A Better Lunch Life?

We’ve all heard that a great way to save some serious money is by packing a lunch instead of going out right?  Stacy Johnson from MoneyTalksNews.com recently did a study finding that the average working American spends over $3,000 a year on food and coffee purchases!  WOW!  As a young adult who has held my share of part time jobs I can attest that it’s hard enough to make that much money in an entire semester!  So why aren’t we harder on ourselves when it comes to spending money on food?

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I know for me it all has to do with convenience.  I’m a pretty busy guy with my full time job, school work and being president of my fraternity.  I don’t always have time to pack a lunch or go grocery shopping and to be completely honest with you, the thought of spending another week eating PB&J sandwiches doesn’t serve as much motivation to change my ways.

That’s why today I want to share with you some quick and easy lunch ideas from MoneyTalksNews.com that you can use to spice up your daily grub.  These ideas are simple to prepare and easy on your wallet.  Food is a pretty big motivator in my life so the idea of prepping a lunch I know I’ll love helps me cut down on my monthly restaurant tab.  Take a look at these recipes and give them a try!  Trust me, if I can manage making them so can you!

Check it out!

 1. Sesame bagel with mozzarella, red peppers, and parsley

Melt fresh mozzarella over a toasted sesame or other bagel, add red pepper pieces, and sprinkle parsley on top. Voila – lunch is ready!

2. Egg salad

Egg salad isn’t difficult to make. Start by hard-boiling the eggs (about eight of them) for 10 to 12 minutes. After you let them cool for a few minutes, peel and chop them. Mix the eggs with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, a teaspoon of mustard, and 1/4 cup of green onion. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.

Egg salad is great on crackers, bread, and lettuce.

3. Avocado on toast

Considered a healthy source of fat, avocados are both tasty and filling. Plus, they’re cheap, especially if you can find them at a farmers market.

Simply cut up an avocado and spread it on bread or even a bagel.

4. Pizza pinwheels

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and toppings of choice on a refrigerated pizza crust. Add basil, salt, garlic, and oregano for extra taste, then roll it up, cut into individual rolls, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until crispy.

5. Home-made chicken noodle soup

Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large pot before adding 1/2 cup of onion and 1/2 cup of celery. Next, pour in four cans of chicken broth and one can of vegetable broth. Stir in 1/2 pound of chopped, cooked chicken breast, 1 and 1/2 cups of noodles (egg noodles are best), 1 cup of carrots, and a pinch of basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil before reducing the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

A big pot of chicken noodle soup will last for several lunches. Consider freezing some of it as well.

6. Peanut butter banana wrap

This recipe (if you can even call it that) is super-simple and more filling than you’d expect. Simply spread a few tablespoons of peanut butter on a whole-wheat or multigrain wrap, add sliced banana pieces, and you’re done.

7. Cranberry almond tuna salad sandwich

This is tuna salad with a twist. You’ll need a can of tuna, 2 tablespoons of chopped red onion, 3 tablespoons of dried cranberries, 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds, and 2 to 3 tablespoons (or more) of mayonnaise. Mix in a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy on fresh greens or whole-grain bread

Until next time,

Austin