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1978 to 2011 Peace Lunch

In Healthy Lunches, Random Acts of Food on January 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Peace Lunch

Egyptian Ful:  Saute large chopped onion in 2 tsp olive oil. Add 5 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp cumin, salt, pepper, 15 oz can fava beans. Stir and cook a bit then put a cover on sauce pan and simmer for awhile.  Add juice of 1/2 lemon.  Process in food processor, add chopped parsley and serve beside…

Israeli couscous:  Boil 2 1/2 cups of water, box of large pearl couscous, 1 Tbsp olive oil for 12 minutes then put lid on for about 5 minutes off the heat.  Add jar of marinated artichoke hearts, 1 tsp ground coriander, salt. Serve under…

One fried egg with…

Peanut butter in honor of history.


Oh No I Ate a Spider!!!

In Healthy Lunches on January 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

White Bean Salad

Enlarge the picture on your screen to see the two little spiders I must have eaten!  Yuck.

This bean salad was truly awful.  Please send me a better recipe.  I will try Egyptian Ful next time.

White bean salad:  Soak 1 lb beans overnight, boil with new water until soft.  Add 1/2 cup olive oil, some Greek olives, minced garlic, cumin seeds, parmesan cheese, salt, and ground pepper.

Wild Blueberry Scones with Grits

In Healthy Lunches on January 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Wild Blueberry Scone

I gobbled 2 of these for brunch.  And I made grits from scratch for the first time.  They were much better than the instant kind where you just add hot water.

Plain Grits

Blueberry Scones: Sticky Fingers Bakery mix.

Grits:  Wash 1 and 1/3 cup stone ground yellow grits in pan of water and then drain off water and bran.  Add 4 cups of water and 1 1/4 tsp salt.  Bring to boil then simmer for 28 minutes.

Happy Bran Muffin

In Healthy Lunches on January 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Salad on Sad Day

Thoughts over in Egypt.  Simple salad.

Happy Bran Muffin

Cheese Grits Potstickers

In Healthy Lunches on January 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Cheese Grits Potstickers

Another first maybe.  I loaded up two wonton wrappers with son #1’s cheese grits leftover from breakfast.  The other two were filled with black bean soup.  The soup ones were better but I couldn’t resist trying to make Southern Style Potstickers with the grits.

4 wonton wrappers, 2 tsp. cheese grits, 2 tsp. thick soup, fresh grated parmesan cheese, olive oil spray for wok, pineapple, lettuce, 1 Tbsp. low fat ranch dressing.  Yogurt off camera.

400 Calorie Lunch – everyday

In Healthy Lunches on January 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Black Bean and Vegetable Soup

Bread without butter needs to be cut up and arranged for more interest.  Yawn.  Amy’s makes good soup.

1/2 tin of soup and slice of German dark bread.  Add 1 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup yogurt for dessert.

Blueberries with Apple Custard Yogurt


Cow Dung in Bird’s Nest?

In Healthy Lunches on January 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Bird's Nest Salad

It takes 21 days to break a habit.  When you get around day 21 with your healthy lunch eating plan, make this salad for lunch.  If you’ve tried 21 different sandwiches, you are probably bored with sandwiches.  I guarantee that no one in the history of time has ever had this salad.  You can’t be bored with something new, can you?  Try it.  I haven’t.  For once I am posting before I eat it just in case it’s terrible.

1/4 cup Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Pasta.  They say not to boil it too much but I found I had to boil the heck out of it for it to bend without breaking.  9 minutes should do.  Drain and mix with some Paul Newman’s light balsamic vinaigrette.  Make a little nest and add 1/4 cup wild rice, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/4 pear, 2 oz. cubed leftover pork roast.  The parsley is from our summer garden.  It has been living in the fridge all this time.  Hard to believe it is still ok even though I didn’t irradiate it!

By the way, if the company that makes Ezekiel 4:9 stuff would have read further, they might have made this bread instead:


Why would anyone want Ezekiel 4:anything?

See this for more info.  🙂

Make Eat Post

In Healthy Lunches on January 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Eggplant Tomato Sheep Cheese Sandwich

My goal is to make, eat, and post my lunch in half an hour.  I really like this Flatout flatbread with flax.  The eggplant was grilled with some Cajun seasoning and the tomato was an heirloom tomato.  Sheep cheese for just a bit of something different.  Eat this on your own.  What a juicy mess it was!  Add a Tbsp. of almond butter on a spoon to bump this up to 400 calories for lunch.  375 for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for dinner, and 225 for snacks.  Got that all you dieters out there?  This formula WORKS for weight loss!!!  Not hungry, loosing weight.

Flatout 5-grain flatbread with flax, heirloom tomato, basil, grilled eggplant with seasoning, grilled red onion, 1 oz. sheep cheese, 1 Tbsp. hummus, slice of orange.

Who Ate All the Bacon?

In Healthy Lunches on January 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Waffle Poached Eggs Mango Pear

I made a feast for the family.  I should have taken a picture of what I didn’t eat!  After son #1 ate ALL the bacon, he pointed out I should take a picture of ALL that I ate.  I did have seconds so I recreated what I ate here:

Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Pork Roast Prunes

Not a vegetable in sight.  Nice Sunday Brunch.  Veg for dinner.

Cleaning up House and Diet

In Healthy Lunches on January 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Beef Broth and Couscous

3/4 cup beef broth and 1/2 cup of couscous.

Post Brownie Binge

In Healthy Lunches on January 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Smoked Salmon on Rye Crisp

This “do over” lunch is the opposite to 1/4 recipe of Ghirardelli premium double chocolate brownie box mix that one might have made and had the night before.  Do you know how many calories are in 1/4 a box of prepared brownies?  Not 300 as I assumed.  It’s 760!!!  I’m not saying I ate this but if I had, I would eat smoked salmon on rye the next day for lunch.  And I would also have tea and toast for breakfast.

Scottish smoked salmon on rye crispbread.  No dessert.

Saving Loads of Money!

In Healthy Lunches on January 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Bean Jalapeno Foldover

A side effect of eating not overly processed food is that we are saving money.  And there are less overly packaged food items cluttering up the pantry and fridge.  This was 400 calories including the 1/2 cup of V8 and truffle I didn’t show in the picture.

Flatout 5 grain flax mini foldover pita, 1/2 cup warmed up refried beans from last week or was it 2 weeks ago (how long do they last?), 5 jalapeno slices, 1 oz low fat cheese, red bell pepper, lettuce, 4 Tbsp. salsa.

Almost missed lunch again

In Healthy Lunches on January 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Spinach Mushroom & Garlic Pizza

This is good for healthier frozen pizza.  1/4 of the pizza was 435 calories.  Big garlic taste.  I cooked it awhile ago, froze the leftovers, and reheated in microwave.

DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza – Spinach Mushroom & Garlic

Look What I Found in the Car

In Healthy Lunches on January 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm


Ran out of time today getting 4 new brake pads and 2 new rotors.  We also ran out of money after that so I couldn’t go to a restaurant.  Thankfully I found this old bar in the car and gobbled it up.  190 calories is not enough so I’ll make up for it at dinner.  I’m going for 375 calories for breakfast, 400 for lunch, and 500 for dinner with 225 worth of snacks.  That’s a lot of carrots though so I might skip snacks some days.  I don’t want to turn orange like my sister did when she decided to eat nothing but oranges.

The boys are playing their pre-ordered copy of Little Big Planet 2 and laughing their heads off.  Does anyone want to buy our copy of Black Ops?  I hear my Call of Duty as a mom to get rid of it.  Turns out it is not all that it was hyped up to be anyway, says our teenager who leveled up in C of D #1 by way of cheat engines combined with real skill.

Pile of Pasta Hiding Behind Salad

In Healthy Lunches on January 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Pasta Behind Salad

I made this the other day and put some in the freezer.  Warmed up for a quick lunch today.  See this page for description.  Food is way more healthy if you face the salad towards you!

Bad Choice

In Healthy Lunches on January 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Apple Stuffed French Toast

I feel sick.  Too tired to cook and picked the worst thing on the menu.  Apple stuffed French toast with mascarpone cheese and birch tree syrup.  And I don’t know how to get the pictures off my phone onto the computer.  I need a nap now.  Sugar overload… and I have a headache.  Tomorrow I will read this post and make something healthy for lunch.  The company was good though.  My husband told me that most thinking people of the middle ages did not think the earth was flat.  (And probably many thinking people before that too.)  I just looked it up and this is what I found on Wikipedia:  Myth of the Flat Earth  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Flat_Earth

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Ski Lodge Lunch

In Healthy Lunches on January 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Veggie Burger

I drove 2 hours for my lunch today (and skied for 8).  I was going to have the awesome fried chicken and french fries until I got to talking to the man ahead of me in line.  He was complaining that there was nothing healthy on the menu.  Everything was fried.  He was obviously not from The South and not used to how we do things down here.  I agreed about the menu and told him about my blog.  I felt like an advocate of healthy eating and was then duty bound into ordering the healthiest thing they had at the ski lodge.  And I had water instead of diet Coke.

What’s Wrong with this Sandwich?

In Healthy Lunches on January 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Roast Beef Sandwich

Cure for the common cold:  Put 1 Tbsp. of horseradish in a sandwich and don’t spread it around too much.  Yikes, this sandwich just about blew my head off.  Looks and tasted good though!  Just make sure you spread horseradish around evenly.

3 oz. roast beef, 2 tsp. low fat mayo, 1 Tbsp. horseradish sauce, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, all on whole wheat bread.


After Snow Days Salad

In Healthy Lunches on January 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Greek Salad with Pita

We had 3 snow days.  Boys back in school today and a nice salad for mum.  I ran out of feta so I used Stilton leftover from Christmas.  Not really a healthy option but the rest looks pretty healthy.

Romain lettuce, Greek olives, onions, tomato, 2 tsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar, oregano, minced garlic from a jar, Stilton cheese, and whole wheat pita.

Hummus and Pita

In Healthy Lunches on January 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Hummus and Pita

Quick lunch.  What you see is what I had.

1/2 large whole wheat pita, 1/3 cup hummus, 1 oz. low fat cheese, tomato, and lettuce.

Snow Day Lunch

In Healthy Lunches on January 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Shrimp & Pineapple Stir-Fry

We are on snow day #2 so I made waffles for the troops for brunch as they all slept in.  I had leftovers from last night.  This would have been healthier with brown rice but I am easing into healthy eating slowly and decided white rice would taste better.  I’m not sure I’ve ever had warmed up leftover shrimp so I was worried it wouldn’t be good.  I heated everything else up in the microwave and just used cold shrimp on top.

Stir-fry the following for 3 or 4 servings:  2 tsp. canola oil, 16 oz or more of cut up vegetables, 1/3 cup bottled stir-fry sauce, 8 oz. pineapple chunks in juice.  Then add 15 shrimp (boiled, peeled, deveined) to warm up and coat with sauce.  Serve on steamed rice.

Leftovers – New Favorite Lunch

In Healthy Lunches on January 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Curried Chicken and Mango Salad

Leftovers from the night before are becoming my new favorite lunch.  I like that it only took 30 seconds to open the fridge, arrange lettuce, and place a scoop of chicken salad on top.  I might have eaten the mango chicken right out of the plastic container while standing at the fridge in the past.  That would have made a terrible picture though.  Add some green and it looks great.

Remove skin from rotisserie chicken, cut up chicken in 1 inch pieces, stir together 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or dressing, 2 Tbsp. chopped mango chutney, 1 Tbsp. lime or lemon juice, and 1 tsp. curry powder (I used masala).  Stir in chicken, 1 diced mango, 1 stalk of celery (ooops, I forgot to add that to mine) cut up, 1 apple diced, and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley.  Scoop up chicken and put on arranged Boston lettuce leaves.

Switch to Almond Butter

In Healthy Lunches on January 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Almond Butter and Apple Sandwich

This lunch is starting to look more like diet food but it was good enough.  Even though I had been dreaming about the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter I was going to have for lunch, almond butter was a great substitute when I found our peanut butter jar empty.  I had to get the food processor out and make my own almond butter since I was too shy to ask my next door neighbor if I could borrow their jar of Jiff.  I hope this holds me over to dinner.  I’ve had a boiled egg too…just in case.

2 Tbls. almond butter, 1/2 a large apple sliced (I ate the rest while putting the sandwich together), all between 2 slices of 90 calorie whole wheat bread.

Soy Cheeseburger

In Healthy Lunches on January 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Soy Cheeseburger

I baked cookies all morning because I didn’t get enough baking in over Christmas.  There are gingerbread hearts and Jammy Dodger like sugar cookies sitting in a heap on the counter with little people swiping them as they walk by.  To prevent me from eating the lot, I made this soy burger with cheese and vegetables.  It’s amazing how I looked forward to my lunch today instead of acting like the Cookie Monster.  By the way, snopes.com says that the Cookie Monster is NOT turning into the Veggie Monster.  That was just a rumor.  I’m pretty happy about that.  Some things need to stay the same.

Microwave frozen soy burger patty, layer on 1 oz. 50% reduced fat cheese and melt for about 20 seconds in microwave.  Place on thin whole wheat bun.  Spread with mustard and ketchup.  Top with slices of red onion, tomato, and green pepper or some lettuce.  I was out of lettuce but wanted the picture to look good.  And it tasted good too!  I think there is something in this idea of eating pretty.  Don’t eat what wouldn’t look colorful in a photo.  Fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a roll is not colorful.  Last year my husband deep fried a turkey for Thanksgiving.  That was probably the low point of our eating journey.  However, against all my doubts, it was extremely tasty.

Super Fast Lunch

In Healthy Lunches on January 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Bean Burrito

This lunch was made, consumed, and uploaded all in less time than it takes to drive to Taco Bell.  I wish I had taken pictures of all the lunches I had in 2010.  Not healthy!  It’s too bad that it has taken me so long to rediscover real food.

Heat an 8 inch whole wheat tortilla, spread with 1/2 cup heated refried beans, top with 3 Tbls. salsa, 1/4 sliced avocado, and 1/2 oz. shredded 50% reduced fat cheese.  Then just flop it over and eat like a taco.  It doesn’t roll up very well.

Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

In Healthy Lunches on January 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

Pretty basic lunch but a far cry from my normal missed lunch followed by 10 cookies later!

2 oz. turkey slices, 1.5 oz. 50% reduced fat cheese, 2 tsp. low fat dressing or mayo, 1 tsp. mustard, and you can see the rest.  Yum.

Leftovers are good if healthy

In Healthy Lunches on January 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Multigrain Rotini with Picadillo Sauce

This was my dinner last night so I warmed up the leftovers and added a few more tomatoes and fresh parsley.  Taking pictures of my lunch is making me eat better looking food!  I used multigrain pasta instead of whole wheat since whole wheat pasta is inedible.  I’m glad I discovered the multigrain version.  In any case, it is not Kraft mac and cheese so I think it must be healthy.

I made half this recipe that serves 6 hungry people:  16 oz. rotini, 2 tsp olive oil, small onion chopped, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 3/4 lbs 90% lean ground beef, 1 can (14.5 oz) whole tomatoes in puree or juice reduced sodium, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/4 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives, parsley.  Boil pasta, save a cup of pasta water while draining, saute everything else in order giving onions about 5 minutes to start and same when you get to the beef.  When it fills the house with that cinnamon onion smell, combine with drained pasta and serve.

First Healthy Lunch

In Healthy Lunches on January 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Southwestern Tuna Sandwich

This blog is to learn how to prepare and enjoy real food again. Maybe you were healthy before having children and then you slipped into snacking on their snacks and now you don’t remember what grown up food is like! Enough mac and cheese. Welcome back to fresh high quality yummy food. I will upload pictures of my lunch every day for a year…or as often as possible.

This is the first healthy meal I’ve had in a long time. Combine the following and then put between 2 slices of 90 calorie whole wheat bread: 3 oz chunk light tuna, chopped celery stalk, 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh ground pepper, 1.5 Tbsp light mayo or dressing, 1 Tbsp low fat plain yogurt, chopped cilantro or parsley, 1 Tbsp or more of chopped pickled jalapeno chile. Serve to yourself with a smile and a side of red pepper rings.