(Closed) Spinoff: What do you take for lunch?

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: What do you bring for lunch? Or do you?
    Leftovers from last night : (21 votes)
    38 %
    Something frozen like a Hot Pocket or Lean Cuisine : (5 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (22 votes)
    39 %
    I don't bring, I buy! : (8 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    14498 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If you have a Tuesday Morning store around you, they have the nicest lunch bags with chillers and heaters in them.  The heaters get microwaved in the morning and keep the food warm (not hot) for hours.  I got one last year and used it all the time when I was working.  It keeps the food in seperate compartments and I just loved it.  They are nice enough that you can throw it in your backpack and when you take it out it doesn’t look all ugly and lunchboxy.

    Post # 4
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I have a microwave so I often bring leftovers.  I also will sometimes make a deli-meat sandwich and warm up a bowl of soup.

    I honestly don’t worry about the temperture.  I’ve always just had the food sitting on my desk until I microwave it (everyone around me does the same) and I’ve never had a problem.

    Post # 5
    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Mrs.KMM:  Exactly the same for me, including the disregard for refrigeration lol.

    Post # 6
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I work at a school and always bring my lunch because the nearest place to buy is a 15 min drive! Anyways, I don’t bring one thing or the other, but my Fiance and I have started to make meal plans for our lunches so that we are forced to make something.

    We usually do:

    -left overs. Usually we cook extra of what we are making and then use it for lunches, such as turning taco ingredients into a taco salad or using extra chicken in a chicken salad sandwich. Sometimes we just eat whatever is left, like pizza or stir fry.

    -sandwiches. We get creative and switch it up a lot, but usually sandwich meats, spreads, “sushi roll sandwiches” (look like sushi when you cut up the sandwich), burritos, wraps, tuna salad, egg salad, etc

    -frozen things. When we are lazy we have a stash of frozen meals like pizza pockets and lean cusine. I hate the taste, but sometimes laziness wins.

    -snack lunches. Sometimes you don’t want a big meal, so I will pack small things like cheese, pickles, kabolsa, crackers, yogurt, etc.

    -salad. LOVE salad. I pack the dressing and dry things (croutons, etc) seperately so that it doesn’t go soggy.

    -soup– homemade soup to be exact. Love it with a good roll on a cold day.


    If you want to keep things warm, invest in a good thermos. Fill the thermos with boiling water for 15 minutes, dump it out and put in the food you want to stay hot. It stays fairly warm if you eat it within 5-6 hours. If you want to keep things cold, try putting a frozen water bottle or frozen yogurt cup in your lunch. It works just like an ice pack, but you can actually eat it!

    With the things above we always pack a yogurt, cheese, a vegetable, a fruit and a grain (usually granola, crackers, etc) and sometime sweet (I love calorie free jello, my Fiance loves to take dried fruit or a cookie).

    Hope that gives you some ideas!

    Post # 7
    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have a whole range of things I bring.

    Sandwiches: turkey, pb&j, tuna salad

    Soup: in my thermos

    Leftovers or TV dinners that I warm up and bring in my thermos.

    Then a few sides like carrots, apples, string cheese, granola bars, yogurt, etc. that I eat either at lunch or throughout the day.

    I keep them the right temp using my thermos (for hot) and insulated lunch boxes and freeze packs (for cold).

    I don’t bring my lunch every single day, but probably at least 3 sometimes 4 times a week.

    Post # 8
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I bring a sandwich or salad with fruit and a granola bar normally.

    Post # 9
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    I usually bring a salad, I like experimenting with different kinds/dressings.  If I have time the night before work, I grill some chicken to put on top of it. For dessert I’ll take some kiwi or whatever fruit is in my fridge. 

    Post # 10
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    I work in an office with a fridge and microwave, so I take leftovers or a container of soup. I think I’ve bought lunch once or twice in the 1.5 years I’ve been here – it’s so much cheaper and keeps me from eating (more) unhealthy foods.

    When I was in college, I used a lunch bag that would keep cool for a while – I would take yogurt, fruit/veggies, sandwiches, soup, or I’d just take something snacky to tide me over until I got back home.

    But I also hung out in our club’s room/my major’s office location, which had a microwave I could use if needed.

    Post # 11
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I’d usually get something at Panera Bread or grab a quick lunch at a local restaurant. Somehow food would always magically disappear when I brought it to work.


    Post # 12
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Our unit has a fridge, microwave, and there’s a toaster down at the employee lounge.  I bring anything from sammiches to soup to chicken salad.  Depends on what I’m craving.

    Post # 13
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I am lucky to have both refrigerator and microwave at my work, so I often take leftovers.  Sometimes over the weekend, I’ll make a big batch of something for work lunches, pack it into serving sized containers, and grab one each morning.

    Soup is a good one, and I also do a lot of rice plus grilled protein plus veggie (so, a portion of rice plus a chopped, grilled chicken breast and some roasted red pepper, all mixed up together, for example).

    I take a salad once or twice a week with lots of goodies in it–turkey, spinach, bell pepper, and carrot is a common one–and pack the dressing separately.

    I have some weird dietary concerns I’m still figuring out, so taking lunch is a MUST; it’s almost impossible to find something I can buy and eat out!

    Post # 14
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I usually bring leftovers from the night before, but if not I might pack a sandwich, chips, and fruit or I’ll buy something.

    Post # 15
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Every morning Darling Husband packs us each a turkey and cheese sandwich and I’ll pack our breakfast, either a bagel or english muffin. I do bring leftovers occasionally if there’s only enough for one person left. And any extra fruit we have I’ll try to feed us for breakfast of lunch.

    In all honesty, it’s extremely difficult to keep up with packing a lunch every day so about once a week I have to go out and buy something. There are so many choices around my office it would make your head spin, but I usually go for either sushi or soup depending on what mood I’m in. I used to buy salads, but I feel like most of the ingredients come from a can and it kind of grosses me out.

    Post # 16
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Oh and I forgot to mention: I have a fridge in my cube. I bought it for about $50 from Walmart.com and they delivered it to my office. It’s awesome because I don’t have to share a fridge with my entire floor (that was getting REALLY gross after a while!) and I actually keep my water in there throughout the day to keep it cool.

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