Top Five Frugalicious Lunches

Are you lining-up for a fast food lunch every day? Spending a small fortune on dining out with the daily lunch bunch? Stop spending big bucks muddling your midday meal munching on fake foods. Restaurant lunches are harmful to your health and pocket book. It’s time to avoid terrible take out and bring frugalicious meals with you to work or school.

With a bit of planning it’s easy to replace expensive fast food lunches with frugally priced real food. Queuing up for take out will be a thing of the past with this visual guide for eating frugaliciously on a healthful budget. Each luscious lunch is a well balanced meal with carbohydrates, protein, and yummy goodness to keep your brain from bonking midday.

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Here are my top five frugalicious lunches:

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1. Veggie, Hummus, and Cheese Wrap:

Wrap yourself up in a frugalicious veggie, hummus, and cheese wrap for lunch. Wraps are easy to make, easy to transport, and fun to eat. Add some lettuce, chick peas or mung beans, and a dash of yogurt or mustard for taste. I get wrapped with a slice of tangy cheese just for a kick. Only roll with whole wheat or brown wrap varieties as the bleached white ones can leave you empty on nutrition.

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2. Leftovers:

Makeover a terrible take out meal by eating leftovers! There’s nothing easier than making a little extra at dinner for lunch the next day. It’s so simple to stow away a little leftover in a container for later. My leftovers are a ground turkey stew with lots of veggies. Just reheat at work and presto! A frugal and delicious lunch!

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3. Salad and Salmon:

Take some greens, some beans, some fresh veggies, and toss together for a savory salad. I often fetch a little fish for a frugalicious and lunchable meal. Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is fishtastic for you! Fearful of fish? Add some beans, chicken, or cheese for another source of protein.

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4. Three Bean Soup:

Become a keener beaner and have some soup for lunch! It’s frugal, tasty, and sooo good for you. I opt to soak and cook dried beans to save even more bucks per bean consumed. Soaking dried beans also cuts out the “musical” issues some of us may have. I love soups with black beans, chick peas, and mung beans. Add some veggies to the mix and you have a frugal and delectable lunch packed full of protein and healthy nutrients.

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5. Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich:

There’s no lunch meal more frugally humble than a peanut butter and jam sandwich. It’s quick to make, tasty to eat, and goes down deliciously with a glass of milk. Choose natural unbleached brown breads, low sugar jams, and non-hydrogenated butters. Add some apple or banana slices to fruiten things up!

Avoiding take away lunches and eating frugally is simple. Eating out is just silly when you consider the cost to your wallet and your waistline. It just takes a bit of planning to save some bucks and eat lunch right with these frugalicious choices. Do you have a favorite frugal lunch?

Your two cents:

  1. Amy @ The Q Family April 15th, 2008

    Great tips! I always look for way to pack lunch without breaking the bank and still Delish. Thank you!

  2. Fox April 21st, 2008

    Amy: You are welcome! I bring my lunch everyday and love it.

  3. matt October 5th, 2008

    Thanks for the plethora of info. I book marked and look forward to coming back.

  4. Eric Mesa September 9th, 2011

    I’ve used PB&J both to save money and to do a quick meal when we didn’t plan ahead.

    However, 99.9% of the time, I do #2 and bring last night’s food. That way I get the awesome complication (taste-wise and ingredients-wise) of a dinner (face it – dinner is usually more complicated than lunch because you have more time to make dinner) for lunch! I love it! I usually makes me look forward to lunch.

  5. Jen September 9th, 2011

    Great ideas.

    It is hard to predict how much my kids will eat at any one meal, so I also dump whatever is left on their plates into a tupperware for lunch the next day. Since we use the same plates for dinner and dessert I sometimes get a missed bit of fruit or a bit of pie 🙂

  6. Chris September 12th, 2011

    EXACTLY what I needed. I am not an imaginative eater. I need ideas like these. These satisfy my need for interesting food and healthy to boot!

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