Monday, April 17, 2006

At least as exciting as an egg salad wrap

Beef Barbecue
Helping Our Kids Grow (local church cookbook) Copyright 2000

2 lb. hamburger
1 med. onion
1 c. chili sauce
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. sugar
2 T. vinegar
1 T. mustard
salt and pepper

Combine meat and onion and cook until lightly browned. Drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer about 1 hour. Serve on warm buns.

This is the third barbecue (sloppy joe) recipe I've tried. I started thinking about how boring this blog is getting but then I watched a woman make her husband's lunch on a new Food Network show. She made an egg salad wrap and sent it along with some dried cherries, baked chips and a frozen bottle of water (that was her big 'tip' - I learned that one in grade school thir-, um, many years ago). This lunch was a special treat for him because it was their anniversary and she wasn't going to see him all day. She used one teaspoon of mayo in the egg salad. Woo hoo! I wonder if he gets two teaspoons on his birthday. Or an entire tablespoon if he gets a big promotion? Okay, I'm just talking crazy now.

Seriously, how much are they paying her to make her husband's lunch in front of a camera? When my husband worked nights, I packed him lunches more special than that every night.

Back to this barbecue. It was good but not as good as Suzie's Sloppy Joes. This one was less sweet but otherwise flavorful so that might suit those of you who like things less sweet. I've had a bottle of chili sauce in the cupboard forever so that's why I decided to make this. It was a lucky choice because I wasn't feeling that great last night and this was fast and effortless.

Question of the Day: Do you pack lunches for anyone? What do you pack?


Randi said...

I always pack robin a lunch. Today she got a turkey and cheddar sandwich on rye, some frito's and a piece of coffee cake. She likes complete meals.

Jennifer said...

I pack lunch for my daughter every weekday.

She always gets a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich on whole wheat potato bread, and a bottle of water (she has a bottle that fits in an insulated sleeve and then attaches right to her lunchbox, pretty handy).

I try to put two other things in there every day, like maybe a fruit or veggie (carrots, cucumbers, grapes, an apple, some strawberries) and a little piece of candy, or a bag of crackers or pretzels and a granola bar.

And she always gets a note, even though I've been doing this for almost 4 years now and I'm running out of ideas for what to write in her note, especially since I am trying to write it before I am fully awake.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I should have answered my own question...

I pack my son's lunch for daycare but that isn't very exciting since I like to stick to foods I know he'll eat and I won't put anything new in there. Basically he gets a main course (pasta, chicken, fish sticks, lunchmeat, cheese, hot dog, ham, etc), a veggie (usually green beans), fruit (strawberries, banana or canned peaches, pears or pineapple (without added sugar) and baby cheddar goldfish.

I used to pack hubby his lunch when he worked nights. That was his big meal for the day so it was usually lasagne, casseroles, etc (something I could freeze usually). I always had slices of homemade cakes or breads (banana, pumpkin) for him too.

Now hubby packs his own lunch since he works days. It's only a sandwich and chips.

Anonymous said...

No,for some reason packing lunches ranks right up there with scrubbing toilets.I hate it!I even force my kids to eat the horrible school lunches.