the cost-savings of not going out for lunch each day is substantial. but I don’t want to settle for a bland meal that will be completely unsatisfying either. BUT going out for lunch is a production ..let me explain.. if I go into my day with no lunch plans, the second hunger strikes I begin to worry, “what will I eat?” “where will I go?” “what if the whole foods salad bar isn’t ideally stocked today?” (you know, the really stressful, hard hitting questions). it all usually results in me driving around aimlessly, until I end up at a local grocery store or restaurant, purchasing one of everything – because that’s what you do when you’re hungry. OR: I get a salad kit!
I’m a fan of salad kits. they scream convenience! it’s a bag of lettuce, complete with all the fixin’s for a delicious salad. just dump everything in the bag + shake it up. only ONE problem: I’m usually hungry an hour later. (or so). the intention of lunch is to feel satisfied + focused, not to be thinking of “what’s for dinner?” by 2:00PM.
let me share a share a trick of mine ..
how to easily solve your lunch rut
I add bowtie pasta noodles + roasted chickpeas to a store-bought salad kit. maybe a few nuts or seeds (my favorites: sunflower seeds or pepitas) + ground pepper. it takes 15-20 minutes, to cook the pasta + roast the chickpeas. just by adding these two items, one salad kit can stretch over two lunches + the hunger is satisfied. even for the husband!
if you shop at bulk stores (like costco or sam’s club), we purchase the family-sized salad kits. I add the extras + we have FOUR LUNCHES! that saves approximately $40 + a lot of aimlessly driving around town to decide on a lunch spot.
what is your favorite “sack lunch”?