brown bag lunch http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16767/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> <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-1"> <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-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</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-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-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 12 Healthy Brown Bag Lunch Foods for the Fridgeless Workplace http://www.wisebread.com/12-healthy-brown-bag-lunch-foods-for-the-fridgeless-workplace <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-healthy-brown-bag-lunch-foods-for-the-fridgeless-workplace" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4113418330_d53e713de2_z.jpg" alt="PB&amp;J sandwich" title="PB&amp;J sandwich" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve likely found that bringing a lunch far exceeds dining out (in the savings arena, anyway.) While the practice is a noble one, it can also be tempting to abandon from time to time &mdash; especially when the brown bag lunch can get monotonous. Add in the fact that many work environments have no place to practically store a cold lunch, and it may not be long before you give up entirely. Before you ditch your commitment to saving cash by packing your own, check out this generous list of lunch components that can stay fresh at room temp! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h3>1. Nut Butters</h3> <p>Peanut butter doesn&rsquo;t need to be cold, and with the wide assortment of nut butters available, you can now choose from a sun or almond butter to stash away for lunch. Buy pre-portioned, individual containers, or scoop a little in a tiny Tupperware for easy dipping and spreading.</p> <h3>2. Jerky</h3> <p>Not all jerkies are alike. Opt for a low-sodium, low fat, and all-natural turkey jerky for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein">protein pick-me-up</a> that can stay fresh for (literally) years and won&rsquo;t add unnecessary MSG to your diet.</p> <h3>3. Coconut</h3> <p>By tossing small bag of unsweetened, shredded coconut into your lunch sack, you&rsquo;re prepped for a filling snack that won&rsquo;t spike your blood sugar.</p> <h3>4. Dried Fruit</h3> <p>Packed with antioxidants and a satisfying substitution for candy, dried fruits can help round out any sack lunch. Look for unsweetened cranberries, raisins, or blueberries for a variety of flavors without the added calories. (And be sure to follow the serving size recommendations. Too many can really mess up your calorie counting!)</p> <h3>5. Chicken and Tuna</h3> <p>You can mess with the hassle of draining juice from a can, or just pack a &ldquo;pouch&rdquo; for easy operation. Bring your own bread and a single-serve mayo packet for instant tuna or chicken-salad sandwiches!</p> <h3>6. Hard Cheeses</h3> <p>Many cultures eat all of their cheeses at room temperature, but it is recommended that&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/food_safety/handling/hgic3506.html">only harder cheeses</a>&nbsp;be eaten when left out for over four hours. This includes Cheddar, Colby, Gouda, and Swiss. Don&rsquo;t save cheese that isn&rsquo;t eaten during your work day (eight or more hours.)</p> <h3>7. Whole Fruits and Veggies</h3> <p>Once you cut into that apple, browning will begin immediately. (While it won&rsquo;t hurt you, no one really wants to eat brown apples.) Store whole produce (like bananas, apples, oranges, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and melon) uncut and away from direct heat until you are ready to eat. Most will last much more than a day, depending on their ripeness.</p> <h3>8. Granola</h3> <p>Packaged granola bars aren&rsquo;t usually the healthiest; they can be overloaded with sugar.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.betterbudgeting.com/articles/frugal/breakfast.htm">Make your own granola</a> for even more savings.</p> <h3>9. Yogurt</h3> <p>When eaten within four to six hours, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yogurt-should-you-try-making-your-own">yogurt</a> is safe to be left at room temperature. (The active cultures help make it a good candidate for fridge-less storage.)</p> <h3>10. Oatmeal</h3> <p>Instant oatmeal isn&rsquo;t just for breakfast! Keep a box of packets in your drawer, and use the hot water spout from your office coffee-maker to whip up a super-quick lunch! Add some of those dried blueberries you brought for a fresh flavor.</p> <h3>11. PB&amp;J</h3> <p>This old standby has inspired almost a&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly">dozen variations</a>, many of which can be kept at the desk through lunch.</p> <h3>13. Canned Goods</h3> <p>While not always the tastiest, I still recommend leaving a few of your favorite low fat and low-sodium canned soups, fruits, or veggies in your desk drawer at work. They can be your &ldquo;back up&rdquo; plan if you forget to pack a lunch.</p> <h3>Not in the Mood to Fend for Yourself?</h3> <p>Skip packing your own, and go with a commercial shelf-stable kit<b>.</b>&nbsp;While not always the most frugal, there are several brands of yummy, prepackaged lunches that can stay in your desk drawer until you&rsquo;re ready to eat.&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.gopicnic.com/">GoPicnic</a>, for example, offers a selection of lunches with salami, cheeses, crackers, nut butters, and dried fruits. If you buy them on sale, they easily rival the cost to eat out.</p> <p>And remember, you can still go old school with a thermos of hot food, or an ice pack kept inside your insulated lunch box for items that need to be chilled!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-healthy-brown-bag-lunch-foods-for-the-fridgeless-workplace">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-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</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/free-food-in-your-yard-edible-weeds">Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!</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/taco-town-and-the-gut-busting-tributes">TACO TOWN and the gut-busting tributes.</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/10-budget-friendly-meals-everyone-should-know-how-to-make">10 Budget-Friendly Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink brown bag lunch cheap eats easy lunch ideas Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:24:31 +0000 Linsey Knerl 955732 at http://www.wisebread.com