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Meals in Minutes: Lunch

Meals in Minutes: Lunch

Welcome to the second Meals in Minutes post, designed to save you and your future self time and money. If you are new here, check out the first article

As you may know, I have a normal eight to five gig, so packing lunch for me is a must. I keep my fridge and pantry stocked with staples to make the process quick and easy. I have a reusable lunch box and container that I use every day. These items not only cut down on waste but make packing easy. I also pack my lunch the night before, so I can just grab my lunch box and go in the morning. This habit removes the decision making process for me.

My go-to’s for lunch usually depend on the season. In the spring and summer, I find myself craving salads. In the fall and winter, I gravitate towards homemade soups and sandwiches. Whatever it is, I always make sure the meal is a good balance of protein, carbs and fat. You’ll see that even if I pack a salad, it's  loaded with chicken, nuts, dressing and fruit. I often add gluten free grains or crackers to round it out.  

1.      Staples: 


2.      Make ahead:

  • Homemade guacamole

-in a bowl, combine two ripe avocados, ½ cup of diced red onion, ½ cup of chopped cilantro and juice of one lemon/lime. Mix until well combined. Add a pinch or two of sea salt. Store in the fridge in an air tight container.

  • Sautee peppers and onions
  • Cook black beans
  • Microwave rice
  • Pull apart rotisserie chicken

3.      Put it all together

Fake Chipotle:

  • 1 cup of rice
  • ½ cup of black beans
  • Sautéed peppers/onions
  • ½ of salsa
  • ½ cup of guac
  • Side, roasted plaintain chips
  • Pink lady and 1T of almond butter

Turkey Sandwich: I buy the packages of Applegate Smoked Turkey. They are affordable and easy. When I make a sandwich, I bring two pieces of gluten free bread, a package of turkey and a couple of pieces of pepperoni. I assemble it all at work, because gluten free bread has to be toasted. My sandwich usually has four pieces of turkey, two pieces of pepperoni and a whole lot of mustard.

  • Side, roasted plaintain chips
  • Pink Lady with 1T of almond butter

Salad: Check out this post for tips.

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