OK Yule. I was a little harsh with you regarding your boyfriends needs and I'm sorry. So to help make it up to you, here are some ideas and recipes that might work for both packed lunches and dinners.
Beef and/or Bean Burritos -
send him to work with a couple flour tortillas, beef or beans packed separately, grated cheese, sour cream, salsa for topping. He can quickly assemble this, throw it in the microwave and finish with the toppings.
Pimento Cheese Spread
(Warning - this is addictive!)
Makes enough for 6 sandwiches on white bread, about 2 cups. Or spread on crackers.
8-ounce package of cheddar cheese, grated (see note)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 2-ounce jar of pimentos with juice, chopped
1/2 cup finely minced yellow or white onion
Mix all together, adding a little more mayo if you think it needs it. Will store up to two weeks in the fridge (if it lasts that long). Serve heaped on celery ribs or as a sandwich filling.
Variations include adding: roasted red peppers (instead of the pimento), chopped green chiles, pecans, cayenne pepper, chopped garlic, pickles and olives.
Note: Freshly grated cheese works best but if someone wanted to use a package of grated cheese, they might need to add another tablespoon of mayo.
Deviled Chicken Legs
6 chicken drumsticks
1/4 c. Dijon Mustard
1 TB vinegar or lemon juice (he won't taste the vinegar)
1 TB. oil
Cayenne to taste
Salt and Pepper
Mix together and rub under and over drumstick skin.
Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate up to 2 hours covered.
Grill or bake, turning often, for about 40 minutes or until done.
Serve warm or cold. This would be fine for either lunch or dinner.
Put the broth, minced garlic and chili oil into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. When at full simmer add the potstickers and simmer for 3 minutes more or per package directions. Toss in the spinach and carrots. Cook until spinach is just barely wilted. Ladle it into bowls and serve with more chile oil on the side.
Marinated Flank Steak
- 32-44 oz chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 tsp. chili oil or chile garlic paste to taste
- 1 package pork potstickers (aka gyoza), chicken, shrimp or vegetarian also OK
- 2 cups or more to taste fresh baby spinach OR
- 1/4 to 1/2 pkg. thawed, drained and squeezed dry frozen spinach
- 1 cup shredded carrots
1 lb. Flank steak
¼ c. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces
2 large green peppers, cut into bite size pieces
2 slices ginger root
1 tsp. ground ginger
¼ cup slad oil
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 TB. Soy sauce
Cut up flank steak as for stir fry.
Marinate meat in soy sauce and sugar for ½ hour.
Heat oil, add garlic and ginger.
Saute briefly without burning the garlic.
Remove garlic and add green pepper. Saute for 3 minutes.
Add meat and marinade liquid and saute for 3 minutes.
Add the cornstarch and 1TB soy sauce.
Cook for 9-10 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.
Add the tomatoes at the end so that they cooked only a short time.
Serve over rice.
TARRAGON CHICKEN BREASTS with BUTTERED LEEKS (from Chef Jerry Traunfeld)
Thinly slice a peeled orange, thinly slice a 1/2 sweet onion. Toss together, salt and pepper and drizzle of olive oil and voila - a lovely and different salad.
Same as above except the key ingredients are avocado and grapefruit. Salt, Pepper, Olive oil - another delicious salad.
Take some nice dark green lettuce, plop on some cottage cheese, top with pear or peach slices, dollop on a little mayo, then grate some cheddar cheese over the top.
In order to avoid the "sandwich"
aspect of lunches, try naan bread, pita, wraps or croissants for an "un sandwich like taste.
One last thing. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, go explore it. they ahve a lot of things that your boyfriend might like even if it isn't stictly fresh and homemade. It's also a great place to get inspired with some of their salads, breads, sandwiches and prepared frozen food.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing!