Make cheap and yummy low-fat foods and take them with you for lunch. Make sure your food groups are balanced and in small portions to keep your costs down and your body healthy. Add different spices and dressing to the menu to keep things interesting.
Pasta with Garlic and Oil
Cook your favorite type of pasta and add garlic and a small amount of olive oil for a quick lunch solution. Choose rice or whole-grain pasta for a lower-fat option. Fettuccine, angel hair and spaghetti work well for this meal. Add either fresh, minced garlic and your choice of basil, rosemary, thyme and oregano to add some spice and variety. Add some steamed broccoli to help fill you up without adding fat or calories. Grill a chicken breast to add protein. Warm it up in the microwave for 90 seconds to two minutes, depending on your portion size. Avoid adding cheese to keep this meal low in fat.
Use your leftovers of shredded, chopped or corned beef for a cheap and yummy low-fat meal. Be sure to remove any extra fat from the beef before cooking. Brown four peeled and cut potatoes in a small amount of canola oil, or reheat leftover potatoes. Add one or two cups of beef and one diced onion to the potatoes. Cook until heated and onions are nicely browned. Add salt, pepper and oregano as you like. For a low-fat option, skip the pan-frying. Cover the dish in foil and bake it in the oven for 35 minutes at 400 degrees.
Take one pound of ground turkey and brown it with minimal oil in a pan. Brown one onion in the same frying pan once the meat is done. Add green peppers, if you wish. Place the meat mixture in a slow cooker. Add one can tomato paste, one can tomato sauce, one packet chili flavoring and any combination of three cans of beans (kidney, black, chickpea) to the pot. Spice it up with any sort of pepper you prefer, or add your favorite hot sauce. Turn the slow cooker on low and leave overnight. The cheap and yummy chili will be ready for your lunch the next day.