Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Meal Planning Lunch Style

I am super good about planning ahead for a weeks worth of dinners but breakfast and lunches sometimes go by the wayside and that leads to eating out or crappy food choices.  I had been doing salads but I didn't NEED to go to the store this week and in the sake of saving some money, I improvised.

This week on Monday morning, I whipped up the innards for my lunch.  My innards consisted of black beans, cumin, garlic powder, hot sauce, onions, parsnips, and celery.  I sauteed the veggies in olive oil before adding in the black beans and then I just cooked them until they were heated and mushed them around a bit.

Over the weekend, I had made a bag of steam fresh green beans and I have whole wheat tortillas, cheese, salsa and sour cream.  Put all of these things together and viola!

This is my lunch this week.  I added a Cutie.  Yum!

I was worried about portability but it works fine! In the morning I throw the tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds and then the black bean mixture in for 30 seconds.  Then I top with green beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream.  I roll it up and wrap it with foil, throw the cutie in my lunch bag along with my breast milk storage cooler thing and it holds nicely until lunch.  It's not freezing cold and it's not warm and everything holds together well.  I do not have a warming up option at work so my lunches have to get creative around that.

With one can of black beans and the veggies and stuff I added I have enough for 4 packed lunches.  Which works out fine since I am usually home on Friday's for lunch anyway and can make something at home.

Next week I think I am going to make up some lentils and do stuff with those.  I've never made lentils before.  Any tips?

What's in your lunch bag this week?

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