Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gourmet on the Go

This is what happens when you are a foodie-wannabe, your pantry gets down towards empty, and you are sick of having Zone bars for lunch from the newsstand downstairs.

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with salsa topping!

Can I just say that this was one of my more genius on the fly creations? It takes about two minutes to "make" and is really filling thanks to the protein in the eggs, bacon, and cheese.

Here's the quickie recipe ... if you can even call it that! In the morning, crack two eggs in a little circular tupperware with a tight lid. When you are ready to eat later, mix up the eggs with a fork, and crumble in one strip of cooked bacon and 1 Tbsp. shredded cheese. Microwave with no lid for about 45 seconds until the eggs have fluffed up. Use a fork to pop it out of the container, and place it onto a sandwich round. Top with leftover salsa.

As you might imagine, this "recipe" is flexible -- just use what you have left in your pantry! No salsa, but you have avocado? Cool. No bacon? Perhaps you have some scraps of sliced ham or turkey left over instead. This would also be excellent with sour cream or Chalula hot sauce on top.

My tip: forget about bread going bad. Take advantage of sales, and pick up that BOGO package of Sandwich Thins next time you are at the store, and throw it straight in the freezer. When you want to use one for lunch, it can just defrost in your lunchbox that morning. You can also defrost them in the microwave instantly when you need them -- it only take about 30 seconds.

This random lunch is proof that you can be healthy on the cheap even with nearly-bare cupboards! Do you have another good idea for a go-to quickie lunch?