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I Never Know What to Eat for Lunch—It Makes Me Crazy!

I don’t know why lunch is so problematic; with a little bit of thought I know what to make for dinner.

I have a home office with access to my refrigerator and my entire kitchen, so you’d think I could come up with easy, quick, lunches. But no, I just sit there gazing at shelves full of food without any inkling of what I can make. Does anyone else have this problem?

I don’t love traditional sandwiches; however, I do make a great open-faced vegetable sandwich. Delightful when everything is in season and full of flavor, but, like anything, when eaten every day it loses its appeal.

I’m not big on adding salt and chemicals to my nutrition, so I avoid processed foods. I’ve also never signed up for prepared food deliveries, preferring to cook my own meals. So why is lunch so difficult?

I have a repertoire: soups, salads, leftovers (those are the best because they’re easy), eggs, tuna, avocado, and cheese. I realize that’s a lot of choice, but unless I can prepare it in 5 minutes or less, it tastes good, and there aren’t piles of dishes to clean up, I feel defeated.

As I write this, the solution seems obvious—take the necessary time to plan ahead. The truth is I do not think about lunch until my stomach speaks up.

I like food too much to not resolve this issue and create habits that actually work.

To make sure I find solutions to my lunch issue, I’m committing to update you in next week’s blog post and I promise to include any tips and recipes I come up with.

In the meantime, I ask you, what do you make for lunch? Do you find it easy or do you struggle like I do? Have you found shortcuts that work for you? I’d really like your help to figure this out.

Let me know in the comments below.



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Chicken Pot Pie


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