Leaving the office for a few sanity-minutes in the middle of the day can be one of life’s great joys, but lordy, you pay for the privilege.
Even the most high-value foodcourt or discounted pub lunch can see you drop an easy hunge on weekly dining over a year. That’s over $5k you could be spending on far better things.
And the answer, which you already know, is bringing lunch from home WAIT THERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD EASY OPTIONS COME BACK.
And yes, we get it. Prepping lunches is rarely bitchin’ fun times. But think of it like this: if you were offered $75 for less than an hour of food-making time, you’d take it, right? ‘Xactly.
So why not try…
Dinner part 2!
If you’re price-conscious you’re probably buying the cheaper, larger supermarket portions which are too much to have in a single meal but annoying as hell to portion off.
For example: you’ve bought some stir fry beef, it’s been in the freezer, and you don’t want to try chipping off a third of it – and you’re not going to thaw it and then refreeze it, are you? No. No no no no no no.
So instead: make a big wokful of goodness, and then portion off some for tomorrow’s lunch. Boom. Done. No chipping involved.
Soup: Wonderful, wonderful soup
When it’s cold out it’s the perfect excuse to make a huge pot of pea and ham soup, or cauliflower and pea, or cannellini bean and pea soup. Any soup, really. And there are so damn many to experiment with!
The beauty of it is that you only have to make the thing once and boom, you have loads of the stuff that’s easy to freeze and easy to heat up.
Speaking of which…
Use Every Part Of The… Um, Dinner
Don’t hurl your leftover vege scraps from dinner straight into the green bin: they make a perfect base for a vegetable soup.
Bung them in a pot of water, boil it up, simmer away, refrigerate and boom: FREE LUNCH!
Build An Easy-To-Construct Office Falafel
The best part is that it’s not only cheap but something which doesn’t rely on having good kitchen facilities in your workplace: a packet of wraps, some hummus, tomatoes, lettuce. No need for a microwave or a toaster or a non-disgusting sandwich press!
Insta-Pho is a thing
Got a kettle in the office? Is there an Asian grocery nearby? Instant pho is less than a dollar a packet, and you’re one boiling kettle away from Vietnamese noodle goodness.
Adopt these habits and boom, you’ll be cruising around in your hover-jetski in no time!