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Making Lunches

I feel pretty fortunate to have a job that is located within a short walk of a grocery store. This grocery store in particular has a great hot bar, salad bar, and lots of other grab-and-go food choices.  Normally, this is where I go for lunch.  It is convenient, there is a good variety, and it is fairly inexpensive.  Unfortunately, there is a construction project going on that makes the walk to the grocery store a more difficult one – especially once the weather gets less desirable.  Because of this – and because, well, I’m pretty sure most normal people don’t walk down to the grocery store to pick up their lunch every day – I’ve been trying to get better at packing a lunch.

Snacks and “sides” are pretty easy for me to figure out.  We have a refrigerator where I work, and I have my own little cubby space so between the two I have plenty of spots to keep food.  Fruit Snacks (Annies or Clif Kids), chips (Pringles), granola bars (Quaker Chocolate Chip), applesauce cups (Musselman’s Unsweetened), string cheese (Sargento), fruit, etc., are what I commonly keep there.  (I’m not mentioning the brand names because I’m getting any kind of compensation from them. I’m not.  I just really love those brands and products and thought I’d share in case you were curious.) The hard part of packing a lunch, for me, is the “main course” of the meal.  And this has gotten more difficult as some things are no longer options because I am pregnant. For instance, ham (or other deli meat) sandwiches would be an easy lunch choice – but deli meat is something I’m supposed to avoid. (I’m pretty sure my first meals after giving birth will be a medium rare steak, and a ham sandwich)

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I’ve actually been making the husband lunches every day as well, which makes it easier to remember to bring something for myself.  He eats some of the same sides as I do, but his “main courses” are much easier to figure out than mine.  He usually gets a peanut butter and jelly, or some other kind of easy to make sandwich.

So I’m kind of stuck.  Sometimes I have leftovers that I can take with me to eat for lunch, but other times I just end up eating a variety of snacks for lunch.  Luckily the weather hasn’t gotten bad yet, so I do still go to the grocery store to grab food sometimes, but I am trying to get myself out of that habit and into the habit of bringing my own food.  I probably should get in the habit of doing some kind of Sunday prep an do some batch cooking of things that I can take/make during the week, but I really like my lazy/relaxing Sundays….

Tell me: Do you bring your lunch to work?  What are some of your go-to lunch ideas? I need your help!

6 Responses

  1. I usually choose something to make on the weekend that can be used for lunches throughout the week. One of my favorites – DIPS!

    A greek dip with hummus, plain cho, diced cucumbers and tomatoes, olives, and feta I’ll eat with pita bread and veggies.

    Buffalo Chicken or Taco Dip with whole grain tortilla chips or even just spread on crusty bread or rolled tortillas is delicious!

    I also love to make snack plates with cheese and crackers, fruits (grapes, berries, oranges) and veggies (carrots, pepper strips, cucumbers, grape tomatoes), and some sort of trail mix or nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans)

    I’m guessing you don’t have a microwave at work? I love to make soups, stews, or chilis at the microwave at work when it’s chilly. Maybe a thermos would help keep it warm until lunch time? My mom used to pack me soup in a thermos when I was in school and it would stay warm; and that was in the 80’s…I’m guess technology has something that would assure warmth over several hours by now.

    • If I found a dip that I liked, then yes those sound like great options! 😉

      Right now the snack plate idea is pretty much what I eat if I don’t go get something. (Basically those are the kind of things I keep at work) The problem with that is that it doesn’t fill me up (#pregnancyproblems) so I just end up constantly eating. Which is fine when I am working in the back room, but not ideal when I can’t do that.

      We actually do have a microwave! If I was really on top of things I would just make something on the weekend that I could bring during the week – and that has happened a few times so far, but weekends tend to be the times I am most likely to go out to eat, so making a meal that I am ONLY going to eat during the week isn’t always on my mind. Chobani Mac and Cheese and Chili are two of my favorites to bring and reheat for lunch. (We actually just made chili so I will have that for this week!)

      When talking to my brother about the construction dilemma, he suggested that I should just go eat at The Great Dane every day for lunch since it is on our side of the construction….but that probably isn’t an ideal choice for my health or wallet. 😉

  2. What kinds of foods did you used to get at the grocery store? Maybe you can try to replicate some of those the night before so they are ready to go the next day. My go to lunch is always a salad. Which in my terms is a pile of something over some greens. Maybe grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, but I guess it all depends on what you like! Congrats on the pregnancy as well, I had no idea!

    • Thanks, Emily! I’m not sure why I didn’t think of just making what I would normally eat at the grocery store and bringing it with me. Salads and soups and roasted potatoes are some things that I would normally get, and those wouldn’t be too difficult to recreate at home.

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