2. Write down the ingredients of everything that you will need to bring to the supermarket. These days, I enjoy opting for the vegetarian recipes for lunch and saving the meat that I buy for supper...you will save money if you cut down on the amount of meat and simply swap a couple of breasts of chicken for extra vegetables and canned beans for example.
3. Stock up on some cupboard essentials: chopped tomatoes, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dried herbs, canned beans, lentils, rice, pasta, frozen peas, ketchup...I could go on!
4. Keep it simple...stick to either one option for lunch throughout the week, or two if you're likely to get bored!
5. For dinner, I like to buy either one or two different kinds of meat and some kind of fish. For example, this week I have bought two chicken breasts, a packet of mince and two salmon fillets- this will be plenty to last me longer than a week no doubt!
6. Get up a little earlier, turn on the radio and get cooking! Begin by laying out all the ingredients for the first lunch you're planning to make, chop and prepare everything before you actually begin cooking (this will make everything more relaxing and enjoyable, I promise!)
7. Invest in some good tupaware, preferably with clickable (is that a word?!) lids. There's nothing worse than a smelly spillage in the bottom of your bag!
8. Proudly pile up all that you've made and store in the fridge or the freezer in meal sized portions (if you have space).
9. In addition to making the actual meal (maybe you've opted for a lentil dahl, or a chilli non carne), cook up 2-3 days of rice, potatoes, pasta to have with each meal.
10. If you're feeling extra adventurous, why not make some energy- boosting snacks to accompany your mains?! I love to make some kind of raw chocolate energy balls that I can munch on mid- afternoon (the recipe for these will be up on my blog soon)
So there you go, soon enough you'll become a tupaware queen or king with fabulous new lunches every day of the week, secretly very smug with yourself!
Check out my vegetarian chilli non carne dish that is perfect for this sort of thing!