Saturday, March 31, 2012


I cheated on myself this week and didn't take my lunch to work...not once, but TWICE!  I feel so dirty.
 I started off the week with the best intentions:

  • Trader Joe's chicken tamale
  • broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • blood oranges
But the truth about this lunch is that I only ate the tamale and the oranges and passed that green stuff off to a co-worker.  I could tell that this week was going to be tough.  Work.  Life.  Weight control.  My motto for EVERYTHING this week was "I'm not feelin' it."

I tried to get back into the game mid-week after I had an accident on Tuesday.

  • herb turkey with light havarti cheese on a whole wheal sandwich thin
  • blood oranges and kiwis
  • Brussels sprouts
  • broccoli

It wasn't a life threatening accident.  I'm okay...I just ran into a Pret-A-Manger.  Get it?  Accident? I ran into a Pret....ugh.  Like I said:  Not. Feeling.  It.
Thursday I went off the rails.  I didn't pack my lunch because I was just plain lazy.  I also felt like punishing myself for spending money on Tuesday (still trying to not spend Monday to Friday) at that deliciously evil fake French cafe so I ate oatmeal that keep at my desk.  Sad on SO MANY LEVELS.  Trust me, I'm aware of the perils of feeling the need to "punish" myself for doing normal things.  That's just one of the many things for me and my future head shrinker to work on.   But, I tried to finish out the week strong with this lunch on Friday:

  • kiwis
  • cucumber spears with balsamic vinaigrette dipper
  • Brussels sprouts
  • herb turkey with light havarti cheese on Ezekiel 4:9 bread
It didn't really do it for me.  I ate the sandwich first and everything seemed fine.  However, ever since I had kiwi earlier in the week I had a sneaking suspicion that I am a little bit allergic to them.  I got a little tongue/throat itchiness when I ate them.  But it's fun to ignore those things until they turn into a full blown anaphylactic attack.  I like to walk the thinnest line.  Anyway, I went in for the kiwis after my sandwich and after a couple of bites I felt nauseous and hive popped out on my face.  No joke, my face is like one of turkey thermometers that come already in the turkey.  When my food/skin allergies are just about ready to kill me  I get a hive right on under my left eye.  So, bye bye kiwi.  I hardly knew thee.

Now, what the heck am I going to eat next week?

Monday, March 26, 2012

I'll Never Miss Celery

Last week I really tried not to eat the same thing every day.  I think I was pretty successful.  You be the judge:

  •  Trader Joe's chicken tamale
  • red bell pepper strips with balsamic vinaigrette dipper
  • pineapple chunks
  • green grapes

  •  turkey salami and mozzarella cheese slice with pesto spread on a sandwich thin
  • roasted asparagus (salt, pepper, olive oil roasted at 400 for 20 min)
  • frozen peaches and blackberries
  • celery and organic (way too healthy and not as tasty as Skippy) peanut butter
I loved the idea of this lunch.  I gobbled it all up in less than 15 minutes.  Then I got to the celery and peanut butter...and my throat started scratching.  I don't know if it was the celery or the peanut butter but I had a mild to medium to allergic reaction to something in that little red box.  I hope it was the celery, because, well, who will ever really miss eating celery.  I've never had a hankering for a plate full of celery.  Peanut butter, on the other hand.  Please, God, don't smite me for my wicked ways by making me allergic to peanut butter.  Even the gross healthy peanut butter that my Darling Dearest is now forcing us to use because Skippy has extra death ingredients or something.  I have to do some more "experiments" to make sure I'm not developing a peanut allergy.  I see some peanut M&Ms in my future.

  • turkey salami, mozzarella and light provolone cheese, spinach leaves wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla
  • fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • blood oranges
  • cucumbers with balsamic vinaigrette dipper

  • turkey bologna and light provolone cheese on Ezekiel 4:9 bread
  • sugar snap peas 
  • fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • frozen peaches and blackberries
Well, I started to get desperate at the end of the week.  I said I wasn't going to have sugar snap peas for a while...but there were no other vegetables for me to put in my box.  I seriously considered just leaving it empty but opening my lunch at my desk to find an empty container makes me so sad.   I ate most of them, but, honestly, I'm still not feeling sugar snaps. 

What vegetables do you eat for lunch?  Do you eat vegetables for lunch?  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Chipping Away

The big theme in the past couple of weeks has been chocolate chip goodies.  Take a look:
I made chocolate chip cookies from this recipe.  Both me and the Mr. agreed they were too delicious to make in such a large batch (over 2 dozen).  I tried to keep the rest of lunch simple that week:

  •  mixed green salad with cucumbers and bell peppers (balsamic vinaigrette dressing)
  • 2 chocolate chip cookies
  • peaches and blackberries (frozen and then thawed)
  • turkey bologna and light provolone cheese with pesto spread on a whole wheat tortilla

When the cookies ran out I started having these sinfully delicious pita chips.  I swear they are fried in salty heaven oil.  Anyway, I moved on to these fantastic blondies for my lunch dessert next.  I only added in dried cherries because I hate nuts in baked goods.  Chalk that up as another one of my food "issues."  Anyway, here are the  main components of the lunches above:

  • turkey bologna and light provolone on a sandwich thin
  • fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • those evil pita chips
  • garlic chicken (a constant favorite) over brown rice
  • cara cara oranges
  • bell peppers strips with balsamic vinaigrette dipper
  • sugar snap peas
  • chocolate chip cherry blondie 

This is what happens when I'm too lazy to pack my lunch the night before and oversleep the morning of.  That was a sad day.
The blondies didn't last very long and I got a wicked stomach bug that kept me home from work for a couple days.  My fella made a nice chicken and sausage gumbo from a Weight Watchers recipe.   Yummers tummers!  One day I had a hard boiled egg as my afternoon snack.  Solid.
This was my finally meal with sugar snap peas.  I am so burned out on them!  I usually pride myself on being able to eat the same thing day in and day out, but this meal on Friday was boring straw that broke the camel's back.  So, sugar snap peas are on the bench, for now.
And here we have today's lunch:

  • 3 bean turkey chili 
  • blood orange slices
  • fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Wasa crisps for dipping in the chili
I'm not sure what recipe my Chief Chef used for the chili.  It was done in the slow cooker, like 90% of our meals, so it is probably is pretty easy.  He likes to sneak in as many vegetables as possible so there is some spinach, peppers, and mushrooms swimming  around with the turkey and beans.   Those Wasa crisps were the perfect crunchy companion with the chili too.  It gave me flashbacks of that great elementary school cafeteria delicacy...the Frito Boat!

Happy lunching!