Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Man Food

Although Dan and I usually agree on what to eat for our evening meal, he typically scoffs at my breakfast or lunch and says that they "dont't count."  That they need more substance. One of the many reasons why for the past few years Dan has eaten his breakfast and lunch from a gas station or fast food restaurant.  (Just typing that makes me cringe.)

Now we are turning our lives around.  In an effort to save some moola and extend my baby daddy's life, I have been waking up early, making him breakfast, and packing him a lunch. So, you can imagine my frustration when I looked at our online bank statement yesterday and saw $9 spent at KFC.  

Seriously?  We may have slightly tarnished our not-fighting-about-money record.  

But, after our discussion, what it finally came down to was that he was still hungry.  The sandwich and chips that I packed him just weren't cutting it.  He works really hard for long hours, and he ran out of fuel.  If anyone can sympathize with being hungry, it is me.  

I need to up my game.  Dan drives a truck for a living and doesn't have time to take a lunch break, so whatever I pack him has to be eaten without silverware and can't be heated up.  That really limits my options.  

This morning his breakfast was an everything bagel with cream cheese and two egg muffins that I made last night and zapped in the microwave.

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I had just bought sandwich stuff, so I made him TWO sandwiches, and added some grapes and some cookies I had made the night before to the chips.  

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Hopefully that will keep him going until 6 tonight.  

When he left he gave me a big hug and a kiss and said that he really appreciates everything I do.  

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Sure, Mr. KFC, sure.  

Here are some other ideas that I have besides sandwiches:

  • tuna or chicken salad and crackers
  • wraps
  • soup in a thermos (for the Winter)
  • crackers, summer sausage, and cheese
Obviously the list is pretty short.  Does anyone have any other suggestions of cold, portable lunches with substance?

Girl Food

My favorite breakfast - a portable fruit, Greek yogurt, and All Bran parfait.

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I had a few left over hard boiled eggs, so I made egg salad for lunch.  

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Dinner was leftover steak, cauliflower, and orzo rice deliciousness from the night before.

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I also ate some ice cream while Dan and I did our FPU homework.  

Thought for the day



  1. I once made a whole lotta burritos and kept them in the freezer until I wanted them. I made mine super healthy, because they were for me and my vegetarian boyfriend. I used whole wheat tortillas and filled them with mashed sweet potatoes, black beans, brown rice and spices. Lots of fiber which helps keep you full and if you grab one in the morning frozen, depending on the weather, sometimes they were thawed by lunch time if you don't have access to a microwave.

    1. What a great idea! That could also be good for breakfast burritos. Now I am craving mashed sweet potatoes. :)

  2. When my husband has sandwiches for lunch, he always has two plus a piece of fruit and some chocolate. Men have ferocious appetites. Haha

  3. You could try hard boiled eggs! Or trail mix!! My hubs loves cheezeits and puddings and fruitcups, he works where there isnt fridge or microwave to heat up usually either...also likes taking those big powerades and HAS to have two sandwiches haha

    1. I love the pudding and fruit cups idea - easy enough still healthier than fast food. Dan also likes hard boiled eggs, so I should start keeping those in the fridge.

  4. Looking at the first comment, I've seen microwaves at some gas stations(or maybe some of the businesses he goes to have one). Dan doesn't know a stranger so I'm sure anyone would help him in that neighborhood if it could work out.

    Homemade chex mix would be an awesome snack.

    1. Why didn't I think of microwaves at gas stations? Such a great idea!

  5. I can totally relate to this post. My husband is so picky, and would much rather go grab something for lunch than fix something. He basically survives on leftovers. Perhaps you could pack him Cliff bars to go along with his sandwiches. They have some serious staying power.

    1. I think having a protein bar on hand would be great to prevent that afternoon KFC craving. Ha! :)

  6. What about good old peanut butter sandwiches? Just make sure to include lots of snacks and fruits with it too. - Sonia

  7. Have you ever seen the homemade Egg McMuffins? You make a big batch, wrap the up amd freeze them. Then you wrap them in a paper towel and nuke them for about a minute. Not so much for lunch, but something different for breakfast. I actually bought all the ingredients for them to make and post on my blog. Just haven't gotten around to making them yet.

    1. I can't wait until you post those on your blog, then I will copy you and follow the recipe exactly! Hopefully soon? :)

  8. Does he like cold pasta and maybe chicken mixed in? I often forget you can eat pasta cold. Lol. One packet powder ranch (or other seasonings) dressing, mayo (or a little oil) Noodles, chopped chicken (cooked of course), you could even add peas, carrots, celery, etc. BLTs are always a hit. Grilled cheese melt (add a meat like turkey with the cheese),

    1. He does love pasta salad. That is also a great way to sneak in a few veggies. :) Thanks for the advice!

  9. I send hard boiled eggs and cheese strings, protein!! Apples and for whatever reason my husband loves canned sardines


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