6 amazing recipes for you to cook
It’s still the weekend and you’re already dreading what to cook next week? If you don’t have a cafeteria at work and constantly need to eat out, your food bill can go sky high. Prepping your lunches can save you money and control what you’re eating. To many, this sounds great! Just what to cook next week?
We’ve 6 different suggestions for your lunch box.
More vegetables – Mason jar salads
A mason jar salad is perfect! It keeps for a few days and helps you pile up on yummy veggies. Start with the vinaigrette at the bottom of the jar. Then add the crunchy vegetables like corn, peppers, carrots and onions. The next layer can be black beans, chickpeas or lentils followed by grained (we’ve fallen in love with farro and quinoa). If you want, add some protein (chicken, shrimps) before topping it all off with the leafy greens.
Control your fat and sugar intake – Cobb salad
Going out, cobb salad is often on the menu. It’s a dish that has everything: healthy leaves, protein, fiber. Unfortunately, it has too often way too much bacon and blue cheese. Making it at home, you control what’s going in and you can substitute certain ingredients. Replace the large amount of bacon with additional veggies.
Double up – Lasagna with salad
Casseroles are easy dishes for you to double up. We recommend them for batch cooking and freezing the extra portions. You can take the extra portion into your office and have a small fresh salad on the side.
No over-eating – Orzo with zucchini
Preparing your lunch at home lets you decide how much is enough. In a food court or at a restaurant, you’re most likely getting a lunch meal that could be also your dinner. Fill up your lunch container with delicious orzo with zucchini.
Reduce your food waste at home – Chicken stir fry
A stir fry is a great way to use up whatever is left in your fridge. Using chicken as your protein basis, you can be as creative with the vegetables as you want. We often use yellow, red and green peppers, giving us three different colours covered already. Depending on what we have at home, we’d add sugar snap peas. They add a bit of crunch! Add onions, mushrooms and broccoli and you’re almost done.
Snacks for the afternoon
Now that you have your main meal sorted, don’t fall into the snack trap! Be prepared and take one or two snacks with you. We have a snack jar in one of our offices. It has some peppermint tea (stops the feeling of being hungry – sometimes), almonds, 2 little jars with oats and 2 cans of pineapples.
- Pear with dozen almonds
- Apple with some peanut butter
- Berries with a small pot of plain yoghurt
- Carrot and celery sticks with hummus
- Home-made energy bites
- Handful of walnuts
- ½ cup of oatmeal with raisins
- Rice cracker with ½ avocado, lemon juice and black pepper
Right, we’re off to prepare our lunch for the next two days. It’s going to be chicken with quinoa (cooked in vegetable broth to give it extra flavour), onion and spinach. It’s seriously one of the easiest dishes and it’s so yummy! What are you cooking this week?
Until next time,