I have been slacking when it comes to meal prepping and just making whatever I have in my house. The key difference is the time spent on meal prep versus the time I spend whipping something together the night before, or in most cases, the morning of. Do I prefer to meal prep? Sure. Is it time consuming? Of course. Still in all, my “rush lunch” does the trick.
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What Do I Pack
My “rush lunch” can simply be called a lazy lunch. I eat what I have so that I don’t eat out for lunch. Eating out everyday 5 days our of the week would be pretty expensive. Sometimes, I do, but it’s very rare. The money I would spend on eating out, I put into groceries. That’s why meal prepping was so helpful. I had a budget, I stuck to it. It’s been about 2 months of just throwing lunches together.
Depending on what’s on hand at home, I have chips (that are generally bought on sale) and some type of fruit/vegetable. My favorite fruits and veggies that I take to work for snacks include:
- Honeydew Melon
If I can wash them and put them in a sandwich bag, it works for me. While I do have chips every now and then, I have tried to incorporate as many fruits and vegetables as I can into my lunch. My favorite on the list are definitely grapes and when they’re in season, I LOVE watermelon.
Hot or Cold
Usually when I’m in a rush, I’ll go with sandwiches. I can make them in the beginning of the week or in the morning. When I’m in a rush, I’ll end up making them in the morning. It’s quick, easy, and I can add whatever I want to it. I’m not a fancy sandwich maker. I’ll use rye bread, if I have it. I also like whole wheat. My last resort is white bread, but the latter are typically what I prefer. I’ll add ham, turkey, cheese, and even my guilty pleasure bologna. Again, I’m not a fancy sandwich maker, but it gets the job done. Alongside my sandwich I always like to have chips of some sort. I don’t know, a sandwich just isn’t complete without them
When it comes to a hot lunch, it’s typically left overs from the night before. These are more of a well balanced option opposed to my chips and sandwich. I’ll have a chicken, beef, or pasta. I’ve done a weeks worth of fish before. There’s always a green vegetable and then maybe a potato or rice. I’ll already have it ready to go so it’s just a matter of grabbing it on my way out the door.
My rush lunches are never fancy. It’s throwing it in the bag and hitting the road. I really do need to get back to meal prep. I just haven’t been into it. While it’ll take a couple hours on one day to get prepped for the whole week it’s definitely worth it in the long run. It saves me time in the morning. Until I’m back on that track, a rush lunch it is.