So, I noticed some of you guys commented on my lunch in my last post, so I thought I’d give you guys a run down of how I make super quick lunches.
Being a sub means sometimes, you get a call at 9:35 for a job that started at 9:30. And is 25 minutes from your house. I’ve learned to get dressed and put together fast… But I had practice on that in college.
Eating, on the other hand, wasn’t something I was too into in college…. (unless quad americanos and popcorn with a side of cigarettes are what you’d call breakfast AND lunch) So packing lunches has been more of a challenge.
If I’m at home I’d much rather have a happy, warm lunch, so I don’t wanna pack stuff, and then be sadly eating my cold lunch at home if I don’t work. So pre-packing is out. (I do pre-pack the fiance’s lunches, and I have a method for those too….)
Here’s what I do…
First, I check the fridge for protein options
Yesterday my fridge had yogurt, hummus, and peanut butter. I’ll also do cheese with crackers, but we’re out of crackers, so I didn’t even consider the cheese.
We always have peanut butter, yogurt, and cheddar cheese in the fridge. I’ve totally categorized artichoke dip in with this in my head before. Not kidding. It has cheese?
Then I see what I’ve got for veggies
Yesterday it was carrots, celery, tomato, and broccoli.
We always have at least carrots and celery in out house.
And I check out the fruit
We had strawberries, bananas, and apples
I try to keep at least two types of fruit (this time of year it’s generally oranges, apples, and/or bananas) on hand
And I look for other fun things to add
Pretzels, pudding, mini lara bars, almonds, cereal, granola bars
I usually do some sort of fruit + yogurt or fruit + peanut butter, veggies + dip, and something crunchy and carby.
And I keep extras, like the almonds, the lara bars, and the granola bars in my bag just in case.
Here’s the lunch I ended up with
Celery, carrots, tomato, and hummus
And some random sides
pretzels, apples, peanut butter.
I try to pack more than I think I’ll want, so that I have snacks. And on days when I’m really in a hurry I’m not above throwing a whole jar of PB in my bag.
There are some things I don’t do in my lunch…
I don’t do things that have to be microwaved because some days you’ve got about 20 minutes to eat. And if you have to wait behind two or three other people to heat your food, you just don’t have time.
And I don’t pack meat because I try and keep that to one meal per day, and that’s generally dinner. Plus, lunch meat is icky.
I don’t pack sandwiches partly because I don’t adore them, and partly because getting all the stuff for them out takes a while, and makes more work for me.
I don’t generally have a main “meal” to my lunch, more smaller components. Again partly because of the microwave, and also because I like to be able to snack through the day-its easier to snack with a lunch like this.
But that’s how I do my two minute lunches! They’re not super exciting, but they’re better than PB&J, and fast!
Do you pack lunches? Whats your method?