Lunchtime Poll: Lunch at Work

What do you like to pack if you’re eating lunch at work?

I need some inspiration because (pending some background check stuff that I can’t imagine will find anything untoward), I’m starting a new job soon. Which means figuring out what to do for lunch. I always just bought lunch when I worked in the city because there were a million cheap options and I had to kill an hour, but I’ll probably try to bring food most of the time. Sandwiches are easiest to make and bring with, but they get pretty boring after a while (especially since I can’t imagine they’ll have a toaster for making grilled cheeses; those I can eat pretty much every day with no issues). I’ll probably make big batches of mac & cheese to reheat sometimes as well, or maybe empanadas made with leftovers from the crock pot. Any other ideas?

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

3 thoughts on “Lunchtime Poll: Lunch at Work”

  1. Nothing that will stink up the joint. Also, at least initially, bring stuff that doesn’t require refrigeration (other than a cold pack in an insulated lunch box) or microwaving.
    You should hold off on anything that requires either of those until you can confirm 1-that there’s room in the fridge for your lunch, 2-that no one will steal your lunch from the fridge, and 3-that the microwave is cleaned on a semi-regular basis.

  2. Finger food ish stuff is always good. You never know when you’ll have to stop and answer a question, so it’s best if everything can be quickly swallowed. Pieces of fruit with some kind of dip is always a win for me. (And since it’s summer, fresh tomatoes/pineapple and cottage cheese with black pepper, yes please.) I also like curry-like things. You know, rice + something over top. Easy to reheat, easy to pack, and can be made in large quantities for the whole week.

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