Cook-once-a-week round 2: What low-GI, high-protein food can I cook on Sunday night and then reheat for
2 weeks ago I asked this question about packing breakfast
. The responses were super-helpful. I had greek yogurt, instant oatmeal, and egg muffins every day this week, and I'm looking forward to trying some of the other suggestions in the weeks to come.
I realized though that I slanted my question too much toward breakfast, and most of the suggested foods (besides chili) were typical breakfast fare. Really though, I want to learn how to cook 4-5 days worth of lunch as well, and get out of the habit of eating out all the time (I estimate I spent about $10,000 at restaurants in 2009. No joke).
So, I'll rephrase my question a bit and ask again. What can I make and pack for lunch
that meets the follow criteria:
- Can be made at least 1 day, and ideally up to 5 days in advance
- Can be prepared in roughly 2 hours or less (I decided I'm willing to spend more time cooking)
- Involves no additional preparation on the day that it's eaten (other than microwaving or other simple things that can be done in an office)
- Has a medium-to-low glycemic index (GI)
- Has about 20% calories from protein (roughly 5g of protein per 100 calories, a little less is ok, more is great)
- Doesn't taste awful
- Contains no artificial sweeteners
- Is not a sandwich (I eat sandwiches, I'm just sick of them)
I am looking for a variety of recipes with step-by-step instructions. I have no food allergies, and very few things that I truly dislike. I am willing to make just about any one-time purchase to facilitate my goals (extra cooking equipment, special lunch bag, etc), as I know I'll save money in the long run.
Idea's I've had so far:
- Japanese Curry
- Low-fat colby cheese and hard salami on crackers
- Chili / Bean Soups (suggested in the breakfast thread)
Please help me add to this list! Alternatively, if you know of a blog or something that specializes in recipes of this type and includes nutritional info in their recipes, that would also be super helpful. Thanks MeFites.