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A little help with lunch? 
Oct. 27, 2010 11:42 pm 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2010 8:52 pm
Time is getting out of hand this week, and I seem to be missing lunch, which leaves me famished for dinner.  When my schedule is this frantic, I often use my 15 minute crack of time around lunch to find a quiet place to eat and prepare for the afternoon.

What are your favorite sandwiches, or pack along lunches? I find myself going the standard route of peanut butter and jelly. I can't believe that some people haven't heard how to keep the bread from getting jelly-sogged -- just make a barrier of peanut butter on both slices of bread, and sanwich the jelly in the middle! 

And while I try to eat healthy, I just can't bring myself to eat PB&J on anything but Wonder white bread.  That was our standard beach-day lunch growing up. There's nothing like a peanut butter, jelly, and sand sandwich after an exhausting morning in the waves :) The only problem is figuring out what to do with the remaining bread from the loaf, because it has very little taste and I don't like it for other sandwiches. There's always breadcrumbs and meatloaf binder :)

I'm looking forward to getting suggestions. Any moms out there packing good kid's lunches, perhaps?

Oct. 28, 2010 3:18 am
PB&J has always been one of my favs - in fact I had one Monday for my lunch. My other fav (and you could use up the rest of that plain old Wonder bread) is bologna & mayo on plain ol' Wonder white bread. My hubby thinks I'm nuts, but I can't help it - I love that stuff!
Oct. 28, 2010 3:55 am
PB&J on Wonder Whole Wheat White bread is what I put in my oldest son's lunch every day. He won't eat any other sandwich and I have been using the PB on both slices trick since a co-worker told me about it when she heard me complain that my son's sandwiches would get soggy. I had never heard of that before. My younger son will only eat a jelly sandwich, no PB. Ever heard of a 5 year old who doesn't like Peanut Butter? I lived on the stuff at his age. I can remember riding bikes with my friends for hours during summer vacation and my Mom fixing us PB&J sandwiches with strawberry jelly. I will only have strawberry jelly, my fav, in my house with an occasional canned jar of Mayhaw jelly that my Dad cans at home. I have just started saving the end pieces of bread in the freezer and I am going to try to make breadcrumbs with them. Who knows what I will end up with.
Oct. 28, 2010 7:42 am
If you're looking for some healthy sandwich ideas, here are my two fav ones. Any bread with honey mustard, garlic and herb mayo, a slice of white American cheese, your favorite lunch meat, tomato, onions, red pepper slices, and lettuce. The second one is better fresh, but still good by the time lunch rolls around. Preheat the broil setting on your oven on high. On a baking sheet, place a piece of tin foil. Lay lunch meat in the shape of your sandwich bread on the foil. Place slices of tomato to the top, then sprinkle with basil. Top with mozz cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted (it depends on your oven. Mine is close to 3 mins). Remove from oven and place on you bread! I wrap mine with tin foil so that I don't have to squish the sandwich into a bag. Hope this helps PS For old breadcrumbs, let them dry completely, then put in a ziploc bag and crush them with a roller. Then you can add your favorite spices to the bag and coat chicken breasts to make a great and low cost chicken Parmesan.
Oct. 28, 2010 8:11 am
The thing I hate about lunch is you have to stop whatever your doing and drag out a bunch of stuff to make a sandwich. To me, there is nothing better than a PB and HONEY sandwich, with a warm bowl of cream of tomato or vegetable soup.. or a give me a grilled cheese anyday. Sometimes I like a plain bagel, broiled with a bit of butter and a slice of provolone on the top. I keep it simple.
Oct. 28, 2010 11:56 am
@ Mother Ann -> you just had to remind me of my other childhood favorite: fried bologna on white bread. As a recovering junk foodie, this one had dropped off my radar (shame on me). And recovering means just that -- I realize that I will never be perfect, nor would I want to give up all of my bad-for-me foods, so I say, a good balance works. SOOOOO... @ AEH -> I never considered combining two gourmet condiments on a sandwich: honey mustard w/ garlic and herb mayo. Can't wait to try that one. Love the veggies, too. @Mellie D. -> What are Mayhaw? And our family favorite was Welch's Grape. @ Belles -> Grilled cheese is my family's fav. I've started putting different types of cheese on rye, w/ green pepper rings, red onion, and tomato. Really adds a good flavor. Thanks!!! Keep suggestions coming. I love new ideas.
Oct. 28, 2010 12:18 pm
Sunday night I make chicken salad and put it into individual size bowls in the refrigerator. To make it healthier, I sub 1/2 the mayo for lite sour cream or greek yogurt and toss in extra veggies. Then I put my bread, goldfish crackers, pickles, etc. into ziplocks and have them ready so all I have to do in a rush is grab and go.
Oct. 28, 2010 12:40 pm
I love ham, swiss cheese, and dijon mustard. I also like turkey, swiss cheese and avocado. Peanut butter and honey is great. This week I made chicken salad with some left over baked chicken. I added a can of veg-all mashed up. I also added onion, garlic mayo and some cilantro. It has been really filling. I used to always take cheese and crackers for lunch. Now it is mostly salads.
Oct. 28, 2010 2:03 pm
@ iceemama-> mashed up veg-all! How cool is that! Reminds me of having to blend the onions for Italian cooking when the kids were little or they wouldn't eat the sauce. worked great until they saw oregano flecks -- a solution for everything -- candle light dinners :)
Oct. 29, 2010 6:30 am
Hey EBZLADY, A Mayhaw is a fruit that looks like a large grape but more round and firmer. We have a lot of them down here in the south. They grow on trees around water areas like creeks and bayous or river areas. You have to go out in a small boat and pull up next to the Mayhaw tree and then shake the limbs and they will fall into the boat along with other various creatures that are in the tree. They are in season in the Spring around May which is how it gets it's name of Mayhaw. I don't really like the taste of it but my DH and boys do. It's an aquired taste.
Oct. 31, 2010 8:52 pm
The best lunch in the world is ironed grill cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Yes, you grill the cheese with the iron. Sandwich is wrapped in tin foil of course. You get the most crispy, perfectly toasted wafer thin sandwiches. Absolutely the best. My husband showed me this trick. Came from his stay at home mom who must've been doing the ironing when the boys came home for lunch from school! It works and it's the best!
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