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Aug 21, 2008 05:54 AM

new job, no microwave only fridge.

I started a new job a few weeks ago. They have no microwave (tiny kitchen) but have a fridge. What can I take to eat for lunch that is not salad or a sandwich, I am already getting sick of salad and sandwiches. Any ideas? What tastes good cold?

Thank you as always.

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  1. Soup. You should also think about room-temp foods. You can serve roast-beef this way, for example. Raw veggies, boiled eggs and dips (aïoli!). I like room-temp beans. Lentils as well.

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    1. re: tmso

      im sorry but roast beef or soup may be ok room temp but as far as food safety umm..... if you bring it and its 40 degrees from that point to 70 you have 4 hours for it to be safe but if say you bring it in a hot car or something and it gets to 70 fast then when its in the range of 70 to 135 its only safe for 2 hours. now food isnt always going to be bad for you in this time but to be safe thats what it should be. as far as cold foods. cold soups are not a bad idea. cake! lol um um get crackers maybe smoked salmon and make up a nice dill and like sour creame or you can do mayo as well or even yogurt. Or buy a microwave and expense it to them lol.

      1. re: kronlyn

        Yeah, that's what you'd have to respect if you're a restaurant. So, you know, you're like an hour over if you just bring stuff in from your fridge at home and put it on your desk. If you're really worried, you can put it in the fridge at work for the first half or 2/3 of the morning. But I don't think that lunch pails were a big hazard when most everyone used them.

        Also, Lulu, don't forget about thermoses. I did risotto or pasta in a thermos when I worked in a factory, and I sure got a lot of weird looks, but it's pretty effective.

    2. Invest in a quality wide-mouth thermos. You can use this for soup & sides. Experiment with it at home first to see how long it will keep things hot. If it's good enough (and big enough), you could even foil-wrap some meat and place in it.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          Fantastic Idea Miss Needle. They look great.

        2. re: sheilal

          I agree, I send hot lunches with DD to school, the trick is to heat the thermos by pouring hot tap water in and letting it sit 2-3 min, and while it sits heat the dish you're bringing a bit hotter than you would normally so it retains heat. Empty the water, fill thermos with yummy hot lunch, and seal tightly. I send pasta, soups, even sausages with DD. The only complaint I've ever had was that her friends wanted a look/taste because they were bored with their bagged lunches. :)

        3. Apple pie. Great for lunch - you get the benefit of fruit, the quick sugar burst and the carb loading to push through the afternoon.

          1. hummus & veggies, great at room temp.

            1. meat salads (tuna, ham, chicken, etc.) with crackers/pita chips. Hummus & pita chips is a filling, tasty lunch. I agree with getting a thermos (or two) to add to your lunch repetoire. Leftovers of Chicken Marabella make a nice lunch and are palatable cold but better if you have a chance to let sit out for a bit to come to room temp. Smoked salmon & cream cheese & herbs on a bagel. think Parisian picnic -- cheese, baguette, grapes, olives, maybe some ham slices. Spring rolls.