My Guilty Pleasure

Lots of times on childcare days I feed the the kids food and there is not enough for me.  A pack of hotdogs feeds only them.  There is often not enough hotdish or whatever it is I’m serving so I’m left with nothing really to eat.  I hate “making something for me”….I get tired of PB&J.  I don’t have time to make much else.   So more often than not, I resort to this…

I really don’t mean the words “resort to” like it’s something bad as I actually love it and prefer is over most anything for lunch.

It’s more or less corn chip dip.

Here’s what I do to make it….it’s way simple and so simple it’s not even a recipe.

I put a layer of refried beans out…..

I sprinkle shredded cheese over the top.

I microwave it long enough for the cheese to melt.

Then I cover it with a layer of salsa and a dollop of sour cream like this….
Then I dip chips in and eat it.  I adore it.  For quick and easy it can’t be beat….also, I straight up love it.

Sometimes I’ll eat this three days in a row for lunch…it’s a good thing I do love it. Do you have any other suggestions for me for quick and easy that isn’t a sandwich or a piece of fruit?  I should probably expand my palate.

29 thoughts on “My Guilty Pleasure”

  1. Scrambled eggs and cheese – microwaved in a pyrex measuring cup.
    Freeze one bowl portions of vegetable soup that you can thaw in the microwave while the kids are eating.
    Grilled cheese and tomato or whatever you like, also microwaved. Not quite as good as grilled, but no pan to wash.
    Tuna salad on a tomato
    I think all of the above are diabetic friendly!

  2. My quick go to lunch is cooked rice, salsa and cheese, heat in microwave until hot and the cheese melts. Sometimes I add shredded leftover chicken or sliced black olives. .

  3. I like to buy the individual cans of tuna, they come in a 3pack. I can eat on saltines, or I make a piece of toast, pile on the tuna, put a piece of cheese on it and melt in the microwave. I’ve had to adapt after my husband passed away, and I don’t have any other mouths to feed like you do!
    Or a quesadilla with your beans, cheese and salsa.

  4. Seven layer salad. Quesadillas are quick to make in a frypan; I use leftover fajitas and cheese. BLTs are my favorite this time of year.

  5. That sounds so good! I think I know what Heath and I are doing for a midnight snack, except we used the last of the sour cream for dinner.

    With companies stealthily making their packages smaller, there’ve been quite a few nights that I didn’t get nearly enough after dishing up plates for my husband and the boys. It’s so hard to judge especially with growing kids and fluctuating appetites.

    My favorite thing right now is antipasto salad from the Safeway deli. I found it while I was looking for soft pasta salads I could eat with my missing tooth. Between the mozarella and salami it only takes a few bites and I’m not starving anymore. Now I’m trying to figure out a cheaper way to DIY it.

  6. I like an open faced tuna sand. I top with shredded cheddar and microwave the cheese to melted. I make a hearty 10grain whole wheat bread so it stands up. And it freezes well. Try Daves’ bread-also freezes nicely. Just pull a slice when you want one.

    Pita chips and black bean hummus fills me up.

    Greek Salad: chopped tomato, cucumber, feta….dressing is EVOO, balsamic vinegar and basil. Could make this in 5m before the kids arrive and it will be nicely marinated by lunchtime.

    Pita chips and egg salad.

    Another thing I do is make enough dinner to have a leftover for lunch. once cook-twice eat :-)

  7. I have put tunafish on lettuce leaves, then folded them over to eat. I often put other stuff in the tuna – dehydrated onions, green onions, pickles, celery, even olives – separately, not all together.
    Today I cut up an avocado and put salsa on it and eaten it with tortilla chips. Delicious!
    Egg salad, or deviled egg mixture, on lettuce (there are LOTS of different kinds of lettuce) is good too.
    Spam salad is easy: Cut up a slice of spam into your lettuce bits, shake dehydrated onions on OR cut up a green onion, then cut up a slice or two of a cheddar cheese block. Add ranch dressing. Very tasty and simple.

  8. Oh, Jo, it made me so sad to read that there was not enough food for you. Could you maybe buy an extra package of hot dogs and freeze a couple in each baggie so you could throw in a couple extra? They freeze really well. I live alone and do this alot. I also like the idea about individual portions of soup. I also freeze one serving containers of my bean soup and vegetable beef soup when I make a pot. Makes for a quick and yummy lunch. Maybe with some of your childcare kids now in school, you won’t have this situation as often? Bless you for all you do.

  9. Our favorite very quick lunch is chopped lettuce, topped with frito corn chips, a mound of cottage cheese and topped with warmed salsa. good, fast, easy.

  10. Make some freezer meals on the weekends so you have lunch and or dinner when needed. Lasagna, meatloaf made in muffin pans, soup etc. Yogurt with a handful of nuts and some fruit would be easy. Thinking of you Jo!

  11. Hummus and veggies, hummus comes in a lot of flavors, or make your own. Use that Instant Pot and make some hard boiled eggs for your week. Peanut Butter and apple slices was breakfast many days in college. Or change things up and buy some almond butter or sun butter. It’s kind of pricey (not like meat tho) so maybe just for you and not the kids.

    If you’d like a great recipe for homemade soft and chewy granola bars that freeze well, check Smitten Kitchen’s blog. Totally adaptable, easy to make and you can pop one out of the freezer and let it thaw while you make the kids lunch and then have it while they nap.

  12. OMG … I’m heading for the kitchen! My favorite dip is very much like your lunch … equal parts refried beans, grated cheese (I like marble cheese) and salsa. Heat in the microwave until the cheese is melted, then serve with your favorite tortilla chips. I could eat this e.v.e.r.y. day! I don’t usually add sour cream, but I would love that! I wouldn’t change a thing if I were you!

  13. I like to make dinner that has some leftover so that I can heat it up quickly for lunch for one the next day. I love to chop up leftover chicken breast and make chicken salad for lunch. Another favorite lunch is a can of tuna, a can of white beans, lemon juice, chopped green onions and about 2 tsp of olive oil (and salt and pepper). So yummy. If you need some recipe ideas I like and

  14. I like cottage cheese with canned peaches or pears. My mom would make this with a lettuce leaf on the bottom and my dad liked to put mayonnaise on it.

  15. SusanfromKentucky

    I used to make a baked potato in the microwave and add toppings. My favorites were salsa, cheese and sour cream. I say “used to” because I’m on a diet now.

  16. Hard salami slices, cubes of cheese, cherry tomatoes, sliced apple, cucumber, celery, carrots( with salad dressing to dip), pickled beets, a couple of olives and some crackers. I keep it all cut up in the refrigerator in small containers so it is fast to grab and make a plate. It’s summer in hot Texas and this is my favorite right now. I usually drink a V-8 with it. I have to eat fairly low carb.

    I also try to keep tuna salad or chicken salad made up in the refrigerator so I can eat on it for several days with fruit or vegetables on the side.

  17. You’ve just described one of my favorite snacks! AND…the kids and I would make this all the time while dh was away at sea. We’d sit in front of the tv on the floor and eat it together. Thanks for reviving a great memory!

  18. Wow! so many similar meals.. mine is different- kids love it too.. oatmeal with ice cream.. no butter or sweeteners. Sounds like you are doing really well.. thankfully you have a great support system. Ur in my prayers..

  19. Judith Fairchild

    My favorite lunch snack is chips salsa and sour cream. With a chunk of good cheese on the side. Snapple or any fresh fruit for dessert.

  20. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Make pulled pork in your crock pot, freeze in meal-sized portions. I’m sending you via email a recipe for crock pot chicken lettuce wraps…AWESOME!!

  21. Jo – instead of nuking a white potato – use a sweet potato. You can use your salsa and cheese as toppings, and add sour cream and olives. Healthier than the chips, I think.

  22. Another of my favorites is 5 Can Dump Soup. You dump a can each of refried beans, corn (drained), black beans (drained), diced tomatoes (I like the roasted variety), and chicken broth into a sauce pan, heat it up and enjoy. I also put in a couple of shakes of hot sauce to spice it up. It kinda of sounds weird, but I promise you it is delicious.


  24. Tuna, hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, cheese and crackers. Some of the frozen dinners are good. Make your own frozen dinners with leftovers. Something warm. Eating a larger, more balanced meal at lunch is better for you than a large meal at night. I did day care for a year and got to hate “kid” friendly meals. I couldn’t eat mac and cheese for years.

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