Bag It With Noodles – Quick, Tasty, Cheap Lunch

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So what does a web designer do when its lunch time? Go to Google and search for cheap tasty lunches, right? Well, no, but searching your house the day before is a good start. A lot of my day is spent going from task-to-task, so I prefer an easy-to-make meal many times so I can make my lunch simple and quick. Brown bagging it is a great way to do that, and it usually is a money-saver as well.

For today’s lunch I packed a sandwich, grabbed some Maruchan Yakisoba Roasted Chicken noodles, and packed them away in a bag. That just left a drink to add, which could be a bottle of water or, in my case, diet coke. Today’s lunch was probably under $4, and that’s pretty good.  The added benefits of a healthy, fresh and tasty meal only add to the cost and time savings!

Maybe you wanted something more out-of-the-ordinary, or you were looking for a recipe. Try these Crunchy Spicy Hummus Wraps from HuffingtonPost Food. Want more lunch-time reading? Try The Brown Bag Brigade: Your One-Stop Shop for Work Lunch Ideas for good brown bagging tips and idea sources!


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Tasty, Inexpensive Lunch for under $3

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I had an interesting lunch today, trying to save time I just grabbed some stuff I had laying around. I had some Lipton Diet Green Tea in a water bottle, Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki flavored noodles, Ritz Crackers and condiments for the crackers to try out some interesting combinations. The crackers combinations weren’t “repeat-worthy”, but were ok.

So, the meal was $1 for the Yakisoba, about $0.49 for the Ritz Crackers, and maybe $0.45 for the diet green tea. Total is about $1.94 plus cost of the various condiments I used which probably brings the grand total to maybe $2.10 at the most.

Time spent? Most of the time was trying different combinations on the crackers as I ate, so I’d say 5 minutes preparation (since the tea was prepared the day before) plus eating time.

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Dr Pepper 10 (Calories per Serving!)

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New Dr Pepper TEN has ten calories … per 8 oz serving. I had some Dr Pepper TEN this weekend after a movie with the guys at my church and was very happy to see 10 Bold Calories because, let’s face it, ten calories is better than diet Dr Pepper!

However, you need to watch out for those calories because there are 10 per 8 fluid ounces, not 10 per package (we had a 2-liter!).

Taste – thumbs up!

Packaging – thumbs up!

Advertising 10 calories per 8 oz – thumbs down.

Why the hullabaloo? Dr Pepper TEN is aimed at men, specifically at men who didn’t find Diet Dr Pepper very palatable. One advertisement read “All 23 Flavors. Just 10 Manly Calories. It’s Not For Women.” So guys, you have a new Dr Pepper. Gals, you do, too – its just a marketing gimmick.

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When is More Less? Smart Hot Lunch Choices

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More can be less if you pay more than you could, but less than you might have. Often you may just just run by a nearby fast food place and grab a quick meal, probably in the $6 – $8.00 price range  (local SC prices, anyway). Other days, you might be able to find a ‘value menu’ lunch in  the $3-$5.00 range, at those same places. Today I was leaning toward less expensive fast food  meals.

Here’s another idea though, Bi-Lo (and other grocery stores) sell hot lunch entrees like fried chicken, meat loaf and chicken tenders. Plus you get a choice of side items & veggies like mashed potatoes, corn Read the rest of When is More Less? Smart Hot Lunch Choices

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DIY Cold Brewed Chilled Coffee – Poorly

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After my last post about DIY Iced Coffee, I realized a couple of things. First off, I didn’t make Iced Coffee, I made Chilled Coffee. Second, I missed a very important detail… cold brewing the coffee. Third, it was so good, I was sure it didn’t matter, but wanted to try cold brew myself.

After I had my hand at French Vanilla chilled coffee (hot brewed, then chilled overnight), I did some more reading for ideas to try out. That’s when I ran across the idea of cold brewing coffee on this National Coffee Association of the USA page about Cold Brewed Coffee. Cold brewed coffee is smoother, has less caffeine and is less acidic. For me that means I need to find a way to boost the caffeine in the cold brew because I drink coffee partly because the the taste and partly for caffeine’s nootropic and stimulant effects. I also read plenty of other articles on the subject and now I’ve done a poor cold brew. Let me explain.

In typically excited fashion, I ran off to the kitchen and tried it out before doing much reading. The worse mistake I made this time was to use our tap water. Its not that I’m some elitist preferring bottled water because my wallet is just overflowing with $$$, its that out tap water is really horrible. Normally, the only way I will drink our tap water is if its in brewed coffee – our tap water really is THAT bad.

COLD-BREWED COFFEE BENEFITS

  • just leave it in the refrigerator to brew (some recipes)
  • smoother flavor than regular brewed coffee
  • less acidic than regular coffee

DIY COLD BREWED COFFEE BENEFITS

  • just leave it in the refrigerator to brew (some recipes)
  • save money (compared to regular brewed coffee or commercial iced coffees)
  • save money (wow, I like that one!)

So now its time for me to look for some very reasonable way to either filter our water (Brita, etc) or buy better tap water at the store. Plus I’ve done some more reading about cold brew preparation since I haven’t settled on using a french coffee press, a Toddy Coffee maker, I’ll probably be using a pitcher, plus something to filter the grounds out like cheese cloth.

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