I definitely think that garlic and herbs are game changers when it comes to healthy and tasty meals.
If you’re needing some culinary inspiration, here are some delicious suggestions of lunches that you can make in batches for less than $25:
Making up a big batch of veggie curry, or a big coconut milk-pumpkin soup, is a really cheap, easy thing to make that costs next to nothing – and you can make a lot of it.
You could even add it to a salad and make a hot salad. If I have some veggie curry, I’ll add some green leaves, maybe with some other salad items like cucumber or capsicum or avocado, and just add a little dressing. Literally, you just put the salad on a plate and then put the curry on the side of it or on top of it. Just eating the curry and the salad together feels so much more nourishing than just the salad on its own.
I love this idea of hot salad – people trip out about it, but having a salad with something warm, there's something magical about it.
Roast vegetable salad
Game changer: All you need to do is roast the vegetables at night. I like to make sweet potatoes to start, as it's just an unbelievable root vegetable that supports gut health.
When you cook big trays of roast vegetables, you can just use them in different ways over the next three days. Take a cup or two of that roast veg (heated up or left cold), and pair with some fresh salad leaves, avocado, cucumber and some dressing. I’d recommend keeping some dressing in the office or making your own with yoghurt, olive oil, sea salt and turmeric or fresh garlic.
Sometimes I just want a lunch that's not too extreme, so I'll bring ingredients for a smoothie to work. With the right ingredients, it can be incredibly nourishing. One that I like in particular is coconut milk, date, banana, spinach, avocado, and a protein source like hemp seeds or a protein powder. With that, you've got protein, fat and a grain. It's going to sustain you for quite a bit.
Miso veggie soup
Veggie soup in a jar is very cheap and simple. You can literally just combine some chopped up veg, like broccoli, spring onions, capsicum and maybe even some dried Japanese mushrooms or fresh mushrooms put in there. A dollop of good quality miso paste and just put the lid on.
Then when you get to work, open the lid at lunchtime, put boiling hot water in there, leave it for five minutes and then eat it up! Amazing and super simple.