Let’s Talk about our Favorite F Word… Food

Today, we are going through some crazy times.  Due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic people’s lives have certainly experienced some strong changes.  At this point in our nation, all 50 states have issued “stay at home orders” for nearly everyone.  This means, if possible, most of us are working from the comfort of our own homes. This can add stress to your normal day.  

How can you accomplish the same amount of tasks at home as you do in the office?  Do you have the proper equipment? Do you have the appropriate technology? Do you have kids that are going to be “helping” you work?  All of these questions raise uncertainties. During times of struggle, there are many variables that we have to plan for.  

Thankfully, if you follow my advice, planning a quick and efficient lunch doesn’t have to be difficult!  I am going to share with you three go-to lunches that are quick, macro-friendly, affordable, and most importantly, delicious!  

Meal 1–Tuna Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 Minutes 


Macros: 

Protein–42 g

Carbohydrates–46 g 

Fat–15 g

Price/Meal: $4.00

This is one of my favorite meals.  When I’m working from home, I may only have a 20-30 minute lunch break.  With that time, I want something I can make quickly, eat quickly, and get back to work.  For this meal, I start with one packet of Knorr cheesy broccoli pasta.  

I bring one cup of water and one cup of skim milk to a boil, pour in my pasta, cover my pan, and wait five minutes.  While I’m waiting, I get out two packets of StarKist tuna. As soon as my noodles are done, I remove my pan from the heat, add in my tuna packets, and stir.  I put half of the pot in a bowl for lunch and the other half in the refrigerator for later.  

This is a really easy meal that fills me up and doesn’t take much time to prepare.  During my 20-30 minute lunch break I have time to prepare my meal, eat it, and I even have time to wash the pan.  

Meal 2–Cheese Burger and Baked Potato 

Prep Time: 15 Minutes


Macros: 

Protein–56 g

Carbohydrates–30 g

Fat–30 g

Price/Meal: $4.00

If you’re anything like me, you have a strong affinity for a good, juicy burger.  My wife and I order all of our burgers from Certified Piedmontese Beef. Their patties are grass fed, 96%-85% lean and ship in ⅓ pound increments.  Sunday night, I put a package of burgers in the fridge to thaw. Each package contains five burgers. 

As the week progresses, I’ll use burger as it is called for in my meals.  This meal has become one of my go-to lunches. I turn my cast iron pan on medium-high.  I put two patties on the pan and wait for three minutes. While waiting, I scrub clean a potato, stab it a few times with my fork, and toss it in the microwave for six minutes.  At the three minute mark, I flip my burgers.  

I have made this meal so many times, I have the timing down to a science.  As my microwave dings with my finished potato, my burgers are also done. I rip a piece of Colby cheese in half, cover each burger, snag my potato from the microwave, and eat.  Again, a delicious meal that takes about 10 minutes to prepare. You can’t beat it! 

Meal 3–Pretzel Crusted Chicken Strips and Broccoli 


Prep Time: 25 Minutes 


Macros: 

Protein–70 g

Carbohydrates–55 g

Fat–15 g

Price/Meal: $4.00 

I just showed you a fish meal and a beef meal.  Now, it would only make sense to show a great chicken meal!  My wife just introduced me to this meal a few weeks ago. It was unbelievable.  

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Take ½ cup of plain, fat-free greek yogurt, put it in a bowl, and add 1 tablespoon of mustard.  Then, cut 8oz of chicken breast into long strips. Put the strips in the yogurt bowl and stir until the strips are completely covered.  Let the strips sit while you crush 2 ounces of pretzels in a large ziplock freezer bag. Add the yogurt covered strips to the pretzel bag and shack until they’re completely covered.  Place the strips on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken comes to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.  

With five minutes left on the timer, toss a steamer bag of broccoli in the microwave.  As the chicken finishes cooking, the broccoli will be done, and you can eat. This meal takes the longest to prepare and cook, but it’s definitely worth it. Simple and delicious.  

Final Thoughts

The three meals I talked about today are easy, quick, and put you in a great positing to hit your daily macros.  There are so many stressors in today’s world, eating from home shouldn’t have to be one. Are any of these meals I just covered really fancy?  Absolutely not, however, they all taste good, they all are affordable, and they all can be completed in less than 30 minutes. What are you doing for quarantine lunches?   Do you have a go-to dish? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a comment below with your favorite meal and let’s battle through these tough times together!  

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