8 Delicious Work Lunches

Taking your lunch to work is the best way to save calories and money!  Check out the ideas (along with carb counts) described in this article I wrote for the Diabetes Council.  Anyone can benefit from these tasty meals that are easy to prepare and will give you a nice break in the middle of your work day!

8 Delicious Lunch Ideas for Work

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Sun Basket – Dinner #3

This is the final of three – a series of dinner reviews of the popular meal delivery service, Sun Basket. I have been eye’ing these companies for a while now, and recently decided to give a couple of them a try!

So….. here’s dinner #3 – Thai turkey lettuce cups.

 This was the picture on the recipe card:

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Ingredients

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My final product

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The Pros:

  • Super easy to make.
  • Delicious mixture of flavors.
  • New ingredients – I’ve never cooked with lemongrass paste, the main seasoning for the turkey in this recipe.  Lemongrass paste is a mixture of lemongrass, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, turmeric, olive oil & salt.  Really made a difference in the turkey, which is otherwise pretty blah.
  • The pickled carrots added an acidic punch to the lettuce cups.  Yum!
  • We like spicy, so the sambal oelek was delicious!  The instructions stated to add as much as you like, or none at all.  We added it all & could have used more!

The Cons:

  • The only thing we didn’t care for in this recipe was the Thai dressing.  It was too watery, making the lettuce cups extra messy.  We ended up omitting it altogether.  Their Thai dressing consisted of fish sauce, lime juice and maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts Per Meal – 700 calories, 43 g carbohydrate, 38 g protein, and 7 g fiber.  Amounts of fat, saturated fat, sodium & cholesterol were not available.  Gluten Free & Paleo.

Links to the other Sun Basket Meals Reviewed –

Disclaimer:  I was not paid to write these reviews, however, Sun Basket did provide the meals boxes free of charge.  If you’d like to try Sun Basket – here’s a code for $30 off your first order – DRJBSB30

Recipe: Zoodle Basil Tomato Salad

End-of-the summer zucchini still overflowing in your garden?  IMG_5588I love the versatility of zucchini, and the fun new spiralizers on the market make fun shapes that are even more accepted by picky eaters!  I recently tried this creation out for a party, and plan to share it with the Kids Nutrition Clubs I’m leading this fall at two locations!  Fresh & tasty!

Let me know if you try it!

Zoodle Basil Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 zucchini, trimmed and spiralized into zoodles
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Dressing:  1/3 cup balsamic vinegar + 1/4 cup olive oil + 1/4 teaspoon black pepper + 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, cubed (optional)

Mix veggies together, or layer in glass bowl.  Dress just before serving.  Top with cheese cubes, if desired.

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Sun Basket – Dinner #2

This is the second of three – a series of dinner reviews of the popular meal delivery service, Sun Basket. I have been eye’ing these companies for a while now, and recently decided to give a couple of them a try!

How it works:

  1. You choose the recipes you want to try.  There are Classic, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options.  Depending on the plan, you choose 3 recipes for 2 or 4 people.
  2. The foods are delivered to your door with cooler packs.  Recipes are included.
  3. You prepare the meals and your family enjoys!

So….. here’s dinner #2 – Salmon in parchment with lemon and dill.

This is what the final dinner is pictured as on the recipe card:

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Look at these delicious ingredients!  (Note: Yes, they even included the parchment paper!)

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My final result:

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Pros

  • We adore salmon, so we were all excited to try a new recipe and cooking method.  The filets were generous and beautiful.
  • The fresh dill was to DIE for!  Truly made all of the difference in this dish.  My daughter even asked if there was more dill sauce to just eat plain!
  • The romesco sauce for the zucchini provided a unique twist on a somewhat bland veggie.  Romesco sauce was provided in a little plastic jar, made up of roasted peppers, almonds, fresh garlic, sherry vinegar, sweet smoked paprika, olive oil, salt and pepper.  YUM!
  • The parchment cooking method for salmon (and other fish) allows you to customize your individual packets with what each person likes, and is super easy to clean up!

Cons

  • The fennel.  Smelled divinely like licorice.  Definitely not as tasty as it smelled.  Tough.  Ended up throwing most of it in the trash.
  • The picture on the recipe card displayed zucchini, but the package came with yellow summer squash (see photo).  Well, my husband is allergic to yellow squash, and I’m not a huge fan.  I had some zucchini in the fridge, so I substituted it and it was great.  The yellow squash ended up in my compost pile, so not a total waste.

Nutrition Facts Per Meal – 580 calories, 17 g carbohydrate, 42 g protein, and 6 g fiber.  Amounts of fat, saturated fat, sodium & cholesterol were not available. Paleo & Gluten Free.

Links to the other Sun Basket Meals Reviewed –

Disclaimer:  I was not paid to write these reviews, however, Sun Basket did provide the meals boxes free of charge.  If you’d like to try Sun Basket – here’s a code for $30 off your first order – DRJBSB30

Snacking Mistakes

10 diabetes snacking mistakes to avoidSnacking is an American hobby.  We all do it, mindlessly in many cases.  I hope you enjoy this little article I wrote about 10 common snacking mistakes.  While the audience was intended to be people with diabetes, I think all of us can benefit from these suggestions!

10 Snacking Mistakes!

Sun Basket – Dinner #1

This is the first of three – a series of dinner reviews of the popular meal delivery service, Sun Basket. I have been eye’ing these companies for a while now, and recently decided to give a couple of them a try!  This is the 2nd company I’m posting reviews about.  If you want to read the reviews of Hello Fresh – click here.

Sun Basket’s mission is 3-fold –

  1. Using organic & non-GMO produce
  2. Responsible sourcing – using grass-fed, antibiotic-free pastured meats and sustainable seafood from known and trusted ranchers and fishermen
  3. Healthy & delicious recipes created by Chef Justine Kelly from San Francisco

So….. here’s dinner #1 – Steaks with sweet potato hash browns and chimichurri.

This is what it’s supposed to look like all finished:

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Packaging for this company is ALL recyclable…. pretty cool, really, because there is a lot of packing involved in these food boxes.  The little paper bags fit into the fridge really nicely.

The lovely ingredients:

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Finished Product:

Pros – This recipe was easy to prepare.  The chimichurri was delightful, fresh and an amazing addition to the steak.  The steaks were lean, but juicy and flavorful.

Cons – The steaks took longer to cook through than the instructions stated.  Actually, the sweet potatoes weren’t finished either.  I ended up cranking the heat in the oven from the recommended 200-degrees to keep the potatoes warm to 400-degrees to get them tenderized.  The seasoning packet for the hash browns was not very flavorful.  It was not possible to determine all of the seasonings included, but there was definitely a lot of cumin.  Normally, I like cumin, but it doesn’t go with sweet potatoes, if you ask me.  Would have been better with plain salt & pepper, allowing the sweet potatoes to shine through with their own natural flavors.  Lastly, the steak in the photo from the company is about 3 times bigger than the steak provided in the box.  The steak provided was the perfect size…. it just seemed a bit misleading.

Nutrition Facts Per Meal – 710 calories, 45 g carbohydrate, 39 g protein, and 8 g fiber.  Amounts of fat, saturated fat, sodium & cholesterol were not available.  Gluten Free & Paleo.

Links to the other Sun Basket Meals Reviewed –

Disclaimer:  I was not paid to write these reviews, however, Sun Basket did provide the meals boxes free of charge.  If you’d like to try Sun Basket – here’s a code for $30 off your first order – DRJBSB

Hello Fresh – Dinner #3

This is the final of three – a series of dinner reviews of the popular meal delivery service, Hello Fresh. I have been eye’ing these companies for a while now, and recently decided to give a couple of them a try!  So….. here’s dinner #3 – Carmelized Pineapple with Monterey Jack Cheese and Red Cabbage Slaw.

Here is what it’s supposed to look like:

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Truthfully, this one sounded labor intensive…and, I almost didn’t choose it, but I figured if this trial was going to be REAL, I needed to step outside my comfort zone a bit.

Here are the ingredients:

Here is my finished product:  Sooo colorful & pretty!!

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Summary –

The Pros: Juicy burgers, tasty pineapple-onion topping.  The slaw was really tasty with white-wine vinagrette.  This was really simple to prepare.  Look about 25 minutes from start to finish.

The Cons: My family just doesn’t like mayo & there was supposed to be mayo on the burgers and in the slaw.  I added about a tablespoon to the slaw, but omitted the spread on the burgers.  Yuck.  We would have preferred whole wheat buns.  No other complaints!

Nutrition Facts Per Meal – 769 calories, 68 g carbohydrate, 38 g protein, 38 g fat (12 g saturated), 7 g fiber, 650 mg sodium, 115 mg cholesterol.

To see the other Hello Fresh reviews –

Disclaimer:  I was not paid to write these reviews, however, Hello Fresh did provide the meals boxes free of charge.

If you’d like to try Hello Fresh, here’s a code for $35 off your first order – JENNIFERB35.