Trying to save money? Stop buying lunch out every day as it is a complete waste of money. Financial experts estimate that on average a person can spend anything from £1,300 to £2,000 a year just on lunches. Just imagine what you could do with that money. Making your lunches for work rather than spending £5 a day on your lunch just makes a lot more sense. I know, packed lunches are a farce but they have evolved so much since we were kids and happy with a ham and cheese sandwich.
Nowadays, you can be much more experimental with your food options to make some delicious lunches. In this article, we will go through some simple methods that will make your work lunches more interesting without spending a fortune.
First of all, an adult lunch needs to pack a punch with flavour whilst also being simple and nutritious. To do this, it is best to put some time away from each Sunday to prep all of your food. Cook all of your grains, pasta and noodles and place them into some reusable containers. If you can, look for jars as these keep heat in and are sustainable. Also, stock up on all your favourite veg and pickles.
Noodles are such a diverse food with its many variations. You could opt for rice noodle spicy ramen. Which is a nice alternative to a sandwich. Be sure to add all of the best flavours so it packs a punch. Any noodle dish or grains or salad bowl can have a new life by adding a beautiful dressing or sauce. It is best to keep the dressing in a separate container so nothing goes soggy when it comes to eating your lunch. If you can’t do this, then you could always make more dinner and take leftovers to work.
If you are going to make a sandwich, then you may as well do it properly. Don’t skimp on your ingredients as this is what is going to set you apart from the boring sandwich eaters. This doesn’t mean you have to go all complicated but buy the best bread you can, and the best quality fillings you can. There are some great bakeries in Manchester like Pollen and Companio where you can pick up some delicious sourdough loaves and other bakery products. Make sure you get some salty flavoursome butter and the best meats and dairy products that you can find.
The winter months are coming in quick and fast so it is always nice to have some winter warmers at lunchtime so get out your thermos flask. Soups are a brilliant option for lunch as they are nutritious, filling and warms you up. There are so many different varieties that you can make from leek and potato to spiced butternut squash, there are many options. It’s dead easy to make a big pot of soup and then once you are done, pop it into the fridge and then freeze portions in the freezer so you can get one whenever you want.
When it comes to serving take a little container with seeds, chopped nuts or chilli flakes to add some texture to your soup. It is always nice to have something hot for lunch, and it doesn’t have to stop at soup, you could have a stew or a curry. All of these recipes can be made in advance which works out well because it tastes better a couple of days later anyway.
Things can get pretty boring pretty fast if you don’t mix your meals up so it’s best to have a couple of options for your week ahead. This could be a pita bread with your favourite filling one day, soup the next and you could even add curry to the mix. You will find that you are saving so much money from doing this that you can always splash out on a little luxury with ingredients every so often. If you want a smoked salmon bagel, make one.
Grain-based dishes are a fantastic way to get your nutrition and are a great lunch alternative as they travel well and don’t need to be kept in the fridge. First, get your base of grains, add some vegetables and tofu with some seeds, nuts and croutons and you have yourself a healthy hearty lunch that will keep you going until dinner time. Now you have some easy ideas on how to make your lunch more interesting