Now Lunch At Your Desk is clearly not part of my series of travel posts but I thought we needed some more lunchspo to keep us on track! We will resume normal programming in the next post.
Im going to go out on a limb here and say that I think my number one problem that often prevents me from bringing my own healthier lunch to work is Time.
Or lack thereof.
Is this true for you too?
Well, if it is the case and you don’t fancy the weird deliciousness of the last minute apple and peanut butter sandwich that I shared with you last time (and I can only partly blame you for that because it does sound weird – but delicious! I promise!) then perhaps this little lunch might be your saviour.
I introduce, The Bitsa Lunch. Im not sure if the term ‘bitsa’ is used widely elsewhere but in Australia it’s often used to describe a dog that has no discernable breed. Its a ‘bitsa’ you know, bits of this and bits of that…
And that is that way that I would describe this simple and tasty lunch. Its a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a whole lot of stuff-I-found-at-the-back-of-my-fridge. It comes in many different variations, but the beauty of this lunch is that with a few pantry staples, you can pick and mix everything you have in your kitchen to make a filling and nutritious lunch.
First we begin with a base, something bready and filling like:
- bread (thick slices of sourdough are the best if you still have some left over)
- wholegrain crackers
- pumpernickle bread
Then we add some veggies like:
- raw carrot sticks (much maligned as being only a vehicle for dip – I could eat whole carrots every day just by themselves)
- leftover veggies from dinner last night e.g. steamed asparagus, green beans, broccoli
- marinated olives (my fridge is never without a tub of marinated olives. Im in an Italian house now. I would die.)
- cherry tomatos
Then we have some extra tasty things like:
- chunks of cheddar cheese (strong and bitey is how I like mine! It counterpoints the soft or sweet veggies and bread + cheese = food from the gods)
- Spreadable cheeses like the ubiquitous laughing cow cheese
- Dip – homemade or otherwise
I always keep a plate in my desk drawer at work as well as a knife, fork and spoon in the mug that I use to store my pens and pencils. That way I can bring a bunch of small tupperware containers or snaplocks with each part of my lunch and then just lay them out on the plate for some leisurely eating. It is hands down the quickest fresh lunch that you can prepare and will make you the envy of all your coworkers with their greasy takeaway. It also has the added bonus of making you calm down, slow down and enjoy your food. What better way to begin the second half of the day?
So peeps, what pantry staples would you include in your bitsa lunch? Leave a comment for me below!