Does anyone else feel like lunch is the worst meal of the day when you stay at home?
I usually feel like I’ve JUST finished cleaning up breakfast, but I don’t want to put a lot of effort into prep because then I’ll have zero interest in making dinner.
I also almost always have yogurt and granola for breakfast, so I’m never in the mood for something sweet for lunch (like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich).
And I really want to eat something that’s both healthy and filling, so I’m not immediately spending quiet time sneaking into the pantry for a handful of chocolate chips.
No, I don’t ask much of my lunch at all.
Then my parents came to visit last fall and I made a quinoa and sweet potato bowl recipe thing for one of the meals. As usual, my proportions of ingredients were all out of whack so I was left with a big tupperware of quinoa and some sweet potatoes and bacon dressing.
After my parents left, I used the quinoa and sweet potatoes as a base for my lunches the next couple of days.
The first day, I added a fried egg and some goat cheese.
The next day, I chopped up some baby spinach and tossed in some sausage, then topped the whole thing with ranch.
Since then, I’ve started trying to prep a few things at the beginning of the week that I can mix and match for the next week so that lunch isn’t stressful for me (and so that it is delicious, obviously).
I roast a whole pan of vegetables (usually bell peppers, red onions, zucchini and squash) and cook up a small pot of quinoa and roast a few chicken breasts.
Then I make sure on my weekly shopping trip I pick up eggs, sausage, hash browns, lettuce, and baby spinach at Kroger. Through April 19th, you can pick up 2 Hillshire Farm sausages for $5 while supplies last (you can find your local Kroger store here).
When it’s lunch time, I can just start throwing things on a plate or a bowl until it looks good. If there’s something I want to cook to add, like a fried egg, hash browns, or sausage, I put those on to cook while I get the girls’ lunches out and by the time they are settled, my things are ready to go.
I love that it makes it simple for me to eat more vegetables and have enough protein to keep me full through the afternoon.
Here are a few of my favorite combos (and you can check out more recipes from Hillshire Farm here!):
- Roasted vegetables, chopped baby spinach, sausage, feta and fried egg topped with Sriracha
- Hash browns, sausage, goat cheese, avocado
- Lettuce, diced chicken, avocado, and roasted vegetables with ranch dressing
- Roasted sweet potatoes, shredded chicken, quinoa, ranch dressing
- Sourdough toast, smashed avocado, roasted vegetables and fried egg with Sriracha