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  • Looking for easy lunch ideas.

    I need a few (preferably easy) lunch ideas that I can make up on Sunday and use during the week at work.
    I am usually my hungriest at lunch and struggle to get enough Primal foods in me at work.

  • #2
    I'd like to know this as well. I try to stick to a mixed salad with some chicken but after a while it just gets boring. Wish there was a suitable bread type thing to carry turkey, or chicken in...that didn't fall apart.

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    • #3
      Omelette or Frittata. Make the frittata ahead of time and cut it in quarters. Take a quarter or two.

      The omelette can be done in the microwave. Pack 2 cups of spinach in a bowl, wrap 2 eggs in paper towels, bring a little cheese. Cook the spinach in the microwave for 1 minute, mix in the eggs & cheese, microwave between 1-2 minutes (I stir after 1 minute).

      Grill up a bunch of meat to last you the week and bring with a sweet potato or other left over veggies

      Make a pot of primal stew or chili and pack left overs in single serving containers

      It takes a little forethought but you can break the sandwich cycle.
      Diver Girl goes Primal Journal

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      • #4
        following my nose...: The Commuter's Breakfast : Egg Squares to Go!-this has endless variations!

        she also has a 'cheeseburger in a bowl you could do in a microwaveable bowl.

        Steakums cook up in like 30 seconds, and DS cooks them then adds pre-carmelized onions and a bit of cheese and rolls it up and eats it, kind of like mini burritos.
        Chris
        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
        Unknown

        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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        • #5
          the easiest would be fasting...

          ...but a big batch of salad would be my second choice.
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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          • #6
            I'm...not a salad person. Doesn't matter what you put on it, I'm never psychologically satisfied with one as a 'meal.'

            My usual lunches/dinners (no time between work and class to eat at home, most can be eaten with fingers if I drop my fork):

            Moroccan chicken (chicken rubbed with cumin, coriander, anise, clove, cinnamon, roasted garlic, and preserved lemons then grilled or broiled)+veggies
            Grilled/broiled chicken cut into bite size pieces + veggies
            Burgers (sans bun, obviously) with chevre and spicy sauteed mushrooms.
            Strips of flank steak + roasted cubed eggplant and cauliflower
            Pretty much any leftovers I can get my hands on.
            Warning: I'm the most laid-back primal gal you'll ever meet.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Brent* View Post
              I'd like to know this as well. I try to stick to a mixed salad with some chicken but after a while it just gets boring. Wish there was a suitable bread type thing to carry turkey, or chicken in...that didn't fall apart.
              That's similar to what I do, except I vary the meats. I've done pulled port, brisket, skirt steak, etc. I try to get some variety with the seasonings and dressing, otherwise I feel like I'm on BAS gulag.

              I also do big curries and stews. That's especially nice now that the weather is turning colder. This week I did tom kha gai which is a coconut milk soup with chicken and mushrooms.

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              • #8
                please someone tell me what primal foods are I am new on here

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Janice Ross View Post
                  please someone tell me what primal foods are I am new on here
                  Welcome! I recommend starting here.

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                  • #10
                    What I did alot was make chicken drumsticks in the morning and take them to work: I pay 3.50 for chemical and cage free bird and get a whopping 550 calories out of that(its full of fat so its much cheaper than the 5.50 chicken breast that gives me 300 calories). Also buy coconut milk and down that whole thing.....I can get Native Forest Organic for 2.50 with 700 calories of Fat.....talk about a winning situation. Basically when I did eat lunch it was cooked meat and raw vegetables or cooked from the morning or night before. I bought Marks recipe book and havent made 1 recipe out of it,,,why? because using a bunch of herb/spices + meat +veggies can taste pretty damn good,,,,,,and it is alot faster to make.

                    Now I am doing the Leptin Reset and no longer need lunch.......I have a giant breakfast, skip lunch, and come back home for dinner. So I always get me a hot meal and get out of work quickLier.

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                    • #11
                      In addition to the great suggestions by others, I'm going to try cooked hand rolls this week (i.e. cooked meat, raw veggies wrapped in nori sheets). These are two recipes to consider: BrokeAss Gourmet – Beef-Kimchi Nori Rolls or BrokeAss Gourmet – Nori Chicken Rolls

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                      • #12
                        If you have facebook, check out High Plains Primal.. everyday she posts a to go lunch for the kids.. HOWEVER, these are great go-to lunches for anyone and CAN be made in advance.

                        Goodluck

                        edit: shortcut
                        http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...9871592&type=1
                        Karin


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                        What am I doing? Depends on the day.

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                        • #13
                          I try to make large meals and then eat the leftovers for lunches. I also have hard boiled eggs, nuts and berries on hand.

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                          • #14
                            I make lunch for me and my brother every day, and it's usually a salad. I know, "salads are boring", but actually I think they're kind of awesome, and a great way to get your daily fill of greens.

                            My typical salad is what I call the "european tuna salad":
                            European Tuna Salad - Pamela Goes Primal

                            But I also vary it up:
                            Japanese (tuna) salad: Japanese Creamy Dressing (With Tuna Salad) - Pamela Goes Primal
                            Mexican (chicken) salad: Carnitas Salad - Pamela Goes Primal
                            Thai (chicken) salad: Thai Chicken Salad - Pamela Goes Primal
                            Shrimp louie salad: Shrimp Louie Salad - Pamela Goes Primal

                            All my salads are here:
                            Pamela Goes Primal

                            I usually make the salad each day based on what greens and protein I happen to have around. I like to keep my pantry well stocked of sustainable tuna from Amazon (Pamela's Primal Kitchen - Wild Planet Sustainably Caught Wild Skipjack Light Tuna, 5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) - SO GOOD!) but if that's out, I sometimes buy a roast chicken and tear that up, or I slow cook some meat the night before.

                            Besides salad, I've also done wraps and rolls:
                            Egg Salad Wrap - Pamela Goes Primal
                            Cauliflower Sushi - Pamela Goes Primal

                            Happy lunch-ery!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pamelafox View Post
                              I make lunch for me and my brother every day, and it's usually a salad. I know, "salads are boring", but actually I think they're kind of awesome, and a great way to get your daily fill of greens.

                              My typical salad is what I call the "european tuna salad":
                              European Tuna Salad - Pamela Goes Primal

                              But I also vary it up:
                              Japanese (tuna) salad: Japanese Creamy Dressing (With Tuna Salad) - Pamela Goes Primal
                              Mexican (chicken) salad: Carnitas Salad - Pamela Goes Primal
                              Thai (chicken) salad: Thai Chicken Salad - Pamela Goes Primal
                              Shrimp louie salad: Shrimp Louie Salad - Pamela Goes Primal

                              All my salads are here:
                              Pamela Goes Primal

                              I usually make the salad each day based on what greens and protein I happen to have around. I like to keep my pantry well stocked of sustainable tuna from Amazon (Pamela's Primal Kitchen - Wild Planet Sustainably Caught Wild Skipjack Light Tuna, 5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) - SO GOOD!) but if that's out, I sometimes buy a roast chicken and tear that up, or I slow cook some meat the night before.

                              Besides salad, I've also done wraps and rolls:
                              Egg Salad Wrap - Pamela Goes Primal
                              Cauliflower Sushi - Pamela Goes Primal

                              Happy lunch-ery!
                              I'm definitly gonna try that wrap Pamela! thanks! My only concern though, is it easy to pick up or does it fall completely apart? Guess I will find out. Have been trying to find something that will act as meat carrier that isn't typical carb filled bread.

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