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Old 05-02-2016, 12:52 PM
 
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Hey guys, I'm trying to think of 5 new healthy homemade lunches for work. I'd like to try something new everyday next week.

Give me your best ideas!
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Hot or cold? Is cooking ahead involved or do you want grab and go?
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's a lot cheaper to make the same thing for the whole week. Or even cheaper and a lot simpler, cook a little extra for dinner and just pack it to take the next day.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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I used to take a can of tuna ( packed in water), some crackers and a piece of fruit. I like eating the tuna straight from the can... Yum!
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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Mujadara is my newest obsession. It's a Lebanese dish made with lentils, rice, caramelized onions. Extremely cheap! I got my recipe from Budge Bytes. I freeze half of it for lunches.. I just heated some up today and added some feta cheese I bought for a pizza.. it's even better with it!
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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Mujadara is my newest obsession. It's a Lebanese dish made with lentils, rice, caramelized onions. Extremely cheap! I got my recipe from Budge Bytes. I freeze half of it for lunches.. I just heated some up today and added some feta cheese I bought for a pizza.. it's even better with it!
We eat mujadara all the time! Delicious, cheap, and filling. And I agree about the feta. Try a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, too. Mmmmmm.
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Cole slaw. Make your own, don't buy the overly sugary crap from the supermarket deli. Add bread of some kind, you're good to go.

Potato salad also makes a cheap and filling lunch.

Soup. Black bean chili, curried pumpkin, Tuscan bean - all filling, all can be frozen in single serving portions - lots of recipes around, google till you find one that looks right to you.

Hummus as a dip with cut-up raw veggies.
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:52 PM
 
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Buy a whole chicken for about $4-6, roast the whole chicken. Split the meet for lunch and a salad. Cheap and tasty, not a whole lot of effort.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:11 PM
 
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Frugal is relative. These aren't dirt bottom cheap, but sometimes it just helps to have ideas.

Baked potato with fillings like broccoli and cheese or chili. Needs something besides potatoes to hold you over.

I like a salad with lots of stuff that isn't all lettuce... romaine lettuce, Craisens, walnuts, almonds, or pecans, diced lunchmeat, or leftover ham, chicken or turkey, Parmesan or other cheese, diced apple or pears, bacon bits, boiled egg, and dressing

Sandwich on homemade rolls or homemade tortillas... add some toppings you don't usually use like bell peppers, cucumbers or pesto and cranberry sauce to dress it up.

Homemade rolls or homemade tortillas and butter and honey with fresh fruit and cheese

We love homemade chicken nuggets. Here is the recipe I use. Add a side salad or something else for a healthy meal.
Parmesan-Ranch Chicken

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup Ranch dressing

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp seasoned salt

1/4 tsp pepper

cooking spray


Preheat oven to 425. Cut chicken breasts into pieces. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper in bowl. Dip chicken in ranch and then coat in bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes. (I bake mine on a cooling rack to get them crisper. I also flip halfway through and add more time if needed.)
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:52 PM
 
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Please don't take smelly tuna to work. ARGH! LOL
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