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What do you take for lunch to work?

I am trying to be better with my food choices this year but not good on making satisfying lunch to take to work. Would love to hear what you do instead of picking something up at a food court.

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  1. Do you have access to a microwave to warm up your lunch?

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    1. re: KatoK

      Yes, I do. And a toaster oven and a fridge.

      1. re: herby

        Then I'm in agreement with a number of the Hounds who have already chimed in. During these cold months, stew, chili, lentil soup and other comfort foods with some rice or a roll are my go to choices. Thoughtful dinner preparation with leftovers for lunches in mind make these decisions much easier.

    2. I like roasted/steamed/raw veg (like raw baby carrot, roasted sweet potato, steamed green beans) with a dip or dressing + little wheel of cheese + plus grain salad or pasta. This keeps me full, doesn't need to be kept cold (usually) and is easy to make ahead.

        1. re: greygarious

          Great threads - many thanks! - I'll read them tomorrow night.

        2. I take leftovers from dinner the night before, or a big salad with dressing in a separate container. Both are easy and good and don't require much in the way of refrigeration or reheating.

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          1. re: Euonymous

            I like to take leftovers but do not always have - I live alone and try to make meals in small portions. Big salad is good too but i do not always have enough variety of salad things to make it interesting.

            1. re: herby

              See, I live alone and make normal-sized portions *so that* I can have leftovers to take for lunch!

              1. re: LauraGrace

                +1 - there's more than one of us, and I still make extra so there's some left for lunch.

              2. re: herby

                Like Laura, I am just one but I usually cook for 6 to 8. Lol! I give some away to friends, freeze if I can, and eat in a variety of ways over a few days.

            2. I like the lunch on the go containers, maybe you can find at BB & Beyond or Ross. They are one oblong plastic container with 2 smaller ones that can fit on top of the big one with a thin layer of blue ice thing for in between. I'll take a salad and put oil and vinegar in one of those little plastic containers with lids you find at salsa section of Mexican places. In one of the small containers I'll often put cottage cheese. It all stays very cold for hours.

              Other times I bring a sandwich, like tuna salad, in a padded lunch bag with blue ice both above and below it...stays really cold. I also make a thermos of (real leaves!) Earl Grey tea and take it in a Nissan thermos and it's stays very hot for 8-10 hours.

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              1. re: walker

                I nearly always packed lunch during my decades of work as a mail carrier. Rather than the ice packs, I half-filled a plastic bottle with water, iced tea, or Crystal Light and froze it overnight - in the morning, top it off. By lunchtime it was ready to drink and my sandwich was still cold/cool.
                If you don't mint the extra cost and packaging, you can freeze juice boxes.

                There was a Bruegger's Bagels place on my route, so sometimes I brought a small container of liverwurst, tuna salad, tomato, etc., plus condiments, bought a warm bagel at lunchtime, and assembled lunch in my truck. It's astonishing how much money you save by taking your own workday lunches, snacks, and beverages.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Brilliant idea to freeze the beverage and use it to cool.

                  1. re: karykat

                    This'll get you through a TSA checkpoint, too, provided that the beverage is frozen absolutely solid, no slushiness. Completely OT.

                    1. re: darklyglimmer

                      Would not have thought of that. Ingenious.