Like every other working mom on the planet, I attempt to bring my lunch to work rather than go out… it’s healthier and cheaper. Mastering bring-lunch-to-work would save so much, time, money and added pounds. One small thing that’s helped tremendously: perfect sized meal prep containers. This may seem like a small, insignificant thing, but it really made a difference while prepping. I love the idea of a bento box, but all of the bento boxes are tiny and I like a lunch for lunch, not a snack. The two smaller spaces are one-cup each, and the larger portion is two cups. Plus, it’s a great size for a lunch box so I only have one bag to tote.
GoodCook Meal Prep Containers + Lids
A 10-pack of these meal prep containers is around $10.
These cheap containers have made bringing my lunch to work a million times easier. If I’m really organized, I’ll prep on Sunday. Otherwise, I usually throw some leftovers from dinner for the next day. Having the different compartments makes it fun and interesting.
Now the next hurtle: making lunches you’ll actually look forward to eating. Here’s one menu you can prep a few days ahead of time and store in the containers for lunches: kale Caesar salad, chickpea salad, and an artichoke + tomato + edamame spread sandwich. These will last in the fridge 3 – 4 days.
Here are some more make-ahead lunch ideas!
You can use these meal prep containers for little snack plates, sandwiches, and salads – even leftovers!