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    Suggestions for cold work lunches

    Hi All,
    I need some help mixing up my work lunches a little bit. Currently I have been doing lettuce wraps with chicken, peppers, and onions. It is good, but I would like something to mix in every other week or so.

    Here is my criteria...
    - Must have protein
    - Doesn't need to be heated (hate microwaves)
    - Can make it ahead of time on Monday and have it be good till Friday

    Open to any and all suggestions. No allergies and I like pretty much everything.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Boiled eggs, Fruit, Nuts, Cheese, Jerky.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    Make a pot roast, eat the leftovers. Thin sliced, cold, salted beef is awesome. You could then add some good hot sauce to the (cooked) veggies and eat those cold too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelwlcx View Post
    Make a pot roast, eat the leftovers. Thin sliced, cold, salted beef is awesome. You could then add some good hot sauce to the (cooked) veggies and eat those cold too.
    This works for just about any big hunk of meat that you cook -- be it a pork or beef roast, a whole chicken or turkey or ham or -- so on. Eat it hot out of the oven on the night you cook. Then for lunch during the week, slice some of the meat and eat cold like that a few days, topping with any condiments you enjoy or putting the sliced meat atop your fave salad greens for extra variation. Chop or shred some and turn into meat salad (using, of course, your homemade mayo) for the other days (at its most basic my formula is shredded or chunked meat/mayo/something crunchy like celery/something a bit sweet - I'm liking dried cranberries with my turkey salad these days but I use grapes or apples with my chicken salad/nuts or seeds, optional - sliced almonds or sunflower seeds or similar/seasoning - paprika or jalapeno or cilantro or whatever flavor seems to be an interesting mix with the meat and such). Of course, what's in the pantry and what's in season play into the meat salads I make, so they are rarely the same from batch to batch.
    I'm sure there are other ways to enjoy these meats cold, and I'd love to hear what other people do.
    To go along side this protein, serve up your fave crudite, which are easy to chop ahead for the week and save into individual meal portions.
    Hope this helps!

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    My go to lunch is a couple of boiled eggs, raw carrot sticks, a couple of chunks of cheese, maybe some ham or salami and an apple. I like to slice it all up at work and eat it like a tasting platter. Can change it around depending on what you have in the fridge at the time (celery sticks or an orange or a handful of olives etc), almost no prep at all at home and just a few minutes at work.

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    My cold lunch options lately have been the following:
    - Big Ass Salad: Lettuce, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Tomato, Capsicum, Cheese (leave that out if your not that way inclined), Boiled Egg, Bacon, and either cold Roast Chicken, or ham.
    - Egg & Vege Frittata thingy - sorry don't have the full recipe because the wife made if and I haven't the faintest clue, she tells me there are like 7 veges in it.

    But of late I have been digging hot lunch options, I have been doing up nice stir fry veges on the sandwich press at work - much to my workmates jealousy!

    Cheers and happy eating!

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    I make a big frittata and cut it into wedges - it lasts a few days and tastes great cold.

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    I don't eat lunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanmercer View Post
    I don't eat lunch.
    Well that was a really helpful post...

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    i don't know if anyone else would find this appetizing, but i absolutely love a really spicy chili served cold

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