This story was originally published on September 1, 2016.
But this time is different. With the help of recipe developer Yasmina Jacobs, we came up with a monthlong meal plan to get us to bring lunch to work every single day for a month. Yes, you heard us.
To make things easier, we've got weekly shopping and pantry lists — one shopping trip will get you everything you need for five lunches, Monday through Friday. And each will only set you back $30 or less, so no one lunch will end up costing more than $6. That is definitely better than our average lunch order.
This is it. We're going to be lunch-packing pros. Let's do this!
Note: If you're following along with the lunch plan exactly, don't throw anything away until the end of each week! Almost everything from each shopping list ends up being used completely, so if one recipe calls for half a cucumber, chances are you'll use up the rest of it in a later meal.