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Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009, 09:19 am
I need a recipe idea for food to bring to work.

I need a recipe idea for portable food I can freeze and bring to work over two weeks. Something with protein. I'm sick of burritos, lasagna, ravioli, and meat loaf. I've tried http://www.supercook.com with no luck. Please help.

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)

How about something like a meat pastie?

Take puff pastry (frozen in a box), and cut the sheets into 4 quarters. Put your filling in (see below for ideas), fold over (either rectangle or triangle shape -- your choice), and press edges with a fork. Bake at 375 until done (usually 30 mintues I think). Then freeze in individual portions. They can thaw on the way to work, and be eaten cold or heated up.

For the filling, use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of something. I've done meat (beef, chicken, a mixture). You can add veggies (potatoes work well). I've done a chicken/cheese/broccoli mixture (same as the filling for one of those crescent roll filled rings) once. If it is a meat only mixture it can get a little dry, especially if you use already cooked meat (which is easier in that you do not need to worry about cooking raw meat through). But you also do not want the filling too moist or the whole thing falls apart.

A home made Hot Pocket if you will. :)

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
basilwhite: Ooh, good one.

Ooh, good one. I made beef pasties at the Folk School and they disappeared.

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)

Got the ingredients for Alton Brown's chicken pot pie, will make tomorrow as a pastie with cheap frozen pie shells instead of puff pastry. Thanks!

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)

Do you have a microwave at work? I bring soup sometimes or things like tuna sandwiches. I like to buy a lunch meat from the deli and some cheese and make a sandwich or wrap. I just made a chicken pot pie the other day but I'm not sure if those can be frozen or not. It would be nice to know since it is huge and I don't know if I can finish the whole thing myself lol.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)

I have a microwave and a freezer at work. So far I've made lasagna, ravioli, burritos, and wrap sandwiches, and I'm in a rutty rut rut. Maybe I'll buy puff pastry and make half with beef stew and half with chicken pot pie stuff with a little curry powder. That sounds yummy.

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)

I make something like cheeseburger pie (there's a zillion recipes out there) without crust. I wing it, but I brown ground beef, garlic and onion and whatever spices I feel like (chili powder is tasty), I usually add some tomato and peppers, mix that with egg in a baking dish and shredded cheese/mustard/ketchup if you like, top with more cheese and bake for bout half an hour at 350. I usually serve it with some mustard/ketchup on lettuce and tomato and a pickle. I imagine it'd freeze decently, and if you use lean beef and lots of veggies instead of lots of cheese its not that bad for you.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)

That sounds like an eat-at-home meal, but yummy. I don't think I have the skills to make that portable, but it sounds delicious.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)

the egg makes it kind of solid, you can cut squares of it and freeze em

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)

Have you tried posting a request to the cooking community?


Not only can you ASK for help with recipes, but you can post your favorites to share with people.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)

Oh, hadn't thought of that. Thanks! Off to do that now.

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
mlyke: What about chili???

Have you tried chili or black bean soups? One of the ladies in our office makes a white lightning chili too, using white beans.Or have you tried anything with hummus? Or Tuna? I don't have to freeze it - but along with some fruit or fresh veggies - makes for a quick easy lunch - pita maybe??? Just a couple of thoughts for ya. Good luck and if I come up with anything better I'll let you know.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
basilwhite: Re: What about chili???

You know, maybe something in a pita. Thanks.

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)

does it need to be a main dish? I have a pretty decent recipe for "no-cook protein bars" made with peanut butter, chocolate whey protein powder and oatmeal as some of the ingredients. Its tasty, even my kids eat them

The recipe is a store in the fridge recipe... but I would imagine they will freeze too.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)

I'd love to make some protein bars. Thanks.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)

portable foods I store at my office that don't require refrigeration/freezing:

pouches of "no-drain tuna"

pouches of "no drain salmon"

instant oatmeal... and I add in almond butter instead of sugar for flavor

high protein cereals... most of them are organic / multigrain type things (like Heritage Flakes, Kashis, Trader JOes has some too)

protein bars

protein shakes (get at trader joes, have like 32 grams per 150 cal drink and are yummy)

Boxed soups like Imagine Organics... not high protein, but I add a little Fage yogurt with each bite and eat a small cup of fage with the bowl of soup


Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)

I should totally take my hippie protein cereal to work. Thank you.

Sat, Jan. 24th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)

1.5 cups dry oatmeal
2 scoops chocolate whey protein
2 tbsp flaxseeds
1 cup non powdered milk
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins (can use other dried fruit)

- lightly spray an 8 inch sq. pan with cooking spray

- mix oatmeal, whey powder, flax & powdered milk in a bowl

- in seperate bowl, whisk PB, water, and vanilla.

- add pb mixture to dry ingredients and stir to form a sticky dough, stir in / knead in raisins.

-using wet hands or spatula, spread all evenly into the prepared 8-inch pan. Freeze for 1 hour (or refrigerate overnight) until firm enough to cut into 9 squares. Wrap individually and store in fridge.

260 cal per bar, 63 cal from fat (7g fat grams total, 1g saturated)
34g carb (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar)
15g protein

Sat, Jan. 24th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)

I have discovered in the boxed soymilk area of the grocery store, there is a box (no fridge required until after you open it) called
Blue Diamond (brand), Almond Milk

I use the unsweetened one, it is 40 calories per cup. This is HALF the calories of skim milk! And it tastes good, not offensive, no weirdo aftertastes... (won't vouch for the sweetened one, or the chocolate flavored one).
*** yeah, b/c I didn't get to be almost 300 pounds without eating GOOD food, or eating things that taste nasty... you "get it" I am sure...****

Anyhow, it is super easy to store at work, and use for cereal breaks. Its often my mid-morning snack with my hippie high protein cereal.

We should totally go grocery shopping together -- FIELD TRIP!!!! --
and share secret tips like this... stuff that is lower cal, easy to eat and tastes really good, and ways to use it, etc. :-)

Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)

I'm gonna bring my cereal to work, and mebbe some soy milk. I ended up making a Red Wine and Cranberries Glazed Pot Roast, breakfast burritos with bleu cheese, chicken pot pie bridies and rice krispie truffles.