Rule #2: Lunch should be interesting. Always.

Shouldn’t it?  I had a funny encounter in my office pantry the other day with a girl who actually looked sad while opening the fridge to grab her lunch.  Meanwhile, she smelled my homemade chicken & couscous soup heating up and said, “Mmmmm that smells amazing!” to which I replied, “Thanks! It is, and I made it myself! So easy!”

She went on to explain how she was trying to save time and money, which I suppose for her translated into storing a loaf of plain white bread and prepackaged cold cuts in the fridge. But she admitted that she did not look forward to lunch and her slabs of cold cut turkey between slices of bread was rather boring.

I write this for any who sympathize and relate with that young lady. Guys – lunch does NOT have to be so boring or so undelicious!  In my book, lunch should ALWAYS be good and something I look forward to, especially when I spend 8+ hours a day at a desk and computer.  I need something yummy to be excited about.

Making your lunch interesting doesn’t need to be a complexity or much of an expense. In this featured photo, I used leftover baked salmon and whole wheat couscous (inspired by Cooking Light’s tabbouleh) from my dinner the night before. In the morning, all I had to do was slice a quarter of an avocado, grab a few lovely heirloom tomatoes, and neatly pile it all over a bed of baby spinach.  To make it finito, I just cracked some fresh rainbow peppercorn over it. All my ingredients were from Trader Joe’s – so yes, very budget friendly.

Hopefully, sharing this little story will inspire you to never have another homemade boring lunch again!  Here’s to delicious mid-day meals!

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