Every now and again I get inspired, usually while avoiding some other work, to cook a lot of food. Sometimes a week's worth of lunch at a go. After violating one of the cardinal rules of grocery shopping - don't go while hungry - I came home and whipped up a week of lunch. There's a weird zen to mass production of lunches. Past experience suggests this will last longer than a week because I will forget to bring them to work, forget to eat them, and/or get lunch invitations that I cannot pass up. So I guess it's a week of lunches and maybe dinners. Maybe more.
Bento it's not, but here's a week of beet couscous, steamed broccoli and teriyaki salmon. It seems a little out of balance greens to fish, but maybe I'll add a supplemental salad. Even shopping at whole foods, the price isn't too out of whack with what I'd pay for probably much lower quality prepared lunches. The sockeye salmon alone clocks in at almost $4 for each of the five lunches, but the rest cost very little. On the other hand, I don't have to wash up after a purchased lunch.