It can be challenging to come up with lunch ideas on the spot. The best thing to do is to plan your menu and grocery shopping in advance, or have a list of of meals to choose from. Here are 4 creative lunch ideas to add to your list:
1. Vegetable Stir-Fry
There really aren't any rules as to when you can or cannot eat certain types of foods during the day. If you want to make a lunch that fits a healthy diet, consider eating rice. Rice does not have to be just for dinner, or a side dish. Take your leftover vegetables (or fresh ones), throw them in a skillet with olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Add in cooked brown rice (perhaps leftovers) and mix it all up. If you like, you can scramble eggs and add those in as well, with any leftover meat. Fry everything for 5 minutes, and you've got a lunch that's delicious and filing.
2. Bagel & Fruit
This is another meal that's typically made for breakfast, but it's a fast and easy meal that you can make for lunch. Buy your favorite bagels and freeze them. You can take them out, and warm them up or toast them for lunch as you need. You can use your favorite spread, such as peanut butter, and each family member can choose their own spread as well. Add some fruit, and you'll have a healthy and quick lunch idea that even the younger children in your home can make.
3. Everything Soup
The best addition to a healthy diet is your homemade soup. This is an easy lunch idea if you make it ahead of time and warm it up when needed. You can buy a whole chicken and boil it with sea salt for a couple of hours, or until the chicken is cooked to make broth. While that's boiling, you can cook your favorite dry beans, such as red kidney, lentils or pinto beans. When you've got your broth and beans ready, combine them in one pot, and add the chicken (debone it and cut it up), and everything you want from your pantry and fridge. Get creative and make your own "everything soup". You can freeze the soup in small Glad or Tupperware containers to warm up later, or refrigerate it to eat throughout the week.
4. Homemade Calzones
If you enjoy making your own bread, and pizza dough, you should try making your own calzones. These can be made in batches and frozen so that you can take them out and warm them up as you need them. Make your favorite pizza dough, or visit websites such as www.Cooks.com for a recipe. Instead of making one round pizza, shape 8 - 10 smaller circles, add your pizza sauce, vegetables and cheese, and fold them into semi-circles. Bake them until their golden brown, and you'll have a delicious lunch to eat right away, or to save for a later date.
The key to making lunch ideas work is preparation in advance. You don't want to waste too much time each day coming up with an idea in the first place, and then take up more time making a meal. Try to cook ahead of time, and you'll have more hours in your day to accomplish your other home and business tasks.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.