We have yet another hectic week ahead of us, but I did my best to come up with some easy and quick meals for the week.
Sunday: Homemade pizza (it’s been awhile, and this is always a fun treat!) We usually make ours with store bought whole wheat crust, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, grilled chicken, broccoli, spinach, and basil. And Rob puts pepperoni on his side:)
Monday: Steak, baked potatoes, asparagus
Tuesday: Burgers, sweet potato fries, broccoli
Wednesday: Probably won’t be around for dinner
Thursday: I’ll be at a conference. Rob will probably have chicken with some sort of potato and whatever veggie we have left at this point.
Friday: Pasta, turkey meatballs, salad
Saturday: Maybe dinner with my parents or out to eat
As you can see some weeks are way more organized than others! Hopefully when things settle down in a few weeks I’ll get back to planning more fun recipes and trying some new things.
Easy and Healthy On-The-Go Lunch Ideas
Last year at this time, I was packing a turkey sandwich to eat for lunch everyday. I considered it “healthy” because it’s a lean protein and I was eating it on whole grain bread. I usually had a flavored fat-free chobani yogurt on the side. Sometimes I would also eat an apple or other fruit. I also went through a carrots and hummus phase. Also at this time, Rob was buying lunch out everyday. He would get alot of sandwiches from Jimmy Johns. He then decided to try to save some money and try to eat a healthier lunch, so he started packing sandwiches. As you may have noticed, I no longer pack sandwiches for lunch and actually kind of avoid them. I didn’t even realize until I stopped packing that lunch that it was giving me a stomach ache. Here are some of problems I see now, looking back:
-the deli meat is high in sodium and nitrates
-The bread usually has added sugars and is processed, and was probably giving me a stomach ache
-The yogurt had lots of added sugar
-My meal had practically no fat
-It didn’t keep me full very long
-There were few, if any, veggies
After going for a physical last week Rob also decided to quit eating turkey sandwiches for lunch. He still wants to pack a lunch so now we are trying to brainstorm more lunch ideas that we can both bring to work throughout the week. Thinking about what has worked for me lately, I thought I would share a few ideas.
Salads with steak or chicken
I’ve been cooking flat iron steaks on Sunday and then putting a salad together each night to bring to work the next day. I usually include spring mix, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the dressing. When I am feeling brave I add avocados too. I also think we will start grilling some chicken over the weekend to use in lunches (maybe even freeze the cooked chicken to use later in the week).
Spaghetti squash with meat and veggies
This weekend a made a version of this that included ground turkey, broccoli, and marinara. It would also work with chicken, nitrate-free bacon, spinach, and other tomato sauces. I’m sure there are other ingredients that would work great, too! I made this using a full large spaghetti squash so hopefully we will each get a few days of lunches out of it. (It was also Saturday night’s dinner).
Meat, sweet potatoes, and veggies
I’m not big on bringing fish to work for lunch, so I usually stick with chicken, steak, or ground beef/ground turkey. I’ve made burgers out of the ground meet which works well, or just cooking it on the stove. You can cook up whatever you have , and have it with a baked sweet potato (you can cook it before and eat it cold or reheat at work), and whatever veggies you like- asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc. Also check out this post from The Little Honey Bee for food bowl ideas!
Get creative with leftovers! I like to make leftover foods into salads basically by taking the leftover food and adding it to spring mix. If the meal was cooked in a marinade you might not need any dressing. It not you could add some simple olive oil. Or just bring the leftovers as they were cooked. You can also mix and match, like if you just have leftover chicken then find some veggies to bring along too.
I am also big on the work snacks in case lunch isn’t filling enough. I always bring a few kinds of fruit, a Lara bar, and trail mix, just in case:)
Any ideas for easy lunches that can be brought to work?
What is your go-to lunch these days?