What do you guys do for lunch on the job?

Hello fellow monkeys,

This probably sounds like a joke, but I'm 2 months into the job and I'm burning a hole in my wallet going out to buy lunch everyday. I want to try and bring lunch from home a few days a week. What do you guys do for lunch if you bring it from home?

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Aug 14, 2019 - 8:27pm

I do the same, there's always an economical option you just gotta look for it or the healthiest would be bringing your own meal. I sometimes bring my own food

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:33pm

What do you usually bring though? I have not much time to cook (obviously)

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:49pm

I mainly bring my meals when I'm on a diet so mainly, salad and grilled chicken, protein bar, banana, grilled salmon (salad) etc.... you can bring anything. I have a colleague who would bring his wife cook and it smells horrible sometimes. Nothing specific but it's what you like

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Aug 14, 2019 - 8:50pm

Taylor Farms Asian Chopped Salad Kit is amazing. Add baked chicken breast or thigh (tastier) brushed with olive oil, sea salt, and a tiny bit of sesame oil and rice vinegar, and you have a $5 lunch that's filling, energizing, and good for you.

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:06pm

I was an intern last year, full time now.

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:42am

For me, eating is about efficiency.

Most days I bring in steamed potatoes and steamed veggies from home, which I pressure-cook in the morning while I shower/shave/dress.

I also keep a bag of dry whole rolled oats under my desk, which I microwave for my dinner.

I also have a bottle of soy sauce that I add to the oats, and eat them savory.

I don't generally go out to eat because it's a waste of time, and food is not healthy.

Around here food is too oily, and also I'm plant-based so I don't eat animal product stuff, which what most food around here is.

I wish I could get salads around here, but there aren't any, really.

I'm always on the lookout for efficient plant-based recipes if anyone has suggestions.

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:38pm

This. What a complete and utter insult to both oats and soy sauce.

Get Jiggy With It

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Aug 15, 2019 - 11:53pm

It's actually quite good.
I also sometimes will put in mushrooms, tomatoes or zucchini into the dish when I cook the oats.
The oats basically serve as a higher-protein substitute for rice, that can be cooked in the office microwave in 3 minutes.
So basically anything that goes well with rice goes well with oats.
Soy sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:15am

Convinced you're a robot. And for love of god please stop formatting your posts like some LinkedIn life coach.

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Aug 16, 2019 - 9:29am

Yeah? I'm obviously loading it into my tube system.

I don't know... Yeah. Almost definitely yes.

Aug 15, 2019 - 8:00am

Meal prep for the week on Sunday. It may get monotonous brining in similar foods for 2-3 meals a week but it's quick when you cook in mass and you have more control over what you eat. Chicken, salmon and things like lentils/chichpeas are easy to cook large portions of. Also have raw green/veg as a side dish and some rice. Great meals which are quick and good for you

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:41pm

I like cooking massive oven portions, then putting half of it in the freezer

A Dutchman in London

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:36am

If I am on diet and going to gym, I usually bring in chicken and or fish plus vegetables and fruits.

Not working out, then I just go to the cafeteria. Going to start working out soon for my own sanity and give my wallet a reprieve.

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:49pm

I bought a Costco 120 pack of instant ramen and make it in my protein shake bottle for all my meals


Aug 15, 2019 - 3:37pm

Some cheap options though to bring to work that I have used in the past: packs of tuna, hard boiled eggs, baked sweet potatoes, bring a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread. loads of fruit. hummus and carrots.

When I tried to save money on food I'd meal prep on Sunday while watching football for Monday through Wednesday, and then I'd let myself go enjoy lunch out on Thursday and Friday with friends.

Doing this is manageable. You save a bit of money, feel healthier, but still get to socialize a bit at lunch each week.

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:08pm

This is great advice and is something I can actually commit to.

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:49pm

Intermittent fast until dinner -> eat a huge dinner on the late night meal budget

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Jun 15, 2020 - 4:11pm

Have you found energy/productivity to be lower throughout the day, or the natural norepinephrine to combat it.

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:02pm

I brought my blender to work so i can make smoothies, I made one for my MD last week and he liked it but he said it needed more sugar. Yesterday actually, I made peanut butter protein shakes for the dept MDs. You should look into it

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:48pm

no, because the model is free advertising.

the restaurant gets just enough money to cover the cost of the food
Lets say for a $6 meal, the restaurant gets $4 and mealpal gets $2 (i'm not sure what the actual split is..but that makes sense). $4 is the cost of the food...and the staff would be there already.

The restaurant only offers a few items from their menu to mealpal customers. however, if you try something and like it, perhaps you'll order off their regular menu in the future and pay full fare. This is free advertising to the restaurant...and $$ to mealpal.

unlike moviepass...there is a limit to the menu...its just a taste.

just google it...you're welcome
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Aug 16, 2019 - 2:34am

mealpal. order meal the night before, walk a block, scan the stupid thing, walk back to the office and eat

mealpass takes your unused meals, so i'm guessing that and $1-2 from the restaurant nets a healthy margin.

as well i believe they charge the restaurant a monthly fee. the whole model is super scalable and requires no real expensive things except the software engineers to code it and staff.

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:40pm

the most important thing about getting lunch is that you don't stand out. as an intern i used to get a rotisserie chicken everyday and stink up the entire office, i also eat it with my hands like a barbarian.

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Aug 16, 2019 - 11:48pm

Where I'm at, it's probably ~$3/day cheaper to bring food than to eat out and I'll gladly pay $3/day to get the fuck out of the office and walk outside for 10 minutes to go get food.

I come from down in the valley, where mister when you're young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:23am

Shackmeister ale (maybe 2)

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:41pm

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