Haaaaaaaaaaappy Monday! ??
How was your weekend? I feel surprisingly fresh, which is always a plus.
I dedicated Sunday to doing all the tings that make me feel spic & span for the week ahead. A mini lie in, painting ma nails, 60 min yoga session at the gym and an afternoon of lunch preppin’. I bloody love the feeling that I might have my sh*t together for once.
As dollar is tight at the mo, prep and a smidge of organisation has gotta be key.
Over the past month we have been on a Pret ban (ok ok, a few chai lattes here and there), but all lunches, snacks and other bevvies are DIY.
I have three lunches that I keep going back to. No faff, tasty and good for ya. We shop at Aldi to keep costs at a minimum, even if it would be easier just to go Saino’s. It is those little decisions and small changes that make a huge difference.
I always appreciate a little lunch time inspo here and there, so thought I would share my lunch go-to’s wit chu…
ROAST VEGGIES & QUINOA
Pick up all your fave veggies, I chose: sweet potatoes, peppers, red onion, leek, tin of chickpeas, cherry toms and mushrooms. Chuck ’em all on a baking tray with a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika.
Cook a bag of quinoa in veggie stock.
Chuck in some spinach (we always have SO much spinach to get trough), and maybe even some sunflower seeds toasted with tamari/soy if you’re feeling fancaaay.
This makes enough for about three lunches, jobs a gooden.
THE HUMBLE SANDWICH
Homemade sandwiches are underrated. Since school packed lunches circa ’05, I ain’t really been one to whip up a sandwich for lunch. BUT they are so satisfying. Endless fillings, nice and satisfying and so bloody simple to make.
I packed mine with avo, toms, feta, cucumber, lettuce and a bit of hummus too. Offt.
This has become one of my favourite ever recipes this autumn. I first spotted it on Tania’s blog – the most GLORIOUS vegan red lentil dahl. It is so simple to make and tastes absolutely delish, perf for if your body is in need of some TLC, and so perfect for a comforting lunch time pick me up.
Just a few other tips for saving dollar in your working week:
Stop off at your supermarket for breakfast goods each Monday. I usually grab some ‘nanas, oat milk and oats if I need ’em.
Create a little tea / coffee / hot choc station – to keep you away from Pret! If you fancy a stroll with your coffee, invest in a Keep Cup or summin’.
If there is a Waitrose near you, apply for a My Waitrose card. You do have to buy something now (ffs), but the coffee’s pretty nice, and it always feels good to have a free coffee innit?
Prep a few snacks as well as lunch, I wrote a whole post about them here.
What are your go-to lunch time gobbles?
P.S Just worked out how much I used to spend in Pret each month: £136. That’s 1,632 per year. Bloomin EK I’m not sure whether to laugh or weep!