Lunch ideas at work.
Ok.. this may be just sheer laziness but, I need help with foods to take to work w/ me. I cannot come up with anything fast & easy or make ahead of time. I don't really like making sandwiches and bringing them to work, they always get soggy or.. just boring.
..and Im just tired of walking over to the deli for a wrap or a cup of soup..
I have the luxury of a refrigerator as well as a microwave at work. If I forget or don't have leftovers I always have a few staples around:
PB, jelly, salad dressing, canned soup, whole wheat bread, some Chef Boy-r-dee (I know, this is emergency stuff and one of my secret vices).
I always find that we have a decent bit of leftover rice from dinner. For my lunch, I'll heat up leftover rice with a little butter and some other chopped leftovers (chicken, pork, roasted veggies) or I'll even sometimes just mix a couple of slices of lunch meat chopped up - sometimes I'll throw in a handful of chopped nuts and dried fruit, depending on what I'm in the mood for. I like hot lunches, but those would also be fine cold or at room temp.
Egg salad w/ pita
Hummus w/ Pita
Cheese, crackers, and fruit
Meatballs, sauce, and crusty bread
Gazpacho w/ diced chicken on or in with bread
Ceviche (if you have a fridge to store while it marinates... easy prep)
Couscous salad (I like it with basil, sundried tomatoes, regular tomatoes, currants, the little round onions, seasoned vinegar, olive oil, and lime juice)
Nacho plate - bring chips, cheese, beans, salsa, guac, then melt cheese and beans at work and enjoy if you've got a micro
I'm not too great about bringing my lunch to work, but I have a few ideas.
Salads are good. Put dressing on the side to prevent lettuce from getting soggy, but most of the other ingredients can be premixed depending on what you use.
Chicken salad, pasta salad, potato salads, etc. don't even need to be microwaved.
Sandwich wraps or roll-ups are also good to assemble ahead of time.
I think making soup or chili and freezing individual portions is pretty simple if you don't mind the prep time.
Enchiladas are pretty simple.
I am a stay at home mom now but would bring the best meals to work that everyone would just envy! If I made tacos, I always would have enough for a friend to share lunch with, and i brought the entire goodies (toppings) with me:
lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cheese, sour cream and salsa. I have a ton of little containers and would bring them with me. Store in the fridge and then make them while at work with the friend. These were so fullfilling and tasty.
Also salads that were loaded with everything.
Tortillas make great breakfast burritos and you can make them on the weekend throw them in the freezer until your ready to use them.
Just find some good containers and you'll have the best lunches of anyone. I agree, if I want a sandwhich I'll buy that one out because they are better... unless its egg salad...
re: chef chicklet
Yeah it is, but I never cared! My food is always a ritual!
But there are a lot of great ideas in here for you, if you have good containers, you will be able to take left over meals easily.
One of my fave things to do when summer is producing great tomatoes, is to bring a whole tomaoto and either chicken salad that I make or tuna. Just open up the tomato and dump on the salad. I never got into taking premade frozen foods at all. They left me hungry!
I have good luck with some staples from Trader Joes:
They offer a frozen, microwaveable rice in both brown and basmati. It makes a good base for all manner of toppings. I frequently top it with their frozen chilil, frozen stew, or packaged Indian curries. Takes about 3 minutes to prep, costs about $3/meal, and is reasonably healthy, filling, and tasty.
Just wanted to share what I had today: beef salad. I had some beef from stew left, I mooshed it to make it sort of like pulled, diced up a tomato, added some shallots and tarragon and dressed with tiny bit of mayo. Yum! I also added some steamed asparagus, but you could really add anything. It literally took only 5 min. And if you bring some sort of bread or pita with you, you can assemble a sandwich at your desk!
If you have access to a microwave, by far the easiest thing is dinner leftovers. So far this week I've had pork goulash with red cabbage and homemade spaetzele, hamburger stroganoff over noodles, and twice-cooked pork with peppers and cabbage over rice. Today I forgot to grab my portion of last night's chicken noodle soup - I'll have to go get takeaway today.
I'm not a big sandwich eater - on the rare occasions when I do get in the mood for a sandwich that is one lunch I'll buy!
Now keep in mind as I'm posting this that I am literally eating a cup of uninspiring soup...one of the things I usually do is to make a little extra of whatever I'm making for supper to have leftovers for lunch the next day. I save a couple slices of last night's roast beef for a roast beef sandwich. Or I'll set aside of egg fooyung. Or if I have half a chicken breast left I'll slice it up and toss it on top of a green salad with some cheese, throw it in tupperware and go. Cheaper than buying at the deli too (she said whinily as she ate that soup).