What's for Lunch?

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  1. daisycakes

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    What do you do for lunch at your school each day?

    I used to be over 200 lbs. I now weigh around 125 and have kept the weight off for over 5 years. This is a permanent lifestyle change. I generally eat granola and yogurt for breakfast, a lean cuisine/healthy choice/whatever for lunch and a much higher calorie, though well-balanced, homemade dinner. However, the 3 microwaves we began the school year with have all broken and I am doubtful they will be replaced. So, I'm looking for low-calorie (around 300) ideas of what to eat instead. I'm sick of salad!!! I'm wondering if I should just break down and buy a microwave.
     
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    I try to mix things up a bit at lunch, but try to stay away from anything processed. Several times a week, I do bring a salad, always with protein--today I have chopped celery, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, feta cheese and baby shrimp. Also in the rotation: lettuce wraps, leftovers, veggies and hummus with hard-boiled eggs and cheese, egg muffins, turkey muffins. We have 2 microwaves for our staff of over 50, so I do try to avoid anything that has to be eaten hot.
     
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    Congratulations on your lifestyle change, daisycakes! Lunch is a hard one for me, too. If I don't eat a good lunch, I'm grumpy and starving by 3pm. I have a microwave in my room this year, thank goodness. I usually bring leftovers or a salad, but I want to get more creative with the salads, not just lettuce plus...MrsC, yours sounds awesome!

    Aside from leftovers and salads, what about making a "protein box" like what Mrs C described? Egg, cheese, veggies, etc...

    Mrs C, what are egg muffins and turkey muffins?

    Also, I would check out Pinterest for more ideas -- there are endless possibilities! My problem is planning ahead and having good meal items on hand ahead of time. I seem to either having nothing in my fridge, or too much and it's spoiling before I get to it, which I hate :(
     
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    Egg Muffins: Finely chop and saute veggies of your choice (I like zucchini, onion, mushrooms, peppers) until just soft. Divide between greased muffin cups, filling about 1/2 full. Fill cups to 3/4 full with either beaten egg whites or beaten whole eggs. If you'd like, top with a little cheese (I like feta or goat cheese). Bake until cooked through. Remove from muffin tin when cool and store in the fridge.

    Turkey muffins: Mini-turkey meatloaves loaded with shredded veggies.
     
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    Oh, what good ideas, MrsC! How long do they muffins last for in the fridge? I'm guessing a couple days? Have you ever tried freezing them?
     
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    The egg muffins are good for several days--I usually line the container with some paper towel as they can be a bit "wet". I've never tried freezing them. I pop the turkey ones into the freezer when they are cool; so easy to grab a couple for a quick snack!
     
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    I eat a lot of salads and sandwiches. I get the bread that is 45 calories a slice, so I can keep it under 200 calories. I like to have 100 calorie Greek yogurts, fruit, carrot sticks, pretzels and humus, etc. as sides.
     
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    I loved having a microwave in my classroom. It was one of those purchases that I never thought twice about; I knew it'd be well worth the $$$.

    Nowadays, I never have to fight over the microwave with anyone because I eat lunch at 10:45. I've gotten used to eating super early--only bad thing is that I'm ready for dinner at 4:00!
     
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    I always do leftovers. Typically it's a meat, stir fried veggies, and either a salad/fruit/roasted potatoes/sweet potato. I used to do sandwiches but now I do eat grains. Last year I didn't have time to get to a microwave so I ate everything cold. It's all fine except the potatoes. That took some getting used to!

    I have frozen egg muffins. I usually make a bunch and then pull them out and put them in the fridge the night before I want to eat them. It works great.
     

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