Cook it Now, Eat it All Week: Big Batch Lunches for Travel Nurses

August 1 / Posted by Christi Hintz

Whether you’re trying to save money or trying to eat healthier, packing a lunch for work is a great way to achieve your goals. But no matter how well intentioned you are, it can sometimes be difficult to find time in the mornings before work to put something together, if you don’t forget to do it entirely. If you find yourself buying lunch more often than you’d like, cooking a large batch of food on your day off and eating it throughout the week can be a good solution.


Here are a few recipe ideas that are packed with tasty stuff that can easily be made in larger batches so that you’ll have plenty of leftovers.


Slow Cooker Enchilada Bake


This delicious recipe comes from Cooking Classy, and is the perfect throw and go meal for busy nurses. It’s tasty, has lots of great, healthy ingredients (like quinoa, veggies, and beans) and is super filling. If you’re a fan of the yummy flavors of Mexico, you’ll enjoy this take on it. Plus, it all comes together in the crock pot, which is the easiest cooking vessel to master. If you want to get in the habit of cooking large batches of food to eat throughout the week, the crockpot is a great device to have around- it makes cooking flavorful meals easy, since hands on cooking and prepping is generally very minimal with this device.


So if that all sounds great to you, take a look at this recipe on Cooking Classy’s blog.


Tuscan White Bean and Tuna Salad


Batch meals don’t come any easier than this one from Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat. Just combine the ingredients and then make the dressing. You can easily scale this recipe up or down depending on your needs, and because it’s served cold you don’t even need to microwave it, so it’s great for a busy shift. The beans and tuna make it filling, and the dressing gives it lots of flavor.


Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork


This pulled pork recipe comes from Allrecipes, and utilizes four pounds of pork roast. Cooking up a big batch of pulled pork is way easier than you might think. Just throw the whole thing in your slow cooker with the recommended seasonings and extras. Carry this tasty, hearty dish with you through the week and you’ll be looking forward to your lunch break every day.


Different Ways to Use a Roast Chicken


Need a little more variety? A roast chicken makes the perfect base for a variety of meals, and you don’t even need to cook it. Pick up a already prepared roast chicken from your local grocery deli and you can cook it into a bunch of different dishes. Check out this handy list from Easy Peasy Foody. There’s all sorts of options here, from curry to risotto, so you’re bound to find something you like.


What are your favorite recipes to make ahead? Share them in the comments below and help your fellow travel nurses save time and money on lunch.

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