I’m into my fourth week of homemade lunches. For the most part, it’s been a success! It can get a little boring, so it’s important that I buy lunch once in a while so I don’t start to begrudge my instant lunches.
So far I’ve made a general rice seasoning, dried tomato pesto, coconut curry, and a soup mix vaguely comparable to minestrone. Vaguely.
Once I get the recipes down, I will start posting them.
- Add nuts, cheese, seeds, and dried bean flakes for protein
- Round out the flavour with vegetables. Look in bulk bins for carrots, potato and onion flakes
- Herbs will also liven things up, especially if you aren’t able to find dried vegetables
- You could probably add dried fruit if you’re into that kind of thing
- Mercilessly rip off ideas from store-bought instant lunch packages. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, you probably don’t need it
- Use instant rice or couscous if you have access to hot water but no microwave
- Microwave vermicelli, egg noodles, and other noodles that cook quickly
- Drain egg noodles before you eat them
- Buy a couple resealable containers for the seasoning mixes, and a glassware bowl for heating the noodles or rice, with a clamp-on lid for easy draining
- Give yourself a variety of mixes to choose from during the week
- Write down your recipe and note what needs improvement
- Put the noodles/rice and the mix together. Sometimes you’ll need to cook the noodles/rice first and drain extra water, and you also may want to add the seasoning by the spoonful to make sure it’s the right strength
- Use too much salt or soup stock
- Use noodles that take more than a couple minutes to cook