Everyone has those difficult days at work when it’s hard to slip away and grab lunch. And eating the same sandwiches everyday can get redundant. But who said that bringing your lunch had to be boring? Meals you make yourself are usually less expensive and healthier than the ones you would buy to eat on your lunch break. The best thing about preparing cheap and healthy meals for work is that you don’t have to spend too much time doing it. If you want to make a relatively quick meal, here are a couple of ideas you should try.
Whole Grain Pasta Salads
Whole grain pasta is a great source of carbs. Pasta cooks quickly and easily — all you need to do is follow the instructions on the packaging. However, if you want to eat healty, you’ll have to add something else to the pasta such as a protein and vegetables. Skinless chicken breast, cooked in a pan is a nice touch. Cut it and mix with the pasta. Then, dice and throw in any vegetable you like — cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions are all a good choice. Top it off with some olive oil, and you have yourself a tasty and inexpensive meal.
Asian Quinoa Salad
Salads are the perfect dish for work because you can pull them directly from your cooler or the company fridge. For an Asian quinoa salad, you’ll need to slice a half of cup of red cabbage, the same amount of green cabbage, a carrot, a bit of cilantro, sliced purple onions and almonds. Combine with a half of a cup of cooked quinoa mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. As for the dressing, mix equal parts of orange juice, extra virgin olive oil and season rice vinegar. Add a teaspoon of honey, ginger, toasted sesame oil and a little bit of garlic. Once you’ve prepare the dressing, add it to the mixed ingredients and your quinoa salad is done.
If you’re not in the mood for a salad try a quick beef stir-fry. You’ll need a quarter of a pound of sirloin steak sliced into strips. You’ll also need a tablespoon of vegetable oil, a sliced carrot, a half of a red pepper thinly sliced and a couple of broccoli florets. A half of a teaspoon of garlic and a spring onion are also in the mix for the meal, as is a teaspoon of soy sauce and the same amount of toasted sesame seeds. The preparation is simple. Heat the oil in a pan or a wok over medium to high temperature and then cook the beef strips for three to four minutes. Then move the meat to the side of the wok and add the vegetables and cook them for two minutes. Mix the beef in and add the soy sauce and sesame seeds and cook for another two minutes.