Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What's for Lunch This Week?

Preface: I am a woman, I talk to different women in some capacity all day. I hear the cries of woman and I want to help women. Where I live a majority of women do the shopping and/or cooking so I have geared this blog toward women although it can be easily translated to say people or men and women, women and men...whatever :) No offense intended. 

Women are busy, but you knew that! Ask any woman how her day, week, month or year has been and the word busy will always surface. Whether married or not, with children or without, working outside the home or in it, women are on the go and juggling a lot as they maneuver through daily life.
At one point fast food and convenience snacks were a life saver for the busy woman, one less thing to think about or plan for. The idea that we can just "go out and grab something to eat" ANYWHERE made it possible to squeeze more into the day.  But as we've learned there are hidden evils in convenience. Chemicals, excessive sodium, sugars, partially hydrogenated oils, fillers, food stabilizers, dyes, solutions etc etc. As we have come to find out these "conveniences" have really made our lives less convenient. The fact of the matter is that women today are heavier, they are tired, irritated, run down and the end result is an unhealthy, unhappy person. In our quest for ease we have taken a few steps back.
But all is not lost my friend. With some planning and prioritizing you can have daily HEALTHY convenience right in your own refrigerator.

I was talking to a friend recently who is at a loss at what to eat. She said "I know I can grab an apple, some carrots or celery or any piece of fruit but that gets old after a while and I want something with flavor!" She's right! It's easy to say to ourselves or our kids "Eat some fruit!" "Have some carrots!" But that gets OLD and BORING!

So, here are a few ideas that I have for you. Good, whole food that you can go to and grab. They have flavor and aren't hard to make at all.
Please bear with me as I brain dump tonight :)

The first easy, go to, anytime snack or meal is a classic with a twist that I actually made tonight.

Tuna Salad :) Yep! When we enter this new realm of "eating better" we automatically think we need to eat rabbit food and then omit our old fav's but that just is not the case. We simply need to rethink how to make those dishes we love to eat, healthier. Tuna salad is one of those dishes most of us enjoy.
So...here we go!
  • 2 5oz cans of albacore or regular tuna
  • Add your favorite veggies such as:
    • 2 small or one large dill pickle, chopped 
    • 5 green olives, chopped
    • 1/4 med. red pepper, diced
    • 1/4 med. sweet onion, diced (soak in a strainer of ice water for a few minutes to take the bite out)
    • 1/4 med. zucchini, grated
    • 4-5 baby carrots, grated
    • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
    • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, diced
    • 1T jalapeno peppers, chopped
    • 1/2 med sweet peppers, diced
    • 1-2 small radishes, grated or diced
 *Are you gettin' the idea? Add what YOU want :)
  • BOLTHOUSE! There it is again. 2-4 T of Bolthouse Ranch Dressing or whatever flavor you like. I have used Caesar and Blue Cheese too. You may need a little more depending on how chock full of veggies you make it.
  • 1T of fresh squeezed lemon juice (optional, adds some zip) 
  • Pepper to taste
  • A sprinkle of celery salt (optional)
Mix all of YOUR chosen ingredients together and you have a delicious "go to" snack or lunch!
If you have a larger family, this can easily be doubled or tripled to fit your families needs and have enough on hand to last a few days.

ALTERNATIVES:
  • Grill or boil (in low sodium chicken broth) some boneless, skinless chicken breasts til no longer pink inside. Let cool and shred for chicken salad rather than tuna salad. 
  • Salmon would be great too.
  • Instead of dressing use light mayo or fat free yogurt.
  • Instead of dressing use 1T of olive oil, balsamic vinegar (to taste), oregano or basil.
  • Make a couple of different batches for everyone in the family to go to :)
  • Who says you have to use bread for a sandwich? Not me!
    • Use a whole grain wrap
    • Boston lettuce or romaine leaves make a great no carb wrap. 
    • Top on a salad or a bed of spinach leaves.
    • Use as a dip or filling for things like celery and cucumber.
  • Are you getting some creative ideas goin'? Let me know what you come up with :)
Here is the final albacore tuna salad we have chillin' in the fridge for a yummy go to lunch for anyone this coming week. Actually, two sandwiches were gobbled up after this photo was taken.

I have celery, onion and tomato in mine. Mmmmmm!

How does a grilled tuna melt sound? Fattening? It doesn't have to be! Omit the butter on the bread and grill on a hot pan over med/low heat. Add 1/2-1 slice of any cheese (optional) and toast the bread on both sides! Moms, kids love a good melt!

OK...I changed my mind! That's all I have for tonight. It's late, I'm tired and need to get in my 7-8 hours of sleep.
Although I will schedule this to post in the a.m. I will add more tomorrow titled "What's for Lunch This Week Part 2" (original, I know;)
G'night and good eats!

1 comment:

  1. I love all your ideas! I am writing them down, right after I leave my comment! :) We all love egg salad, but usually it is quite "unhealthy" because of all the mayo, etc.... so yesterday, I made my own with Bolthouse caesar dressing, plain yogurt, a little dill, sea salt and pepper. I topped mine with some homemade pickles on a lettuce leaf and the kids ate theirs on whole grain bread! ok... have to get writing! Thanks again!!

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