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Cheap Lunch Ideas

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Want to save money? It is no secret that one way to save money easily is to cut down on food expenses. Statistics claim that an average American spends around $3000-$4000 a year just on lunch meals. Although we understand that hearing the words “packed lunch” doesn’t really wet everyone’s appetite, you must admit $4000 per year is a chunk of change. Imagine reallocating that money towards something like a much-needed vacation, repayment of debt or mortgage, car down payment, etc? The possibilities are truly endless!

In addition to the savings, packing your lunch can also help you reach your #fitnessgoals. When you prepare your own meals, you are in the driver seat. You not only are in control the meal portions you eat but at the same time you become more hands-on with the nutritional requirements of the diet you wish to pursue. Fitness doesn’t only mean working out at the gym. It also means adopting healthy eating habits. That home cooked meal you brought to work actually disincentives you from visiting those nearby fast food restaurants and potentially breaking your diet.

To that end, we’ve rounded up five of the tastiest lunch ideas you and your family can try to help you break out of the “packed lunch is boring and bland” stereotype.

Easy-Peasy Chicken Burrito

Who wants all the mess and fuss of cooking? If you’re looking to make use of some left overs and at the same time thinking of bringing some lunch in the office then this is for you. Burritos are so convenient to pack and a batch can be kept in the freezer and easily reheated. A relatively quick and healthy meal, it’s almost guaranteed that you can’t go wrong.

Get the recipe here.

Tuna and White Bean Salad

Here’s another winner for those who are pressed for time. This recipe is a quick no cook meal prep idea. This salad is great with lettuce wraps or just consumed by itself.  To top it all, it only costs around $2 per serving.

Get the recipe here.

Hearty Stuffed Peppers

With just a few simple ingredients, these stuffed bell peppers don’t come short of deliciousness. With ground beef, kielbasa and a ton of veggies, this is a fantastic option for a quick and easy meal. You can also prepare it ahead of time, store it in the freezer and reheat when you get in to the office.

Get the recipe here.

Black Bean and Bell Pepper Wraps

If you’re looking for a meatless alternative, here’s one you’d love!  Best for quick lunches and snacks, all you need is cumin, cilantro, black beans, pepper jack cheese and veggies. Simple as it sounds, it features sophisticated flavors that you won’t get tired of. It might become the next staple in your kitchen.

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White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli.

Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese? If you’re thinking of eating your comfort food for lunch then here’s a recipe you’ll love. The greatest thing about this recipe is that it’s well-rounded than your typical plain mac and cheese. Plus, you can make it the night before and pack any left overs to enjoy for lunch the next day. Best for busy weekdays!

Get the recipe here