I don't have a great track record of bringing my lunch to work. On Sundays, I'd much rather start a new Netflix series, hang out with friends, or finally make it to yoga class than plan my lunches for the workweek. But then once I'm waiting in line on Monday to drop yet another $10 on a salad I could have easily made myself, I start to feel guilty about how much cash I'm wasting.
For me, the only way to really commit to bringing my lunch is if I don't have to spend a ton of time over the stove on Sunday. So I worked with our food director Beth Lipton to come up with a meal plan that relies on time-saving Trader Joe's buys, like their genius pre-steamed lentils, 10-minute farro, and shredded carrot. The result? A $5-per-day lunch plan that might actually have me changing my ways: not only is it supercheap, but there's minimal prep. (In other words, more time for bingeing Sherlock.) And most importantly, the recipes are packed with good-for-you nutrients: you'll load up on heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from avocado, olive oil, and Kalamata olives; protein from lentils, tuna, and black beans; and plenty of filling fiber from farro and fresh veggies.