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Fri Oct 11, 2013, 11:21 AM

Ideas for simple lunches at home for a furloughed fed

She is bored to death with all the usual stuff: sandwiches, soup, hot dogs, eggs, lean cuisines, chili . . .

Going grocery shopping tomorrow. Got any ideas for simple stuff that will help un-bore my very bored beloved?

Thanks!

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Reply Ideas for simple lunches at home for a furloughed fed (Original post)
Bertha Venation Oct 2013 OP
hlthe2b Oct 2013 #1
Bertha Venation Oct 2013 #5
hlthe2b Oct 2013 #7
angstlessk Oct 2013 #2
Lars39 Oct 2013 #3
Earth_First Oct 2013 #4
Name removed Oct 2013 #9
Chan790 Oct 2013 #6
Name removed Oct 2013 #8
elleng Oct 2013 #10
mysuzuki2 Oct 2013 #11
MiddleFingerMom Oct 2013 #12
DebJ Oct 2013 #13
LiberalEsto Oct 2013 #14
Callmecrazy Oct 2013 #15
applegrove Oct 2013 #16
MiddleFingerMom Oct 2013 #17
applegrove Oct 2013 #18
Sentath Oct 2013 #19

Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 11:27 AM

1. Bertha, you are a kind person and your SO is very lucky to have you...

That said, I can't help but be reminded of the countless numbers who can't afford food since they live paycheck-to-paycheck, have had food stamps discontinued or diminished, are no longer getting WIC and the like. The food banks in my own community are so overtaxed they are running dry. I am extremely worried for some friends, colleagues, and of course the countless strangers.

I know that you, especially, would never intentionally be insensitive, but let's remember them as well, ok?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 11:53 AM

5. You're absolutely right.

And I don't forget the hungry, hlthe2b. I do what I can.

I hope you pass along this message to those who indulge in food porn. I do not understand that. THAT is insensitivity to the max.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 12:03 PM

7. thank you for taking my admonishment as I intended...

Unfortunate some of my furloughed friends (and unemployed friends) are in that "beyond vulnerable" group. One is already facing eviction if she can't come up with rent in 10 days and she has no family to help.

Seems creditors don't give a damn about Federal shutdown--hell they are probably among those rooting for it.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 11:39 AM

2. We like the occasional sub sandwitch...here is a link to some ideas

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 11:41 AM

3. Hummus, sliced veggies and pita chips.

My favorite is the roasted red pepper hummus with lots of garlic.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 11:42 AM

4. Tabouli, couscous and pita/hummus all come to mind...

Veggies can be added to all three, and homemade hummus is extremely easy to do it yourself.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 12:00 PM

6. Safeway has a new line of heat-and-serve frozen single-serve entrees that are pretty good.

 

Not at all the normal stuff you see in such meals. Chicken Tikka Masala, Lemongrass Chicken, Asian Style Beef, Five-Cheese Lasagna, Chili-Lime Chicken, Moroccan Chicken, Beef Tamales in Enchilada Sauce, Baked Chicken. (The line-up is a bit heavy on the chicken.)

I believe they're $2 each regular price so the price is reasonable, though I found the portion size small and the included sides a little meh. I didn't look at the sodium or fat but those are generally the things to watch out for on those kinds of meals.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 02:54 PM

10. Nothing off the top of my head,

but you'll probably find some ideas here, BV.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1157

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 04:04 PM

11. Microwave a large baked potato.

Load it with various toppings. I especially like the frozen broccoli in cheese sauce. Of course, you could make your own topping from whatever you have in the fridge.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 04:14 PM

12. A Cheddar-and-sauted-apple omelet and, of course... BACON!!!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 04:47 PM

13. Flat breads make good pizzas.

Just toss on some spaghetti sauce and cheese and then whatever else you like.

Put olive oil on the flatbread, bake 2 minutes at 425, put on toppings for about
5-7 minutes more, et voila!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:00 PM

14. My usual lunch is a piece of fruit and a small piece of cheese

 

and a cup of tea.

The cheese piece is about the size of 4 dice.

Pear and brie.
Apple and cheddar.
Grapes and whatever kind of cheese you like.

Sometimes I'll do apple slices with sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe's - tastes like peanut butter.

You might find some ideas here:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/ways-to-make-a-brown-bag-lunch-more-appealing

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexnaidus/around-the-world-in-sandwiches

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/15-mouthwatering-no-bread-sandwiches

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/40-amazing-grilled-cheese-sandwich-recipes

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:47 PM

15. I'm with MFM on this...

BACON!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 05:57 PM

16. Gouda, tomato and cucumber salad in a balsamic vinagrette dressing. Cobb

salad. Omelette with brie and red pepper jelly. Make a dip for endive leaves.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #16)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 06:14 PM

17. Even better than Gouda with that (mmmm, SMOKED Gouda... the "meat" of cheeses) would be...

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... crumbled goat cheese and sliced or crumbled hard-boiled egg ... and maybe mandarin orange segments.
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Now I'M hungry!!!
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #17)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 06:20 PM

18. Hey. MFM. How are you? Me? I am now hungry. Thanks alot!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Oct 11, 2013, 06:26 PM

19. I know you said you've done sandwiches to death, but what about a BLP

Bacon Lettuce and Plum

Good Bacon
Decent Bread
Tart late season Plums

And, if you feel fancy, a bit of thyme basil sage aioli.

Stolen from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/dining/191arex.html?_r=0

They are wonderful.

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