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Foodie Freebie Friday: Gourmet Getaway Tote

Welcome back to the start of a new week! I hope you enjoyed your weekend doing something fun and savoring something delicious! It was my birthday weekend and it certainly was food, fun and friend-filled!

I'm not sure about you, but whenever the work week starts up again, one thing that comes to mind is packing up lunches. My husband prefers to pack a lunch rather than eating out so I have the lovely task of getting something put together and sending him along with it. "Brown bagging" lunches has probably been a popular way to have lunch, considering how everyone I know is making efforts to be more budget minded these days. Well, I've got a great giveaway to help fellow brown baggers to effectively bring along their lunch in style...

BUILT transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Our design team, headed by two of the founders, starts with everyday objects such as bottle totes, lunch bags, and laptop sleeves—then strips away the unnecessary and the expected. Drawing inspiration from the city that never sleeps - and the locals and visitors that inhabit our Soho neighborhood - we apply color and pattern liberally to everything we produce. Our solid roots in the tradition of American industrial design guide us in the belief that form is as important as function, and color is the glue that binds them together. The results from this unusual foundation are original and stylish products that meet the demands of life in perpetual motion.-- BUILT

One lucky winner this week will have their choice of one of these great lunch totes from Built:






It’s great for road trips, stakeouts, or any time you’re on the run and need provisions to keep you going. And unlike those brown bags, you’ll want to use this tote over and over again.
  • INSULATES FOOD & DRINK FOR UP TO 4 HOURS DEPENDING ON EXTERNAL TEMPERATURES
  • TESTED FOR LEAD SAFETY – NO VINYL OR PVC USED
  • MADE FROM NEOPRENE (THE WETSUIT MATERIAL)
  • SOFT-GRIP HANDLE
  • ZIP CLOSURE
  • STORES FLAT
  • STAIN RESISTANT, MACHINE WASH COLD, DRIP DRY
  • W 13.5" x H 13.5" x D 7" (W 34.3cm x H 34.3cm x D 17.8cm)

Some guidelines
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- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States. My apologies to my international readers!
- You must have a valid email address so that you can be contacted if you win.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:
- What do you usually have for lunch everyday?


Deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 12 midnight CST.

One Winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on May 8, 2009. Good luck!

101 comments

  1. I always bring my lunch, so I often have leftovers, but lately I've been making egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches now that it's getting a little warmer.

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  2. I feel like a kid admitting this, but my regular lunch consists of a peanut butter and jelly on honey oat bread with fruit and pita chips as sides.

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  3. Lunches almost always consist of leftovers. My favorites are peanut noodles and Vietnamese spring rolls. Here's the spring roll recipes in case anyone wants to try it:

    http://cookincanuck.blogspot.com/2009/04/spring-rolls.html

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  4. Either a turkey sandwich or a lean cuisine...I'm pretty boring!

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  5. My lunch is usually leftovers from the night before -- most often a combination of greens, beans, and veggies!
    I also love cottage cheese and apples with granola as lunch

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  6. I usually bring greens with various toppings (olive/feta mix from the olive bar, tomatoes, parmesan shavings), protein (hummus, seafood) and either make that into a salad or wrap, with fruit.

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  7. My lunch varies between soup, sandwich and random leftovers. But I do bring my lunch 99% of the time so this would be great!

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  8. If I had my way, I would have sushi every day for lunch.
    I usually will have left overs or a soup and salad.

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  9. I'm all over the place. I love change, and wouldn't be able to stand eating the same thing every day. However, the one thing that remains consistent with my lunch is yogurt! Whether it's greek yogurt or regular, I LOVE it! I eat it EVERY single weekday!

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  10. I bring my lunch to work every day. Its usually either leftovers from dinner, a large veggie salad, or a sandwich. I usually have a fruit and sugar-free jello as sides, and then I also pack a snack bar (like Kashi or Fiber One) for later in the afternoon before I go workout.

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  11. My lunch is either leftovers or something simple with what's on hand. Leftovers rock because it's just heat and eat.

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  12. Lunch is typically lunchovers. If not my default lunch is Subway or canned soup! I love these lunchpails, they look so cute!

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  13. I've never heard of those lunch bags, very cute!

    Turkey, cheese and veggie wraps or sandwiches, fruit, a yogurt (or fat free pudding cup), raw veggies with low fat dip and a granola bar seem to be the things mostly found in brown bags at my house!

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  14. cereal when I'm crunched for time...:)-monica
    [email protected]

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  15. Usually leftovers or soup from a nearby deli. Now that it's getting warmer (and I'm trying to save $$) I'll probably bring sandwiches and make a bigger effort to have leftovers.

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  16. I always cook enough so that we can both take leftovers for lunches. This saves us so much money!

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  17. I tend to graze all day, so I don't usually eat a lunch per se. But I do snack on celery and carrot sticks, pretzels, and grapes throughout the day!

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  18. i'm usually eating leftovers or a tuscan salad with grilled chicken (spring mix lettuce, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, gorgonzola, kalamata olives with balsamic vinegairette). great giveaway Joelen!!

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  19. Usually lettuce wraps with cold cuts and cheese..trying to keep it low carb!

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  20. I usually have leftovers from dinner the night before. My hubz makes great sandwiches so I'll occasionally request one, but I always seem to eat my sandwich before lunchtime and then end up going out for lunch in addition to that!

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  21. It varies for me, this week and last week I've been having chocolate special k cereal and grapes!

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  22. Lunch is almost always a sandwich, usually pb&j or turkey. Sometimes I have leftovers though, if there's enough.

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  23. Normally leftovers, although sometimes a sandwich of some sort.

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  24. Joelen--I absolutely love those lunch bags, I hope I win one. I have been wanting a new one!! My husband and I always pack our lunches, too, prob 99% of the time. Usually, I pack leftovers, but my husband likes to bring cold-cut sandwiches with a bag of chips, since he doesn't have to warm them up in the microwave. I don't mind walking to the microwave and wait a little, it's a little break for me and I get to chat with other co-workers :) ~ Yudith

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  25. My lunch is usually leftovers or a sandwich, soup or salad from my favorite deli.

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  26. I try really hard to not eat the same thing everyday or I get bored. My quick go-to's are leftovers, pita with cheese, hummus and vegetables, soup or a sandwich.

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  27. I used to have a Lean Cuisine every single day for lunch until I got burned out...now I have leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day...if I don't have any leftovers, then I make a sandwich or salad or soup.

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  28. I bring my lunch and vary between a frozen meal (usually Lean Cuisine) and leftovers. I love to bring soup in the winter and salads in the summer.

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  29. Usually I eat leftovers for lunch, so a soup, or a easily re-heatable veggie/rice dish, or sometimes days like today chips & hummus!

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  30. I always bring my lunch too, and my old lunch bag died, so it would be great to win this cool tote! DH helps me pack a sandwich (usually on a whole wheat wrap), some chips, a fruit cup or 100 calorie pudding pack and a small piece of Dove dark chocolate.

    evitawylie at hotmail dot com

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  31. Most days I bring leftovers or a salad, lately I have been bringing alot of chips and salsa!
    [email protected]

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  32. I usually pack whatever I can find in the fridge, so either leftovers or salads.

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  33. Love soup for lunch most days!

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  34. I always cook extra when we're doing pasta, rice, veggies, etc. so that all I have to do is grab some leftover sauce and meat and toss it all together. Add some cut up fruit, and we're all set.

    I love those bags- plenty of room for breakfast and snacks in there too!

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  35. I bring my lunch almost every day. Unfortunately it gets pretty boring with a sandwich, a piece of fruit and some yogurt. I'll also bring leftovers if we have them. I'd like to start to try to branch out, though.

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  36. Usually a Smart Ones, fruit, and sometimes string cheese.

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  37. I currently work from home so I have the luxury of being able to eat almost anything I want for lunch. My staples include a hot sandwich or panini or leftovers from the night before.

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  38. leftovers and a Brown Cow yogurt

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  39. I usually have leftovers or a sandwich...not too exciting but saves money on eating out!

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  40. Hubby and I pack our lunches every day. We always have an apple, carrots, a banana, and a salad. Then we'll sometimes throw in some leftovers or some baked goods depending on what's in the fridge.

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  41. I usually eat a sandwich and/or yogurt, baby carrots, and an apple.

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  42. Almost always leftovers or my new found love of a turkey wrap.

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  43. It depends. Some days I have leftovers, others I have a frozen meal (for when I don't have leftovers), sometimes a sandwich, and sometimes, when the hormones strike, I go to Braum's for a burger, fries, and a cherry limeade! I'm not one of those people that can eat the same thing every day and be okay with it.

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  44. Cold cereal - that's what I usually have for lunch. Boring, I know, but it's fast and healthy!

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  45. For the past few weeks, my lunch has been a spinach salad with walnuts and strawberries and a homemade everything bagel with cream cheese. I'm stuck in a rut, but it's a good one :)

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  46. I pack lunch almost every day. A typical lunch is a Lean Cuisine-type meal with yogurt, fruit, and maybe a salad.

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  47. Well I work second shift, so my lunch is actually dinner. I usually try to cook before I go in at 4pm. Depending on how lazy I am that can be anything from homemade calzones to spaghetti to some type of stir fry. But usually things that reheat well. We have a toaster oven and microwave at work, so it isn't to bad.

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  48. Some combo of veggies (steamed in the fall/winter, raw in the spring/summer with hummus) pita bread, yogurt, and some sort of fruit. One of those bags would be perfect for me!

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  49. I usually bring leftovers from dinner. If not, I would have a sandwich or something.

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  50. My lunch is generally leftovers from the night before or chicken salad that I whip up. Although, if I'm super busy, half the time I forget to eat lunch at all. :p

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  51. I bring either leftovers or a PB sandwich, and always yogurt and fruit. I get free pizza at lunch meetings about twice a week too. Very cute bags!

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  52. LEFTOVERS...or some kind of a sandwhich. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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  53. Lately I have been pretty boring and having cereal everyday!

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  54. usually a sandwich or healthy choice meal

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  55. We eat a lot of leftovers for lunch :)

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  56. I almost always bring leftovers. I also like to have 100 calorie packs on hand as something else to add, as well as yogurt covered raisins!

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  57. Usually soups, salads, or sandwiches - or leftovers if I'm lucky!

    I like a little variety, and I like my own cooking - so buying lunch isn't much of an option to me!

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  58. I try to watch my calorie intake during the day...so a Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine with a piece of fruit :-).

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  59. 50% of the time I bring leftovers of some form, 50% of the time I make a salad with some form of protein added in and bring a yogurt and some fruit.

    And usually once every two weeks I'll order something with my coworkers.

    My current salad kick is greens with apples, chicken, walnuts, and feta cheese with balsamic vinegar :)

    ~Tracy (TWebber16 @ aol.com)

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  60. Usually, either a Lean Cuisine or leftovers from dinner the night before -- lately I've been packing huge lunches;) .. so this Built bag would be a wonderful tool!

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  61. I work at a nursing home, so each morning I check to see what they will be serving the residents for lunch. If it sounds good, I sign up. If not, I usually have a Lean Cuisine or have a co-worker pick something up for me.

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  62. I usually bring leftovers- if there are no leftovers, I will bring oatmeal and fruit or jello

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  63. I love those lunch bags! I bring my lunch every day and it's totally varied. Sometimes it's leftovers, but lately I've been making a lot of asian noodle salads or greek salad pitas. YUM!

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  64. My lunch is normally a frozen meal and an apple or yogurt.

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  65. I almost always have a salad with spinach and grilled chicken.

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  66. I usually eat leftovers from dinner the night before. Either that or I make a quick sandwich - PB&J, Veggie, Tuna... not all together though!

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  67. I usually have leftovers from the night before but if I don't have any, I'll do a wrap and a salad or yogurt. Simple and healthy.

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  68. ooh, I've been wanting one of those!!

    I usually have leftovers, or a big salad and a piece of fruit. YUM!

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  69. I don't have a typical lunch. It could be leftovers, a sandwich, Lean Cuisine, or take out from one of the many restaurants in my building.

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  70. I almost always bring leftovers. If I don't have something, I'll bring a sandwich (peanut butter of course) or a Campbell's soup at hand.

    Cute totes!

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  71. usually a turkey sandwich or a healthy choice frozen meal

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  72. I usually have leftovers for lunch when I'm working in an office or if I'm home for the day. If I'm on the road I pack a sandwich, fruit and a snack like chips or crackers. But leftovers are always my favorite.

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  73. I bring my lunch to work every day of the week and it's usually leftovers. If not, then I pack some sort of sandwich and yogurt. I love the polka dot bag - too cute!

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  74. When I have classes, I eat an energy bar; if I'm at home, I usually have a bowl of oatmeal. Woo-hoo. Exciting, huh?

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  75. Usually just leftovers or maybe a soft pretzel with cheese

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  76. I tend to have some combination of leftovers and a fresh salad. I try to mix the new with the old to keep things interesting!

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  77. Every day is different. I get bored with food easily. Sometimes I have a salad from the company cafeteria, sometimes I will go out to a local restaurants, and sometimes I will bring lunch from home.

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  78. Leftovers! Unless dinner is an epic fail. In that case I pick something up from whatever sounds good...

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  79. As a teacher I have to bring my lunch to school. I usually go with leftovers because nothing beats a warm lunch, or I make a sandwich and take a piece of fruit with some crackers. I have been eying those lunch bags for a while. My reusable lunch bag is quite sad and old!

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  80. I have always brought my own lunch to work and I recently read (in a review of a biography of her) that so did Helen Gurley Brown ~ even later when she was, you know, pretty famous! So, we're in good company here.

    I like to make slightly startling combinations out of leftovers some of which border on art and some of which can be not so great, but I loath waste and love experiments. They always contain healthy ingredients though, that's a rule.

    Tomorrow: basmanti rice, some green beans and carrots that were cooked with an Italian Pollo al forno con limone e rosmarino (so have a lemony flavor), some left over chicken tikka masala (a different chicken!), some Moroccan tapanade from Fresh and Easy Market (olives, raisins, chick peas, garlic) and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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  81. Steak taco salad, literally almost everyday!!!! =))

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  82. I'm pretty boring. Lunch is either leftovers from dinner the previous night or a turkey sandwhich.

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  83. Lunch is always something I bring from home... sometimes constists of leftovers from dinner. With the common idea that I try and make something different with it. I use leftover chicken to make wraps or sandwiches or salads just to spice it up a bit.

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  84. Leftovers, or a turkey sandwich, and if there is NOTHING in my fridge.... Subway.

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  85. I usually have leftovers, a salad, or something light and quick.....like a frozen burrito or soup.
    Sometimes go out to lunch with the girls, but trying to save money, so making a huge effort to pack all my lunches lately!

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  86. leftovers, usually. We very rarely make something specifically for lunch.

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  87. My two standby's for lunch are a tuna sandwich or Taco Bell. Otherwise it's leftovers from the night before.

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  88. I usually bring leftovers for lunch. Otherwise I made a pasta, egg, or veggie salad sunday night and enjoy it all week long!

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  89. I love making a salad from the company cafeteria. There is a maximum charge - or so much per ounce. I try really hard to load up the container as full as I can make it to make the most of the maximum! It keeps me full until dinner - all on veggies!

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  90. When I bring lunch, it's usually left overs from the night before. Otherwise, I run out and pick up something.

    I like Sonic's grilled chicken wraps and Chick Fil A's Ceasar chicken wraps.

    On Fridays a group from the office usually go out and someone in the group picks. Mexican and Chinese seem to be the favorites.

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  91. I usually bring leftovers. If I don't have any leftovers, I buy Thai food.

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  92. I usually bring leftovers.

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  93. I almost always bring my lunch. Usually left overs or if there are none, peanut butter and jelly.

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  94. I usually always bring leftovers from the night before...or boca burgers...yummy!

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  95. I love those bags! Too cute. Taking your lunch is such a cost-effective tool and usually the food is better than anything you get out!

    [email protected]

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  96. I'm ashamed to admit my lunch is usually a chicken salad or tuna salad wrap, OR a lean cuisine.
    I don't like taking leftovers for lunch (DH eats them for his lunches), and I have trouble finding recipes I can make that'll last and be fun all week for lunches (any hints, joelen??)

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  97. I'm definitely a SmartOnes/Lean Cuisine girl. My favorite is SO Three Cheese Ziti Marinara. And I love Lean Cuisine's Sesame Chicken.

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  98. Anything that I can take quick bites of in between chasing kids! (I'm a nanny and bring my son with me!) I usually make a pasta salad, orzo salad, chicken salad or a quick sandwich so I just grab and go in the morning.

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  99. I usually have leftovers from dinner, and in the summer when our garden is producing, I bring the makings for a caprese salad - I can't get enough of them when I have tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden!

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  100. I have leftovers. I have a Mr. Bento with 4 compartments. The bottom to are hot (in fall/winter/spring) main or side dishes, and the top two have salads, celery sticks, apple slices - usually fresh fruits and veggies.

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