I am more productive and less grumpy when I take the time to orchestrate not sad desk lunches. Last week I slipped and found myself scrambling in the early afternoons. I ended up eating unmemorable and somewhat unhealthy food.
This week, I promised myself to do a little better, hence this Indian-inspired meal. I make no claims to authenticity, but this combo and a few other add-ins will make this week’s lunches livelier and more nourishing.
Store bought naan bread
Red lentil stew topped with cilantro leaves—I used Mark Bittman’s recipe for Masoor Dal
Brown rice—cooked in the pressure cooker and sprinkled with green onions for color and health
Squares of dark chocolate
Not pictured: a saag paneer (spinach and cheese dish) microwave meal that will be worked in later in the week
I messed up my kitchen a little bit cooking the rice and the stew. But clean-up was quick and there will be no morning panic this week! Also, as much as I enjoy doing everything from scratch, it’s jut not possible when I am busy at work. I am bring realistic about time and priorities. This week’s desk lunches will be more balanced and so will I.
Not Sad Desk Lunches from Food52
Shisho Delicious’ envy-worthy bento box meals