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Following the menus is a list of items which are compatible with that food group. Make sure to add at least one raw food item to the lunch and especially when your losing weight try to make the raw portion 50%-70% of the lunch.
This is a tofu classic! Some people think it really is egg salad. The mustard and turmeric give it the right color, and the other ingredients provide the traditional flavor. Adapt this recipe to include your own favorite seasonings.
Combine in a medium bowl
Crumble into bowl and mash together well
You can serve it immediately, but letting it chill for a few hours allows the flavors to meld better.
Suggestions for using Mock Egg Salad:
Serving size: 1/3 cup
Per serving: 84 calories, 4 g total fat (0.6 g sat fat), 7 g pro, 7 g carb, 1.2 g fiber, 67 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol
This filling has a peanutty taste with less fat than peanut butter and is more digestible than peanut butter alone.
Puree until smooth
Use filling to:
Serving size: 2 tablespoons of filling
Per serving: 74 calories, 6 g total fat (0.9 g sat fat), 5 g pro, 3 g carb, 0.6 g fiber, 57 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol
Pack corn or whole wheat tortilla chips with one of the following dips in seperate plastic containers:
Whole grain crackers, spread with peanut or other nut butter & topped with another cracker. Use bite-size crackers for small hands. Graham crackers makes this taste like dessert but are just as nutritious.
Place a corn, whole wheat, or spelt tortilla on a paper towel or paper plate to absorb moisture while nuking, or use your oven. Sprinkle with diced nondairy cheese. Microwave until cheese is melted. (Sprinkle with diced: bell peppers, green chilies, mushrooms, cilantro, green onions, tomatoes, or just use a fork to scoop [so that most of the liquid stays in the container] to top with tomato or tomatillo salsa.) Fold in half and then in half again, or for toddler hands, cut into wedges. Can be served with any of the dips from Tortilla Chip & Dip Day.
Mix cooked whole grain large shaped pasta, shredded carrots, diced celery, (diced bell peppers), olives. Stir in oil & vinegar dressing up to 30 minutes before eating. If you add the dressing too far in advance it will just be absorbed by the pasta.
Mix brown rice, chopped veggies (bell pepper, celery, tomato, cucumber, avocado), oil & vinegar dressing spiked with cumin and coriander.
Layer inside 2 slices whole grain bread spread on both sides with mustard mixed with a little honey
Whole grain bagel spread with nondairy cream cheese. You can leave your bagel as is or mix the nondairy cheese with:
Or top the bagel with one of the following after spreading on the non-dairy cheese:
1 carb per sandwich
I recently came up with this take-along salad that I absolutely love. I've been eating it for lunch every day for the last week. I can make it in the morning and it stays crisp until lunch. I haven't tried making it the night before. If any of you do, let me know if it holds up until lunch the next day.
I take a lettuce leaf and spread pesto (Olive Pesto is incredible with this sandwich), creamy salad dressing (Blue Cheese Dressing is fabulous too), or mayo on it, then deli-sliced meat, deli-sliced cheese, thinly sliced tomato, another lettuce leaf with your spread of choice, etc, until you have a few layers. Wrap tightly in saran wrap and eat like you would a burrito.
1 carb per filled crepe
Mix together 4 ounces lowfat (not non-fat) cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup salsa, drained (you should have about 1/4 cup salsa, save the juice to add to soup), and 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped. Spread 1/4 cup of filling over 1 of 4 Protein Crepes, making sure to spread the filling to the edges of the crepe. Top the filling with a slice of deli-sliced turkey or ham. Roll the crepe tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Continue rolling and wrapping until all the crepes and filling are used.
Party Food: double the recipe and place in freezer for five minutes after rolling and wrapping. Remove from freezer, unwrap and slice in thick slices. Arrange on a platter and serve.
Mix drained tuna with vegetables & mayonnaise. Cut in half a hard-boiled egg (discard yolk or puree with oil & vinegar dressing for a creamy salad dressing) & fill with tuna salad.
Choose one or more of these to mix with tuna:
6 carbs per 1/2 filled bell pepper
Mix leftover Mashed Cauliflower with raw egg & shredded cheese. Bake inside 1/2 bell pepper until pepper is tender. When completely cool cut in wedges. Can be eaten cold.
Any leftover quiche tastes great cold or room temp the next day.
Pick one or more of the following to add to each lunch.
Amidst the vegetable sticks, savory wraps, hearty soups, and seasonal Fruits, the last lunch item you want to tote to school or work is a case of food poisoning. To keep your midday meals E. coli and salmonella free, here are some tips from the USDA to help you pack a safe lunch.
Scrub up before you prepare, pack, and eat your lunch. Wash your reusable lunch pouch with hot water and soap after every use. Let it dry thoroughly before repacking.
Insulated lunch pouches or bags are your best bet for keeping cold foods cold. Use freezer packs or frozen juice packs to keep your lunch chilled. Strategically stack all perishables close to the freezer pack in your lunch pouch. Note: While freezer packs are perfect to keep your lunch cold until noon, they're not made for all-day chilling.
Keep your lunch pouch out of direct sunlight and away from radiators or heaters. Better yet, if there is a refrigerator available, store the lunch bag until you're ready to eat.
Lunch items like soups, casseroles, and chilies are meant to be eaten hot, so they need to travel that way. Prepare an insulated bottle or thermos by filling it with boiling water and let stand for a few minutes. Next, empty the water and fill the insulated bottle or thermos with the hot food. Or freeze in a microwavable container and use to keep your lunch cold. At lunch time heat in a microwave.
These items can be found in any supermarket or health food store and make lunch preparations a lot quicker:
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