Since January is the month of feeling like a bunch of broke ass Fatties, we’re talking about thrifty lunches. That’s right. The ever embarrassing but very practical bagged lunch. Grownup style, don’t worry.
Before we start with these ideas it should be said the simplest solution is to make extra dinner the night before and take leftovers to work. They’re a tastey, cost effective decision and you’ll never feel wasteful. If you lead a chaotic life – juggling meetings, family, and more – you need something in mind to make special for lunch. Here are some of our favourite options:
1. Bean salad: Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t think it’s going to be smelly and launch a tirade of fart jokes in the office. It won’t. Chop some celery and carrots (they’re good for your eyeballs, just do it) and mix with a can of black beans, chick peas and kidney beans. Add in some de-cobbed roast corn for texture. Season with a splash of grapeseed oil, salt and pepper to taste, some freshly chopped cilantro, lime juice and a tiny dash of garlic powder. If you’re a spice lover add some chili flakes. Best thing? The flavour just increases if you make more than enough for one lunch. And there’s nothing smelly about these fresh flavours.
2. Burrito bowl: Want something that feels heartier than a salad? Make yourself a burrito bowl. Stack rice (or quinoa or bulgar), sauteed red peppers and onions, black beans, chopped green onion, lots of cilantro, shred your favourite sharp cheese and a dollop of sour cream. In a mason jar combine lime, a splash of white vinegar, olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring it to add on along with a freshly chopped avocado. Oddly enough, this is delicious warm or cold.
3. Roasted veg: Root veggies are your friends. Roast them in the oven with a savoury, herb heavy mix or do something lighter. Try roasting beats then tossing them with goat cheese, blanched swiss chard (or raw kale or arugala), toasted pine nuts or almonds, a bit of couscous to help keep you full and toss with a dressing of honey, rice wine vinegar, a splash of soy sauce and grapeseed oil.
These are some of our go to’s. For more amazing bento box inspired lunches check out this awesome list on Greatist.