Brown Bagging Your Lunch Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

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The yuletide season presented many options for festive, foodie eating. Now that the holidays are over, why not take the opportunity to get into the habit of bringing your lunch to work? Spending $5–10 eating out for lunch every day certainly adds up. But we do so because of the convenience (or in my case, just plain laziness). If you already bring your lunch to the office, mix it up by trying new ways to prepare your food.

Here’s an easy way to make your perfect lunch to take to work:

Break out the slow cooker!

Your slow cooker can make your lunch for the entire week. There’s a misconception you’ll have to slow cook for 10–12 hours. Not so. There are mouth-watering 4-hour recipes that taste amazing and are so easy to make! Put aside 45 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Prepare the ingredients, dump into the slow cooker, set it and forget it. In the meantime, you can go about doing other things (laundry, vacuuming, scrapbooking, gaming, Netflixing, or sleeping) while your house smells delicious.

Four hours later, dish into reusable containers. Voilà! Lunch for the week.

For those who don’t like to eat the same thing every day, try using one recipe Saturday morning and another Sunday morning.

You can find some of my favourite quick and easy slow cooker recipes here.

Slow cooker recipe

And after going to all that trouble, it would be a shame to keep forgetting your lunch in the fridge as you race out to work. So put a sticky note on the back of your front door with LUNCH written on it. It’s an easy, effective reminder. You’ll be surprised how many times you’re caught off guard forgetting your lunch.

Once at work, you’ll be the talk of the office lunch room. Good food brings out the best in people. Conversations begin, ideas flow, stories shared.

Bon appétit!

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