Pre-cooked meals? New work schedule and need ideas for lunch and dinner!

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

Precook taco meat.  I usually do ground turkey.  You can make this cold over salad with avocado, corn, black beans and Catalina dressing/salsa, or it reheats well for soft tacos too.

Buffalo chicken salad is low carb and great in wraps.  I do 3 cut up cooked chicken breast or the white meat from a rotisserie chicken with 1 c franks, 1 c ranch or blue cheese dressing (they have a yogurt bc dressing that is half the cals and awesome) with 1tsp garlic powder.  I add celery or chives, depending in my mood.  Put it in a low carb wrap with shredded cheese, spinach or lettuce and it’s great.

You could do low carb eggplant parm or zucchini lasagna.  Beef or chicken stir fry w the 90 second rice if you want some.  Meatloaf w veggies.  Pork tenderloin or chops with mashed sweet potato.  

Post # 3
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I work 12s, so I totally understand.  When I make anything for dinner I make at least 4 servings.  2 for us to eat (on my days off) and 2 to go into the freezer for a lunch/dinner.  Chili, casseroles, soups all reheat very well.  Mini meatloaves (made in muffin tins), quiche, muffin cup egg omelettes, are packaged individually in our freezer to be grabbed for a breakfast/lunch/dinner at work.  If I do a roast of chicken or beef I repurpose the leftovers either into home made frozen dinners or I’ll use it for a quick dinner after work.  I do the same with pulled pork, we’ll eat some of it as sandwiches and then I’ll wrap it in pizza dough and cheese for a cheat night dinner. 😉 It freezes very well. 

Also, on a long day, the last thing I want to do is a lot of prep work at home.  So I’ll wash/cut up vegetables when I buy them so they’re ready to grab and go.  We always buy the individual packs of greek yogurt (more expensive, yes, but I don’t have to wash containers when I get home or package it out in the morning.)  I admit to doing a lot of bagged/prewashed salads and vegetables.  I will pay for the convenience of being ready to go.  

If you’re working long shifts, I seriously recommend getting a very good lunch container/cooler.  

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