low carb diet http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12271/all en-US 25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4246402290_4ffe596b56_z.jpg" alt="work lunch" title="work lunch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Experiencing peanut butter and jelly fatigue? Can&rsquo;t stomach one more turkey on rye? Ditch that old school approach to brown baggin&rsquo; it and get creative with these 25 ways to think outside the bread when packing your work lunch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Spicy Ranch Chicken Wrap With Tortilla Chips</h2> <p>Spread a tablespoon of spicy ranch dip on a tortilla (I make mine with a Hidden Valley packet and a container of sour cream) and pile on a handful of mixed greens, a quarter cup of diced chicken breast, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and a tablespoon of picante sauce. Wrap up the contents tightly in the tortilla and chow down with a side of crispy tortilla chips.</p> <h2>2. Shredded Pork and Potato Salad</h2> <p>This lunch is more of a leftover dinner, and it&rsquo;s super easy to make. Place a two-pound pork loin (shoulder and butt work too) in a slow cooker with one cup of rootbeer and cook on low for six hours. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker, return the shredded pork, and stir in your favorite barbecue sauce. Have it for dinner. The next day pack up a serving of the pork along with potato salad for lunch.</p> <h2>3. Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup</h2> <p>This fast and easy <a target="_blank" href="http://dunkincookingthesemi-homemadeway.blogspot.com/2009/05/greek-lemon-chicken-orzo-soup.html">Greek lemon chicken orzo soup</a> calls for less than 10 ingredients, making it friendly for your waist and your wallet.</p> <h2>4. Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp</h2> <p>This was my lunch today, in fact. This recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/lemon_garlic_marinated_shrimp.html">lemon-garlic marinated shrimp</a> took less than 20 minutes to make at home, and it was very satisfying. I paired it with grape tomato halves dressed in olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried Italian seasoning.</p> <h2>5. Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Chicken Salad</h2> <p>To <a target="_blank" href="http://sheilaobb.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/build-a-better-lunch/">make cucumber cups</a>, slice a cucumber into two-inch chucks then scoop out enough of the flesh so that there&rsquo;s still support on the bottom. When you have four or five cups made, fill them with your favorite chicken salad recipe; this is a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/creamy-chicken-salad-50400000112011/">chicken salad</a> that I love.</p> <h2>6. Lemon Dill Chicken Skewers</h2> <p>Your coworkers will think you&rsquo;re a regular Martha Stewart when you bring these <a target="_blank" href="http://savorysweetlife.com/2011/06/lemon-dill-chicken-skewers/">lemon dill chicken skewers</a> to work. Pair the healthy protein on a stick with a side of mixed greens for a lunch the whole office will envy.</p> <h2>7. Jerk Chicken Wings With Orange Marmalade Glaze</h2> <p>Toss a pound of chicken wings in jerk seasoning so all pieces are coated evenly. Place the wings on a foiled-lined baking sheet and pop into a 425-degree oven for 40 minutes. When the chicken wings are crisp and golden, brush on a mixture of equal parts orange marmalade and warm water &mdash; about three tablespoons should do the trick. Once the chicken is cool, pack in a plastic container with a side of pineapple chunks or rings.</p> <h2>8. Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad on a Bed of Greens</h2> <p>Want to eat lunch like a lady who lunches? Try this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Neiman-Marcus-Chicken-Salad?cmpid=enews072511">chicken salad recipe</a> from the Neiman Marcus cafe menu that includes chicken, celery, grapes, almonds, and fresh parsley. Serve on a bed of leafy green for a well-rounded, energy-packed lunch.</p> <h2>9. Coconut Chicken With Apricot Sauce</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll have to prepare this work lunch the night before, but it&rsquo;ll be well worth it the next day. This recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.seededatthetable.com/2011/03/09/coconut-chicken-with-apricot-sauce/">coconut chicken with apricot sauce</a> is complete in under an hour, and it&rsquo;s best served on a bed of white or brown rice.</p> <h2>10. Pear Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Honey</h2> <p>These <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2010/11/pear-pancetta-crisps-with-goat-cheese-and-honey.html">pear pancetta crisps with goat cheese and honey</a> will be a sticky mess if you assemble them before you go to work, so it&rsquo;s best to keep the components in separate dishes as you travel. With just five ingredients, however, it&rsquo;ll be a simple operation that will provide big flavor for this working lunch.</p> <h2>11. Apple, Pecorino, and Mixed Leaves Salad</h2> <p>Skip the wilted grocery store rabbit food this week and opt for a <a target="_blank" href="http://saladpride.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/salad-apple-pecorino-cheese-and-mixed.html">superior homemade salad</a> that pairs your favorite apple variety with mixed greens, walnuts, shaved Pecorino cheese, and fresh chives. Dress the salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.</p> <h2>12. Tomato Basil Quinoa</h2> <p>Quinoa is packed with tons of protein, and it&rsquo;s gluten free, which makes this recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.acouplecooks.com/2012/03/tomato-basil-quinoa/">tomato basil quinoa</a> ideal for many dieters.</p> <h2>13. Hard Boiled Eggs and Turkey Bacon</h2> <p>For a light, healthy lunch, hard boil two eggs and cook four strips of turkey bacon the night before to help get you through the next workday. Pack an orange, too, to ensure you&rsquo;re also working toward your recommended servings of fruit.</p> <h2>14. Peanut Butter Apple Chicken Lettuce Wraps</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s lot of protein and minimal carbs in this adult- (and kid-) friendly <a target="_blank" href="http://www.familyfeatures.com/feeds/food/FeatureDetail.aspx?ID=4018">lunch that has chicken breast</a>, Fuji apple, peanut butter, honey, grapes, and light mayo all wrapped up in iceberg lettuce leaves.</p> <h2>15. Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken With Zucchini Chips</h2> <p>Sprinkle a boneless, skinless chicken breast in lemon pepper seasoning and broil until the juices run clear &mdash; about five minutes on both sides. Let cool and chop into bite-sized chunks. When you&rsquo;re ready to pack it up for work, include these <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2012/08/06/zucchini-chips/">zucchini chips</a> that will help you curb your cravings for the vending machine varieties.</p> <h2>16. Caprese Tomato Bites</h2> <p>The recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Caprese-Tomato-Bites">caprese tomato bites</a> is a portable riff on the popular appetizer that you can make in less than 15 minutes. If you&rsquo;re nice, you&rsquo;ll make enough to share with your work wife/husband.</p> <h2>17. Kale Dip With Snap Peas</h2> <p>Watching your weight? Then dip into this recipe that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wholeliving.com/172891/kale-dip-snap-peas?czone=eat-well/healthy-snacks-cnt/on-the-go&amp;center=136761&amp;gallery=136112&amp;slide=172891">blends kale and cottage cheese with a side of sugar snap peas</a>.</p> <h2>18. Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Walnut Streusel</h2> <p>If this work lunch doesn&rsquo;t make you feel all warm and gooey inside, I don&rsquo;t know what will. This recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.laurenslatest.com/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-with-walnut-streusel/">twice-baked sweet potatoes with walnut streusel</a> contains seven simple ingredients &mdash; sweet potatoes, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, butter, flour, and walnuts &mdash; and it&rsquo;s zapped back to steamy goodness after a minute in the microwave.</p> <h2>19. Grilled Steak With Garlic Parmesan Edamame</h2> <p>On a night when you&rsquo;re cooking steak for dinner, slice up a portion before you eat and save it for lunch the next day. When packing it up, pair it with <a target="_blank" href="http://28cooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/garlic-parmesan-edamame-so-other-night.html">garlic Parmesan edamame</a> that you can whip up in no time using frozen edamame seasoned with EVOO, garlic, Italian breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.</p> <h2>20. Spinach, Raspberry, and Mandarin Orange Salad</h2> <p>This <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wellspringacademies.com/recipes/recipe_spinach_raspberry_orange_salad.html">delicious, springtime salad</a> is as easy as tossing all the ingredients in a bowl and being on your way. In addition to the titular players, you&rsquo;ll also add red onion, mushrooms, and a fat-free raspberry dressing.</p> <h2>21. Proscuitto-Wrapped Greens With Asiago Cheese</h2> <p>With this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/prosciutto-wrapped-greens.aspx?nterms=50026">meat-and-veggie-in-one lunch</a>, you fulfill two of your food groups. But pair it with a few chunks of a complementary cheese &mdash; like Asiago &mdash; and you&rsquo;ve got a balanced lunch that won&rsquo;t weigh you down.</p> <h2>22. Tuna Sliders on Cucumber &quot;Buns&quot;</h2> <p>Prepare tuna fish according to the package. Spread it between two slices of cucumber garnished with a thin slice of tomato. Repeat this until you have enough sliders to satisfy you at lunchtime.</p> <h2>23. BLT Lettuce Wraps</h2> <p>Reinvent a classic by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/blt-lettuce-wraps.html">wrapping the chopped ingredients of a BLT</a> &mdash; bacon, lettuce, and tomato &mdash; in lettuce leaves spread with light mayo and sprinkled with black pepper.</p> <h2>24. Apple, Peanut Butter, and Granola Sandwiches</h2> <p>Spread one side of two apple slices with peanut butter. Sprinkle one peanut buttered side with granola and mini chocolate chips. Put the other peanut buttered side on top to create a sandwich. One or two of these hearty, healthy sandwiches should fill you up at lunchtime.</p> <h2>25. Pinwheel Chicken Sandwiches With Plum Dipping Sauce</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://recipes.kaboose.com/pinwheel-chicken-sandwiches-plum-dipping-sauce.html">Add pizzazz to an otherwise boring chicken wrap</a> by spreading almond butter on the tortilla before adding lettuce and chicken. Then dip it into an unexpected sauce of plum, soy, and grated orange peel.</p> <p><em>What's in your brown bag?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F25%20Great%20Non-Sandwich%20Work%20Lunches.jpg&amp;description=25%20Great%20Non-Sandwich%20Work%20Lunches" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/25%20Great%20Non-Sandwich%20Work%20Lunches.jpg" alt="25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly">11 Ways to Update Peanut Butter and Jelly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes brown bag lunch easy recipes low carb diet lunch ideas work lunches Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:00:34 +0000 Mikey Rox 969715 at http://www.wisebread.com Gluten-Free, Carb-Free Noodles http://www.wisebread.com/gluten-free-carb-free-noodles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gluten-free-carb-free-noodles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/noodle.jpg" alt="Korean-style glass noodles" title="You know you want it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lowering my intake of carbohydrates has been one of the biggest struggles of my life. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth &mdash; if you told me I could never have cake or pie again, I'd be bummed, but I'd get over it. But giving up bread? Pasta? Rice noodles? Now THAT makes me want to weep.</p> <p>There are lots of reasons why someone may want to cut carbs from their diet. Whether you're diabetic, trying to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">lower your blood sugar</a>, or simply trying to lose a few pounds, limiting the number of carbohydrates that you take in on a daily basis can be a smart move.</p> <p>However, it's really hard to cut back on carbohydrates, because carbohydrates power your brain. Eliminating carbs completely* (à la Atkins Diet) can leave you feeling foggy and dull, because your brain is struggling to find fuel to run on. Carbs make up the bulk of calories consumed the world over, but because most Westerners don't get much exercise, we turn those carbs into fat. And we get fatter and fatter.</p> <p>Enter the low-carb diet craze of a few years back. Now, I'm not really fond of popular diets as prescribed by charismatic actors and sales people &mdash; I don't find that they work, and the particulars are so crazy and detailed that sticking to a published diet plan can be incredibly difficult. It's not to say that you can't draw inspiration from The South Beach Diet; it's just that I've never met anyone who has successfully lost and kept weight off while using it.</p> <p>For me, losing weight will be a life-long struggle, and as a diabetic, finding low-carb foods to eat has been difficult from day one (a word to the wise: &quot;wraps,&quot; or any food involving a tortilla, are not low in carbohydrates. Tortillas, especially flour tortillas, have as many carbs as a slice or two of bread). Particularly tough has been eliminating rice and rice noodles from my diet, because rice noodles are a very purified form of complex carbohydrate. They contain almost no fiber, no fat: just carbs. And they absorb into your blood stream very quickly, causing sudden and uncomfortable spikes in blood sugar.</p> <p>But noodles taste so good! Or at least, the way they are prepared in Asian cuisine, cooked with chilies and lemongrass, or chicken and garlic, or made with spinach and soy sauce...(wipes drool from keyboard)...rice noodles are something that I truly missed.</p> <p>Until now. Because about five months ago, I discovered something that seemed like a <a href="http://www.reallyrawfood.com/fruity-subjects-and-some-veggies/kelp-noodles-exposed/">raw foodist diet secret</a>: kelp noodles.</p> <p>Now, some of you are saying to yourselves, &quot;Kelp? But I don't LIKE seaweed.&quot; Fear not, my wussy paletted friends! Kelp noodles don't really taste like kelp. OK, if you take them straight out of the bag and eat them without rinsing or flavoring, you might get a hint of sea-flavor. But if rinsed thoroughly, then seasoned and cooked with your favorite flavors, kelp noodles, like rice noodles, simply absorb the flavor around them. The only difference is the kelp noodles retain a bit of a crunch instead of going completely limp and mushy after cooking.</p> <p>I found my brand of <a href="http://www.kelpnoodles.com/products_seatangle_noodles.html">kelp noodles</a>, Sea Tangle, through a raw food vegan web site, and then was delighted to see that I could find them at my local co-op in the tofu and salsa section. At $2.75 a pack, they definitely aren't as cheap as rice noodles, but given that they (1) are filling and (2) contain a total of 18 calories per pack and (3) are incredibly versatile, I'm not complaining. They're also <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/frugal-gluten-free">gluten-free</a>, which means that people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance now have more options when facing down dinner (or lunch...or breakfast, I suppose). They are clear in color, crunchy (a water-filled crunch as opposed to a dry one), and soften with cooking. I would liken their texture, but not taste, to that of jellyfish. Don't let that gross you out! It's a really nice texture.</p> <p>Discovering that there was such a thing as carb-free noodles opened my eyes to a world of awesome noodly goodness for diabetics. One of my favorite Korean dishes, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japchae">chapchae </a>(or japchae) involves yam noodles that are delicious, but total poison to a diabetic due to their high-carb, low-fiber content. However, just a couple aisles over in my Korean supermart are <a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2570025/shirataki_noodles_no_calories_no_carbs.html">carb-free shirataki noodles</a>, made from a tuber that is very similar to yams. Shirataki are more delicate than kelp noodles, but have a wonderful, soft mouthfeel. I love eating shirataki noodles in miso soup, or topped with my favorite peanut sauce at room temperature.</p> <p>Slightly higher in calories (20 calories per serving) are <a href="http://www.house-foods.com/tofu/tofu_shirataki.aspx">tofu shirataki noodles</a>, which cost less than $2 per pack at my Korean market, and are made with tofu and yam flour. Tofu shirataki noodles also come in a variety of shapes, so you can still have <a href="http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/category/tofu-shirataki-noodles">fettuccine with (almost) no carbs</a> if that's what you're craving. I find that tofu shirataki noodles do well with the kinds of toppings you might traditionally associate with Italian cooking: pesto, marinara, Alfredo. They're not going to replace actual wheat pasta anytime soon, in the same way that a veggie burger doesn't really approximate the experience of a freshly grilled Angus burger - but if gluten (or carbs) are on your no-no list, I do recommend giving these a try.</p> <p>Sea Tangle has an <a href="http://www.kelpnoodles.com/recipes_archives.html">archive of kelp noodles recipes</a>, but you can really treat any of these noodles the way you would any other kind of noodle. In fact, <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/food/296790_eat22.html">Seattle ramen restaurants</a> offer shirataki noodles as a substitute for their ramen. Hey, nothing will match the awesomeness of fresh ramen noodles, but a diabetic's gotta eat, you know?</p> <p>If you've never tried any of these low-carb options, I hightly recommend giving them a spin. If you HAVE tried them and have some recipes to share, please feel free to post or link to them in the comments!</p> <p>===============================================</p> <p><em>I have received no money, free samples, or payment of any kind to write this article.</em></p> <p>** Several people who demand &quot;accuracy&quot; in their writing have pointed out that the Atkins Diet does not &quot;entirely&quot; eliminate carbohydrates from the diet, it just cuts them back to between 2-7 grams per serving.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gluten-free-carb-free-noodles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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