Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Hot Dogs…Simple Lunch Ideas to Stop You From Eating like a Nine-Year Old This Summer

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Friends don't let friends...It’s now July 13. It’s been 51 days since someone took my order for lunch. 51 days since I looked at the mid-day specials with a girlfriend. 51 days since I had a glass of wine before 5pm. Is anyone else getting tired of their children? I mean, tired of feeding their children?

During the school year I can totally subsist on dinner leftovers for my noon meal. However, during the summer, my lunch loot gets low due to two particular pint-sized refrigerator raiders. And I don’t know about you, but though I’m very good about planning and preparing evening meals, I’d rather just throw together lunch if I can get away with it.

We have 29 “extra meals” to go before these snacking scoundrels walk the plank right on back to their elementary school cafeteria. Until then, here’s your lifeboat to save you from the dark abyss of eating like a five-year old. Friends don’t let friends eat hot dogs. I know you need fast. I know you need simple. I also know you still have 29 more days to sit poolside in that bikini. So here are a few ideas to save your ­­­summer sanity. Any one of these nuggets is fast to throw together and contain ingredients that you can easily keep around the kitchen without waste or wilt.

Meat Salads

I know what you’re thinking. Heavy mayo-laden salads is not what you are expecting from Miss-Fit. I’m so glad you’ve been paying attention. The answer to your simply made goddess body is Greek, Girl. We could make a whole post with the wonderful substitutions you can do with plain Greek yogurt. But for purposes today, here’s the deal- you can always keep canned tuna, salmon, or chicken in your pantry. Add in some Greek yogurt, lemon juice, celery, relish or fresh dill…whatever you have on hand. But because I know a lot of you like to have a recipe to start from, here’s how I made mine yesterday  and it was delish. As you’ll see, the special ingredient in this recipe is avocado. I always like to have them around, and I’m always looking for ways to use them before they go bad. I know, honey. You’re welcome.

Miss-Fit.com Tuna Salad
 
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  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish
  • 8 oz canned fish. I happened to have about 5 oz tuna & 3 oz salmon
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 apple slices, diced
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mash avocado, yogurt, spices, lemon juice, and relish until smooth.
  2. Stir in tuna/salmon, celery, and apple.
  3. Lop it atop your salad greens, affix it across your Triscuit, or load it in big lettuce wrap or sandwich.

Green Salads

I try to make it a point to have a #BAS (Big Arse Salad) most every day. Being the Miss-Fit that you are, I know your refrigerator is never without some greens. There’s always oil and vinegar in the pantry as well as some slivered or chopped nuts. You’ve got fruit in your fridge, freezer, or counter. The only thing left is a protein source, and I’ve got that covered for you too….

Easy Protein

First of all, if you haven’t used up last night’s fish, steak or wonderful little meat salad from above, pump up your produce with that. However, here’s another little trick. At the beginning of every week, throw some chicken breasts in a big pot. Cover them with chicken stock, and simmer until they’re cooked through. Then shred and seal them up in a storage container. Throughout the week, add to your salads, lettuce wrap, or even a veggie soup when your protein stock is paltry. Real easy. Real fast.

Slow Cooker for Fast Lunch

Slow cooker recipes need to go from pot to plate in 3-4 hours if we’re going to have success for lunch. Here’s one of my fast favorite slow cooker recipes that calls for pantry staples.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

For a quicker alternative to the corn tortillas called for, sprinkle crushed chips. Gasp. Yes, I eat chips… GMO-free of course. I keep a bag in my freezer so they’re always fresh. In fact, I usually keep two. One containing good dippers, and another bag that’s already down to the “crushed variety” for use in soups like this or taco salads. My faves are the sweet potato variety made by Food Should Taste Good. And oh, yeah, add a little of that left-over avocado for some creamy goodness.

Superfood Smoothies

And finally, if it’s just too hot for soup, beat the heat (and time) with a cold concoction from your kitchen. This protein shake is chock full of superfoods, and is just plain super. In fact, I’ve coined it the Smoothie of the Summer. You’ve got everything you need for it already with the exception of tart cherry juice. I’m not typically a juice fan, but I do keep this around for its many health benefits. Consumed alone it may make you pucker up as it goes down, but it’s fan-flippin tastic mixed up like this.

Miss-Fit.com Superfood Smoothie
 
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  • handful baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 cup chilled green tea
  • ½ cup tart cherry juice
  • ½ tablespoon Stevia
  • 1 cup crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Mix everything in a blender and pour into a tall glass. This recipe makes enough to share with a friend!

Enjoy!

 

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