Sunday, March 21, 2010

Reluctant meal planning

So, I've been doing a lot of reading of food blogs lately, especially since I don't cook, and don't much like bothering with thinking about cooking. Lucky for me, the b/f is quite willing to do all the cooking, but he does like some help in meal planning. So I've been trying to do my bit by coming up with suggestions for meals that are tasty, healthy, and can be prepared in a reasonable amount of time. I'm here to tell you, that is not easy.

At the same time, I've also been looking for ideas on what to take for lunch during the week. Which is more of a challenge than the dinner thing, because if you Google "lunch ideas" or something similar, everything seems to be about what to prepare for your kid's lunch. Apparently, adults never get bored with whatever it is that they're brown bagging. Or maybe they just go out for lunch when they can't face another sandwich. Personally, I'm at least as tired of my restaurant options around work as I am with the sandwiches I've been taking. And it really adds insult to injury to drop ten bucks for a lunch that you didn't particularly enjoy.

Today I made some waldorf salad as something a little different to go along with my sandwich. I've never made this before, so I based it off this recipe. I started with that recipe because the calories per serving were more reasonable than others (some of them were quite high). I dropped the cabbage and reduced the amounts to give me just enough for lunch for a couple of days. Here's what I came up with:

Waldorf Salad

1 Tbl. mayonnaise
1 tsp. sugar
1 pinch salt
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 Tbl. chopped walnuts

Stir together mayo, sugar, and salt. Mix in remaining ingredients. Chill.

Pretty easy, huh? It tastes pretty good, and gave me two servings, about a cup each. I figure each serving is around 120 calories, which is quite reasonable. This, plus a sandwich and one of the bran muffins I found in the freezer today should make a nice lunch.



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