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

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

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

Aug 15, 2019

oatmeal and protein powder lol
hits the macros and is dirt cheap

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Aug 14, 2019

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 15, 2019

You're bringing fish and yet you complain about other people's smelly food?

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Aug 15, 2019

I do eat grilled chicken salad and salmon salad. I bet you're on the vegan diet, you must voted for Hillary too

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Aug 15, 2019

Its the same troll making multiple accounts just ignore him

Aug 16, 2019

I like the post and your recommendation. Not seeing why they're throwing ms.

Aug 20, 2019

Be careful, Pu$$y boys don't like it

Aug 14, 2019

mac

Aug 14, 2019

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.

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Aug 14, 2019

Ah you're an intern so that makes sense. I can imagine that's fine but like don't stink up the office or maybe eat in the kitchen

Aug 15, 2019

I was an intern last year, full time now.

Aug 16, 2019

Do you have seamless money for dinner?

Aug 15, 2019

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.

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Aug 15, 2019

god you sound lame

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Aug 15, 2019

You should eat hemp seeds so you get all your amino acids. Otherwise, a 100% plant based diet leads to nutritional deficiencies.

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Aug 15, 2019

Soy sauce and oats sounds disgusting

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Aug 15, 2019

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

Get Jiggy With It

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Aug 15, 2019

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.

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Aug 16, 2019

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

Aug 16, 2019

lol

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Aug 15, 2019

Just switched to Real Food Blends. Great stuff. Can definitely recommend!

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Aug 15, 2019

Are you seriously eating that stuff? For people with feeding tubes?

Aug 16, 2019

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

Aug 15, 2019

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

i tried this as well, but I find some of the food - eg beans - go sour by mid-week.
How do you prevent this?

Aug 15, 2019

Vinegar or lemon/lime juice

Aug 15, 2019

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

A Dutchman in London

Aug 15, 2019

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

At night, order a salad and a sandwich with your Seamless $$$. Eat salad for dinner, and put the sandwich in the refrigerator for the next day. Repeat process the next day.

Who said there's no such thing as a free lunch.

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Aug 15, 2019

Def used to do that a lot. Now I cook mostly now that I'm out of IB, whatever I make for dinner I'll make extra for lunch the next day, then once or twice a week I"ll eat out for lunch

Aug 15, 2019

some colleagues may find it questionable- do so discretely

A Dutchman in London

Aug 15, 2019

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

Aug 15, 2019

Eat the same food that you would buy. Cooking takes 20-30 mins. Make enough for a week and then put it in a container and then microwave it at work. Bob's you uncle

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Aug 15, 2019

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.

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Aug 15, 2019

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

Aug 15, 2019

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

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Aug 15, 2019

Food carts near Rockefeller (if you're in vicinity) are DOPE

Aug 15, 2019

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

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Aug 15, 2019

Crush sandos

Aug 15, 2019

mealpal.com

just google it...you're welcome

Aug 15, 2019

Seems great for consumers, but Moviepass 2.0?

Aug 15, 2019

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

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

this is why i choose the 12 meal plan instead of the 20 (so, 3 a week on avg)

just google it...you're welcome

Aug 16, 2019

In my banking days I'd deal with shelling out $10-15 for lunch every day. One perk of being in a hedge fund now is that a lot of them pay for / cater lunch.

Aug 16, 2019

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.

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Aug 16, 2019

you should perhaps cook your own king crab, lobster, and birds nest soup.

Aug 16, 2019

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 Mr. when you're young, they bring you up to do like your daddy done.

Aug 17, 2019

Lolok

Aug 19, 2019

I make my own and bring it to work.

Hell of a lot cheaper than paying $10+ a. day eating out

Aug 19, 2019

Smokeshack
Fries
Shackmeister ale (maybe 2)

Aug 19, 2019

I do intermittent fasting and only break my fast at dinner (this is not a joke). Its not as bad as it seems once your body gets used to eating at 6PM but socially difficult sometimes.

Aug 20, 2019
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