Whether you’re looking to trim down your wallet or your waistline, making your own lunch for work or school is a fantastic option. Buying lunch throughout the week is a needless expense, and for vegetarians finding a suitable option at a cafe or restaurant can become tiresome. It also allows you to control the food you consume throughout the day and make healthy choices (and stick to them).
However, it’s easy to become bored by the same old sandwiches and pieces of fruit, so it’s important to mix it up. You can use last night’s leftovers, or you can cook something on the weekend that can be frozen in portions and eaten as a quick lunch all through the week (soups and stews are especially effective). We’ve also assembled a selection of ideas that are fun, healthy and hassle-free for you to make the night before or even the morning of.
Assembling A Lunchbox
If you’re dedicated to making your own lunch on a regular basis, it’s worthwhile buying the right cutlery and equipment for the job. Good quality, solid plastic containers that are microwave and dishwasher safe will make cleaning up a breeze as well as prevent any unpleasant spillages. It’s important to get a decent size so you aren’t left hungry, and buying containers with different sections allows you to have a little more variety in your lunch.
If you really feel like taking it to the next level, look into Japanese bento boxes. In Japan boxed lunches are a cultural institution. As a result there is a huge range of boxes usually with multiple tiers and sections, cute designs and storage for small cutlery. They can usually be found in Asian food stores but you’ll find an even better selection if you shop online.
Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas
Once you have your kit, it’s time to fill it with delicious vegetarian lunch ideas.
- Pita Quesadillas With Pilantro Hummus. A healthy and tasty alternative to sandwiches.
- Peach Oatmeal Bars. A great morning or afternoon snack.
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies. Easy to make, especially for little hands.
- Chard Lentil Potato Slow Cooker Soup. Throw into a crockpot over the weekend for an easy soup.
- Brown Sugar Cinnamon Popcorn. A sweet treat and energy boost.
Making a lunch each day definitely takes extra effort, but its rewarded with a healthy meal that helps you get through the day and saves you money.
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