Back then I would show you what I made that week. Slowly, I stopped doing it. Not because I stopped making my lunch, but because I got into a habit of making the same things, or just shoving some veggies and hummus into a bag and calling it "lunch".
Well, we're all bored of hummus round here, so I'm trying to get myself back into the habit of making proper lunches.
Let me take a moment to say that H. and I have a system of eating. He makes dinner and I make lunches. It works well. But here are the difficulties in deciding what to make for lunch:
1) I get bored of food easily. I can't eat a turkey sandwich every day for a week. I need to make something to keep me interested.
2) I don't like to make anything that needs to be microwaved. Why not? Because I'm just neurotic enough to not want to do that. I am a crazy person, I know. But it means I like to make things that can be eaten cold.
3) H. doesn't eat cheese. This is a HUGE problem in finding new recipes.
4) Make-ahead recipes are key. We're talking brown bag lunches, here. I don't have a kitchen at work for any prep.
Ok, so those are the biggies.
Anyway, here we are today and H. and I are re-committed to saving money. And I am re-committed to making new and delicious and hopefully healthy things for our lunches.
This week I made quinoa cakes with an eggplant tomato ragu, but I didn't add cheese because, well, see point 3 above.
My verdict on these was that they were a little bland. H. liked them, but I think I'll have a hard time eating them all week. Also, I'm not a fan of eggplant. I don't hate it, and I don't really like it. Tomorrow I will be adding a boatload of cheese to mine.
If you make the Epicurious recipe for this, you totally need two eggs to make these suckers sticky.
Do you have any suggestions for lunches?