- Chicken Pasta
- Tacos (cook and freeze the meat and veggies; take the other fixings fresh)
- Homemade Pizza (I rock a homemade pizza and keep wanting to try it frozen)
- Sweet and Sour _______________ (insert meat here)
- Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Trying something new with my lunches
I am notorious for waiting until the last second to scramble to put something together for my lunch. It usually makes us a couple minutes late and I often am disappointed with what I bring to work and am dissatisfied overall with my lunch.
I've allowed myself one luxury of one frozen meal a week so that I don't have to think about lunch one day. And I can often get leftovers one time. So then I only have to think about it 2 days. But the frozen meals can be cost prohibitive, small and/or not very good or healthy.
In an attempt to make life easier, I'm trying something new. I should really make and bring my lunch every day. I should use fresh and healthy ingredients. Avoid deep fried foods and lots of carbs. So I'm going to pre-make several frozen lunches for myself. I often hear of families making frozen dinners in preparation of a baby being born or surgery or mom being out of town. But those are entire meals for the whole family to eat. I want to try this with single portion lunches.
So here's my plan.
Have a menu of 5-6 entrees that I make and rotate through.
Each week I make one entree and freeze single portions. To freeze the best, use the food saver freezer system. I should get at least 4 portions from one entree.
It will take about a month to 6 weeks to really get a good supply built up, but it will be worth it. In the mean time I stick with sandwiches for the days I don't have a frozen option. After I get my initial stash built up, I have plenty of variety in the freezer and am not stuck eating the same thing every day.
Entree Ideas I have:
Any other entree ideas I could add?
How do you do your work or other take and go lunches?