Post # 1
FI and I have decided our latest goal is to try to stop spending so much money (and eating such junk) for lunches and to try to brown bag it to work every day. The only problem is, I’m usually incredibly lazy in the morning when it comes to packing a lunch! Do you have any go-to lunches you bring to school or work? I think I’ve totally exhausted my lifetime capacity to consume any more PB and J!
Post # 3
I eat Amy’s burritos (frozen) on a regular basis. I also like avocado and tomato sandwiches, soup, leftovers or any Amy’s frozen meal (my favorite is Tamale Verde).
Post # 4
hummus and veggies/pita. Super easy ’cause all I have to do is scoop some hummus (I make it on the weekends – also super easy) into a container and rinse some veggies.
That’s what I bring when I just can’t be bothered.
Post # 5
Ah welcome to my world! I pack my lunch every single day. Generally on Sunday I’ll make a few different meals we can eat through the week so we aren’t just eating one thing or throwing unhealthy meals together at the last minute. Some of the easy ones are: Chili, meatloaf, chicken & noodles, any sort of casserole/soup. If you make them from scratch you know what’s in them and can be smarter by adding more fresh veggies, etc. I usually put them in a few single-serving pyrex bowls so all I have to do in the morning is grab them from the fridge and throw them in my bag! I also have little bags of popcorn and cans of soup stashed in my office, in case I don’t have time/forget my meal.
Post # 6
I was losing weight and saving money for the wedding – so, I started a routine of purposely making sure there was leftovers from dinner. I’d take whatever that was (usually some sort of protein and veggie combo) and use that as a base for a salad. It would be in a tupperware container, all ready to go. I’d also make sure I had a bag of salad greens – and I reheat the leftovers and make a salad (sometimes cut up a tomato or avocado).
Post # 7
Smart Ones, Lean Cuisines if you have a microwave.
Cereal and milk and fruit if you don’t.
Turkey on whole wheat
High fiber wraps with tuna
If you have room to store food at work, then you don’t have to worry about preparing things in the morning.
Post # 8
Leftover dinners a lot. Ill make extra salad for dinner enough to supplement lunch the next day. Today is a roast beef slices, roasted brussels, for lunch. Leftovers from 2 days ago because I didnt want them two days in a row. I made a steak and cheese sandwich with the roast beef for SO and there will still be leftovers which I will turn into stirfry for dinner tomorrow.
I make a large casseroles, roasted veggies, baked chicken pieces on Sunday and eat that during the week for lunch. Make soups in large batches. And when I am tired of it I freeze it or turn it into something new.
Make your lunch the night before while doing dinner. Its not extra mess or too much work and you are more likely to do it than in the AM.
Post # 9
For me, the trick is to make it easy. I spend about an hour on Sunday making my lunches for the whole week so I can just grab and go in the morning.
For three of my lunches each week I pack salads with different proteins, like tuna, beans, chicken breast, leftover steak, whatever. So on M W F I bring a container of mixed greens, a a contianer of protein to go on top, and some other cut veggies like carrots or red pepper or peas. I keep salad dressings at work to add a bit of flavor.
For T and Th I either bring leftovers (we make extra of all of the dinners we make) with a side of greens or I make something moderately healthy and delicious: quinoa salad, whole wheat pasta and ricotta with tomatoes, cottage cheese or hummus and veggies, a simple soup. The best way to think about it is to just prepare an extra “meal” during the week that gets turned into lunches.
As long as I follow this system I never have any excuses and we save a TON of money. Plus, as long as I keep the veggie intake pretty high and the cheese intake pretty low, my lunches are generally very healthy. Good luck!
Post # 10
@rachel_leigh: This is smart. My old roomie did the same thing with the salads–it’s great because you can change it up everyday if you want, it’s portable, and it’s so nice to have fresh, delicious food at work.
Post # 11
These are all awesome ideas! I’m incredibly impressed at how organized everyone is…I’d never even really thought of packing up something the night before, but I think it would help a lot with the laziness factor. I am definitely going to try some of these this week!
Post # 12
When I have my own kitchen, I usually with every dinner add +2 to the servings. That way I automatically have enough for lunch, and during dinner clean up, I just put the lunch into little glasslock boxes FI bought for us, put it in the fridge and done. Then the next day we bring home boxes and clean them up with dinner clean up. Easy 🙂
We also sometimes buy things like Grapes, BabyBel Cheeses, Bananas, and healthy chex mix to put in with lunch as a ‘treat’.
Post # 13
We always just make enough dinner the night before for our lunch the next day.
It’s no extra effort to bulk up my dinner prep.
If not then we’ll make it more of a snack heavy day at work. An extra fruit, breakfast pack, with cereal being our “lunch”.
Post # 14
Just last night, I had some leftover Rosemary-lemon grilled chicken that I had made for dinner before, I chopped it all up, threw in some sliced red grapes and celery salt and mayo and I have a huge tub of chicken salad that I have been having on salads and in sandwich form! Great for brownbag lunch!
Also, it does save SO much money!
Post # 15
On Sundays, we’ll go grocery shopping and buy a ton of salad stuff and cook up some chicken. Then we chop everything and put them in their separate containers or baggies so that each night, we just have to toss each thing into our salad bowls and they’re ready to go for the next day. So we’ll chop the lettuce, cucumber, carrots, celery, hard boiled eggs, olives, tomatoes and just toss them in the night before. Quick and easy after Sunday is over!
Post # 16
@2PeasinaPod: Do the veggies and meat stay good all week when you do this?
I try to save as much as I can buy bringing my own lunch but I usually end up bring ramen noodles lol.