As a student, it’s not always realistic for me to expect to be home by a certain time every day to eat lunch, or even dinner. Things come up: classes, presentations, meetings, and group projects could all contribute to not being able to make it back for that meal you’ve been craving all day. The solution? Rather than spend money on cafeteria food (that, let’s be honest, probably doesn’t taste very good), plan ahead to make meals that you can take to school with you.
Lunch: Sandwiches are always a classic and it’s hard to go wrong here. Crackers, fruit, veggies and nuts are also good options, especially since if you’re like me, you don’t have much time between classes and work to stop and eat a meal.
Dinner: Dinner can be a bit trickier, depending on your access to a microwave or fridge. If you have friends who live on campus, you can check to see if you can store/reheat your food in their dorm. If that’s the case, then you can just bring whatever meal you were going to eat normally (though maybe you should choose the least-messy) If you don’t have access to a fridge/microwave, there are still meal options that travel well. The best advice I can give is to make sure you know 1.) How long you’re planning to be at school (aka how long the food will be out of the fridge and 2.) Make an informed decision on what foods can last a few hours out of the refrigerator. I’d avoid bringing any type of salad, as the leaves get soggy/wilted very fast!
On the menu for this week:
Monday: Balance Bowl: Recipe Here
Tuesday: Stuffed Eggplant: Recipe Here
Wednesday: Grilled Veggies with Chicken
Thursday: Kale Salad with Steak: Recipe Here
Friday: Taco Bowl
Breakfasts: Yogurt with Homemade Granola