Posts Tagged ‘Lunch’

Uber Eats

Maybe it’s just me, but it kind of seems like everyday there’s a new app geared to bringing food to your doorstep – or desktop, if you’re the kind of diligent worker bee who toils through the lunch hour…cough, cough…I mean, I’ve got a blog named Dining at my Desk – I’m sure you can guess where I’m eating lunch.

Cue UberEats, part of the Uber app, which, whether you love it or hate it, you’ve gotta admit, is the best idea ever. I’m personally in the “oh my god, life changing!” camp when it comes to Uber. The good drivers of UberX have saved me many a sad, not-so-sober bus ride home, and I’m not just saying this for all the five-star reviews I plan to get from the sheer notoriety of my largely obscure blog. I really do love this app.

On this particular day, I gave UberEats a try…probably definitely because I had a promo code that gave me a basically free lunch. UberEats teams up with popular local Chicago restaurants, launching a weekly rotating menu for lunch and dinner. The lunch I had my eye on came from Shaw’s Crab House – namely, a shrimp roll (in my mind I was thinking something akin to sushi, but really, it was a lobster roll, sans lobster, sub shrimp), chips, pickles and slaw. Never having ordered from UberEats before, I really didn’t know what to expect, so I bravely opened the Uber App, slid the pointer over to the Eats section, and noticed there were plenty of Eats drivers in my area (Chicago Loop), in fact, one could drop off my food in less than 3 minutes. I selected my preferred menu items, and my driver was en route in seconds.

Uber Eats Screenshot

3 minutes for food? It took me longer to get down the elevator. Now at this point, you may be wondering, as my dear friend John did, “Did he have enough food in the car to make the sandwich?” Ummmm, that’s not quite how it works. The food is pre-made and either kept warm or cool in the driver’s car; all the driver has to do is pull it out and hand it over, and all you have to do is take it back to your desk and devour it.

Uber Eats Chicago

So how was my chauffeured lunch? Delicious, but likely because I’d eat almost anything covered in mayonnaise. I was impressed that the food was kept cool, because I’d eat almost anything covered in mayonnaise, except food covered in mayonnaise that hasn’t been properly kept cooled – that’s obviously a recipe for disaster. The shrimp roll was truly fantastic – lots of big shrimp, a bright (not too heavy) mayo dressing, and a perfectly buttered roll. The pickles were great, the slaw was probably the weakest point – just ok.

Shaw's Crab House Uber Eats

To recap, UberEats is extremely easy to use, and a really awesome option if you want to get food quickly. You can’t order food any faster than this, and even microwaving a sad desk lunch is going to take longer than UberEats showing up. The ease-of-use of the app is fantastic, and I like that it’s built-in to the Uber app – no downloading a separate app required. If you’re a first-time user, look on the internets for promo codes. Currently UberEats delivers in the The Loop, West Loop, River North, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and Gold Coast.

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When you are an important executive, like myself, you may one day find yourself with two vital pieces of office machinery in your private work suite. These items are: a microwave and a mini-fridge. The mini-fridge is especially indispensable for filing away your most important files (a 6 pack of Bud Light), and the microwave is critical to your overall desktop dining experience, lending its magical heating powers to your favorite new work lunch: the Refried Bean Surprise. Allow me to tell you how this delightful dish came to pass.

I’ve recently re-joined Weight Watchers – that Jessica Simpson got me all pumped about the Simple Start two week program:

Ok, this body has made zero amazing little human beings, however, it’s eaten a lot of amazing donuts & pizza and drank its fair share of booze, which is sort of like the same thing. 

Enter the Weight Watchers Simple Start program. It’s easy – eat until you’re satisfied from a prescribed list of Power Foods, lose weight. Take 7 Points Pluses a day for fun stuff not included in the list, like doughnuts and booze.

Weight Watchers Simple Start List of Power Foods

Weight Watchers Simple Start List of Power Foods

It really is that simple – and it works. I lost 3.2 pounds in my first week; I’ll keep you posted on the results of the second week.

But what I’m really getting at here is that my favorite “Power Food” from the list is fat free refried beans, specifically the Old El Paso spicy ones. These mushed up beauties are an essential source of protein and deliciousness in my new simple diet. Combine them with almost any meat, a sprinkle of fat free cheese (it’s as disappointing as you might imagine), a liberal dousing of hot sauce, some fat free Greek yogurt to top it off, and you’ve got yourself a truly respectable office meal. It’s like a tostada without all the best parts, but with cheese that almost melts – kind of. Just look at this thing of beauty – yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m losing weight eating that.

Dining at my Desk Refried Bean Surprise

Refried Bean Surprise

At this point, I’m sure you’re dying to know what the surprise is. Well, the surprise is that fat free Greek yogurt does not taste exactly like sour cream, as promised by my best friend, Renee. The first day I tried it as a substitute was in a bowl of chili, resulting in a big blob of yogurt in my chili. Cool. That being said, the fat free Greek yogurt does work a little better in Mexican-themed dishes, especially if you put enough hot sauce on it.

If you’d like to try your hand at making Refried Bean Surprise in your own office, I’m sure you can figure it out for yourselves, but just in case, here’s the recipe:

Refried Bean Surprise – Weight Watchers Simple Start Approved

Ingredients (all Weight Watchers Power Foods):

  • Fat Free Refried Beans (you’ll need a can opener if you’re making this at your desk)
  • Meat (beef, chicken, pork) I used some sort of beef I found at Aldi they claimed was perfect for making a Mexican-sounding dish that I cannot remember. I found it to be a cross between ground beef and steak. I dumped some fajita seasoning in it and threw it in the crockpot.
  • Fat Free Cheese (ugh)
  • Hot Sauce (don’t skimp)
  • Fat Free Greek Yogurt (or fat free sour cream)

Fat Free Refried Bean Surprise

Instructions:

  • Put some refried beans on a plate. Spread them around in a pleasing fashion.
  • Put some meat on top of the beans.
  • Sprinkle a liberal dose of fat free cheese on top.
  • Heat in the microwave just long enough for the entire office to smell like Refried Bean Surprise, about 2 minutes.
  • Debate whether to put the hot sauce or the yogurt on first. I’m sure it doesn’t matter. Again, you can figure this out.
  • Optional toppings: I could see lettuce, tomato, onion and cilantro working nicely with this.

 

 

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That, kids, is what I imagine many of you suffered through during your precocious child years and awkward adolescent phase(s) in public school, your last your “oops, I had to have my stomach pumped” hospital stay or perhaps what they served up at the retirement village during grandkids’ day. This celebrated dish is previously frozen salisbury steak with something of a gravy and garlic Cream of Wheat mashed potatoes.

And if you’re not yet convinced that I dine at a desk instead of at the old folks home well, I don’t think this next picture will help things.

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Mmmm. Strawberry sugar free Jello, with the last dredges of some Cool Whip on top. For the 30 year old that longs to run in the 70+ circles. Note the ancient pink Tupperware. Step in the right direction.

Also of note is the leaky plastic Baggie (sorry, the iPad REALLY wants to capitalize Baggie. See?) of dill pickle spears. That thing leaked all over my fridge, desk, etc…and everything all day had the pungent smell of pickle.

Total cost of today’s lunch: 4ish WW points pluses and the last hopes of a wasted youth.

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Well, I’m back on the bandwagon. That’s right, I’m alllllll over Weight Watchers – counting every bit of food and drink that passes my lips, working out like a mofo, politely declining free drinks at concerts, stockpiling Lean Cuisines in my freezer, going to bed at 9 p.m. to wake up at 5 a.m. to work out – even attending Weight Watchers meetings! I guess the goal is to lose about 10-15 pounds, but we’ll see how that goes.

So, dear reader, what does this mean for you? It means a brand-new segment entitled “What I ate for lunch” – a crappy iPad photographic journey of the sometimes delicious, sometimes disgusting, mostly mediocre things I eat for lunch at my desk everyday. What excitement. But it gets back to the heart and soul of this ridiculous food blog – me, eating mostly diet-y lunches at my desk, posting frozen meal reviews, etc… Sometimes it’s good to go back to your roots.

And it starts off with today’s lunch: Starkist Tuna Salad with 34 Degrees Rosemary Crispbread crackers.

starkist tuna salad34 Degrees Rosemary Crispbreads

 

Tuna Salad Crackers

19 of the crackers themselves are 3 points. 19!!!! The tuna salad is 2 points. 5 point lunch, plus some 0 point grapes. Kick ass.

P.S. My New Year’s resolution is to kick ass in 2012.

 

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