September 1, 2011 11:54 AM Subscribe
What are some good snack and lunch foods for a student who is stuck at school all day? Special snowflake details inside:
This Fall I'm starting a college program that will keep me at school for the whole day, every day. I'd like to avoid eating at the cafeteria, because it's expensive and gross, so I need to start packing my own lunches.
I'm also looking for good snack foods. I'm mostly fine with the fruit/granola bars, yogurt, apples, and crackers that I've been eating. But some variety would be nice, and I'm not so good at thinking outside of my (very small) food box.
There are a few complications, however:
-I won't be able to refrigerate any of my food while in school. I'm not so worried about food spoiling, since that's just a few hours, but I am worried about foods that just don't taste food if they've not been refrigerated. Like cheese - I cannot stand room temp cheese. But if you have a salad idea that would be okay at room temp, I'm down.
-I will have access to a microwave, but I'd love some ideas for stuff that doesn't need microwaving, too.
-I love sandwiches, but I dislike both mayo and mustard. I still haven't found a really great replacement for one of these to make sandwiches juicier (I tried hummus and it was still too dry). And again with the not being so good at thinking outside my food box - any ideas for tasty sandwiches you have are welcome!
-I'm on a bit of a budget, so if I'm going to buy a special ingredient for a dish I'd like to be able to use it in other dishes before it spoils. Food spoilage is a huge waste that happens a lot when I try new food, and I'm still figuring out how to plan my dishes so this doesn't happen. Ideas that cost less are great. (On the flipside, I am willing to spend some time making this food. Isn't the idea that you can't get quick, cheap, and healthy, but you can do two out of three pretty easily? I'm shooting more for cheap and healthy). I do have access to a Costco.
I know there are some past questions that have ideas in them, and I'm definitely exploring them. But I wanted to know if anyone had new ideas that would fit with my limitations. Thanks in advance!