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Posted: 8/3/2009 6:08:28 AM EST
As you may know from reading other threads I work as a Dispatcher and I don't get to take an official lunch break (its usually 5 minutes to pee and grab food out of the fridge)... I have been getting sick of the sandwich game and started eating a combination of left overs from dinner, Lean Pockets and Healthy Choice frozen dinners for lunch for a couple weeks, and frankly, the frozen foods suck. I like the healthy requests attempt at vegetables and desert in one tray.... but the food quality is pretty poor.
Any suggestions for good ones to try?
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:14:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By OhioLibertarian:
As you may know from reading other threads I work as a Dispatcher and I don't get to take an official lunch break (its usually 5 minutes to pee and grab food out of the fridge)... I have been getting sick of the sandwich game and started eating a combination of left overs from dinner, Lean Pockets and Healthy Choice frozen dinners for lunch for a couple weeks, and frankly, the frozen foods suck. I like the healthy requests attempt at vegetables and desert in one tray.... but the food quality is pretty poor.
Any suggestions for good ones to try?

Why not cook big on your day off and pack it. It takes just as long to reheat as something frozen. Then it can be something delicious, cheaper, and quick. Chili, spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, stir-fry, fajitas, soups, casseroles, etc.

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:27:05 AM EST
Don't know about dinners, but Mrs. Callender makes a mean pot pie...
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:29:51 AM EST
I really like the new panini and flatbread sandwiches from stoffers(sp?) they are damn good
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:35:14 AM EST
Hungry Man
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:39:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By osthemost:
Hungry Man


This. This thread needs more poll
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:40:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By stretch415:
I really like the new panini and flatbread sandwiches from stoffers(sp?) they are damn good


that sounds pretty tasty
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:40:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By BF1985:
Originally Posted By osthemost:
Hungry Man


This. This thread needs more poll


Ahhh it cant have moar pole because I dont know what brands are out there to vote on haha :-D
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:43:55 AM EST
I don't think i've had a frozen dinner since 1989. I do remember the Hungry man with chop steak and tater tots being good

http://www.contactmusic.com/videos.nsf/stream/zz-top-tv-dinners
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:44:03 AM EST


Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:46:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By ihatespngbob:

Originally Posted By OhioLibertarian:
As you may know from reading other threads I work as a Dispatcher and I don't get to take an official lunch break (its usually 5 minutes to pee and grab food out of the fridge)... I have been getting sick of the sandwich game and started eating a combination of left overs from dinner, Lean Pockets and Healthy Choice frozen dinners for lunch for a couple weeks, and frankly, the frozen foods suck. I like the healthy requests attempt at vegetables and desert in one tray.... but the food quality is pretty poor.
Any suggestions for good ones to try?

Why not cook big on your day off and pack it. It takes just as long to reheat as something frozen. Then it can be something delicious, cheaper, and quick. Chili, spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, stir-fry, fajitas, soups, casseroles, etc.


I agree. Screw a pre-packaged, undersized, overpriced gut bomb.

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:50:07 AM EST
California Pizza Kitchen makes some bad-ass flat bread pizza thingies.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:55:01 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:55:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 6:56:33 AM EST by Nasal_Avenger]
Hungry Man meals taste good...but dear god read the nutrition facts. I have never seen a product openly admit that it contains more than 100% of the RDV of fat and sodium. Usually the manufacturer gets around this by changing the serving size but I guess Swanson had no choice.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 6:58:00 AM EST
Marie Calender Pot Pies are the shit.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:19:22 AM EST
Boston Market
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:24:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:25:11 AM EST
now im craving a hungry man turkey dinner.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:26:04 AM EST
your state's labor laws allow you to be denied a lunch break on an 8 hour shift?
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:26:12 AM EST
You. Cook on days off and freeze for the week.

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:26:43 AM EST
Boston Market
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:29:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By thelastgunslinger:
your state's labor laws allow you to be denied a lunch break on an 8 hour shift?


I would have to take it unpaid and there is no one on first shift that can provide coverage (no one dispatch trained or trained with our software) so I just get away with having someone answer the phone while I grab the portable and go lol :-P

Its not a big deal :)
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:30:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By Star_Scream:
You. Cook on days off and freeze for the week.



I tried that a few times with stews and such and it didnt reheat right. Do you have any tips??
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:42:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By cvann:
Marie Calender Pot Pies are the shit.


Amen brotha'...
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:45:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By OhioLibertarian:
Originally Posted By Star_Scream:
You. Cook on days off and freeze for the week.



I tried that a few times with stews and such and it didnt reheat right. Do you have any tips??


Somethings dont reheat as well.

Thinks that work well : Casseroles, spaghetti, chile, tamales, enchiladas, chile rellenos, mongolian beef, fried rice, coconut curry chicken, adobo, mashed potatos, cooked chicken breasts,

Things that dont work well : Thin stews (need them to be think so the broth doesn't evaporate wihtout heating the meat/veggies, soups, things with yogurt,
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 7:56:29 AM EST
Occasionally I'll make a party-sized Stouffers (or generic) lasagne and bring in portions for lunch. They heat up pretty quickly.

Another thought is a chef salad. Mix it up the night before, just put on dressing at lunch time so the lettuce doesn't wilt. I include a hard-cooked egg, ham or turkey, shredded cheese, either kidney or garbanzo beans, and croutons on mine so it's a pretty substantial meal.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 8:13:55 AM EST
whats wrong with a sammich? I don't know what I would do without them
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 8:17:32 AM EST
Most of the frozen dinners have way too much fat, cholesterol and salt. It is better to cook your own and reheat in the microwave.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 8:19:35 AM EST
Boston Market, Stauffers, El Charrito...pretty good stuff.

HH
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 8:20:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By Burntrubber87:
whats wrong with a sammich? I don't know what I would do without them


They are boring.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 8:29:12 AM EST
I could live entirely off of these - Hormel Compleats.



http://www.hormelfoods.com/brands/hormel/HormelCompleats.aspx

Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:16:07 AM EST
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Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:39:35 AM EST
Bertolli FTMFW!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:43:48 AM EST
Doc put me on low-cholesterol diet recently. As far as flavor, these aren't bad :


Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:43:58 AM EST
I was in Dollar Tree a few weeks ago, and they have some brand I never heard of before TV dinners.

I have no idea where some of these brands come from, it was 'Grandma's Freezer' or some name like that.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:48:11 AM EST
I like lots of diff, frozen food. Stouffer's(sp) do not have any presereatives in them. I love me some Salsbury steak, and MacnCheese. Also their Lasagna is pretty damn good, for a lunch at the office.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:49:49 AM EST


Have you tried the tricolored raviolli, in a creamy cheese sauce.....that is so good
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:51:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By Star_Scream:
You. Cook on days off and freeze for the week.


Make a big pot of chili, do a big pot of sloppy joes and put them into individual serving size containers, leftover chicken, mashed taters. Lots of things can be cooked, frozen and reheated well, except steak. I've never had good luck reheating steak.
Make up salad and put them into single containers (don't add cheese until the night before though) and you can have a quick snack at break time. Lots of better eating than frozen stuff.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:52:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By blacksunshinez51:
I like lots of diff, frozen food. Stouffer's(sp) do not have any presereatives in them. I love me some Salsbury steak, and MacnCheese. Also their Lasagna is pretty damn good, for a lunch at the office.


I think their Mac and Cheese is the best you can buy in a store.

HH
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 10:36:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By Spooky130:
Boston Market


Good, but tiny portion size.
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