When we switched from eating highly processed convenience foods to eating “real” foods 1 1/2 years ago, I had a problem. Lunch. For breakfast I could do egg dishes, oatmeal or smoothies. For dinner there are countless recipes on-line. For snacks, dried fruit or chewy coconut balls are always winners. But what to do for lunch? I’m not a “hot meal” for lunch kind of girl. I know some ladies who cook up three hot meals a day, but twice in one day is enough for me. Sure, we could do leftovers when we had them, but what should I buy to have on hand for lunch?
Then my hubby mentioned how much he enjoyed our very occasional “bread, cheese and fruit” dinners. Ah-ha! What if I started doing “snack-style” lunches?! Big hit! Along with leftovers, we often have…
- Bread: Either homemade, or sourdough or sprouted grain made daily at a local bakery
- Cheese: We love all kinds of cheese… except ones aged in caves. They taste like dirt.
- Fruit: Whatever is in season! Berries, stone-fruit, apples, pineapple, mangos, grapes, etc.
- Meats: Sometimes I’ll cook up a bit of bacon, but canned fish (sardines, tuna, etc.) is also a good option. Or slice up leftover meat from dinner.
- Eggs: Try baked “hard-boiled” eggs for some quick protein!
- Veggies with dip: Hummus or a homemade yogurt dip will make those veggies disappear fast!
- Olives: Get an assortment from the olive bar at the grocery store.
- Nuts: Buy raw, organic nuts and roast them yourself.
You don’t need to include all of these things every day. There is endless variety, if you’re creative! Try hummus and sardines on sourdough with some berries one day, then apples with blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs and cucumbers with yogurt dip the next. Is your mouth watering, too?!
What are your favorite go-to lunches?