A working dinner
January 27, 2009 8:42 AM Subscribe
I work three nights a week. What can I bring for dinner? I love to cook, but I can't seem to come up with dinners that are small and easy to pack, don't require refrigeration, and are moderately healthy.
posted by k8lin to food & drink (14 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm suffering from a crisis of imagination. I don't have any dietary restrictions and will eat pretty much anything. There are no places close enough to my workplace for me to purchase my dinner at, especially because I get only a half-hour off to eat.
I've got an icepack that keeps things cold enough, but I don't want to bring anything that should really be stored in the fridge until I eat it, like seafood or something with a lot of heavy cream in it. I also don't have access to a microwave so I can't bring soup or anything that really should be served hot. I'm not opposed to eating the same thing two nights in a row (or even three) so something like a big squash lasagna that can be eaten cold throughout the week would be fine (this is what I did last week and the icepack kept it cold enough so that I wasn't worried about the cheese).
I like to carry my lunch in my purse, which is relatively large. I can fit one small (16-oz) round Ziploc "twist and lock" container and one regular sandwich-sized Rubbermaid container in my purse along with the icepack. I don't want to bring anything that is too large to fit into one or both of those containers.
I've been bringing variations of cold pasta or sandwiches for the last two weeks and it's becoming boring. I love spending time in the kitchen making food, and am happy to spend a day preparing meals that I can bring during these three work nights. It would be nice if I could make enough for my partner to have a main course waiting for him when he gets home, but that's not a necessity.