Struggling with work-from-home lunch ideas? Check out my 7 favorites below.
As someone who works primarily from home, I consider myself lucky when it comes to lunchtime. Whereas in my former life I would dutifully pack dinner leftovers into a container and eat them sadly at my desk – or worse, pay $14 for a perfectly average salad – these days, my midday meal looks a bit different.
One of the many perks of working from home is the ability to take advantage of lunchtime and treat yourself a little.
Whether it’s as simple as putting fresh herbs on reheated leftovers or stirring up some “special sauce” for a sandwich – or as fancy as making something entirely from scratch (…or sneaking in an episode of “Fleabag” while you eat [hey, I won’t tell your boss if you don’t]) – it sure beats the heck out of sad desk lunch.
Now that most of us are working from home for the foreseeable future (here in NYC, at least), practical work-from-home lunch ideas have emerged as a wholly new kitchen conundrum. So, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my faves:
Spicy, saucy chickpeas with red onion and canned tomatoes. Eat with brown rice or sourdough toast. (Total time: 30 minutes)
Mashing your avocado with some beans takes avocado toast from snack to meal territory. Bonus points for sprouts and toasted seeds on top. (Total time: 5 minutes)
These meaty mushrooms are a nod to Chinese takeout, but are way better for you. (Total time: 20 minutes)
Perhaps the best way to use up bread that’s past its prime. Add a green side salad to complete the meal. (Total time: 20 minutes)
A great way to use up whatever veg you’ve got in the fridge. Plus, the high protein content will keep you feeling full till dinner. (Total time: 30 minutes)
These tacos are another great vehicle for whatever vegetables you’ve got on-hand. (Total time: 30 minutes)
This salad keeps great in the fridge so make a big batch and enjoy all week long. (Total time: 5 minutes)