2005: If you're wondering, yes, those are canned beans! But please, keep reading. Canned beans are not required!
When there's a big supper on the calendar, this is my standard eat-at-my-desk lunch. It racks up a grand total of 1 Weight Watchers point (that's about 5% of a day's calories) but is still very filling and very satisfying. (If I'm having hunger pains before going out, I might fix another. The point is to fill up -- with volume and fiber -- without wasting the wonderful calories that'll be so enjoyed later on! I fix the same salad at five o'clock to avoid overeating at a happy hour. Or if I've had a big lunch out but still want to nosh for supper. Or if I'm just too full from too much and too-rich food over a few days. Or just because it's easy and fast and healthful.
Everyone needs a "standard lunch" in the culinary repertoire: easy, filling and satisfying. (Canned beans definitely not required -- but hey! I like 'em!) If you like, add something warm like this or this.
2007 & 2010 Update: Do you have a favorite one- or two- point lunch? Leave a comment, to share with others. This is one of A Veggie Venture's top posts so do share your own favorites with readers here. It's also still one of my favorite quick lunches, five whole years later!
SATISFYING LUNCH in ONE POINT
Time to table: 5 minutes
Serves 1 but easily multiplied
Fresh spinach or lettuce greens
A can of green beans, drained
A scant half cup of 1% cottage cheese
Other chopped vegetables (often leftover from the night before)
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
ST LOUISANS The Pevely/Dierbergs 1% cottage cheese is so creamy, it makes for a great no-mix salad dressing.
Believe it or not, I buy green beans by the case at Sam's Club, a case or two at a time for about $5 for a dozen cans, way cheaper than buying individual cans at the grocery store.