Six Delicious and Affordable Lunchbox Alternatives

Kristiane Aateigen
Staff Writer

Having to figure out what to bring for lunch every day is not always easy, and many fall into a pattern of eating the same foods day after day. Most students at LIU Post live off campus. Many buy their lunch at school, but making your own lunch can be easy, healthy, cheap and twice as good. Here are some tips to make your lunch delicious.

Omelets

The assortment of what you can put in your omelet is vast, and they are easy to heat up using the microwaves at school. Some options are onions, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, any kind of cheese, cooked broccoli, cured ham, crispy bacon and regular diced ham, just to name a few.

Suggestion:

Chop up Portobello mushrooms, onions, green peppers and ham into small pieces. Let them brown for 3-4 minutes on high heat before adding 2-3 whipped eggs. Cook until the egg is no longer fluid, and flip to complete the folded omelet.

Cooking with cupcake pans

You can use cupcake pans to reduce portions, try something new, or impress your co-workers or fellow students by making tiny omelets or mini pizzas. Not only is it inexpensive it takes 15 minutes at most.

Suggestion:

Pour a whipped egg into two of the holes. Place a cooked broccoli in the middle, top it off with minced bacon. Put in the oven on 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Chicken and rice

Mix the two together with your choice of vegetables, such as steamed red peppers, carrots, peas or all of the above. You can also heat it up or enjoy it cold.

Norwegian Crepes

Crepes, or really thin pancakes, are a convenient choice for lunch, since they can be rolled up with a thin line of sugar, Nutella or fresh strawberries. You can also bring a portion pack of your desired jam, and

you can eat them plain, hot or cold. A mix of 11⁄4 cup of flour, 2 cups of milk, 3 eggs and one tablespoon of sugar will serve four people.

Tortilla wraps

Wraps are easy to make, because if you have tortillas lying around, you may have enough ingredients in your fridge to fill it without going grocery shopping. Start with chicken, steak, salmon, ham, peppered turkey, or make it vegetarian. Choose from ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, red peppers, guacamole, sliced avocado, pesto, cheese or any kind of mixed salad. Go for whole wheat tortillas to make for a healthier option.

Suggestion:

Wrap lettuce, onions, red peppers, grilled chicken and one half sliced avocado together for a fresh and healthy choice.

An easy option is to wrap lettuce, cucumber, ham and cheese.

Quesadillas

Quesadillas take about five minutes to make. Put your choice of meat, cheese and sauce between two round tortillas. Place it in a pan, without butter or oil, on the highest temperature for a minute on each side until the cheese has melted. Serve plain or with toppings like sour cream, tomatoes and guacamole.

Suggestion:

Fill the bottom tortilla with a thin layer of pesto. Spread peppered turkey ham across it, and top it off with provolone cheese.

Junior Political Science major and commuter Maiken Prestmo says her favorite lunch to bring is “Fried rice, vegetables and chicken, or

yogurt.”“If you are living by yourself, you should make extra food for dinner the night before and bring it to school as lunch the next day,” advises Kaaynat Afgun, a Psychology major and commuter.

As easy as that, you can make and bring lunch that cost under $5, and you get to use up the leftovers in your fridge, all in under ten minutes.

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