Let’s face it, for some of us, making ourselves lunch to take to work is going to be a task for the next 10, 20, 30 years. It might be kind of important for us to find our mojo with meal prepping lunches!
First and foremost, there are a lot of ways that you can add variety to your lunches that you are already meal prepping:
- add herbs & spices; dried or fresh, add a couple of tablespoons to your protein or vegetables when cooking or through a salad. Sound simple, it is, and you will feel like you are eating something different every single time!
- change up your cooking styles; roast, slow cook, bake, stirfry, steam, poach or go raw (i wouldn’t recommend protein, obviously but veg, go nuts!), cook the same ingredients a different way for a taste sensation!
- change up your veggies
- add toppings; toasted pine-nuts, nuts, seeds, feta/mozzarella, berries, or try a variety of salad dressings
You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy these changes can be and how different the same food/ingredients taste.
A couple of tips for meal prep in general:
- bulk cook some protein; chicken thighs/drumsticks, boiled eggs, meatballs, marinated tofu.
- roast some trays of veggies to keep in the fridge; coat veggies in coconut oil, herbs, spices (sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts) get as creative as you can!
- make up a big hardy salad, like coleslaw
- when cooking, always chop more veggies (for snacks) and double your recipes. Having dinner leftovers for lunch the next day is the biggest time and effort saver EVER!
If you would like to try some entirely new recipes, i have collected a few for your reference (see below):
- Indian Inspired Chicken & “Rice”
- Tuscan Salmon (one tray bake)
- Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- Satay Broccolini (serve with your choice of protein & a variety of seasonal veggies/salad)
- Chicken, Asparagus & Sweet Potato (one pan)
I love finding new recipes and creating my own twist on them. If i don’t have the listed veg or protein, i will just substitute for other ingredients that i do have. The more you practice this the better you get at it, then you can just freestyle to your own tastes! If i was to break down what lunches i have in a week, it would probably look very much same, same, but by utilising the subtle changes in ingredients, cooking style and toppings, i never feel like i have the same thing twice.
Good luck and please feel free to share your meal prep tip and ideas!