I am in a really weird stage of my life. I eat lunch alone almost every day. My kids are at school and I work from home. However, despite what you might believe, I do not have a big chunk of time to make myself some gourmet lunch. I work through lunch. I almost never take lunch breaks and it is really not fun to cook for just myself. Plus I am not a huge middle of the day eater. I am just not that hungry. But this Mama still needs to eat or I am snacking all afternoon on really BAD snack food. And if I am going to eat lunch I want it to be good.
It does not matter if you are a Mom of toddlers or teenagers (who will sometimes come home for lunch). It does not matter if you are too busy feeding kiddos mushed up squash to think about eating yourself or if you are eating alone while working through lunch. A Mama needs to eat. So, I am sharing some of my very favorite go to lunches that hit the spot and are fast and quick. No sandwiches here. I kind of hate sandwiches for lunch. I know, weird, right? I make a bunch of lunch sack sandwiches every morning and they just don’t appeal to me.
Here are my faves.
My #1 Favorite Lunch — Homemade Bean and Cheese Burrito. Prep time 1 minute.
If I could get the bean and cheese burrito with green sauce every day at Del Taco, I probably would. But I can’t so I make my own Bean and Cheese burrito.
Go buy some nonfat lime and chile refried beans for your pantry. One can will last you several days. Buy pre-shredded cheese it just makes life easier when you are in a hurry.
Layer some beans, shredded cheese and salsa inside a burrito. Roll and nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds. Eat with a piece of fruit.
Simple Salads That Make You Feel Gourmet —
I do eat a lot of salads, since portion control is easy and they lend themselves to whatever you can grab out of your refrigerator. I always keep a bag of pre-washed baby spinach leaves in the refrigerator and I grow Arugula this time of year so I always have my favorite greens on hand.
Pear and Pecan Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette. Prep time 2-5 minutes
I used canned pears or fresh pears — whatever I have in the house that day. You can also use store bought vinaigrette instead of homemade.
Taboulleh Salad prep time: 1 hour 5 minutes
I love this stuff. It does take some prep time but you can make it once and have enough for 2 or 3 lunches. And mostly the prep is just letting the tabbouleh sit and soak for an hour. Once it is done you just pull it out of the refrigerator and eat it.
One more salad: Cowboy Caviar Prep time 5 minutes
Low fat and filling and lasts for days. This stuff is amazing plus it doubles as a side for dinner. Protein and veggie packed, this is one of my all time favorites with a side of corn chips.
My favorite lunch for when “If I have to prepare anything I won’t eat” days.
Frozen steamable EDAMAME with Sea Salt
Soybeans are packed with protien and fiber and they are filling for those in a hurry days. Have a side of Greek yogurt and you have a power lunch. I buy the microwaveable 2 serving boxes.