is eaten for Dinner in Germany. It is their lightest meal, thus you have less overweight folks in Europe.

Meredith said...

I usually end up munching on whatever is left on Graham's plate...pb&j or chicken nuggets. :( I love to have a good salad, but am usually too lazy to do the prep work to make one at home.