novel brown bag lunches?
Seeking new brown bag lunch ideas to get me excited about saving money by not eating lunch out every day. (Sigh.) Healthy, inexpensive (obviously), and not too demanding in preparation, please.
My BB Lunches sometimes consist of a meat/carb/veggie combo. I like doing a chiken with lemon/caper sauce and making some spatzle with it. Broccoli and green beans are a good veg to stick in also. Easy to do if you make it the night before. Thats what leftovers are for!
Hope you have a microwave though.
If you have a microwave available to you, having a few things on hand will make your BB a better quality experience:
Get a stack of tupperware boxes of various sizes, and then keep a real dinner plate and one set of matching cutlery at work or school. -Or-
Even better, get a good lunch-sized Corningware container with a lid, it feels and tastes better than plastic, and you will enjoy your BB so much more. It's worth carrying the extra weight to/from home.
One of my favorite BB lunch items-
One-pot couscous. Simmer a pile of sliced mushrooms, finely diced veggies (fresh, or frozen peas), tiny pink lentils (or diced meat), a dash of dried herbs (onion flakes, parsley, italian) in a small amount of broth. When nearly done, stir quickly and add just enough couscous to soak up the remaining liquid. This tastes good hot or cold.
Foccacia - Take frozen bread dough and roll onto a cookie sheet and bake then top with fresh tomato, mozzerella and basil and roasted red peppers then pour a good balsamic vinagrette over the whole thing. Cut into squares. Should be good eating for a few lunches.
Keep a good supply of chicken cutlets on hand they are great hot or cold in sandwiches and salads.
cold soba noodles
chicken ceasar salad
fresh fruit with water crackers and brie
Fresh tomato stuffed with shrimp/chicken/tuna salad
You could make a couple of Turkish/Middle Eastern/etc. type Mezze dishes at the beginning of the week and bring a bit of each in to work each day along with a pita bread. I usually like babaghanous, bean piyaz (a bean salad with red onion and lots of parsley) and cacik (yogurt, cucumbers and dill), and I add some olives to the containers. Sometimes I'll make a lentil salad with feta cheese. They're fairly easy to make and definitely healthy and inexpensive.