29 posts tagged lunch
Today’s yummy grilled lunch! So fresh and delicious.
A Trader Joe’s chile lime chicken burger with siracha sauce, avocado and tomato. On the side I had the rest of the tomato and avocado and a small zucchini. The zucchini was sprayed with coconut oil and seasoned with salt and pepper and then grilled.
It was so great! And really low in PointsPlus. The whole meal came in at 11 PointsPlus and was incredibly filling.
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Todays lunch courtesy of the quick service restaurant at the culinary school where I work! Yum! Quinoa topped with grilled asparagus, tomato, onion, goat cheese and parsley. Yummy and filling! I also had a cup of delish tomato soup which really rounded out the meal nicely.
The whole meal came in at 12 PointsPlus and was very filling. I think I may recreate it at home sometime soon. I want to start using quinoa more often and this was a really great meal.
Panera Hidden Menu Review - Hummus Chicken Bowl
Have you heard about the hidden menu yet? I just recently read about it and was very excited to try it. Click HERE to get the info! All you have to do is tell the cashier you want to order off the hidden menu and tell them what you want to order. So simple and also kind of fun!
Ok, on to the food! Oh. My. Deliciousness. If this one item is a hint of the rest of the hidden menu, I am hooked!
The bowl included: all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, with cilantro jalapeno hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes and red onions, finished with fresh squeezed lemon and fresh chopped cilantro.
There was so many amazing flavors with such simple ingredients in this dish. Although the hummus looks kind of funky, it was the highlight of the meal for me! Spicy and flavorful, it blended well with the vegetables and chicken. I loved the lemon zing as well! And it was only 8 PointsPlus! Boom! I did have a baguette as well for an additional 4 PointsPlus, so the whole meal was 12 PointsPlus. It was super filling, but in a fresh and healthy way!
I seriously want to go back every day for this, but next time I will have to try another salad. Kudos to Panera for offering simple and delicious meal options. It made passing up their new pasta offerings MUCH easier!
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Dinner from last night was just lovely! Jeremiah was working late and I was doing laundry and cleaning up around the house so I didn’t want to spend all night cooking. So this is what I came up with.
A friend of mine pinned a recipe from Roni over at Green Lite Bites for a yummy Cheesy Pizza Panini. It totally fit the bill for a quick and light weeknight meal. And double bonus because I had everything already at home!
So the panini was just a sandwich thin, 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce (I had leftover pizza sauce so I used that), 1 light Babybel cheese and a handful of spinach. I cooked it on my George Forman after spraying it with a little olive oil. Super easy! The sauce made the sandwich flavorful and the cheese made it cozy.
I also cooked up 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a dash of salt. Add in some baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with some preportioned Sabra hummus and I had a filling, healthy and colorful meal!
The sandwich comes in at 4 PointsPlus for one sandwich. I ended up going back for seconds so two sandwiches is actually 9 PointsPlus. 2 PointsPlus for the corn, 1 PointsPlus for the olive oil and 4 PointsPlus for the hummus and I had a 16 PointsPlus diner that got in lots of veggies, 1 oil and some dairy.
Yum yum yum!
Back on Track Lunch!
Sandwich thin, 2% provolone, deli turkey, 2T supremely spicy hummus, baby carrots and 1 serving of popchips!
Filling and delicious for just 12PP!
Easy Egg Salad Sandwich for One!
I usually cook for two but with my husband gone I’ve been trying to cook for just one. It’s tough people! I always end up with too much food. So the other day I had some leftover hard boiled eggs and decided to make a quick egg salad sandwich. It was incredibly easy and I had zero leftovers. The perfect combo!
I cut up two hard boiled eggs, mixed in about a tablespoon of light mayonnaise, a teaspoon of yellow mustard and sprinkled on some salt, pepper and paprika. Mix it all together annnnnnnd voila! Egg salad! I served it on two slices of Healthy Life white bread with a slice of 2% provolone cheese. (In all honesty, the next time I make this I definitely will not use the cheese. It was a waste of 1PP because I couldn’t even taste it. Completely unnecessary.)
So, the sandwich comes in at 7PP without the cheese and I served it with a side of sweet potato PopChips for a 10PP meal. Awesome, huh? Plus with all that protein from the eggs it kept me full for a long while.
Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
So, on Saturday afternoon I realized we had no food in the house for lunch! So I scoured the kitchen and came up the fixings for quesadillas! Two high fiber, low calorie tortillas, 1/2 cup spicy fat free refried beans, 1/2 reduced fat cheese and some salsa. On the side I splurged and used one of my 100 calorie packs of Wholly Guacamole. I didn’t realllllly need the extra points, but I realllllly wanted the guacamole. So worth it!
The whole meal, which was super filling, easy to throw together and delicious was 16PP.
So, like I mentioned yesterday, my husband and I have turned into grilling machines. Yesterday, after my weekly grocery trip (fingers crossed at least!) we were able to whip up this quick meal! Seriously, it took like 20 minutes to pull together.
My WW leader mentioned these 1PP hot dogs in our meeting a couple weeks back and I knew I had to try them. They are Hebrew National so the list of ingredients I totally understood! I thoroughly appreciated that they are 100% beef and did not include anything artificial. Hooray! They tasted pretty great too. Even Jeremiah liked them!
So, we had hot dogs with Healthy Life wheat buns which were delicious as always. I also had one piece of 2% provolone cheese on one of my dogs, plus some ketchup. Yes, yes, I know I’m from Chicago, but I hate mustard on my hot dogs. Lay off! ;-)
For a side, we grilled up some veggies! Ok, the cherry tomatoes look kinda gross, but I promise they were delicious! I skewered the zucchini and cherry tomatoes, sprayed them with a bit of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Talk about tasty! I’m 100% obsessed.
And guess what? The whole meal was 11PP! Hooray! And if I had only had one hot dog, it would have come down to 8PP. So good!
First meal on the grill!
Chipotle black bean burger on a wheat bun with 2% provolone, avocado, and tomato. On the side I had the rest of the tomato with a dash of salt and one ounce of veggie straws.
The burger was 10 PP with a grand total of 13 PP for the meal!
I’m so excited about the grill! I have so many healthy meals planned! Yay!
Dinner from last night. I needed something low in points, easy to put together and of course, yummy!
Healthy life bread, honey smoked turkey, 2% provolone, avocado and Cajun seasonings. Side of Chili Lime Popchips!
7 grain deli flat, with mesquite turkey, 2% provolone slice, avocado, a bit of buffalo sauce. Add in some BBQ Popchips, a banana and some coconut water and I call this a great lunch!
Wheat pita split in two, spicy black bean veggie burger, one slice 2% provolone, a drizzle of buffalo sauce plus a variety of veggies found at the salad bar: cucumbers, lettuce, shredded carrots, and diced tomatoes.
Weight Watchers couscous and unsweetened applesauce. Tasty!
I could have only used one of the pita halves and lowered the points to 11PP but I wanted more room for veggies so I had the whole thing. And it was delish!
Also, I just noticed the Flatbreads book in the background. I swear that wasn’t planned! Just a hazard of being a culinary school librarian.
I forgot to post dinner from last night! Jeremiah and I had a mini date night out at Chipotle. YUM!
Chicken salad (without the delicious dressing because it is ridic high in PP), black beans, cheese, sour cream, mild and medium salsa. 14PP
I also split a chips and salsa with Jeremiah adding another 7PP.
High in points but OH so worth it!
Side note, this is my 400th post! Holla!
Quick subway dinner!
Turkey on wheat with BBQ popchips! To drink I had soda water with pomegranate juice and coconut water. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked like a good way to spruce up regular soda water. I didn’t like the coconut water in there as much as I thought I would. I had a second glass without just the juice and water and it was quite good!
Guys, I LOVE THE SODASTREAM!
Lunch from today. I work at a culinary school but often times the cafeteria doesn’t have the best options. I usually try to bring part of my meal from home so I can guarantee there will be something healthy that I like. Today I brought leftover chicken from last night!
Soo…here we go!
4 oz baked chicken breast with Cajun seasonings, 1/2c couscous, broccoli. Plus a salad of lettuce, shredded carrots, tomatoes, about 4 chips worth of tortilla strips and some ff spray honey mustard dressing (which, by the way, I’m super obsessed with! You can get 20 sprays for ZERO points! And it really tastes good!).
Plus a mint chocolate mousse cup!
Grand total? 10PP! Including a dessert!