Grab and Go — Lunchbox Lucy

Running errands during lunch is a pretty common thing in our busy lifestyle. Just the other day, I had to pick up my dog and take him to the vet, drop by the local pharmacy on the way home, deposit a check (thankfully I did that with my handy dandy FTWCCU app that has Remote Deposit), and refill my gas tank on the way back to work — all within an hour time span. I made it back just in time, but I didn’t have time to sit down and eat a normal lunch. Luckily, I made chicken salad sandwich for lunch and had time to take a few bites at every red light. That day got me thinking about lunch ideas that will be great for days when you know you’ll be busy, and don’t have time to sit down to eat. I’ve only listed a few recipes below, but you can always find more at my Lunchbox Lucy Pinterest board.  

  • 1 tablespoon spreadable cream cheese
  • 1 large flour tortilla, regular or flavored
  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced red or yellow pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach leaves (or torn arugula)
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 5/8 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more
  • 5/8 to taste vegetable oil, for brushing on the taquitos
  • 5/8 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 5/8 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup salsa, plus more salsa, for dipping
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 (3 5/8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese or 1/3 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 5/8 to taste sour cream


Simple Recipes
  • Large flour tortillas
  • Grated cheese – either mild or sharp cheddar, or Monterey Jack
  • Olive oil or grapeseed oil


I prefer to make my lunch the night before or over the weekend, so I can save time in the morning (just in case something happens). Lunch…doesn’t always seem to be that important but making time for a healthy lunch can pay off both mentally and physically. It helps re-energizes your body and can raise blood sugar levels when focus and concentration are declining. All of these can be taken on the go to help you conquer your busy day! What do you usually do for lunch when you’re on the go?