I am eating a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch today, as I have for many lunches in the past couple months. I had this bad habit of not bringing anything to work to eat for lunch, and then I’d run to Wendy’s, which is the nearest quick lunch location from where I work. And if you go to Wendy’s, you can get chili, or a salad, but I always have to get the fries… they are so darn good. This habit was not helping me in two ways: my health and the spending plan (aka budget).
So I decided I needed to come up with something that I can just toss in my purse each morning, and I came up with grilled cheese. I keep a stick of butter in some tupperware in my office so all I need is bread and cheese. It’s a surprisingly awesome lunch (and better if I can grab a piece of fruit to go with it). It sticks with me and brings me back to childhood. It’s fast. And anyone who sees me making one in the breakroom is immediately jealous. Seriously, I’ve had so many people comment on my lunch. Cheap, easy, delicious, healthier than fried potatoes (I use whole wheat bread and American cheese).
I know that for most people, bringing dinner leftovers is probably the easiest/cheapest lunch around, but I’ll admit that I don’t really cook dinner. I mean, I do eat dinner, in that I eat food sometime after I get home from work, but it might be 3 olives, a piece of toast, a banana, and a glass of orange juice. Because my husband works many evenings, and eats work-provided food, we don’t cook unless we’re both home. This usually means Tuesdays, Fridays, and every other weekend. One area we both know we need to work on is grocery shopping, both in terms of what we buy and how much we spend. We have food in our fridge and cupboards, but we are bad at ‘meals.’ It usually ends up being pasta, easy soups, stir fry, chili, enchilladas, or ‘breakfast for dinner.’ I generally don’t do #2 on this list:
What do you do when you’re lazy and you only need to cook for one? Any ideas for easy meals with minimal prep and 7 or fewer ingredients?