Saturday, February 11, 2012

Technicolor Monotony

Well I been eating more or less the same lunches for the past couple of weeks.  Although the food has been fresh, colorful, healthy and Friday it gets BO-RING!

I finished up the last of that blasted lamb curry at the beginning of last week.  Then I moved on to some lovely turkey bologna and light harvarti cheese wraps.  I had those pretty much every day last week with lots of fruit and veggies on the side.  A meat and cheese lunch (no matter if it's "light") is still pretty taxing on my weight loss/management budget so I try to balance it out with low calorie yet filling side dishes.  But it was a fun lunch that week.  I think I've expressed my love for lunchy lunches before and bologna and cheese is just about the lunchiest lunch I can think of.  But, I fell into my old ways of dinner-type leftovers this week.

This week I had EXACTLY the same meal for 5 days straight.  I only put up 3 pictures because, well, who needs 5 shots of the same thing:
  • 2 cara cara oranges
  • sugar snap peas
  • broccoli florets
  • cucumbers with balsamic vinaigrette dipper
  • 1/2 brown rice with chicken adobo
We made the chicken adobo in the slow cooker on Sunday night.  Let me know if you want me to put the recipe up.  It's pretty similar to the old faithful Garlic Chicken that we make all the time.  Just less garlic and more spice and some vinegar.  Anyway, I really enjoyed it Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  There is something lovely and comforting about having a hot lunch in the middle of the day.  Sometimes I can even drift away for a moment and imagine that I'm not sitting at a desk surrounded by stacks of paper and a glowing computer screen.  By Thursday reality set in a bit and I was just going through the motions and eating the lunch that was there waiting for me.  But by Friday! Oh good Lord! I was dreading what was in that box.  I felt like I DESERVED to have something more special in there.  I wanted CHEESE, dammit and something CHOCOLATE.  I wanted something artificial that I didn't make or that wasn't grown in any place other than a lab!

The only thing that stopped me from tossing my bento out the window and heading straight to Pret or the nearest gas station mini-mart was fact that I had zero cash, coins or credit cards in my possession.  My SO and I have put ourselves on weekday spending ban for the month of February.  We put all our cash and cards into a tin on Sunday night and don't touch them again until Saturday morning.  Not having any money on hand has really made me aware of how often I actually reach for my wallet during the week.  Ok, I won't bore you with details of this little experiment, but I mention just to let you know that I did, indeed, eat my lunch on Friday.  But as a result I went home and baked up a pepperoni pizza for dinner and washed down 2 slices with some well mixed chocolate milk, thankyouverymuch!


  1. i wish that i could pack such healthy and well-balanced lunches!

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  3. You are so very inspirational! Me and my SO have a major issue with wasting money during the week on unbudgetted lunches. Not only have you inspired me to make my lunch, but I'm gonna give the whole lock-the-money-and-cards-away-til-the-weekend trick a go too! thank you, thank you! I will post up how I went next week.


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