Anyone remember that ZZ Top song? It's been stuck in my head for a week.
I'll be going back to work tomorrow, and I'll have just 30 minutes for lunch. Because of where I'll be working (IRS), there's no way I can get to my van, out for food and back through security in half an hour. There is a cafeteria on-site, but there's no way I'm going to pay government prices for a meal. Instead, I'll be taking my lunch.
Sandwiches are fine a couple of days a week, but I like a hot lunch, so I've been making up as many homemade TV dinners as I can. The one in the picture is pork loin with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes. I'll add a cookie and a piece of fruit and call it a meal.
Most things freeze just fine, and I've learned that putting a little bit of plastic wrap right on the food will keep it from getting freezer burn or forming ice crystals. I just take the plastic off before I heat the food in the microwave.
When there aren't any leftovers? I keep cooked rice in 2-cup portions in the refrigerator or freezer. It only takes an egg, a bit of frozen mixed veggies and few minutes to turn it into fried rice. Cheap, filling and tasty.
By taking my lunch, I figure can save between $20 and $40 a week over buying my lunch in the cafeteria. My homemade lunches are practically free, since they are usually from leftovers I hadn't planned on having available in the first place.