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Brown-Bag Challenge: The Final Days

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Here are my final three Brown-Bag lunches of the challenge:

Day 19:  Leftovers from the night before (potatoes, sausage, carrots, bacon, onions, broccoli) and an apple.

Day 20:  Leftover Tuna Pasta Salad , an apple & granola bar.

Day 21:  Bagel (peanut butter & banana slices) yogurt & carrots.

…That’s all folks!  The brown-bag challenge is officially over…but hopefully I’ll continue to pack meals from home more often than not.  And those meals when I dine out can be a welcome (but seldom) change every now & then!

Hope everyone enjoys their lunch on this lovely Friday!

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Tuna Pasta Salad

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Day Eighteen:  Tuna Pasta Salad

Today’s lunch was another one of those meals that included a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and anything else that was available at the time!  The finished product was a Tuna Pasta Salad.

Here is what I used:

Ingredients

  • ½ a box of your favorite pasta
  • 1 package or can of tuna, drained
  • 1 can of sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ a head of broccoli
  • ½ a head of cauliflower
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped (or 4 small)
  • 8 small carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup of Marzetti’s dressing
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to box.  Chill overnight.
  2. Next day, in a large bowl combine all ingredients & mix together.
  3. Serve!

Enjoy your lunch today…three days and counting!

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Chili

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Day Seventeen:  C-C-C-Chili

Chili makes me think of wintertime…coming in from the cold, dusting off the snow & sitting down to a steaming bowl of Chili!  However I felt really in the mood for it this weekend.  So with the help of my Mother (what’s new) I made a big batch in the good ‘ole crock pot.  We didn’t really follow a specific recipe (that’s how my Mom rolls—all about what’s in the cupboards & eyeballin’ the amounts) but I did write down what our final product included:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 container tomato sauce
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 small peppers
  • 1 can Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

**Optional: Sour cream, cheese, avocadoes, etc for toppings

Directions         

  1. In large pan, brown the ground beef & onions together.
  2. Add all ingredients into crock pot and cook on high heat for roughly 2-3 hours.
  3. Add toppings & enjoy!

Hope you enjoy your lunch today…four more days to go!!

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Leftover Love

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Day Fifteen:  Leftover Wild Rice Soup

Day Sixteen:  Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup

Happy First Day of Fall!!  These past two days have really felt like autumn, so I brought some leftover soups for lunch–Wild Rice & Chicken Noodle.  And now we have only one week to go on this little “Brown-Bag Challenge!”  They say it takes thirty days to build a habit…so hopefully I will continue to pack my lunch even after this experiment officially stops.

It’s been a great experience planning, preparing & packing my lunch each weekday.  Usually I would forget to pack anything and have to rush out to buy lunch and subsequently scarf it down.  Now after putting in the work to make the meal I find that I’m quite excited to slow down and enjoy eating it.  This is a very welcome, healthy change for me.

To honor the last week of the challenge & motivate myself to continue on preparing healthy food long after, I’ve decided that next week will be “Eat Week” here at All Things Splendid.  All posts will focus on food & eating (one of my favorite things to do)!  Hope you’ll drop in for a read!

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…See you Monday!

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Mozzarella, Tomato, Avocado

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Day Fourteen:  Mozzarella, Tomato and Avocado Salad

I got home late last night after going to see Contagion (yikes, let me go wash my hands again) and I knew if I didn’t make lunch before I went to sleep it wouldn’t get done in the morning!  So I decided to try a recipe for Mozzarella, Tomato and Avocado Salad.  I’m a sucker for anything with avocados in it…so this was a perfect, simple & delicious choice.

Here is the recipe from Everything Fabulous:

Ingredients

  • 1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 carton fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained (I used mozzarella string cheese)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup basil, julienned  (I used 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley  (I used 1 tsp dried)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • baguette-optional  (I used pita bread)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and parsley. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over tomato mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  3. Just before serving the salad, stir in the chopped avocados. Serve salad with toasty bread.

Hope you enjoy your lunch today!!

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Chix Noodle Soup

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Day Thirteen:  Chicken Noodle Soup

Today I brought some of the other homemade soup I made this past weekend…Chicken Noodle!  It’s such a classic choice that I never seem to tire of. Yum!

Here is my Mother’s Recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup:

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 6 chopped carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 can corn (or creamed corn)
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2-3 cups medium egg noodles
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1-2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules

Directions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter; sauté carrots, celery & onion until tender.  In a large pot add broth, shredded chicken, sautéed vegetables, corn, parsley, thyme, sage, salt & garlic.  Cover & bring to a boil.  Then stir in egg noodles and cook covered at a steady boil for 8 minutes.

Makes about 6 cups.  Enjoy!!

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Wild Rice Soup

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Day Twelve:  Wild Rice Soup

This past weekend was a little gloomy, gray & chilly here in Minnesota.  So I enlisted my Mom’s help to make two big batches of soup that I could use for lunches & freeze for later.  Today I brought some of the homemade Wild Rice Soup…and I must say it really hit the spot!

Here is my Mother’s Recipe for Wild Rice Soup:

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup minced ham or turkey
  • 3 Tbsp chopped slivered almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 Tbsp dry sherry (optional)
  • Snipped fresh parsley or chives

Directions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter; sauté onion until tender.  Blend in flour, gradually add broth.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; boil and stir for 1 minute.  Stir in rice, carrots, ham, almonds & salt; simmer about 5 minutes.  Blend in half & half and sherry; heat to serving temperature.  Garnish with snipped parsley or chives.

Makes about 6 cups.  Enjoy!!

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Brown-Bag Round-Up, Days 7-11…

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Here are my Brown-Bag lunches from this week…

Day Seven:  Leftover Pasta Salad w/Broccoli & Peanuts, cucumbers, green peppers & string cheese.


Day Eight:  Tuna Salad w/ lettuce & pita bread to scoop it up.  Carrots & cucumbers on the side.

Day Nine:  Wraps (corn tortilla, ham, horseradish sauce, cheese, lettuce), carrots, string cheese, yogurt & my trusty H20 bottle.

Day Ten:  Bagel with hummus, sprouts, cucumbers & tomatoes.  Apple, string cheese & almond-blueberry nut clusters.

Day Eleven:  Bagel with hummus, sprouts, cucumbers & avocado.  Marble Jack cheese, extra cucumbers, an apple, nut clusters & H20 bottle.

…Hope you enjoyed your lunches this past week!

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Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 6…

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Day Six:  Egg Salad Again

Today I brought some more of the Chunky Egg Salad I made earlier this week.  But instead of making a sandwich I just brought along some pita bread & lettuce to scoop up the egg salad, and some carrots on the side.  Phew, six lunches down…and 15 to go!  Hope you have a lovely Friday and enjoy your weekend.

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Brown-Bag Challenge, Day 5…

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Day Five:  Pasta Salad w/Broccoli & Peanuts

The other new recipe I tried out this week was Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Peanuts from Martha Stewart Living.  With red pepper flakes it’s quite spicy & I’m hoping it will be a good “pick-me-up” during my lunch hour today!  Blueberries & carrots round off my meal…time to chow down!

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