In and Out

Quinn and I like to have lunch dates. About twice a week I take her out and we enjoy a leisurely lunch with just the two of us. We catch up on things…even though we are always together.
We usually go out one day after Jazzercise, and always go out to Subway after Ballet.
After Jazzercise she gets to choose the location. Sometimes it’s Skyline Chili, other times it’s Panera. Sometimes it’s Mexican or a Zips burger, and a lot of times it is Bruegger’s Bagels. I am totally down with all of these choices, because I enjoy them all.
The other day my husband took a look at our bank statement. He was quietly printing out pages then walked into the room I was in.
“Honey, we need to talk.”
This is never good.
“Do you have any idea how much money each month we spend on eating out?”
“No. But it has to be less than it was before we had Quinn. I mean, remember? We used to eat out. I meant EAT OUT. All the time. Nice meals. Remember?”
“Erin. Look at this. These pages are just the charges for eating out or ordering in from January.”
Let me tell you, the list went on and on. It was obscene.
So when I told you at the beginning of this post that Quinn and I ate lunch out 2 times a week,
I was just fooling myself.
It’s more like 3-4.
Times are calling for a change.
A baby is on the way, we are saving for some things. I am spending our money with nothing to show for it…except for maybe some extra lbs.
I can blame it on baby cravings. That would be easy, but not truthful.
Here’s the deal though, I can make many of my favorite things at home.
I mean, I am the MotherChef, Gosh Darnnit! I can make almost anything!
Or at least try.
So, just as I featured the Maggiano’s Chopped Salad,
the next few posts will be dedicated to the lunches I love to eat out.
This one in particular is based off of what I always order at Brueggar’s Bagels.
My version of the Leonardo DeVeggie.
I will give you this disclaimer: %50 of what makes this sandwich is the bagel. So I get a bag of day-old bagels from Brueggars. It’s whole heck of a lot cheaper than the fresh, and after it’s toasted it tastes exactly the same to me.
Veggie Sandwich on Bagel
1 everything bagel, split and toasted golden brown
1 Tb jarred minced sundried tomato
1 tsp veggie cream cheese
2 slices roasted red pepper (i buy it jarred)
4 thin slices of red onion
1 leaf romaine lettuce
2 slices tomato,
(my tomato in the picture are heirloom, which is why they are purple.)
Assemble by spreading sundried tomato on one half of the bagel. Spread cream cheese on the opposite half. Layer red pepper, onion, lettuce and tomato.
Close and cut in half.

One thought on “In and Out

  1. siriusleesweet

    Sounds a lot like the changes I’ve had to make this year! I used to eat lunch out every day when I would have classes in town, and then I realized how much cheaper it is to pack. And the sandwiches I make are so much better than what I was even buying… It’s hard to transition though because eating out is just so convenient sometimes… I’m glad to see that you are posting again!

    My favorite sandwich recently and really quick to make is a 12-grain bread with turkey, garlic herb goat cheese, and tomato (sometimes i use yellow tomatoes). I highly recommend it, rather yummy!

    Dad and I are going to try to make homemade bagels soon. Have you ever tried to make bagels?



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