I’m hooked on a new sandwich I created a couple weeks ago. I think Pinterest is indirectly responsible for the inspiration since I’m not one of those people who can throw random ingredients together and create something edible. Regardless, I’m telling everyone I know about this equally delicious and nutritious lunch option containing:
- Whole grain bread
- Spicy brown mustard
- Green bell pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
It’s one of those sandwiches that would be lacking if even one of the ingredients were missing. No green peppers? Too mushy. No mustard? Too bland. No avocado? Too sad. And because I’m obsessed with spice, no meal is complete without some source of kick.
As you might have guessed, I’m one of those people who brown bags it for lunch everyday, though I try to join the crew every once in a while for a lunchtime outing to stay in the social loop. Avoiding daily dining trips not only helps my waistline but keeps me from busting my budget. According to an article published on Delish.com earlier this year, 66 percent of 1,000 people surveyed buy their lunch instead of packing it. This amounts to a nearly $2,000 annual expenditure on Subway and Taco Johns. That’s $160 a month — ouch!
As the article points out, the study does not factor in what it costs the savvy consumer who faithfully brings her lunch from home. So, I decided to do a little comparison of my own and my beloved sandwich rings up at less than $2. That’s $10 a week or $40 a month, and ultimately 75 percent less than what I’d be spending if I were the “average American.” Hooray for extraordinary me!
My tastebuds will inevitably grow tired of this inspired combo, and granted not all ingredients are as cheap as what I selected for this sammie. However, I can safely say that what I prepare at home will always be a fraction of what I might otherwise purchase on the fly.
So, before you head out for yet another Mexican buffet, consider all the fun things you could buy — including some financial peace of mind — if you went beyond the ordinary for lunch.