My daily lunchtime dilemma…and a recipe

4 May

I dread the daily lunchtime dilemma.

I have such a hard time with lunch. I always have, even for my kids. I don’t love lunch unless it’s leftover dinner or unless it’s breakfast for lunch. But, if we have no leftovers and if I have had breakfast for breakfast and don’t want it again for lunch, I get kind of stuck. Some days my work schedule is such that I can eat a late breakfast and skip lunch altogether. Other days I have to eat lunch for lunch and I often just don’t know what to have.

This week I had one of those days. I’d done breakfast for breakfast and I was working from home so I had to eat lunch at home and there were no leftovers. I opened and closed the fridge a half dozen times, and the pantry closet never had anything new in it no matter how many times I looked.

Finally, I was completely starving.

Desperate.

I opened the fridge again, and I saw two things that struck my fancy that I hadn’t noticed before: leftover cooked bacon, and a fruit dip from my mom (one of my all-time faves) that had just a little bit left in the container. Somehow those two things came together in my head and I knew I had a fabulous little lunch in store for myself.

A few minutes on broil in the toaster oven and I had a crispy baked potato with bacon and cheese for my lunch.

Along with the leftover bacon, I pulled out some cheddar cheese. With the dip I pulled out a kiwi. I went to my potato bin and got myself the biggest baked potato I could find and I threw it in the microwave until it was cooked through. I opened it up, put in some butter, mixed it around and put the bacon crumbled on top. Over that, I grated the cheddar cheese.

I then put the whole thing in the toaster oven on broil for just a few minutes. When I took it out, it was crispy and piping hot.

It was delicious. I was in heaven.

And then, my mom’s almond fruit dip…this dip is so good! It’s great on strawberries, or on pineapple or on kiwi or really on just about anything. We’ve done grapes and cantaloupe too, it’s yummy.

This dip is great for company, or in this case, for me.

There was just enough left for me to make a little side dish for myself with the dip and a kiwi, although I could’ve skipped the kiwi. I’ve been known to eat this dip with a spoon. The kiwi was healthy though, right? Right.

It was perfect.

You too, can have my perfect lunch at your house!

Here is the recipe for my mom’s Almond Cream Dip, which according to my recipe card, she got from a 1982 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine.

INGREDIENTS

One 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 ounce vanilla instant pudding

1 cup milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

1 tsp. almond extract

DIRECTIONS

Prepare pudding using only one cup of milk.

Fold in whipped cream and almond extract.

Refrigerate if not served right away.

Enjoy! And tell me, what do you like to eat for lunch?

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3 Responses to “My daily lunchtime dilemma…and a recipe”

  1. Jennifer Lynch May 4, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Jen, the lunch looks & sounds delish – very clever. There’s only one problem … there is no such thing as leftover bacon in my house!! I can hardly get it out of the pan before it’s been consumed! 🙂

  2. Sue Meyerson May 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I am so like you, and have created monsters with my kids…the running joke when I was at Meeting St School, was that I was always bringing in leftovers or some kind of weird food, like Indian food, or curried egg salad, or a baked potato with stuff in it. When I left there to go to the public schools, my friends teased me that I would have to eat Normal” lunches, cuz I would be eating in my car between schools, and wouldn’t have a microwave available..they gave me a metal lunchbox, with a small jar of grape jelly and a small jar of peanut butter, as a going away gift! I have managed to find all the microwaves in all my schools, and at Drum Rock, they tease me about “what weird food did you bring for lunch today, Sue?” I am always making up something with the leftovers in the fridge at home.
    My kids never really had sandwiches, either, as they usually ate some kind of leftover that was either in my house, or my babysitter’s house, so it was kind of a problem when they got to school and I had to think of something for lunch every day…am open to a post about what you give your kids for lunch…mine don’t like sandwiches, or if they do, it’s Dan and he likes PB &J but won’t bring it in case he sits at the peanut free table…
    I think you did a great job, Jen, and I would have done the same (minus the bacon..)
    call me next time you are stuck, and I can probably dream up something for you, even with no leftovers!!!
    I totally related to this post!

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