5 Lunches to Prepare the Night Before
One of the hallmarks of a positive daily routine is preparation – and as we all know, it can be frustrating (and expensive) to walk out of the door in the morning without a packed lunch.
If this is a routine occurrence for you, don’t worry – a few extra minutes in the kitchen each night is a sure-fire way to break the cycle of pricey daily lunches. To get you started, here are five of our favourite lunches you can easily prep the night before.
1. Roasted sweet potato wraps
For an easy, grab-and-go wrap, roast some sweet potatoes in a pan on your stovetop – if you have a natural gas cooktop, this shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes as it’ll fire up immediately. After the sweet potatoes are done, throw in some chopped onions and mushrooms with olive and salt until they’re soft. Then, assemble your ingredients into a wrap with some spreadable pesto, then pop it in the fridge until it’s time to leave in the morning.
2. Mediterranean chicken salad
A simple chicken salad is one of the easiest lunches to make – and depending on how many batches you’ll need, it’s a great meal prep option as it’ll last up to three days fresh in the fridge. To prepare it, simply submerge chicken breast in a fresh herb marinade for up to two hours, and combine your salad ingredients (cucumber, salad greens, tomato, red onion, pitted olives and crumbled feta cheese) in a separate bowl.
Once your chicken’s ready, grill it in a pan over medium-high heat until completely cooked through. On a natural gas stovetop, this should only take a few minutes. Top the salad with your cooked chicken, and store the vinaigrette separately so your salad doesn’t go soggy – this can be a mixture of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dried oregano, olive oil and salt and pepper.
3. Fried cauliflower rice
Fried rice is one of the oldest tricks in the book for an easy lunch, but to make it a little healthier, opt for riced cauliflower and pick some fresh vegetables to include in your ‘rice’ bowl. For veggies, try adding onion, carrots, frozen peas, frozen corn and green onions. Once you’ve combined these all in a pan, crack a few eggs into another pan and fry them. Once your eggs are ready, slice them up and combine with your rice mix. Bon Appetit!
4. Tomato, spinach and pesto pasta
If you’re making lunch on a budget (and with little time to spare), a simple penne pasta mix is a great way to stay satisfied once lunch time has rolled around. To make it, all you’ll need is pasta, an onion, garlic, diced tomatoes spinach and plenty of delicious Italian spices. After you’ve boiled your pasta, throw all ingredients into a pan. If you’re short on time, using a natural gas stovetop is a guaranteed time-saver as it heats up immediately. Top it with parmesan and you’re all set.
Stuck with leftover veggies or meat? Whip up some calzones – they’re easy to make in a batch, and can be frozen and reheated when you need them throughout the week. To make them, simply combine your mixture, wrap it in a pastry or dough of your choice, then pop them in the oven. If you’ve got a natural gas oven you won’t need to rotate them constantly, as they’ll be cooked perfectly throughout thanks to the oven’s precise temperature control.