Lunch is one of the hardest meals for me to pack for. It always seems most logical to just eat out. It's only like $8, right? Okay, yeah but you make lunches for the whole week for like $10! Ready to save some money? Me too!
I've been struggling to figure out what to eat for lunch going back to more of a routine during the school year. So, I'm not in school, but I do bring my lunch at least two days a week for my job. So, I've decided to get creative. I recently started cutting out Gluten and Dairy from my meals. I know, sounds crazy. But I'm feeling so much better just by doing it for a few short weeks.
As a result of my recent diet change, I've had to work even harder to find yummy things to eat for lunch. The first recipe is literally so simple and cheap. It's rice and beans. I know that sounds boring but, if you start to add in salsa for some extra flavors it's actually super tasty!
For one day's worth of Rice and Beans, I make 1 cup of minute rice (this is where time saving comes in) this takes literally 10 minutes, heat up half a can of black beans, and then add about 1/8 cup of medium salsa on top. It's almost like a homemade chipotle bowl. You can even add pre-cooked, pre-cut chicken! Super tasty and cheap!
The next recipe I have for you, is a remake of one of my favorite spinach salads from a local coffee shop. It's a spinach base topped with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and chicken. A perfect lunch to get you through the afternoon. The spinach and almonds hold a ton of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats making it a perfect lunch! I usually do about 2 cups of spinach or whatever greens I have, they do about 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup toasted almonds, and 1/2 cup chicken. Then top with your favorite salad dressing!
I hope you guys enjoyed learning about some new lunch recipes! Check back next Sunday for some easy and affordable dinner recipes! Or check back on Wednesday for a travel log for my trip to Illinois this weekend! See you next week!
My name's Abby. I am a Iowa Culinary Institute graduate, current owner of a small online bakery, and a transaction coordinator to a couple pretty cool realtors. All in all, life is busy, but the kitchen never changes, so join me as we Take on the Kitchen!