type='text/javascript'/> A Latte Talk: Foody Friday - Lunches

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Foody Friday - Lunches

Lunch. I simply do not have any good ideas. I sure hope that you, my faithful Foody followers, will add your ideas because I simply don't do exciting lunches around here.

I'm a dinner girl. I'll gladly spend hours preparing a fabulous dinner, while I'll throw bread crumbs at the kids for lunch.

Well, it's not THAT bad. Leftover meat in a tortilla with cheese and salsa, leftover whatever from last night, PB&J, Pitas and hummus, scrambled eggs, occasionally Mac and Cheese or Broccoli Mac, like this one.

But I'm so glad that Shari suggested this theme, because apparently, I really need it, as I look in my fridge and cupboards at the lunch ideas.

I'll offer one recipe idea. Smoothies.

In a blender, put yogurt, frozen berries, and agave, honey or sugar to taste.

Add what you want: orange segments or juice, soy milk, bananas, flax seed powder, wheat germ, spinach, grated carrots, apples and cinnamon, or ... use your imagination!

We've tried all of the ingredients above at different times, and all have been yummy.

Seriously, I could put dirt in there and the kids would go, "SMOOTHIE! YUMMY!" and they would down them.

Last winter when it was like 50 below zero (wind chill) (not kidding) (ok, maybe I'm exaggerating) (but not by much), we put on hawaiian costumes and swimsuits and watched a movie and put out beach towels in front of the fire and talked about how hot it was outside, then made smoothies. We had a BLAST. Just tuck that in the back of your mind, to escape the winter blues in, oh, say, 3 weeks.

Or should I say, 3 days? Our CSA farm reported this week having 2 nights of frost already, so our zucchini and cukes are gone :( Boohoo.

Anyway. I sure hope some of you have ideas that beat mine.


Heather of the EO said...

I've participated!
I did have to steal lunch ideas to do it, but I too really need the help with lunch ideas.
I really do want to throw bread crumbs some days! :)
Thanks for this,

K and/or K said...

Here is an address to a recipe I made with kids when I used to teach a foods class. It was always a hit and it's super fast!


I almost blogged a kid friendly recipe last night but then decided to wait for the weekend. Stay tuned...

I like this blog! Nice idea to ask for ideas--wise woman!

Now I will try to figure out this link business and add it when I blog the kid friendly calzones! I think I'm doing this whole bit backwards actaully. Oops. I mean well, I promise! :-)

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I'm also lunch-impaired. We usually eat leftovers, PB&J or -- in Natalie's case, since she doesn't like PB -- frozen burritos.


At least they get a real meal at dinner.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, we've gotten frost? I need some coffee. Just. Can't. Take. It. This early! I Mean really. I know we've gotta pick Halloween costumes that fit over snowsuits in Minnesota, but... well whatever. Its where we live. I spent years trying to get out of the Midwest and turned around and clawed my way back in. No place like home!

So... enough about me, back to your real question, lunches, yes? I am a huge thermos advocate. Love me some chicken noodle soup. Say it with me now Mmmm-Mmmm-Good.

:o) Blessings, Whitney

J mom said...

Great topic to have. I love Foody Friday's! I have been in total kitchen mood all week so anyone needs a recipe I posted a ton in the last week. Check them out!

Leys said...

I love the Hawaiaan themed night.. will definately try that this winter, right in the middle of February.. the kids will love it!:O)

Leys said...

Ok, I have no idea why my name linky is in bold with a smiley??? Did you do that Jenny?

Jenny said...

Shari, I think Mr Linky does that when you're logged in as you... it knows it's you, so it highlights you. I've seen that for me when I've participated in other linkys on other blogs... and like for me, since I'm signed in and it knows I'm the host, it gives me more options, I have the option do delete, but there are no smileys on any of the names... does that make sense?

Leys said...

Aha! :o)

Leys said...

Aha! :o)

Sarah said...

I grew up as a good old Kraft Mac-N-Cheese kid. I am so glad that as my new, healthy, adult self can serve and eat a healthier version :-) It's still cheesy, but all natural and loaded with good stuff in the pasta!

Michelle R said...

We tend to do left overs for most lunches here, but sometimes I like to mix things up a little and make the following chicken salad - I recipe that I recieved 5 years ago when I was getting married from a gal I babysat for.

Almond Chicken Salad
1 full cup diced cooked chicken breast*
¼ C (1 oz) toasted chicken almonds **
½ C chopped celery
1/3 C mayonnaise
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, almonds, and celery.
2. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and black pepper.
3. Blend mayo mixture into chicken and toss lightly.
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

* I usually warm the chicken slightly in the microwave before combining with the rest of the ingredients. This seems to make the flavors blend together better. I then refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

** You can toast almonds by placing them in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until almonds are slightly browned.

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

You would not believe how long I had to argue with Seth once that corn isn't a good smoothie ingredient.