once-a-week cooking ideas, vegetarian, low cal version, no freezer.
March 18, 2014 2:14 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for lunch and dinner ideas i can prepare on Sunday to eat throughout the week.
Needs to be vegetarian and low calories (max 350 cal lunch and 450 cal dinner), and be ok to eat at room temperature, after spending half the day without refrigeration. Snowflake context below.
posted by PardonMyFrench to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 80 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working three jobs and commuting 3.5 hours a day, so if i'm going to be eating healthy, I need to shop/prep/cook all my food for the week on my one day off, Sunday.
Breakfasts are taken care off ( i do overnight oatmeal ), but i'm looking for new ideas for lunch and dinner. I'm also struggling to keep food fresh for at least 5 days, i don't have a freezer.
I commute by public transport, and when i get to work there is no fridge available. I've tried icepacks in the past, but found them way too heavy in my backpack, and ultimately not worth the trouble.
I'm getting tired of my usual quinoa salads or sweet potatoes or squash dishes. I'm also struggling with keeping foods like lettuce or bell peppers or cucumbers spoiling if i prepare them 5 or 6 days before i actually get to eat them, even if kept in the fridge. Same with crustless mini-quiches.
I like all foods within the vegetarian range, but the least processed the better. I'm in the NL so most US food brands are not available here ( for ex light dressings, special low cal version of foods like tortillas or bread etc). I live in a large city so have access to a broad range of (ethnic) foods.
My definition of what qualifies as a lunch or dinner food is quite broad, so i'm open to non-traditional ideas here too as long as it's tasty.
Looking forward to your suggestions!