it’s Friday and I can’t belive that my first week back at work is almost over! The only downside is that today I have to work from noon to 10 pm. But I am okay with that. We host a socializing event tonight and all I have to do is being pleasant and making smalltalk with my Mentees. Should be possible 🙂
I am really glad that my time off from work apparently did the trick as I really enjoyed being back in the office, catching up with my colleagues and starting to work on my thesis again. Maybe it’s also because I didn’t really do much actual work this week. Catching up just took some time 😉
Today I am back with a recipe or rather my favorite compilation of yummy lunch foods. Best thing about it? It’s packed in 5 minutes as leftovers play a big part in it.
After getting access to a grill and feasting on giant Steaks every evening we usually had ton of leftovers. Being active and out all day additionally made it necessary to pack some food to take with us. So what’s better than making your own lunchbox filled up with yummyness.
How to pack an awesome Lunchbox
The most important thing for packing an awesome Lunchbox to me is to mix together different flavors and textures. To make it really satisfying and to provide you with the fuel you need for a day out being active you should make sure you match your nutritional needs. This compilation is a nice mix of carbs, protein and fat, savory and sweet, crispy and chewy. So to me it’s pretty perfect!
Let’s start with the centerpiece: The Sandwich
I usually toasted two slices of whole wheat toast as a base. As our dinner always contained steak our primary protein source were cold steak stripes. So good! I am still drooling! Then you need something fresh. We used either some lettuce or as here grilled bell peppers. Of course no great sandwich in my world works without cheese and hot sauce. And for a little more moisture we also added some humus or as here guacamole. Now the crucial part starts: The right order! Obviously we start with a slice of toast smeared with some hot sauce. Then layer the steak stripes and top them with your cheese. On top of the cheese add your lettuce or veggies. Now spread the humus or guac on the second slice of bread and place it on top of the veggie. Voila!
I always like something fresh as well so we usually turned to baby carrots and humus. You can of course add any veggie you like. Humus is the perfect dip. No arguing here 😉 Guac is of course also fantastic.
I always need something sweet. I absolutely adore blueberries so we always make sure to have them in stock. I love Blueberries! And Stefan and I both were addicted by Trader Joe’s Trail Mix of various nuts, cranberries, cherries and chocolate. Let’s call it crack mix. Okay I was a heavier user than he was but who counts 😉
This is of course just an example. You can mix in any fruit, any kind of sandwich, vegetarian or vegan, you can make it gluten-free or make it Paleo by just leaving out the bread and using more Guac. The options are endless. But I would strongly recommend to follow those two simple rules to make sure the lunch is nourishing and satisfying:
MIX & MATCH
1. Mix different textures and flavours. Especially in the sandwich you will notice the difference. And make sure to have at least one savory and one sweet component
2. Match your food to your nutritional needs! Always try to make sure to get in at least one source of carbs, protein and fat
Okay my friends, now there are no excuses not to pack your lunch. Just cook a little more in the evening and create your own awesome sandwich.
What’s your favorite to put in your Lunchbox?
Any additional recommendations?
Okay I need to make a green salad now for tonight. Have a nice Friday lovelies! I hope your workday isn’t too long today!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
I think you need to pack my lunch boxes for me…please? Pretty please?
I love that I can see the Nandos sauce there. Your thought process = genius.
Haha I AM genius, didn’t you realize that by now? Yes, hot Nando’s sauce <3
I would 😀 But I reckon they'd be off when they arrive at Sydney. But if you ever come to Munich I promise to pack you some lunch!
Ema Jones says
This is definitely an awesome lunchbox, can I use caramelized onions in the sandwich?
This is a wonderful idea! I bet this tastes amazing! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂
Kevin Weis says
Looks super yummy, especially the sandwich! What is the order code?? 😉
Haha I feel flattered 🙂