I cannot stress this enough, packed lunches aren’t about the morning of any weekday. A successful packed lunch happens the night before whether it is from dinner leftovers or when you come from work and are cleaning out your lunch bag and filling it back up the next day.
When I scan Twitter at lunchtime, I see tweets complaining about having to go out in the cold to get lunch, not liking the lunch out options or hungry because they don’t have money to eat out, I think if you would just take some time to plan to pack you would be set.
For me, Sundays are when packed lunches happen. My weekday evenings are pretty busy, by choice, so I use Sunday afternoon or evening shop for produce, make an entree and Pyrex everything. Yes, I just used Pyrex as a verb.
I bought a giant box of greens not realizing how much I was really buying and the best used by date. I’ll be eating salads for every lunch and probably dinner. I top it with chicken marinaded in terikayi and dressed with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette that I don’t have to use too much of because once I pour it on and toss the greens, it is enough for me. I could add nuts or carrots, but I’ll save my carrots for my afternoon snack. I always have an apple with lunch.
This is before I tossed my salad (all over my desk hence the fancy placemat). I love cheese with my apple.
Sometimes, I start two lunch bags…I’m not crazy, I’m just very prepared when it comes to the chow wagon.