Monday, August 22, 2011

Lunch To Go

I send my husband to work with a home packed lunch every day.  Usually he gets a salad loaded with goodies, and he loves it!  He also gets some mixed nuts and fruit to round out his meal, or save them for snacks throughout the day.  This is a pretty typical salad that he gets, and it goes in our awesome Klip-it containers that we got at the Container Store.  

The Meat
- 1 spicy turkey potato sausage

The Veggies
 - 1/2 cup shredded romain lettuce
- 1/2 cup raw spinach, shredded
- 1 heirloom carrot, sliced
- 6-8 cherry tomatoes
- 1 mushroom, sliced
- 1/2 green onion, sliced
- 1/2 slicing tomato, sliced
- 5 slices cucumber
- 1/3 cup broccoli
- parmesan to taste 
- 2 tablespoons Caesar dressing 

The Fruits
- 3-5 strawberries
- 1 handful red grapes
- 1 handful blueberries

The Nuts
- 1/2 cup salted almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 3 dried apricots, chopped

I cut up the sausage first and put in on the griddle pan while making breakfast's bacon.  By precutting the sausage it cooks quicker, which means I get to make breakfast, lunch, and hang out with my husband before he leaves for work.  I'm big on multi-tasking.

I put the romaine and spinach in the bottom of the salad container and layer the carrot, sausage, and parmesan on top.  The upper level of the salad container gets the other goodies, and the dressing goes in the sweet little dressing pot (in the middle).  When it is time for lunch, my husband will toss the salad with the dressing so everything will still be fresh and crispy, versus wilted and slimy from sitting in the dressing for hours.

I cut the tops off the strawberries and mix together the grapes and blueberries, and toss the nuts into the second half of the split container.  I make sure to include a napkin for him and that's it.  It only takes around 10 minutes to pack this lunch and everything in it is healthy and delicious.  It's perfectly portioned out thanks to the cool containers, and it's so good for you to eat raw veggies like this.  

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