If you believe that you're beyond help in theLunch!department, we're here to do a little myth busting. Contrary to popular belief, great lunch doesn't require endless hours of effort. If your coworker who packs their own seems like a miracle worker, you can bet they have a few tricks (and good habits!) up their sleeve thatmakeit possible.
Here at W&P, we see good lunch happen every day. Sometimes, evengreatlunch. And we're here to share how we make it happen, with a heaping dose of assistance fromLunch!author Olivia Mack McCool.
Make the most of those Sundayscaries. When your chest starts to tighten, realizing Monday's just around the corner...that's when you fight back with some killer lunch prep. Blocking out a few hours every weekend for grocery shopping and bulk cooking makes all the difference.
Assemble your lunch the night before. Chances are, you're not a morning person. Pull together each day's lunch before hitting the hay. Otherwise, we guarantee thatsnoozebutton will screw up your lunch plans.
Stock your pantry with the essentials. The key to easy cooking is keeping tabs on your go-to ingredients. Olive oil, high-quality saltandfreshly cracked pepper are a start. But as you gain new lunch skills, we guarantee you'll be keeping tahini, fish sauce, mustard, sumac and a slew of seeds—among other toppings—on hand at all times.
Amicroplane and a mandolin. Yup, you're going to want these two tools. In addition to a sharp chef's knife, their grating and super-thin-slicing functions are everything you need to chop up raw ingredients in a flash.
A dollop al desko. In addition to stocking your pantry, keep a couple essentials at your desk. From flaky salt to a funky hot sauce, a few flavorful favorites make all the difference.
Elevate the experience.Love eating with chopsticks? Get a kick out of a classy linen napkin? Feel special when you drink seltzer? Whatever helps turn lunch into a rewarding ritual—do it. We guarantee you'll still save money (and feel more energized), just by bringing a freshly made lunch from home.