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Meals to cook on weekends to bring to work for lunch.

My spouse and I like to cook on our days off a weeks worth of meals to bring to work for lunch for the following week. We eat anything, though obviously certain things won't work--like salads and fish.

Please post recipe suggestions or your own go to recipes for work lunches. It would be great if they weren't too time intensive, too. Thanks!

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  1. Meals where you take the main entree and sauce separately seem to work best for me (e.g. meatloaf, chicken marsala, chicken tempura bowls). Very saucy pastas work great too (e.g mac/cheese, lasagna). Otherwise, bring sandwiches but separating bread, veggies and main part (eg meat, tuna salad, egg salad).

    1. Good ideas, thanks. I forgot to mention in the original post that we have a slow-cooker, too.

      1. I always cook on the weekends with an eye towards packing my lunch to work. I tend to do a lot of stir-fries(I keep the rice separate until I pack it up for lunch), chilies, casseroles, bean dishes such as red beans and rice, cuban black bean and soups. I do take salmon sometimes, I just don't heat it up really hot so it doesn't stink up the place (or use cold in a salad). I also will do salads, but I keep the dressing in a separate container (those little Tupperware containers work good) and if using croutons I put them in a sandwich bag on top of my salad and dump them on when I put it together. I don't mind eating the same thing for lunch a couple of days in a row especially with salads will make a couple at a time in Tupperware containers and just put the dressing container/croutons on top of the salad with the lid on. It works best with romaine as it doesn't get wilt-y to fast and seems to hold for a day or two. Soups are probably the easier and most versatile meal I do that makes for easy lunches.

        I don't have the recipe handy, but do a search for Slow Cooker Taco Soup. Real easy, canned beans, corn, browned ground beef, turkey or chicken, onions, taco spice envelope, canned toms and a few other ingredients. For lunch, I put in a baggie on the side grated cheese, onion and tortilla chips to put on the top. Yummy and pretty darn healthy also! Also cheap to make! Can't beat it...Good luck!

        1. I'd like to see what people come up with for this thread. We like a chilled rice and beans salad with various vegetables chopped into into it.

          1. I make a lot of pasta/whole grain salads because they are relatively simple, not messy to eat, improve with time and do not need to be microwaved.

            Taboleuh (sp?) with bulghur with a few pieces of grilled chicken on the side

            Quinoa salads with grilled chicken and vegetables.

            Pasta salad with tomato, mozzarella or feta and veggies

            I tend not to bring pasta dishes that need to be heated up because the pasta gets mushy. Also I avoid tomatoey sauces because microwaving stains the tupperware...yes, I am anal that way!

            1. Thanks for the suggestions and please keep them coming (weekend almost here...)

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              1. re: Henrietta Stackpole

                Rice and beans. Brown rice combined with beans (I usually use pinto and blck) that have been cooked in shallots and garlic and spiced to my liking. Reheat and add sour cream, cheese and/or salsa.

              2. Kinda boring, but I roast a chicken on sunday night, with potatoes, carrots, celery. Then the next day I take a thigh/leg combo to work with some of the leftover roasted vegs and solidified jus. Heat it up in the microwave, and EVERYONE is jealous of my awesome lunch.

                Then I make some variation of soup with the leftover chicken bits/carcass and that's good too.

                1. We recently did a wonderful flank steak on the grill, and sliced it thin for leftovers all week. It was so tender (marinated in a little ketchup and soy sauce and sesame oil) that it could easily make a nice roll up sandwich but we do salads a lot for weekdays, adding a protein on top (like this steak),

                  I will also saute up a bunch of shrimp to do the same for lunches, also do a lot of roll ups with what I cooked on the weekend. Shrimp roll up with lettuce, tom. or better yet coleslaw.

                  1. I make a simple curry with cubed chicken, curry paste, diced red peppers, snow peas, fish sauce, basil, dried chiles and kaffir lime leaves. I stir fry the chicken until just done, remove from pan, stir fry the red pepers, then toss in everything else including the chicken and cook for just a few minutes. If you leave the snow peas slightly underdone they'll be perfect once you've microwaved it at work. It's pretty good and healthy to boot.