Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Eat Lunch Well

When all else fails, when it seems that life only consists of cold and cooped-up and dishes and bills and medicine and hollering children and holes in your heels, eat a decent lunch.

It's a gift you can give yourself. Stop the grilled-cheese crust madness! No more, 2 random chicken nuggets!

It can be good left-overs. Or heck, chop up some veggies. Just make sure it's something you enjoy. Make sure it's actually yours. And in really desperate situations, wait until after quiet time starts. Grab the new J Crew catalog, a cold can of Dr. Pepper and your stir-fried brussels sprouts (don't hate). Eat slow, with your face toward the sun.

It matters, man.

Here's a new favorite of mine:



Tuna and White Bean Salad (originally from Gourmet magazine, 2003)

I omit the parsley and add some chopped scallions. Then I stuff it into toasted pita. Then I shovel the rest in by the forkfuls. Then I eat some pickled beets. Then I snitch a mini Almond Joy, because lunch was so healthy.

Also? It helps with the tuna breath.

21 comments:

  1. I will pin this and make it this very week.
    I will be the only dad-blasted person in my family to eat it, but I will make it and I will eat it every single day until it's gone. well, baby girl will eat it with me, but she eats like an absolute bird, so I'll be eating most of it, but oh well.

    I'm all about celebratin' the healthy lunch with chocolate.

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  2. Looks delish. Definitely something I'll be packing in my lunch. I had a similar recipe from Rachel Ray but I've lost it - so thanks for the new one!

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  3. Bammmmm!
    Forget lunch. That was the sound of my head exploding. I'm still reeling over the fact that you got a hug (and a pic) from the G man himself! Luck duck!

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  4. Why is my mind constantly set to auto-correct?

    (Lucky duck)

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  5. what no cauliflower with the beans? I hear it is all the rage. Boom.

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  6. mmmmmmmmm...looks delish. and i agree...to he** with luke warm mac and cheese!!

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  7. Sorry... I still have horrible memories to waking up in college to the smell of tuna from my roommate AJ eating it with relish or mustard. Just. Can't. Stand. It. But, my husband said he is all for it!

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  8. twinsies, again, almost. i've had tuna for lunch for the past three days. it's been the boring normal kind, so this oughta shake things up a bit. cadbury christmas chocolates also help with tuna breath.

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  9. I saw tara pinned this .. so i pinned then when I checked blogger again there was your post and it was YOUR recipe...to funny
    I am making this
    yum
    xo

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  10. I love the way you write.You have a way of making me feel grounded again, and not take everything so crazy serious.I just breathed a looong sigh of relief when I read this. Rosa Miller

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  11. I have been reading your blog since the summer and love it! But I chose THIS post, lol to comment. :) You are very inspiring..God is definitely using you to do awesome things. You are so real and I think that's what everyone loves about this blog. Anyway, it was just too weird to read this one b/c I have the same philosophy/eating habits. A few days ago I had tuna with feta, black olives, celery, red onion and lemon juice and olive oil on a pita. Then an almond joy from Halloween..no joke! All AFTER the kids went down for a nap! Kindred spirits!! :) Have a blessed day and thank you!!

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  12. You are too cute.

    Love from your Adoring Fan.

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  13. looks perfect!! i 'pinned' it so i won't forget it...and try it soon!! thanks for the recipe :)

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  14. ps...i love how you ate dessert cause your meal was so healthy! love it...so me!

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  15. Dang, girl, that looks good. This one struck a chord. Probably because I finished my kids' leftovers a couple of times this week and then felt a bit shameful about it. Mama needs a decent meal of her own. : )

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  16. Shannan,
    Don't comment every day, but always read and catch up. I'm sorry for the person who made a negative comment. I can't imagine.
    Wanted you to know that I blogged on your behalf today...
    http://cherylkaybennett.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-christmas-donation.html
    xo, Cheryl

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  17. Oh how I love nap time! That's when I always sneak my treats too!

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  18. This would make a great lunch! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. i don't remember when, but there was this one day when i had this one lunch, with the bread and the soup and the quiet and the magazine. and holy pozole, i need to do it again.

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  20. tuna and white bean salad...THAT's the name of it. :)

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  21. I've been following you for a few months and choose to comment now because you speak-a my language! I believe us moms owe it to ourselves to eat something decent for lunch for goodness' sakes. And I totally eat "a sweet" after a healthy lunch, too. Love this! And love that you say it matters, man. :)

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