3 Easy Lunches For The Late Riser

3 Easy Lunches For The Late Riser

Instead of spending $10 every day for lunch, make lunch at home instead (the night before)!

Though you know you have to be at work at 9 am tomorrow, you go to sleep too late and hit the snooze button more times than you'd like to admit. You now have a total of 72 minutes to shower, dry your hair, get dressed, feed your cat, do your makeup, and somehow fit over an hour long commute in between. But wait - you forgot to bring lunch...again.

Instead of ordering from the same expensive, unfulfilling sandwich shop by your office, here are five quick and easy lunches to prepare the night before and grab as you head out of the house!

1. Tomato Basil Pasta

This cold pasta dish is one of the easiest, tastiest meals you can make in a pinch and still feel like you're a master chef!

Instructions: Bring a pot of water to a boil, add Barilla penne pasta, and cook for the suggested amount of time on the box. While your pasta is boiling, grab a strainer and toss a handful of cherry tomatoes into wash. Rinse them off, pat them dry, and set them aside. When your pasta has finished cooking, rinse it off in cold water for 30 seconds and let it drain. Then, combine your pasta and tomatoes with a tablespoon of olive oil, a dash of Italian seasoning, some salt, pepper, and some grated, fresh garlic (if you so desire). Stir everything together and place in an airtight container in the fridge for the next morning!

Ingredients: Barilla penne pasta, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper

Prep time: 20 mins

2. Cheesy Hot Dogs in Tortillas

Good for a quick working lunch, these cheesy hot dogs will leave you wanting more!

Instructions: Open and boil a package of Vienna Beef hot dogs on the stove top until the hot dogs become plump. Drain the water from the pot and place your hot dogs aside. Grab two El Milagro flour tortillas, a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, and place one of the hot dogs inside. Roll the tortilla around the hot dog carefully, and secure it with 2-4 toothpicks. Place them in a microwaveable-safe container, and when you're ready to eat, heat them for 90 seconds. Quick, easy, and super cheesy!

Ingredients: Vienna Beef hot dogs, El Milagro flour tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese, toothpicks

Prep time: 10 minutes

3. Ham, Cream Cheese, and Pickle Roll-Ups

This simple lunch can also double-up as a yummy appetizer for get-togethers with friends!

Instructions: Take 5 slices of Dietz & Watson deli fresh ham and spread a generous amount of Philadelphia Cream cheese on the inside of each piece. (Note: you will need to let the cream cheese soften on the counter for 10-15 minutes before doing this.) Then, take Claussen Kosher Dill pickle spears and roll them in the cream-cheese-covered pieces of ham. Place your ham roll-ups in an airtight sandwich container and refrigerate them overnight.

Ingredients: Dietz & Watson deli fresh ham, Philadelphia cream cheese, Claussen Kosher dill pickles

Prep time: 25 minutes

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

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3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

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When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

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Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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