Realistic Lunch Ideas for Jamaicans

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr
Image Source: | No Copyright Infringement Intended

medianet_width = “728”;
medianet_height = “90”;
medianet_crid = “185308422”;
medianet_versionId = “111299”;
(function() {
var isSSL = ‘https:’ == document.location.protocol;
var mnSrc = (isSSL ? ‘https:’ : ‘http:’) + ‘//’ + (isSSL ? ‘&https=1’ : ”);

In the spirit of a #betteryou January and saving more this month + year on a whole. I decided to carry lunch! I started last week and only lasted up to Thursday as I ran out of food by then and I thought with better planning I would be able to last the entire week.

I did what any millennial would do and turned to Google to help with some suggestions; the only issue is the things they recommended are things I have no interest in eating or could find here in Jamaica that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to purchase all the ingredients. No shade to vegans and vegetarians but Avocado toast or Quinoa with Asparagus are things that are not on my menu. I enlisted the help of my sister who is a seasoned “lunch-carrier” and came up with the ideas below. 

The area where I work is more of an upscale “food area” so lunch is anywhere between $1,500 – $2,000(Jamaican Dollars) per day and even more — or I have to drive into Half-Way Tree which usually takes an hour because of Traffic to get cheaper meals and that is counter-productive because of gas. With me taking lunch to work I will be able to save $5000-$6000 per week — fingers crossed.

If you live in Jamaica and are looking for clever yet realistic lunch Ideas I hope these will help.

On My Shopping List

– Ground Beef

medianet_width = “728”;
medianet_height = “90”;
medianet_crid = “185308422”;
medianet_versionId = “111299”;
(function() {
var isSSL = ‘https:’ == document.location.protocol;
var mnSrc = (isSSL ? ‘https:’ : ‘http:’) + ‘//’ + (isSSL ? ‘&https=1’ : ”);

– Chicken Breast Tenderloin
– Shrimp with tail On
– 2 Tins of Sausage (Chicken – regular + hot and spicy)
– String Beans
– Potatoes
– Spaghetti
– Seasoning (Chicken seasoning, Jamaican All-Purpose)
– Spanish Rice Packet ( Zatarans’s Brand)

There were some things I had leftover from last week, for example, a Ragu Sauce, Sweet Peppers, Mixed + Frozen Vegetables and Fettucine noodles which I will be using this week as fill-ins. I also bought juices, water, and snacks so I won’t be spending a dollar on food this week.


Image Source: | All rights reserved
Spaghetti + Meatballs


Image Source: | All Rights Reserved
Curried Shrimp with Mashed Potatoes and String Beans


Image Source: Tatanya’s Everyday
Sausage + Veggie Pasta with Fettucine Noodles (using the Ragu Sauce)


Image Source:
Shrimp Fried Rice


Image Source: | All Rights Reserved
Grilled Chicken Breast with Baked Potatoes + Veggies on the side ( a combination of all the leftover Vegetables) 

The trick here is to purchase items that can create a variety of dishes. The shrimp, for example, is very versatile. It can be curried, fried, combined with pasta or turned into fried rice. In the coming months, I will be meal prepping to save time as I have to cook the meals the night before to take to work, so I will be purchasing glass storage containers from Amazon which will be way cheaper than purchasing here in Jamaica.

Another thing I will be implementing is to change the menu each week, I don’t want it to become monotonous and I also want it to be fun and exciting and not become boring and a burden because I’m saving.

I would like to hear from you .. what are some of your favorite things to prepare for work to save money. And how much have you saved since taking lunch to work on a monthly basis?

We have a small favor to ask. People are reading the Haute Lifestyle than ever since our recent placement in the South Florida Blogger Awards but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. We do not have investors and everything Blog related is funded out of pocket– we want to keep our journalism as fun and open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Our article takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective and voices matter – because it might well be your perspective, too.

If everyone who reads our posts, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. 

For as little as $1, you can support The Haute Lifestyle
 – and it only takes a minute. Hit the “DONATE” button on the top right sidebar.
 Thanks in Advance


Having an event? Invite us 

Twitter: @hautepeople
Instagram @haute_people
Join our Site:

Haute People was launched in September 2011 as a Fashion Blog and has grown into a Lifestyle Blog. The Term “Haute” can be defined as “Fashionably Elegant” or of High Quality. This blog looks at topics from Beauty, Fashion, Entertainment, Hair Trends, Pop Culture as well as exciting new features every month. A favorite among our readers is “Behind The Seams” where influential people from the Creative Industries are featured. . Haute People are Smart, Bold, Creative and Individualistic. If you have an innate passion for Lifestyle, Fashion and all things current, you are HAUTE.

Write A Comment