This meal is so simple, it barely even needs a recipe. Last Sunday, I did my usual meal planning and grocery trip, and when I got home I did a little food prepping. The plan was to make a big batch of meat for tacos to put in our lunches this week. We’ve been trying to save money on the grocery bill, and what I’ve found is that when Nick and I eat the same thing for lunch, we save a ton of money. Our grocery bill has gone from $100+ to about $80-85 a week. That’s progress people.
There are just three ingredients in these BBQ tacos— turkey, beans, and your favorite BBQ sauce. I am a fan of Stubb’s, both their Original and Sticky Sweet, because it’s the only BBQ sauce I’ve found that doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup. A big batch of BBQ turkey should last all week in the fridge.
Portion it out for each day of the week, and bring tacos with you to work for an easy lunch. Top with anything you like– cheese, lettuce, sour cream, maybe some avocado and fresh tomatoes.
It’s so much easier to eat healthy at lunch time when you have something tasty pre-prepared. Our favorites include these BBQ tacos, turkey and cheese wraps, minestrone soup, and “big salads” (as Nick calls them) with everything– lettuce, chickpeas, shredded carrots, croutons, cucumbers, etc.
I try to come home during lunch to let the puppy out so I have a little more time to fix something to eat, but I’d prefer to spend time playing with Link than fixing lunch.
Do you have any favorite lunch time meals that you prepare ahead of time?
Here’s the “recipe”!
- 1.25 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/2 jar your favorite BBQ sauce (I like Stubb's)
- 1 can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
- soft corn tortillas
- shredded cheese
- shredded romaine
- light sour cream
- In a large saucepan, cook the turkey until almost done. Add the BBQ sauce and black beans. Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Done!
- To assemble: Combine the meat, cheese, lettuce, romaine, and sour cream with soft corn tortillas.
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!