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What’s In My Lunch Box?

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Last week, I wrote about how you can save $1440 a year by brown bagging it. I’ve had a few readers ask what exactly I bring to eat every day. Here’s what I normally bring.

Grilled chicken breast. My wife buys a big bag of chicken breasts and grills them once a week. She freezes them until needed. They taste pretty yummy with pepper and other seasonings on it. By buying in bulk, we save some money.

Mixed vegetables. These are your basic mixed bag of carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. We’ll buy several big bags of the store brand vegetables, so it’s pretty cheap. One bag can last me about 3 days. All we do is dump them in a bowl and microwave them.

Curry Lentils. Lentils are the most underrated food. First, they’re super cheap. A bag costs like a $1 and it lasts me a week. Second, they’re filling. I was surprised how full I was the first time I ate a serving of lentils. Lentils by themselves are pretty boring, so I spice it up by mixing some curry paste in.

We keep all this stuff in the fridge in containers. Each morning I dump them all together in a single serving size container. I sprinkle some cheese on top and boom! A quick, cheap, and nutrient dense meal. I’ll also bring a container of yogurt and some almonds for an afternoon snack. All this goes into my handy red and black cooler.

I’m pretty boring. I can eat the same thing everyday and not get sick of it, so eating this meal everyday is not a problem. I’ve always been like this. When I was a wee lad, I would eat nothing but mayonnaise and cheese sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If eating the same thing day in and day out isn’t your thing, be sure to check Erica’s great post on 12 Easy, Cheap, and Healthy Meals for some more great cheap lunch ideas.