Make Better Office Lunches With Smaller Portions

Make Better Office Lunches With Smaller Portions

For many of us, even remembering to take lunch is difficult. But lunch is important, and one easy way to hack your way to a better lunch is to add a lot of little different things to your meal. Skip the boring sandwich (or just add to it!) and think bento box instead.

Over at The Kitchn, our friends share some great tips to make those dull office lunches a bit more exciting. Sometimes it comes down to bringing down the portion size so you can include lots of interesting tastes, textures and flavours in the same package. Instead of a standard sandwich and chips, for example, pack some pickles, a couple of hard boiled eggs, maybe a chunk of cheese, some nuts, and a hearty piece of bread. You can mix and match your favourite things however you choose — the goal is to get a great variety of tastes that make packed lunches more exciting, which makes it more likely that you’ll keep doing it instead of giving up and going out instead.

They specifically point to Japanese bento boxes or the Ploughman’s Lunch (with or without the beer) as great examples of this kind of variety. What do you think? Too fussy, or a great way to make brown bagging your lunch worthwhile? Share your favourite packed lunches in the comments below.

Tips for a Better Solo Lunch [The Kitchn]


  • Luckily, there’s a supermarket near my office. I keep a large food container in the fridge at work, and fill it with all kinds of tasty salad-y things. I have a salad bowl and pretty much make my salad fresh at work every day straight into my salad bowl. It doesn’t take long when you get used to it, and with additions like boiled eggs, tuna, cheese and pepitas, it can be very tasty.

    In winter it’s all about the soups, but for warmer weather, its super-fresh salads all the way.

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