I have joined the work force! It sounded like a lot of fun, now I’m not so sure haha 😉 One of the things I miss the most is the time I used to have. I used to have SO MUCH time for things. Especially food prep. I would have time to prepare good, healthy meals all week long. Last week, we had frozen pizza for dinner twice. C’est la vie.
I had to think of some ways to be better prepared. I try to make sure I block off at least an hour each Sunday morning to get some lunches ready for the week. I try not to book too much during the week so I can at least throw a quick, decently healthy meal together. This doesn’t happen every night and that’s ok.
But here are some tips to help make things a little easier anyway.
First things first, pack your lunch in style!
A good friend of mine gifted me this super cute lunch box, which I fell in love with (thank you Lisa!). I figured I’d splurge and buy a matching water bottle to make sure I stay hydrated at work. And the bamboo fork & knife will help avoid plastic, disposable cutlery. It does take a bit of time to wash every night, but only a few seconds – totally worth it.
Make large batches of food to make several lunches.
Every Sunday morning, I make a big one-pot meal or a huge salad to make 3-4 lunches for the week. On the last day of the week, I pack leftovers. Some lunches I’ve been enjoying are my Orca Bean Tabbouleh, my 3-ingredient tofu bowl, Shaheen’s Curried Butter Beans with Mushrooms and Kale and Gena’s One Pot Italian Quinoa & Lentils (pictured above).
Do some prep!
After I’m done making a big batch of food for my lunches, I chop veggies to have on hand, wash & prep lettuce, wash and dry in season fruit to just throw into my lunches. Oh and, the most important part, treat yo self! This way you have healthy things ready to just quickly pack in the morning and get you through the day with minimal time.
Make yourself some treats!!
I make a dozen or so date balls each week of varying flavours. I pack myself a couple each day. I have a sweet tooth and it gives me a little kick of energy during that afternoon lull (without the sugar crash). I tried the cookie dough bites from the new OhSheGlows cookbook and pictured above is something you may see coming up on the blog (when I have time to take better pictures haha).
It can seem a little daunting at first – trust me, I used to be the person who would never make time for this. But I just feel so much better and it’s so much cheaper than buying lunch every day. Once you work it in to your schedule, it’s really easy!
ps. I totally have a Chana Masala packaged, microwavable Tasty Bite stashed in my drawer at work in the event that this falls by the wayside one day. And that’s totally ok!
What do you pack for lunch?