Ask AvartsyCooking: Different Lunch Options for Work
This week’s question comes from Ayodeji O. in London and he asks:
Here’s a little question to distract you from all the cupcake delight I’m guessing you’ve been fully engrossed in the past couple of days. So today, I got an email from a friend who asked what my (packed) lunch for work usually consisted of and I decided to ask you for your opinions for a bit more variety or you could pose the question to the avartsy readers (those were her exact words) – you are becoming a superstar in our lives now ;).
Sandwiches are just alright but plain and boring even though they are pretty easy to make and you get a bit of diversity with the range of fillings available. We are basically looking for alternatives so work lunch doesn’t become this dull perfunctory meal. I rarely eat rice these days (around once in two weeks), my friend is bored of cous cous and is a bit cautious when eating indomie as she is uncertain about the contents of the powder mix.
So the question here is what do you usually have for lunch (that isn’t a sandwich, rice, noodles or cous cous). Also, the suggestion shouldn’t be too heavy (for obvious reasons) and would it be possible to draw up a lunch plan (well we could do this with all the suggestions/contributions from your readers).
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First off, yay for being a food superstar :D, totally loving that, so thanks to both of you!
With work lunches, the tricky part is always finding a meal that leaves you satisfied, but neither still hungry for more nor so full that you can’t function. We have a post similar to this, but not specific to work. However, some ideas are:
- 1 Boiled plantain with whatever stew/soup you have. I specify one because it is usually enough to fill you up until dinner or your next meal. You can also alternate that with a boiled or baked regular or sweet potato or sweet potato fries.
- Steamed fresh spinach and a baked fish fillet or chicken breast. Steam half a bag of fresh spinach and bake one or two fish fillets or one chicken breast. Eat that along with an apple or banana and a whole bottle of water. You’ll be alright till dinner still.
- Have you tried Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) in place of Couscous?
- Moi moi and Plantain Moi Moi (recipe next month, I have this month planned out already!) are other options, light, yet filling.
- Nigerian Salad is also an option.
- 1 or 2 Chicken Pies should also be filling.
- Chicken Fajita Quesadillas could also work.
If anyone else has other suggestions, please feel free to chime in o, you have all been specially summoned! That way, I can make it into a lunch meal planner for everyone.
Deji, kudos to your friend from shying away from Indomie noodles powder mix. As an aside, I’m in the middle of a gradual mind shift to eating organic and it’s been eye opening to say the least. I’m now all for being a conscious eater, always being aware of what’s in your food, especially the things in it that you can’t see or the things not on the labels or things on the labels you don’t understand. This, more so if you live in the West. (post on this soon)