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Old 01-23-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Lunch Challenged

I need some ideas on quick lunches. Hubby has a weird schedule this week. Up @4am all week.

The rules are. He's given a 10 minute break some days maybe a little longer.

No microwave or utensils,can be used.
It has to be portable. Able to hold up. Quick and easy.

I sent the poor guy out with Tuna and tomato sammiches today, and a small container of bacon, and coffee. Lots of water bottles. Those sammiches are probably going to be soggy by the time he gets a break. He insisted that I make them, because he won't have the time to put it together himself.

I'm out of ideas besides boiled and peeled eggs, bacon, maybe mini coffee cakes, ( Breville time! )
It's going to be a long week...

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Old 01-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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I pack Kathleen lunches often and since she doesn't have a lot of time to eat it can be tricky to feed her well.

I do make her sandwiches quite a bit, whatever she would like on them and I stick the tomatoes in a separate baggie so they don't ruin the cheese or make things soggy.

She does have refrigeration and a microwave so I am not as limited in what I send.

Good luck, if it is only a week I suspect you will be ok.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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How about a container of guacamole or hummus with chips or celery and carrot sticks for dipping?
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Soup or broth a thermos bottle he can just drink?
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:11 AM   #5
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Tortilla rolls? Pitas? I find you can put all the liquidy stuff (tomatoes, lettuce etc) in a baggie, then put the meat and other stuff actually IN the pita. Dump the baggie into pita and munch. All kinds of fillings work this way. Is that too much time lost for him?

Mini bagel pizzas are good cold.
Pepperoni sticks, cheese sticks and crackers.
Salad rolls.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:11 AM   #6
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Make the tuna on toast, takes a bit longer for it to sog up the bread. Or tuna with crackers. Perfect chance to send him some pie-sized calzones and marinara dipping sauce. Anything that would taste good being cold. Teriyaki chicken chunks are good cold, with some rice.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #7
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You guys are great. Thank you for the ideas.
I can cut up some veggie sticks, pack them into ziploc bags make some ranch dressing. It can be put into small spice containers to make them easier to dip.

I have a 3 boned Prime Rib Roast in the freezer. Can that be cooked to rare or medium then sliced up thin, fat removed for the Pita's, Tortillas? Calzone's maybe? I think he would have time to open a bag and dump in all the goods..

Thinking Fajita's with some Spanish rice in it would work well. Fried Chicken has crossed my mind. Have an extra thermos. Miso soup! Thank you Rock :)
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #9
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Cottage cheese and fruit...yum
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #10
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Hey! I was gonna say that. Ok, so, pasties, but with a little divider of dough in the pastie, with meat, potato, rutabegga, onion, salt & pepper on one side, and blueberry pie filling on the other. I made this and it turned out wonderful.

For pasties, make a 123 pastry dough, rollout, and cut it into a ten inch round. Peel and dice rutagga and potatoes and saute in butter until almost tender. Add chopped onion and season with salt, pepper, and a little garlic. Brown ground beef and add to the veggies. Roll a snake of the remaining pastry dough and place accross teh pastry round to act as a divider. Place a half-cup of this mixture onto one side of the pastry, on the larger side of the divider. Place blueberry or other pie filling on the other side of the divider. Fold the round over top of the fillings and roll the edges back toward teh center to make a half-circle. Brush with egg-wash. Bake at 370' F. for 40 minutes. Remove and put in the fridge. Wrap in plastic wrap when cold.

This is what miners used to eat. The dough "handle" gave them something to hang onto with dirty hands so that the main pasty remained clean. The crust handle was then discarded.

It's good food cold. It's better food hot, with gravy over top.

I would think you coulod go non-traditional, and put pulled pork in it, or anything you wanted.

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