Whenever my dearly departed grandpa used to make a “famous” meal, he would always says “DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD PAY FOR THAT IN A RESTAURANT?!” That is always how I feel when I make my own lunch, which is something I feel very strongly about. Apparently I come by this love of saving money honestly…
This delicious (and nutritious) salad will only cost you roughly $5 to make versus possibly $10-$20 at a restaurant. A recent study by visa says that the average person spends $11 when they go out to eat for lunch during the work week.
$0.40: Kale (really good for you and conveniently really cheap)
+$0.60: 1 Pear
+$1.40: Goat Cheese (you could easily substitute this for a cheaper cheese)
+$1.60: Salmon (Excuse the fact that its square). I buy it frozen because its cheaper, lasts longer, and the experts say that its just as good for you as fresh fish. I also just learned that wild caught fish legally has to be frozen before selling it to...shall we say…make sure its clean. I just cook it for the week on Sunday night for easy lunch prep during the week.
+$0.70: Walnuts I buy them in bulk at Target and the bag seems to last forever
=$4.70! That leaves you an extra $0.30 to throw on a little balsamic vinegar and/or olive oil. Seriously think about how much money you would save if you did this every day as opposed to going out to eat.
The way I look at it is, would you rather go to Chipotle every day for lunch or go on vacation?