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Awesome/Cheap Homemade Lunch Ideas

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Bringing your own lunch to work is one of the most obvious and easy ways to save money and stay healthy. Unfortunately, such an act requires a level of foresight and organization that I often lack. I quickly grow weary of homemade sandwiches, I resent salads, and I’ve eaten enough canned soup at work to bloat a killer whale.

So what’s a working girl (or boy) to do? Well, you can start by trying the following quick and easy meal ideas, and while you’re at it, share your faves as well. We could all use a little help in the never ending battle for a tasty lunch!

Pita Pizzas
You start by buying a shitload of pita in hopes of making healthy pita sandwiches, but soon your alfalfa sprouts turn brown and you’re left with…a shitload of pita. The solution: buy a jar of pizza sauce, some shredded cheese, various other toppings of your choosing, and you’ve got yourself a microwavable pizza delight!

Steam Stuff
Part of the difficulty of cooking at work is lack of heating implements. Microwaves and toaster ovens are great, but are limited in what they can do to food. Buy a cheap microwave steaming vessel or in a pinch, cover a bowl with a plate (leaving a crack for steam), add about an inch of water and nuke your steamables for 2-3 minutes.

Protein is Good
I got this idea from a desperate, lunch-seeking trip to Starbucks, but it works so SHUT UP. All of us who took eighth grade health learned that protein makes you feel full longer. Hard boil a pot of eggs at the beginning of the week, add a couple of slices of cheese, a whole-wheat mini bagel, some peanut butter and a piece of fruit and you’ve got yourself a protein pack of deliciousness!

Bon Appetit!

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  1. Betsy
    August 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite cheap lunch also includes pitas or tortillas. Throw some peanut butter, a sliced banana, squirt of honey and some cinnamon on a roll and you have an instant success!

  2. Jenna
    September 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Take some chicken breasts out of the box in the freezer, throw them in a pan with some water and some chopped up onion and simmer for like 10 min. Drain it all, chop it up, throw in some frozen mixed veggies, a can of mushroom soup, a can of cream of chicken soup, some grated cheese and stir it all together. Make/buy pie crust and cut it into circles that will fit in the bootom of a muffin tin. Put pie crust in tin, fill with chicken mixture (top with more pie crust if you are so inclined). Throw it in your oven at around 375 or 400 until the crust is golden brown. There, now you have somewhere between 12 and 24 mini chicken pot pies (depending on how you filled them). You can also do them as beef pot pies, or with pizza dough and pizza filling, or make meatloaf muffins. I found this site with more muffin tin ideas 🙂