Budget Lunch


I thought I would share one of my easy throw some things together lunches. Now, I am in no way a chef or nutrition expert. I simply made a lunch that I wouldn’t regret late at night as I reflect upon my life instead of sleeping peacefully. I was inspired after seeing Mind Over Munch’s DIY Corn Chips in their bento box lunchables video here.

Here is the guideline I use when throwing a lunch together:

Protein+Veggie+Fruit+Carb+Dairy/Alternative. (Adjust according to preference/diet).

So today after a quick look through the cupboards and fridge I decided to go with this combination:

-Eggs with salsa and a bit of cheese

– Cucumber

– Grapes

– DIY tortilla chips

I will show you how I made the DIY tortilla chips. All other ingredients can be whatever you’d like.

You will need:

-Your chosen ingredients

– Tortillas

-Cookie cut (or anything that will get the shape you desire)

-Baking Sheet

– Parchment Paper

-Cooking oil or spray of your choice


Now most of the ingredients are simple to prep.

Sliced the cucumber and placed a bunch of grapes on my plate.


I decided to use eggs as my protein for this meal. I decided to hard boil them then mix with the salsa afterwards and top with cheese. You can start boiling you eggs or preparing your chosen protein source then make your chips.

Don’t feel like going to the store for tortilla chips? No problem. Next I made the DIY tortilla chips. You can use any kind of tortilla you’d like.

First you’ll need a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then you’ll need to make the chips. You’ll need at least two tortillas (stacked on top of each other to save time).


Next you’ll need your cookie cutter, a smaller size or whatever size you’d prefer. I did not have a small cookie cutter. So, I used the bottom of one of my small plastic containers.


Then cut out as many tortillas as you’ll need and place them on the parchment lined baking sheet. I used two tortillas for one person.

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Next you’ll oil both sides of each chip. You can also add any seasonings after you oil the chips. I added sea salt and cayenne pepper to mine.

Now you’re ready to toast your chips. Set your oven to 350°F. Since you are using premade tortillas you only need to toast the chips. Depending on your oven it may take 1-2 minutes or more. My chips toasted within a minute. Keep an eye on them as they can go from perfect to burnt rather quickly. Some chips may puff up.

Now that your chips are done place them on your plate.


Add in your protein and your meal is set!



So, there is my formula for a throw together lunch. Keep the ingredients simple, try to pick healthier but satisfying choices, and don’t spend an arm and a leg if you don’t have to.

What are your go to lunches? Let me know in the comments below.

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Happy eating!



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