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BLT Sandwich

BLT Sandwich

BLAT Sandwich: Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato wit Mayo on Whole Wheat Toast

I know bacon is loaded with saturated fat, which is the one thing I’m cutting back on this year, but I’m tempted to dive into a pile of tater tots so this was a better choice. I also skipped my usual side of potato chips, so I’m still ahead of the game.

After I was ready for work this morning I started my coffee (to-go) and put the bacon in the skillet, the toast in the toaster oven and started pulling everything else together. I packed the toast and bacon in one container and the avocado, mayo and tomatoes in another.

I cut the avocado in half and left the pit in place. I put that half face down in a container of cottage cheese and put it back in the fridge for later. I smeared the other half with mayonnaise, which I would later put on my sandwich. I also put some grape tomatoes (it was all I had) in that container and sealed it.

BLT Prep

Toast and bacon, with a small paring knife, go in one container. Half an avocado, smeared with mayo, with a handful of grape tomatoes.

I put the sandwich together when I was ready to eat. It hit the spot.

Some suggestions:

Use 100% Whole Wheat Bread. I use real mayonnaise, but only enough to smear on one piece of bread.

Keep the toast on the light side. I let mine get too dark, and as it dried out during the morning it was plenty crunchy.

Don’t put mayo on hot toast. It will melt right in and I don’t know about you, but it that’s not what I want in  BLT.

Let the toast cool if you can before you seal it up. If it’s still warm it will steam a little inside the sealed container and that’s not what you’re after either.

The romaine fit perfectly in the container with the toast and bacon, but it will get limp if you let it get warm. Instead wash it, fold it inside a paper towel and seal it separately.

At work, I put the avocado and tomatoes in the fridge, because of the mayo, but I left the other container on my desk. I’m not a fan of cold bread, and certainly not cold toast.

I also had a hard boiled egg and some tomato juice as an afternoon snack. And I had some almonds and pistachios to snack on as well.

Tomorrow, a tuna sandwich.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Brown Bag, Sandwich | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to Brown Bagging

BLT Soup

Right after New Year’s Day, many morning news shows fill spare air time with variations on the theme, New Year’s Resolutions. In January Dr. Oz filled one of those slots on Good Morning America and listed the top ten things you can eat, or change about your eating habits, to be healthier this year. Number one on his list was  “avoid saturated fats.”

My weakness is salty, savory foods rather than sweets, and in particular I love French fries and potato chips. Going out to lunch, usually to a fast food joint, meant I was eating a lot of burgers and fries. My weight was also creeping up and add all that to the unexpected she-should-have-died heart attack my mom had two years ago and I decided it was time for me to make some changes.

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad

I decided to start with Dr. Oz’s “avoid saturated fats,” primarily my favorites: French fries, greasy burgers and potato chips. But in order to do that, I needed to change my lunch routine without breaking the bank. The logical thing to do was to make my own lunch. So that’s what I’ve been doing for more than a month.

Every single day.

In one month I’ve saved about $160, and lost one pant size. W00t!

Since I started brown bagging, I’ve had lots of salads, some soups, and a few sandwiches. I’ve had some leftovers: spaghetti, roast chicken and rice, things like that. I’ve also stocked my desk with filling, good-for-me snacks.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

While I’m doing this to eat healthier, I’m also broke. It’s much cheaper to buy at the grocery store than at a convenience store so I’m on a zero tolerance policy when it comes to “extra” spending.  I take coffee from home. I buy milk by the gallon and liters or half-gallons of juice and take it to work in recycled bottles. I make my own “iced” herb tea to have with lunch.

I have some to-go salad containers with good lids I saved from my fast-food days that work great for salads. I do the final salad assembly at my desk to keep them crisp and fresh. The same with sandwiches. I heat the soups in the microwave and take the garnishes in separate containers.

Mushroom Potato Soup

Mushroom Potato Soup

I have another blog, Larrupin, with details and recipes—some good for brown bags, some not so much—but this one will be more how-to. I’ll share the plans and lists and how I go about doing this every day. I’ll also show you the bowls, containers, bottles and bags I use to get it there every day. That part is still a work in progress.

So far I’ve been eating at my desk, which is not much of a break. But now that I’ve established the habit of taking my lunch and the weather is improving, I’ll take it to the park, just three blocks from my office, or eat at my desk and then take a walk.

What do you usually do for lunch? Where do you go to eat and how much do you spend? Do you eat healthy, or scarf down a fast lunch of burgers and fries? And if you’re a fan of brown bags let me know how you do it and what your favorites are. And while you’re at it, click the box to get email updates when I create a new post. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Jan

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Brown Bag, Soup | , , , | 2 Comments

   

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