Don’t give up on homemade lunches just yet!
If you are headed back to school, already working, or simply working from home, you have to make your own lunch from time to time. It can get pretty boring eating the same thing every day. And Seamless is always convenient, but the expenses really start to accumulate when you’re always ordering out. Try these lunch box ideas to bring some fun into your lunch and let your wallet breathe a little!
The Main Attraction
Forget about that tuna sandwich you were planning to put together, because these alternatives are sure to make your mouth water. These recipes require a bit of preparation the night before but are so worth the extra effort. First up is the Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Veggies, which you can make with your own homemade pesto. The Chopped Salad in a Cup is very convenient (true to its name) and you can make it your own with your favorite ingredients. This recipe for the Turkey Avocado BLT Croissant Sandwich has all the makings for the sandwich of your dreams. Although this Spinach Quiche requires the most prep work, it will have you set for the whole week! And these Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats serve as healthy alternatives to regular nachos and are just as delicious!
Pack a few salty snacks
Pretzels and cream cheese are one of those combinations that work so well together but you have no idea why. Try sweet potato chips: they give you the best of both sweet and salty worlds. Popcorn is also very tasty too. Check out this recipe for Garlic Oil and Pecorino Popcorn.
Channel your inner bird
Nuts are always so easy to pack for lunch, so easy, they often get tiresome. Create your own nut mix: bake them in the oven and add some spice to them like wasabi or cayenne pepper! Or go the seed route and try roasting pumpkin seeds. You could also make your own Thyme Sundried Tomato Rice Crackers that have sunflower seeds and flax seeds in them.
Dairy it up!
Take a plain yogurt and add cereal to it! Crazy right? Cereal will add just enough sweetness and crunch to make you forget that granola was ever an option. You can also try peaches and cream: this tasty treat will help you hold onto that last bit summer and all you need are some fresh peaches and whipped cream. Go old school with cheese cubes and crackers, but try a different cheese like Gruyère or Red Windsor Cheese.
Get you sweet fix
Pair up your favorite treats in fun and new ways. Have strawberries and dark chocolate, or apples with cinnamon, or a bag of blueberries, grapes, and raspberries. Looking for something a bit more sugary? Try Girl Scout cookies. Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and Samoas galore, your greatest obstacle will be to not eat the whole box as you pack a few cookies in your lunch!