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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Mushroom Pizza Caps

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Mushroom Pizza Caps.

    Last week, we switched things up with a desert recipe for the #BYOL series, but we’re taking it back to the main course, this week, with a fast and easy pizza recipe that’s lighter and healthier than traditional pizza. This Table for Two recipe switches out pizza dough for a mushroom cap, but it’s still pretty much the same idea.

    Of course, the benefit of removing the dough is that you consume less carbs and fat, but bread is usually full of unhealthy gluten too. So it’s definitely a win-win if you enjoy mushrooms on your pizza.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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+ 5 large Portobello mushroom caps

+ 2 tablespoons of olive oil

+ Pepperoni (or your favorite combination of toppings)

+ Shredded mozzarella cheese

+ Your favorite pizza sauce

+ Basil

Step 2: Get Baked

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+ Glaze the inside of each mushroom cap with olive oil. Then, season the caps with salt and pepper.

+ Lightly grill the mushroom caps for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from grill.

+ Add marinara sauce, cheese, basil and and toppings.

+ If you’re eating at home, reheat the mushrooms on the grill until the cheese melts. If you’re taking these to work for lunch, do not reheat at home; place them in an air tight container. When you’re ready to eat, reheat them in an oven or microwave.

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Single-Serving, Instant Brownie #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Single-Serving, Instant Brownie.

    I know what you’re thinking, “Technically, this is not a lunch recipe.” And you’re right. This post is for an instant desert, and for #BYOL posts, we usually do a main course, sometimes coupled with a side or two. But we’re not prudes around here. I’m sure you enjoy a sugar boost at work as much as the next guy/gal, so I present to your our first #BYOL desert recipe. 

    As usual, the idea is to present a recipe that is easy to make or reheat at your office lunchroom. Unlike past #BYOL recipes on this blog, you actually make - instead of reheat - the brownie at work, so the beauty in No. 2 Pencil's brownie recipe is its freshness. As a result, you should prepare the mix at home, and when you’re ready to eat, simply throw it in the microwave.

Step 0 - Gather Your Brownie Ingredients

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+ One decent microwave

+ One ramekin or a small microwaveable cup

+ Two tablespoons butter

+ Two tablespoons sugar

+ One overloaded tablespoon of light-brown sugar

+ 1/4 Teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

+ One pinch of kosher salt

+ One egg yolk

+ Four tablespoons of flour

+ One tablespoon Hershey’s unsweetened coca powder

+ Two overloaded tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Step 1 -  Melt it Down

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+ Melt the butter in your ramekin or cup, but don’t let it boil.

Step 2 - Stir it Up

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+ Add the sugars, salt and vanilla to the butter. Stir.

+ Add the egg yolk, but do not add the egg white. Stir.

+ Add the flour and cocoa powder. Stir.

Step 3 - Apply Some Heat

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+ Top off your mixture with some chocolate chunks.

+ Microwave the mixture for about 45 to 55 seconds. Do not overcook it! Microwaves can easily overcook food. Plus, a slightly undercooked brownie is preferable, in my opinion. 

Step 4 - Enjoy

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+ I recommend being selfish, and eating it all to yourself. Like a territorial lion, you should lunge at any coworkers that approach you during this feeding session. But don’t be too selfish; share the recipe!

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Honey & Lime Chicken Skewers #BYOL

By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Honey & Lime Chicken Skewers.

Like many full-time workers, I don’t have much time for complex recipes that require a lot of effort, but I do enjoy a delicious as much as anyone else. That’s why I love this recipe for chicken skewers, posted at Kitchen Meets Girl. It’s easy, delicious and doesn’t cost much to make. I paired it with a side of white rice, though the recipe itself doesn’t recommend any sides. Now, let’s get started. 

Step 0 - Gather Your Ingredients

+ three tablespoons of soy sauce

+ two tablespoons of honey

one tablespoon of veggie oil

(juice of) one lime

+ two garlic cloves (minced)

+ one to two teaspoons of Siracha

+ red pepper flakes

+ two tablespoons of cilantro

+ one pound of skinless, boneless chicken breasts. 

Step 1 - Prepare the Marinade

+ Make the marinade by combining all of the ingredients except for the chicken.

Step 2 - Marinade the Chicken

+ Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts. Turn the breasts to coat the back. Let them sit in the marinade for an hour or so.

Step 3 - Grill & Consume

+ Grill over a medium-high flame for six to eight minutes per side.

+ Eat. You’ll probably eat it all, so you may need to make a second batch for tomorrow’s lunch. Keep the recipe on hand!

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Hummus-Crusted Chicken #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Hummus-Crusted Chicken.

    Have you ever considered using hummus as a sauce in a baking recipe. Neither had Gimme Some Oven's Ali, but that didn't stop her from trying out the fascinating dish. It turns out the dish is rather awesome, and I'm beyond ecstatic to come across the recipe. More importantly for those of us with little free time, it's pretty easy to cook up, and it doesn't take a long time to make. Now, let's bake some chicken.

Step 0 - Gather your Ingredients
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+ Four boneless chicken breasts

+ Salt & pepper

+ Chopped: one zucchini, one yellow squash, medium onion

+ One cup of your favorite hummus

+ One Tbsp. olive oil

+ Two Lemons

+ One tsp. smoked paprika or sumac

Step 1 - Prepare It

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+ Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

+ Season the breasts with salt and pepper. 

+ Place the zucchini, squash and onion in bowl. Drop in some olive oil. Toss until evenly coated. 

Step 2 - Lay It

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+ Arrange the vegetables at the bottom of a baking dish. They should form an even flat(ish) layer. 

+ Coat cover chicken in hummus; then, lay the chicken breasts over the vegetables.

+ Squeeze an entire lemon over both the vegetables and the chicken. Thinly slice the same lemon, and place the slices in between the chicken and veggies.

Step 3 - Bake It

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+ Let it cook for about 25 to 30 minutes, though you should double check that the chicken is completely cooked before taking it out. The veggies should feel rather tender.

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Sweet “Chick-Fil-A-Style” Nuggets #BYOL

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    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s #BYOL recipe: Sweet “Chick-fil-A-Style” Nuggets.

    There’s no interesting backstory to this recipe. Apparently, Amy at My Name is Snicker Doodle has a deep love for nuggets that come from a certain fast food chain that does not sell cow meat, and she also loves to reverse engineer recipes for fun. Now, let’s get started on this week’s #BYOL recipe.

Step 0 - Gather Your Ingredients

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+ Skinless and boneless chicken breasts

+ 1 cup milk

+ 1 egg

+ 1 1/4 cups of flour

+ 2 tbsp powdered sugar

+ 2 tsp salt

+ 1 tsp pepper

+ Peanut oil

Step 1 - Cut & Marinate those Nuggets

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+ Whisk the egg and milk in a bowl.

+ Slice the chicken into bit-size cubes.

+ Place chicken in milk mixture. Let the chicken marinate for 2-4 hours inside your refrigerator. 

Step 2 - Flavor Infuse those Nuggets

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+ Mix the flour, powdered sugar, pepper and salt in a large (gallon-size) zip-lock bag. Throw the chicken into the bag, and shake it up. 

Step 3 - Fry those Nuggets

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+ Heat up two inches of oil in a medium pot over a medium-high flame. The oil will be ready at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 

+ Cook up to eight nuggets (or whatever fits comfortably) at a time. Turn them when they’re half done. You’ll know when they’re half done when the edge of the chicken whitens. You only need about a minute for each side, but double check each batch by cutting a nugget to find any pink (under-cooked) meat.

Step 4 - Eat & Enjoy

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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Bourbon “Crack” Chicken #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s recipe: Bourbon “Crack” Chicken (Crock-Pot Style). 

    This recipe is called Bourbon “Crack” Chicken because once you start eating it, you can’t stop. It’s relatively easy to throw together. Let’s make some; shall we?

Step 0 - Gather Your Ingredients

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+ 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
+ 2 tablespoon cornstarch
+ 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
+ 1 garlic clove crushed
+ 1/4 teaspoon ginger
+ 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
+ 1/4 cup light apple juice
+ 1/3 cup light brown sugar
+ 2 tablespoons organic ketchup or chili sauce (depending on how hot you like stuff)
+ 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
+ 1/2 cup water
+ 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

Step 1 - Mix & Cook

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+ Mix the above ingredients into your favorite crock pot, and set it on low for about eight hours. If you’re pressed for time, you may cook it on high for four hours, but we recommend the slow cook for best results.

+ While you wait, cook up a nice side of rice. I prefer white rice with this style of chicken, but to each his own. The original recipe also recommends adding a side of ginger glazed carrots.

+ That’s about it. Just serve the chicken over rice. I prefer to keep the carrots off to the side. 

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