After several failed attempts to pack sandwiches and the like for lunch, I've at last accepted that there is no way I'm doing even a little cooking in the morning. But I'm sick of blowing all my money on lunch out. What should I do instead?
I don't eat breakfast because I would have to get up even earlier, plus it makes me sick. So early lunch is my main meal of the day. I work in an office that has a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, plates/bowls/cups/utensils, AND ample cupboard space.
Of course I'm considering lunches I can make the night before. But the wondrous amenities of the office kitchen offer another option: bringing components to work (perhaps even STORING some at work) and assembling them come lunch time.
Here's an example: oatmeal with sliced banana and this absolutely transcendent brown sugar crumble
(which, by the way, I only bake for 11 minutes because otherwise it burns). I'm going to bring a huge bowl (to prevent microwave messes), a big canister of rolled oats, a bag of the delicious crumble, keep those at work, and bring a banana (or other fruit) daily. Then I'll just put it all together at lunch time. I already have this for a frequent after-work snack and it's just heavenly. I suspect it won't be enough for a whole lunch, though.
-I'm not a great cook, but I'm competent.
-I don't have any food allergies.
-I'm not a vegetarian, but vegetarian suggestions are also welcome.
-I don't really "watch" what I eat beyond trying to avoid trans fat. I don't turn up my nose at healthy food, but taste and convenience are paramount.
-I hate dried fruit, curry, cauliflower, and day-old sandwiches. Everything else is fair game.
-Suggestions for things I can make ahead of time are good. Suggestions for make-at-work things are SUPER, because I haven't seen any questions on those.