Is there anything better than going to sleep on Sunday night knowing that the lunches for the week are made and ready to go? Probably, but not much. It’s such a weight to be lifted off your shoulders what with everything else that life throws at you. I’ve gotten into the habit of doing it and when I don’t have time on Sunday to do it, it really does throw off my week. So, I’ve wrangled up some of my favourite go to recipes for you.
The only complaint I hear from my husband is when I make the same thing two weeks in a row and, trust me, I get it. No matter how delicious it is, it can be a little tedious to eat the same thing over and over again day after day. That’s where this post comes in handy. This will give you over a month of easy bulk lunches that you can prepare on a Sunday afternoon. Once you do bulk lunches you’ll never want to go through the hassle of making lunches every night of the week for the next day.
Also, did you know how much money you save when you bring your own lunch? Lunches are usually $10 a day. Some people can get away with $5 for a sandwich or soup, so let’s say that’s $7.50 on average. That is $37.50 a week and (assuming you work 50 weeks a year) $1875 a year! That’s money better spent on a vacation if you ask me. Obviously it also costs money to make your own lunches but it’s a lot less. Probably about $2 or $3 per meal, which ends up saving you LARGE.
Money aside though, it’s also WAY healthier. You actually know what’s going into your meals instead of mystery preservatives and whatnot.
Bok Choy & Kale Salad with Homemade Sesame Salad
Get the recipe here. This salad is delicious and the pieces of noodles and the kale in it make it more filling than your typical salad. Another great thing about it is that the kale doesn’t wilt as easily as lettuce so it will still be tasting fresh on Friday.
Chicken with Couscous and Kale
Get the recipe here. I love this recipe; it’s so simple and it’s really filling. For lunch, I would say half a chicken breast would be fine. I usually put all the meat components to these lunches in the freezer for the week (6 days for chicken in the fridge is pushing it) and then take it out on the day of the meal. It will thaw by the time you’re ready to eat it at lunch. Unless it’s ground beef. For some reason, I feel like ground beef never goes bad. I’ve never had food poisoning so I feel like my lax ideas on expiry dates are still pretty safe.
Egg & Chickpea Salad with Homemade Lemon & Vinaigrette Dressing
Get the recipe here. This salad just might beat the bok choy and kale salad. Just might. Again, I would recommend that you boil the eggs ahead of time but not to peel them and add them to the salad until the day you’ll be eating the lunch.
Slow Cooker Chilli
Get the recipe here. Remember what I said about ground beef going bad? Well, I make chilli ahead of time and it’s perfectly fine for lunches for the week. I do this all the time. And it’s delicious. Add a bun and you’re good to go. Delicious!
Get the recipe here. This one is great for making ahead of time. Again though, you might want to cook the meat and freeze it until the day you want to eat it and then add it to the dish. It will thaw by the time lunch comes around. Otherwise, substitute the turkey for ground beef.