In my quest to save money (I’m definitely not doing a good job at that), I’ve taken lunch to work at least three times a week. Two of those days are usually spent eating out of the office with Megan where we catch up on our weeks and gossip about everything else going on in our lives. I started eating only cold lunches because I was afraid of using the microwave at work/making any noise at all/heating up food that wasn’t scentless, so I prepared four bento boxes that are perfect for those who have the same type of social anxiety and/or are as weird as I am when it comes to eating in public! Each of the four are different enough that they don’t get boring or lackluster, although let’s be honest, I would choose a Vietnamese noodle bowl over anything else any day.
I love pinwheels because they’re easily customizable and can become sweet or savory depending on the ingredients. My favorite version is where I wrap ham, turkey, lettuce, and Gouda inside with a bit of pesto. I pair the pinwheels with carrots and hummus because that’s a healthy side right? I also add a couple of Dove chocolates on the side, but otherwise, the first of four lunches is complete! I love pasta salad but don’t often make any, so I attempted a pesto pasta salad with grilled chicken and tomatoes…and yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. I boiled macaroni and mixed it with about a quarter cup of pesto (just enough to coat each noodle), cubed pre-cooked chicken breast, and threw in a handful of diced tomatoes. The lunch was pau when added to watermelon and some more hummus! My third lunch is super easy, but I eat it almost every week because it’s truly good. I place a couple handfuls of spring mix in my container and top it with some more grilled chicken breast. My favorite dressing is the Kewpie roasted sesame one (which definitely isn’t good for you, but who cares? It’s still salad?) and I like to eat it with a plum or apples. The last of four lunches is basic but everyone needs a good sandwich. I made a ham and cheese with a hint of mayo and spring mix and I added grapes, cheese, and wheat thins to the box. Now all I need is a lunch I haven’t made!