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    Posted March 16, 2009 by
    Phoenix, Arizona
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    The ultimate brown bag

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    Cheap, Healthy Lunch



    Packing a lunch is much cheaper and healthier for you.  You can't eat this good off any $1 menu! 





    The #1 rule in my house when I'm packing a lunch is, DO NOT TALK TO THE MOMMA!  My husband rises at 4:00 a.m.  If I get up to make breakfast or pack a lunch at that hour, it's best not to try to hold a conversation with me.  : )





    The main course for today is a turkey wrap.  I start with Flat Out Wraps, you can get them at Walmart or I buy them in a 3 pack at Costco and freeze them.  Spread the wrap with dijon mustard.  Add 2 slices of provolone cheese.  Next comes fresh spinach, mine is from my garden.  Top that with 3 slices of naturally smoked turkey and finally thinly sliced tomato.  Roll it!  Cost:  $1.75





    My husband eats an apple a day.  He'll typically eat this as a snack before lunch.  I bought several bags of fuji apples when they were on sale for 33 cents a pound.  You can't beat that price and they store well.   Cost:  15 cents





    Carrots are in most lunches right now.  We have them in our garden.  I used to grow beautiful flowers but have the front flower beds filled with veggies.  We grow several varieties that are really beautiful and tasty.  Cost:  negligible




    No lunch would be complete without cookies.  If I don't have time to make some, I usually buy Fig Newtons.  They are one of the healthier store bought cookies you can buy.  I picked these up at the Grocery Outlet.  I shop there for snacks on the cheap.  Cost:  40 cents





    I wrap all the food in parchment or waxed paper.  I avoid thow away plastics since they are made from fossil fuel.  I do use reusable plastic containers to pack my husbands lunch.  He doesn't require a cold pack as he has a short commute to work.  The hard plastic container keeps his lunch from being smashed in the break room fridge.  My son's lunch is packed in a lunch box with an ice pack to keep things cool. 





    The boys drink water with their lunch so there is no drink cost.  The total for this lunch was $2.30.  It's very nutritious and  cheap.





    I will try to post a brown bag lunch every day this week.  That is, unless I decide to sleep in!




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