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5 lunch recipes you look forward to going to the office

5 lunch recipes you look forward to going to the office
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The return to the office was a shock to the system for workers everywhere. For me personally, I first had to adjust my morning routine to accommodate showers, getting dressed, and commuting into my schedule (rather than just rolling out of bed and heading to my desk). Now that that’s more or less settled, it’s time to think about how to tackle another important task of the day: lunch.

It’s almost like I’ve forgotten how to feed myself. Well, that’s an exaggeration, but after the luxury of being able to cook a full meal from start to finish during the work day for two years, there has been a major adjustment period to relearn how to prepare food to enjoy it in an office environment. , where many do not have access to a full kitchen. So to help us all, here are a handful of recipes that can be made the morning of — or the night, or days before — that will withstand the commute and keep all their deliciousness.

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Farro, kale and peanut butter soup, above. Soups are great for office lunches because all you need is a microwave and a spoon to enjoy them. All the real work can be done the night before, and if the batch is big enough, you can have lunch for a whole week!

Hummus Wraps With Grilled Zucchini And Dukkah Wraps are probably already in your weekday lunch rotation, and if you’re looking for a way to spice things up (pun intended), try different spice blends. “It’s amazing how the dukkah brings the sandwich to life with a fragrant flavor of coarsely ground seeds of coriander, cumin and fennel, while adding a rich crunch from the nuts, sesame and pumpkin seeds,” writes Ellie Krieger.

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Spicy Sesame Chili Oil Noodles Noodles tossed in a sauce that is both nutty and spicy is a personal favorite of mine. There are countless ways to make it, and this version with Chinese sesame paste, chili oil, and Chinese black vinegar is a strong contender for your regular rotation.

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Tricolor Salad Shredded Kale With Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette If you want a green salad that will keep its integrity for hours — and in my personal experience, even as long as a day or two — kale is always a good choice. There are countless great kale salads in the world, and this one, with its candied garlic vinaigrette, is no exception.

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Double Mango Curry Chicken Salad SandwichIngredients in between bread are always a classic when it comes to lunch at the office. What makes this sandwich special is a double dose of mango in the form of fresh fruit and chutney, and as long as you have cooked chicken available, it’s easy enough to whip up as you get ready for work in the morning.