I Love Bubbies Pickles!

Since Hannah and I had a lunch date with my bosses Dad for lunch yesterday, I didn’t give my meal plan a thought.  Until I got have way to work and realized “I never brought anything for breakfast!”

I had an apple at my desk, and I borrowed an instant pack of oatmeal from someone in my office – a quick breakfast and only 4 points!

So Hannah met me at noon, and my bosses Dad got at the office at the same time.  I was wrong, our lunch date is 80 years old, not 82!  He was interesting to talk to and at some points he was talking about his grandchildren, then he’d start talking about trips he took with his wife, and then would go back to 1938 and talk about a golf course his father belonged to.  I guess when you make it to 80 you have so many memories that it would be easy to jump around the decades of your life.

He talked about how his wife had CLL for 15 years, who passed away five years ago, but they still enjoyed trips to Seattle and to Sante Fe where they watched the huge balloon festival.  He described his bout with prostate cancer 15 years earlier and “knock on wood I haven’t been in the hospital since!”

At one point there while we were eating, he just shouted “I love Bubbies pickles!  I haven’t been able to find them anywhere up here though.”

I think he had a nice time – Hannah and I were fresh meat so he could tell any story and we hadn’t heard it yet!  And he paid for lunch against our wishes since we invited him out.   He said “it’s not very often I have lunch with two young ladies.”  He looked at Hannah and said “you are too young for me and your Mom is already taken!”

I ended up getting a spinach goat cheese frittata with hashbrowns on the side.  The frittata was huge – I only ate half of the eggs and half of the potatoes – my guess is that lunch comes in around 12 points.

I really had no idea what I was going to make for dinner.  I looked on last weeks menu and saw that I never made Danica’s lasagna cups.  But then I realized I didn’t want to make a whole batch (hers made 12) and I wanted to use some ground beef in mine.  So here’s a version of hers, scaled down for 1 serving at 11 WW points.

Lasagna Cups, makes 6 at 11 WW points

      • 6 wonton wrappers
      • 3 ounces 90% lean beef
      • 1 garlic clove
      •  1 small zucchini, chopped
      • 2 tablespoons chopped red pepper
  • 1/8 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 slice provolone cheese (cut into 6 squares)

Heat oven to 375.  Put wonton cups in a regular size muffin tin, making sure the bottom of the wonton is pressed down – I sprayed mine with Pam first just in case they stuck.

In a skillet saute the beef, zucchini and garlic, until the meat is cooked through.  Add remaining ingredients except provolone, and cook for a couple minutes and the ricotta is melted through.

Divide mixture between the wonton cups, putting a slice of provolone on top, then bake for 18-20 minutes.  Mine took 20 minutes.  Let cool about 3-5 minutes.

These were delicious!  I was worried that the bottom of the wonton wouldn’t be crispy, but they were.  And if I had stuff to make a salad, 3 of these would have been plenty with a side salad.  Thanks for the idea Danica!

Hooray for Friday!  Got any fun plans this weekend?  Make it a great day!

30 thoughts on “I Love Bubbies Pickles!

  1. What a fun lunch!! It’s always great to hear new stories from someone who has lived a long time and has lots of stories to tell!

    The lasagna cups look excellent.

  2. LOL @ the fresh meat comment, he probably loved being able to tell you all of his stories and you not interrupting him with “we’ve already heard this one…”

  3. My 11 year old is obsessed with pickles, if I see this brand I will have to get them for her.

    Awesome that you were able to swing such a healthy breakfast, way to go.

    I do know that I am getting frozen yogurt at some point this weekend, does that count as plans?

  4. This is such a neat idea with the wonton wrappers!

  5. What a fun lunch for everyone! You must have made his week and how sweet that you got to hear his stories! I love older folks and it means so much to them for someone to listen to their stories. Good job!

    Love the look of those wonton cups.

    My weekend plans include walking, doing a weight workout and also menu planning for my start of the 17 Day Diet!

  6. I love listening to older people and their stories, so interesting.

    I love me some lasagna cups, yum!! I don’t have any “fun” plans this weekend. Spending time with my family, since “fingers crossed”, it’s my last weekend in Ohio.

  7. I also like to shout about Bubbies… seriously, some of the best pickles out there. And great sauerkraut. And OMG the green tomatoes… they’re my favorite and I even drink the brining solution (in little sips, of course)… ahhhhhh, so good! Happy Friday, Biz! xo

  8. What a sweet lunch date! I just love hanging out with elderly people; they have so many interesting stories and so filled with wisdom.

  9. Not sure what suberb you live, but Bubbies pickles are availble at whole foods. I chcecked their website and Fox and Obel in Chicago has them as well as various whole foods stores. I used to get them in Michigan at Whole Foods or a specialty foods store. There is also a copycat recipe you might want to try if you’re so inclined.

  10. aw, that’s so sweet! i bet he had a fabulous time. now i gotta see what the fuss about bubbies pickles is all about, haha! those little wonton cups looks amazing!

  11. What a sweet, and funny lunch! I love hearing stories from older folks, sometimes they are real eyeopeners!! He sure has good taste in pickles too! 🙂
    Those lasagna cups look so good, I pinned them on Pintrest!

  12. Great lunch Biz! I’m totally going to make those lasagna cups!

  13. I mean this in a totally not weird way…I love old men! They’re just adorable. I could listen to their crazy stories all day long 🙂 Glad you had fun. Breakfast for lunch=fabulous. And those lasagna cups look out of this world. Today is Franks birthday- so we’re celebrating it up tonight! Tomorrow ?? Sunday-brunch with the rents

  14. Your boss’s dad sounds hilarious, and I know you and Hannah made his day – heck, probably his week! Very sweet of you two to spend time with him. 🙂

    My big plans this weekend are to clean out my car. Trust me, that will take quite a while.

    Have a great one!

  15. ha, how cute 🙂 love those cups, too! and that fritata… i’m just aching for my ktichen i guess! have a great weekend, I’m headed out of town to visit the bf’s family, should be… fun 😛

  16. we have Bubbies at our local farmer’s market, I think I will give them a try with that recommendation 🙂

  17. Lovin’ the looks of that frittata you ordered! I heart goat cheese- it goes well on everything…

  18. Haha – what a cutie. I’m sure you and Hannah made his day!
    Those lasagna cups look awesome. I’m always so tentitive to use wonton wrappers. Not sure why…..?

  19. Great pic of your lunch companions. LOVE!

  20. Ah, what a fun time with your bosses Dad!!! I always love hearings stories that that generation has to tell! Their stories are awesome!

    And those wonton cups look freak’n awesome! i need to make a vegan version of them! Maybe some tempeh instead of the meat…

  21. I love that you took your bosses Dad to lunch. I beat he loved having someone to tell his stories to!

    Those lasagna cups look great. Great idea!

  22. Yum to Bubbies pickles! My latest pickle love has been wickles pickles.

    I love your spin on the lasagna cups…they look so good…I think I need to make more.

    Happy Friday!

  23. That lunch sounds like a blast!

    I have wonton wrappers in the fridge now. I just need to use them. Now they will have to wait until after vacation, though 😀

  24. That’s so funny that you posted about those mini lasagna cups — as I JUST pinned them on pinterest a few minutes ago and then see them here on your blog. They look so cute, and seem like they would be perfect for a small gathering. What a fun idea.

    P.S — I tagged you in my post today!!

  25. Hi Biz! The lasagna cups look like a good appetizer for a party. Our neighborhood has parties and I am always wondering what I should bring, not is not outshined by every one else’s food.

    🙂 Marion

  26. What a cute lunch date! 🙂 I love listening to old stories. You can learn so much – and they’re so much fun. I so miss my Grammie’s stories.

    I have those lasagna cups on my must make list too! Love!

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