Every day when lunchtime rolls around, I start racking my brains for something simple, fast, and good. Leftovers usually win when they're available; if not, I have to be more creative. Every once in awhile I have a day where I wander the kitchen, feeling utterly at a loss, wondering to myself, "What should I eat for lunch?" (I hope to remedy that with rule number four below.)
I rarely plan lunch as I do dinner. I never write out a menu or a shopping list. Lunch, for me, is a time to use up what I have on hand. It's a time to eat up the leftovers, to use up the last little bit of this or that before it has a chance to spoil.
My lunch rules:
- Use what's in the fridge—leftovers or little bits of this or that
- Prepare it quickly—20 minutes or less, so you still feel inspired to make dinner in a few hours
- Keep staples on hand so you can whip up your favorites
- Have an idea list so you don't feel lost
- Keep a well-stocked fruit bowl
How do you do lunch?