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Help me hack my lunch!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

I depend on leftovers for take to work lunches most days, but sometimes there aren't leftovers either because we ate it all at dinner time or because the dinner was mostly neo-carby and there was only a small portion of something for me. (DH does most of the cooking, and the kids don't eat Paleo).

I try to keep a few things in the fridge like hard boiled eggs, leftover bits of meat or chicken, almond butter, salad fixings. But when it's time to pack lunch I'm often not interested in those things (I eat SO many eggs already!). I'm never hungry after breakfast. So I make dumb plans like "I'll just run home at lunchtime and eat something I can cook" or "I'll run out to WF salad bar"--dumb because I never have time to do that stuff even though I think I will.

Today was one of those days. "Lunch" consisted of some brazil nuts and cacoa nibs I had at my desk. I'm hungry now, but I wasn't most of the day. I'm trying to acheive weight loss, and IF does NOT work for me--I think it affects my thyroid when I don't consume enough calories--weight loss stalls when I don't eat enough. So that's not an option for me, either. I need to eat something.

What's your favorite easy to prepare from on hand ingredients lunch hack when nothing else sounds good???

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on September 11, 2012
at 04:06 AM

+1 on the always making leftovers for the lunch, one of the best time-saving kitchen hacks.

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on September 11, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I am much the same. On the weekend I make a meatloaf with some veg through it like onion zucchini and Mushrooms. I freeze individual portions of those and I will make a salad each night. I also make my breakfast mince at the same time so all i have to do is heat it the next morning.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on September 11, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Honestly, I just make SURE there will be leftovers- even if it means grilling a couple of steaks at the beginning of the week, and reserving them along with some avocado, chopped veg, and greens, then bringing them to work and leaving them there in a labeled bag in the fridge. If they are at home, I might forget them or my SO might eat them! Whatever it is, I make sure it tastes GOOD (otherwise I'm just going to go buy something if I'm not satisfied). I also like to include yogurt or kefir with berries as a kind of "desert" that keeps well and I can have later in the day if I need a little break from work to have with coffee or tea.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 11, 2012
at 04:06 AM

+1 on the always making leftovers for the lunch, one of the best time-saving kitchen hacks.

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:59 AM

My lunch hack isn't an on-hand, off-the-cuff kind of thing - I buy salad ingredients specifically for my lunches. I make a salad every day (usually the night before) and add either fish or chicken & bacon (I eat my red meat at dinner). And I pack some root-veggie chips with it for some carbs. And two squares of dark chocolate for dessert. I am a creature of habit, just makes it easier for planning/shopping etc. No thinking required.

Ae79a4cc9f9b155ded65f10ab8395a6d

(229)

on September 11, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I am much the same. On the weekend I make a meatloaf with some veg through it like onion zucchini and Mushrooms. I freeze individual portions of those and I will make a salad each night. I also make my breakfast mince at the same time so all i have to do is heat it the next morning.

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:12 AM

You could buy a bag of frozen, mixed veggies and steam them, buy some protein (ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, lamb, bacon, shrimp, etc. etc.) and saute that up -- throw it all into a bowl with some seasonings and it's like a 10-minute lunch! I like to think of it as Hamburger Helper without the noodles :)

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on September 11, 2012
at 02:50 AM

With fall coming up soup/stew/chili makes a very satisfying and comforting lunch. I like to make big batches of some meaty stew or soup, then freeze lunch-sized portions in mason jars. Most days I take left-overs for lunch and am pretty good about having them on hand. But if for some reason I don't have them, I open up the freezer and select a mason jar of soup. I have a padded, insulated lunch container that it slips into well and then I let it defrost under my desk until lunch. It microwaves easily and it is always a stress-reducing, comforting way to enjoy lunch.

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on September 11, 2012
at 05:24 AM

You can't beat the emergency Paleo food stash!

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