Given that I work as a teacher, packing a lunch is a regular part of my weekly routine. This isn’t something I necessarily enjoy, as I love cooking so much that if it were up to me, I would be at home with endless time to prepare fabulous meals for lunch every day – but I guess that’s what my summer is for. 😉 I have a few tricks that streamline lunch-packing. I NEVER make lunch in the morning – always the night before, or even on the weekend if I can help it.
I made today’s lunch on Saturday. I was having a big salad with roasted veggies and lentils as part of my lunch. I just doubled up on the veggies – then threw them into a container with salad, lentils and cheese, made my dressing (keep it on the side until the last minute) and added my other lunch components (yogurt and a fibre 1 bar) and I was good to go!
Soups are one of my favourite make-ahead lunches. I like to make big batches on the weekend and then they’re ready to go during the week. Sometimes I even make a really big batch and freeze individual servings. These are great to grab when I just don’t have time to put something healthy together. The picture in this post is the soup I made yesterday – it was sort of a curry-Morrocan-ish vegetable and lentil soup (I know, more lentils, but I opened the can yesterday and I really don’t like it when there are slimy canned beans in the fridge :P). I basically sauteed some veggies and garlic, added part of a can of chopped tomatoes, water, salt and pepper, coriander, curry, cumin and chili powder; and one cup of lentils. Then I let it simmer until everything was tender and flavours had blended. This made 2 servings, so that’s most of my lunch for 2 days this week.
So that means it’s only Monday, and I’ve already got 3 lunches mostly taken care of – I’m in good shape!
Do you have any tricks to make lunch-packing any easier?