We all want to be healthy and keep our costs down when it comes to eating, especially when you’re at work. You don’t want to go out and buy a $10 lunch every day, resulting in a $50 loss every week. We have some healthy and easy lunches you can take with you to work or school, or store in the freezer for when you need it!
This is literally the easiest thing to take to work. Make a little bit extra when you’re cooking dinner and save the left overs of your home-cooked meal for you to take to work the next day. Easy peezy lemon squeezy. Plus, this costs you barely anything.
Every Sunday night set aside maybe and hour or so to make your lunches for the next week. Store them in the freezer and bam another home cooked meal for lunch every day. Buying groceries is significantly cheaper than buying food from a café or restaurant. You’ll be keeping your costs down and still have something yummy to look forward to everyday.
This may sound hard but it’s pretty easy going and it’s also pretty cheap. When you go to a sushi store it costs about $1.50-$2.50 for a sliver of a roll. But when you make sushi yourself the cost will equal to about $2 for an entire roll. Of course, depending on what you choose to put inside. The cost of rice and vinegar plus, nori is uber cheap and can be found at any supermarket in the Asian section. Fresh vegetables and meats, ginger, soy sauce and wasabi are all up you, your ideas and preferences. Check out Fifteen Spatulas for recipes and how to tackle the art of sushi.
I know this sounds boring but you can make these delicious and interesting! Plus, they’re fresh, healthy and maybe the easiest thing to make. You can put almost whatever your heart desires in them! A pulled pork and slaw wrap? Easy. Vegetarian falafel and mayo? Done. You can even chuck your left-overs in there. They keep in any environment, unless you’re in a desert or something. The best part is they’re so easy to eat! No utensils, no Tupperware, no heating up. Just chuck it in a paper bag and you’re ready to go.
A crust-less quiche is probably one of the easiest things to make. You just throw all your ingredients in a dish and cook it, and it’s delicious. If you’re lucky there’s a kind of magic thin crust on the bottom of your quiche. It’s as easy as lightly cook the onions and mushrooms (or whatever fillings you want to add), then pour everything into your quiche pan and bake it for just 30 minutes. Yes, it’s that easy. You can keep it cold or heated up. Bring your ketchup or side salad. This will keep you full till dinner time.
This might be my favorite one pot meal! You can substitute to make this vegetarian, vegan or with meat. Beans, ground beef, veges, tomato paste, spices plus a cheese, guac and sour cream top.
You simply put everything you want into a pot and in like 15 minutes you have delicious chilli! You can add some corn chips for a nacho version, some salad or even toast. Bam.
Curry is similar to the quiche, in the sense that you can just put everything in a pot and magic will happen. You can set this up on a Sunday and nail your favourite curry. All you have to do is cook up some rice (if you want rice too) maybe even a naan bread or poppadum. Then bam a warm, homemade, filling lunch is ready for you.
Shop at the supermarkets!
If you’re not the cooking type and would rather buy lunch, fair enough! But our top tip would be to be balanced and mostly head to a supermarket. You get more bang for your buck and a larger range of food to eat. You can head to the frozen meals, bakery or delicatessen for your mid-day fix.
Written by Sophia Ivory
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