Can we get real for a moment, y’all?
I think we’ve been through enough over the years that we’ve established a circle of trust here. Am I right?
So, confession time, I am a former lunch hater.
Yup, I used to absolutely hate lunch.
Why would I say such a thing? So hear me out… it’s usually stuck with boring soup-salad-sandwich options. Plus, it’s kinda inconvenient to stop in the middle of the day and eat.
Breakfast gets pancakes and cinnamon rolls and bacon.
Dinner gets meatloaf and chicken pot pie and enchiladas.
But what about lunch? What do we usually allow at lunch?
Egg salad sandwiches and canned tuna fish and carrot sticks and microwaved tomato soup in a plastic thermos.
With all that said, though, I’ve overcome my lunch hatin’ status with one simple trick: make lunches worthy of looking forward to.
When planning meals for the week, I plan out my dinners that I enjoy with Mr. HHT, maybe one breakfast item to have on hand like a granola or quiche, and one fun lunch dish to enjoy all week.
Yup, y’all, we’re all about lovin’ those leftovers today, cause I’m gonna show y’all how fast and easy it is to make your own veggie+protein-packed lunch packets that you can prep and cook in under an hour but enjoy nearly all week!
Let’s get movin, y’all!
As a new mom, lunchtime usually coincides with my happy time: my son’s afternoon nap. I know I’m guaranteed 45 minutes of quiet time to do whatever my heart desires.
Savoring a lunch that satisfied both my nutritional needs as well as my foodie desires is a naptime must.
Since it’s such a treasured time of day, I try to make sure what I have to nosh on is easy to throw together yet something I still get excited about eating.
Life is too short to eat boring food.
Enter: Paleo lunch packets.
Y’all, these are SO stinkin’ easy, delicious, and offer up 4 lunches in no time.
1. Some chopped raw veggies (a combo of peppers, onions, zucchini, green beans)
2. Some diced starchier veggies (think sweet potatoes, acorn squash, beets, carrots, parnips)
3. A few links of precooked chicken sausage links
4. A smattering of salt and pepper, coconut oil, and whatever kinda spices you dig.
And whataya gotta do?
1. Get 4 squares of foil out. I made mine roughly 10 inches by 10 inches. Just not too small and not too big.
2. Pile up your veggies, starches, and meat in the middle.
3. Draw a perimeter of coconut oil around it with a silicone brush or just use your fingers.
4. Wrap em up like tiny parcels of paleo perfection.
5. Bake for 30ish minutes at 375, or until veggies and starches are fork tender.
6. Serve straight out of the packet or on top of some greens.
Is this recipe solely reserved for midday munching or could it cross the barrier into breakfast or even dinner? Heck yeah!!!
These are also PERFECT post workout fuel, too!
Healthy carbs, protein, and a little fat from the coconut oil are exactly what your body needs to rebuild and restore after a solid sweat session.
This is a super kid-friendly recipe, too, and I could see little friends enjoy assembling the packets, getting to customize their own with their favorite veggies. Plus, getting them involved means they'll be more likely to eat it.
If you’ve got little hands around, I say put em to work! The little hands around my house may not be able to handle this recipe just yet, though he would enjoy most of the finished product for sure!
So this weekend or whenever you have a few extra minutes, do yourself and your lunches a favor and throw these Paleo packets together.
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Let's Chat: Have you tried these foil packs before? What would you wanna put in yours? I look forward to making more variations of this one soon.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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