Simple Work Lunch Meal Prep Idea (Cost is $2.27 each)

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I usually get distracted by football on Sundays but since the playoffs started later I had some time to work on my work lunch meal prep.

I attempted a vegetarian lifestyle and created a few meal plans a couple months back but now I’m back to eating turkey, tuna and chicken. Turns out I have a really hard time getting enough protein in without them. That is something I plan to work on.


Work Lunch Meal Prep

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The longest part of this entire meal prep was waiting for the green beans to cook on the stove. I used frozen turkey meatballs from Aldi (already cooked), I cut up one bell pepper and dropped a dollop of hummus and then drizzled some bbq sauce on the meatballs and I was good to go.

Total prep time: 20 minutes (including the time for the beans to cook)

Total cost breakdown:

  • Fresh green beans: $1.39
  • Sweet bell pepper: $0.66
  • Hummus: $1.79 (for the entire container, only used about 4 T.)
  • Turkey meatballs: $3.99 (for the whole bag, used less than half of them)
  • Kiwi: $1.24 (about $0.31 each)

Total cost: $9.07 (or $2.27 per meal)


Each prepped work lunch includes:

  • Turkey meatballs with homemade BBQ sauce
  • Fresh green beans
  • Sweet bell peppers + spicy hummus
  • Kiwi


The rest of my meals for the week:

Breakfast: Gluten free oatmeal + blueberries + dollop of vanilla ice cream (YUM!)

Gluten free instant oats

I work with one of my grandpas and he introduced me to adding a little ice cream to oatmeal. Being somebody who doesn’t enjoy the texture of oatmeal, I love how creamy a little ice cream makes it!

Snacks: Almonds + Applesauce

Post workout: Protein shake or chocolate milk

Dinner: Salad + veggies (with either chicken thigh or spaghetti)


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I find that meal prepping and planning helps me stick to my goals and it really doesn’t need to take a lot of time to make sure my meals are healthy.

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I hope you have a great week!

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!

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