I usually bring leftovers to work - just about every day. I deliberately cook an extra portion with dinner and set it aside before bringing the rest of the meal to the table (so DH doesn't eat it and leave me lunchless!).
When I'm really motivated, I'll also make a few lunches over the weekend and put them in the individual tupperwares for the week. Soup is a great one for that, as are lots of lentil dishes (curried lentils with caramelized onions, for example).
For today I threw together a super easy salad: baby spinach with sliced strawberries, red onion, feta, and walnuts with a splash of lemon/olive oil.
Sometimes I'll also buy a rotisserie chicken at the beginning of the week and just use that for lunches. One day maybe I'll have a leg with some steamed broccoli. Another day, I'll dice some of the breast meat into a salad.
I'm also a working mom, so I try to do as much as I can the night before. Mornings are too chaotic!
My easy go-to filling lunch is a chicken or turkey sandwich. I use either shredded chicken or turkey breast and put it on two slices of whole wheat bread with 1/2 slice of cheese (from Whole Foods so the slices are big) and pico de gallo. The protein from the meat keeps me full as well as the fiber and whole grains from the whole wheat bread keep me from a sugar crash. The pico de gallo and cheese add a great flavor! I usually make these at home in a panini maker but they are find cold too.
Another suggestion: leftovers! I always have leftovers from dinner and at the end of the week I take every leftover out of the fridge and make lunch meals out of them. I mix up the protein and the vegetables so I am not having the same thing over and over. I store each meal using Glad Press-n-seal and write what it is with the date on it. I then place my lunches in a freezer bag and pull them out of the freezer the night before work. This way I am getting a real, homemade meal that is filling and I know is good for me without having to cook extra for lunch.
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5/6/13 9:43 A
apple & peanut butter w/whole grain crackers peanut butter & banana sandwich on wheat Canadian bacon, cheese, and piece of fruit spring salad mix w/diced apples, raisins, chopped walnuts & some low cal dressing wrap sandwich (whole wheat wrap spread w/hummus, add deli meat & bell pepper strips, cucumber, onions, etc)
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7 5/6/13 9:42 A
Light tuna (canned in water) on a whole wheat wrap. I add a bit of cheese, toast it, and dip it in honey mustard. Delicious!
I bring hummus, with pita bread on the side, with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and tomato slices. Also, the Campbell soups On The Go...I love the Classic Tomato...I'll add string cheese, some Blue Diamond Nut Chips, and some celery sticks with peanut butter. Very filling!
Fitness Minutes: (3,439)
5/6/13 8:58 A
Sparkpeople: I need some ideas for lunch that a working mom can make and take. I love the ideas on my menu plan, but I don't have time to make those kinds of meals.
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