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Ideas for bag lunches? What do paleos eat at work?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Paleo is easy at home, but more challenging elsewhere. My bag lunches used to be built around a sandwich. It's hard to think of a really convenient paleo replacement. Left-overs are good, but what if there aren't any left over?

I'm thinking of cooking up a bunch of ground beef and melting a bunch of lard into it, then cooling it so the meat is "frozen" into the lard. Then I could just cut out pieces and eat them cold. That would provide ample calories and some protein.

What are your bag lunches? Or do you IF during the day?

7779f5425f0a0334979ac05061f95a48

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on January 02, 2014
at 02:44 AM

I'm in high school as well and i gotta say that i usually fast. But I'm probably going to steal your ideas, because seven thousand salads gets boring after a while

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on March 22, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Gotta love the lettuce wraps! Even my very non-paleo wife loves them!

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I stopped using Tupperware or any plastic containers. Instead, I picked up some corning glass bowls (they have some with leak-less lids), quart, pint and half-pint canning jars, and baking parchment. It's been working out GREAT.

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:52 AM

That was going to be my contribution -- Lettuce wraps... homemade versions of the Jimmy-John Unwich, which wrap up nicely in a piece of cooking parchment for travel. I don't do the fruit or the nuts, but I'll usually bring 2-3 lettuce wraps for lunch and that fills me up just fine, plus it's super convenient and easy to carry.

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on January 22, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Thanks! I'm pretty sure there are a few younger kids around here, though, which is even more impressive. But yeah, I do wish more of my peers would eat real food once in a while.

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:04 PM

+1 for tinned sardines and eggs. Sometimes I mash these together with some hot sauce and go.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I make something like this myself, without the cream. Sometimes I will throw in a little extra bacon fat or melted Kerrygold, but honestly, I don't miss the cream. Shredded parsley and/or carrots go really well in these, too. I've even lined each cup with a little wrap of bacon before baking .. delish!

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on January 22, 2012
at 05:23 PM

wow super impressed that you're only in high school and doing all of this! if only more young people could follow your lead....

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on November 14, 2010
at 11:13 PM

Yes, but would you want to eat those cubes of fatty meat? I like fat and meat way more than the average person but somehow a cold cube of ground beef and lard does not sound appetizing. I'd rather fast. I generally bring a salad or leftovers, or hardboiled eggs and some hot sauce. My salads tend to have meat/eggs/cheese/nuts in them, sometimes all of the above, so they're very filling. (I eat dairy.)

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on April 29, 2010
at 04:25 AM

When your mind is thinking 'sandwich' just put a hunk of beef or whatever inside a big lettuce leaf instead of bread.

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on April 29, 2010
at 04:23 AM

There were two Anna's so I changed to AnnaA.

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on April 27, 2010
at 07:06 PM

thanks -- have been looking for cheaper coconut chips!

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 27, 2010
at 02:25 PM

That article is exactly what I was originally looking for, I'm surprised I didn't find it before. I didn't find anything new there though, they mentioned a lot of salads and other dishes that have a high prep:calorie ratio. I want a dead simple, high-calorie food, a real world paleo lembas bread. The best advice was again to take a can of salmon. Doesn't get any easier than that!

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on April 26, 2010
at 03:07 PM

Mental fogginess?? I'm not fasting. I'm literally not hungry until dinner time. It took maybe two days to get used to. My breakfasts happen to be low-carb, or I probably couldn't do this. I eat a 3 egg omelette (spinach, cheese, butter and cream) and bacon. I am really good at making omelettes now. I would consider fruit ("candy bars from trees") to be about the worst thing possible to tide you over, as when the sugar high fades you crash hard. Cheese and salami type things were my snacks back when I used to eat lunch and couldn't get it. Fruit is best with a meal (to blunt the sugar effects).

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on April 22, 2010
at 06:35 PM

Yes, it is amazing the amount of tupperware I use these days.

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on April 22, 2010
at 06:11 PM

I've noticed that too. There's another Aaron that posts that's not me.

Abb08da08e327d776926f2c9e4856582

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on April 22, 2010
at 02:15 PM

I don't. I guess there's another Kim. I don't know how it registers 2 people with the same name...

Abb08da08e327d776926f2c9e4856582

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on April 22, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Nope. There's another Kim.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 22, 2010
at 12:24 AM

How do you have 2 different accounts with the same user name??

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on April 20, 2010
at 08:54 PM

Well, if I bring a salad, I try to bring something containing some fat as well -- maybe some roasted meat that I've already made, or perhaps some bacon!

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on April 20, 2010
at 04:07 PM

That sounds great, Toban. I keep meaning to try the recipe without the cream. Maybe extra lard would do the trick.

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on April 20, 2010
at 03:15 PM

I find this too, if I have a lectures or concentrated work to do I need some food in me. Otherwise I can happily go without eating for a while. There were no lectures or essays in the ice age :P

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 03:08 PM

My problem with salads is the lack of calories. I need a fat-vehicle!

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:43 PM

+1 for fasting.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:42 PM

I was thinking of doing that. As a student though, I'm concerned about the mental fogginess that comes with fasting. Maybe I just need to become better adapted to fasting. Or I could just eat a fruit to tide me over.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Interesting. Maybe I'll adapt my 'ground-meat frozen in lard' idea. I could use eggs and lard instead of cream.

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on April 20, 2010
at 01:59 PM

I work in food, so we have a full kitchen...so I'm not worrying about this yet :)

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on April 20, 2010
at 01:41 PM

You are coming close to describing pemmican which is jerky and suet and has an extremely long shelf life.

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on April 20, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Canned fish is excellent for protein. I'm more concerned about fuel/calories so I'm looking for a high-fat portable meal.

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0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:04 PM

Every week (sometimes more often than that) I make a batch of these egg "muffins" for quick snacks and work lunches. Not orthodox paleo, as they include cream and cheese, but they're SO good, and very convenient. Much more fun than a hard boiled egg. My husband calls them "Lembas Bread" after the super-nutritious and portable bread from LOTR. :)

  • 1 lb. cooked breakfast meat (crumbled bacon is our favorite, but sausage, diced ham, leftover steak, whatever works - just don't drain the fat)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper and garlic salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 c shredded cheese

Preheat to 350. Evenly distribute the meat to the bottoms of 12-18 pre-greased muffin compartments (depending on the size of your muffin pans). Don't be afraid to spoon in any leftover grease - it just makes the muffins flakier! In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream and spices. Pour egg batter over the meat, then drop in a good portion of shredded cheese on top. Bake 30 minutes until eggs are cooked through. Remove from tins and refrigerate.

Grab and go for a quick snack/breakfast!

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Interesting. Maybe I'll adapt my 'ground-meat frozen in lard' idea. I could use eggs and lard instead of cream.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on April 20, 2010
at 04:07 PM

That sounds great, Toban. I keep meaning to try the recipe without the cream. Maybe extra lard would do the trick.

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:02 PM

I make something like this myself, without the cream. Sometimes I will throw in a little extra bacon fat or melted Kerrygold, but honestly, I don't miss the cream. Shredded parsley and/or carrots go really well in these, too. I've even lined each cup with a little wrap of bacon before baking .. delish!

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on April 20, 2010
at 01:41 PM

I employ multiple methods to solve the lunch conundrum:

-IF: I IF 1 - 2 times per week, which automatically solves my lunch issue on those particular days.

-Leftovers: As far as packing lunch, leftovers is often the easiest choice for me. Since going paleo, I have been cooking regularly, often cooking larger portions resulting in numerous leftovers. I usually bring these in small, seal-able Pyrex containers that I can re-heat in the toaster oven (I try to avoid using the microwave for reheating).

-Salads: On the days I don't have leftovers, I usually just throw together a quick salad and a piece of fruit. I always have something around to for making salads and a good salad can be both nutritional and filling. My example from yesterday's lunch: mixed greens, 1/2 avocado (sliced), crushed walnuts, raisins, fresh mushrooms, homemade naturally pickled ginger carrots, juice of 1/2 lemon and pumpkin seed oil.

-Emergency Stash: I always keep a stash in my car and office desk. Tins of Sardines, tuna, and salmon are probably the easiest to store, but I usually keep homemade jerky at my desk and I also keep some nuts in the communal freezer at the office.

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

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on April 20, 2010
at 01:08 PM

I often skip lunch, finding it a perfect opportunity for intermittent fasting.

Common lunch items for me are: salads, avocados, hard boiled eggs, leftovers (soups, stews, crock-pot meals, and big pieces of meat from the bbq), tinned sardines/salmon/tuna, or a walk to the closest salad bar.

Tupperware has become essential since going paleo.

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:43 PM

+1 for fasting.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Canned fish is excellent for protein. I'm more concerned about fuel/calories so I'm looking for a high-fat portable meal.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on April 22, 2010
at 06:35 PM

Yes, it is amazing the amount of tupperware I use these days.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:04 PM

+1 for tinned sardines and eggs. Sometimes I mash these together with some hot sauce and go.

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I stopped using Tupperware or any plastic containers. Instead, I picked up some corning glass bowls (they have some with leak-less lids), quart, pint and half-pint canning jars, and baking parchment. It's been working out GREAT.

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:49 PM

I'm in high school, but I deal with the same situation at lunchtime. My go-to is some kind of seasoned meat, a whole bunch of lightly-cooked greens (almost always kale, smothered with olive oil after cooking) and sometimes a piece of fruit or a couple carrots but not always.

My lunch for tomorrow is something of a staple, because it's really good and easy: shredded beef tongue in homemade barbecue sauce (Son of Grok's, but made with bacon fat instead of olive oil) with some garlicky kale. That gets packed with a freezer block, a fork and some napkins. I'll pack a carrot in case I want it, but I usually don't. Beef tongue is actually a very fatty piece of meat with a good amount of protein, which makes it a satisfying option as far as meat goes.

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on January 22, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Thanks! I'm pretty sure there are a few younger kids around here, though, which is even more impressive. But yeah, I do wish more of my peers would eat real food once in a while.

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on January 22, 2012
at 05:23 PM

wow super impressed that you're only in high school and doing all of this! if only more young people could follow your lead....

7779f5425f0a0334979ac05061f95a48

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on January 02, 2014
at 02:44 AM

I'm in high school as well and i gotta say that i usually fast. But I'm probably going to steal your ideas, because seven thousand salads gets boring after a while

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on April 21, 2010
at 03:52 AM

It might sound boring. But every day I eat:

1 large whole avocado (bring knife and spoon, cut in half and scoop it out...it will raise neolithic eyebrows). 1 small handful each of: pecans, almonds, and walnuts. Mix with pieces of dark chocolate and a few raisins or other dried fruit. 1 apple (for pectin more than anything else)

green peppers, carrots, broccoli, and/or other veggies.

Not a lot of fat, but I get plenty of that for breakfast and dinner. And if I'm too busy to pack lunch I skip it.

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:59 PM

On Sunday, I boil up a work-week's portion of hard-boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge to throw in my lunchbag. Also on Sunday I will slow-cook a large lamb roast, or a broiler chicken or whatever protein i feel like for the week, then carve it up into daily portions and throw it in my lunch and eat it cold. Like some others, if I'm cooking in the evening, I'll make enough to ensure I have leftovers for the next day(s) - baked salmon or whatever, and eat that cold.

Sometimes I'll make a large salad and cut the cold protein into chunks and top the salad with it - often making enough salad to portion out for a period of days (keeping the dressing in a separate serving-size container - that way the salad will last for a while in the fridge without turning into a soggy mess).

There are always enough berries in the fridge to portion out a serving size to go with whatever I've put together for the day's lunch. Sometimes, but rarely, I'll have nuts in the fridge and will portion out a serving size of those also.

It takes less than 5 minutes to assemble lunch in the morning, having done the pre-prep days before. I use the small glass containers with no-leak snap lids to minimize contact with plastic.

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:18 PM

Lunch? Paleos only eat twice per day. After breakfast at 5 or 6 AM I usually can't even think about eating again until 4 or 5 PM. I take a nap at lunch instead of eating. :)

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 20, 2010
at 02:42 PM

I was thinking of doing that. As a student though, I'm concerned about the mental fogginess that comes with fasting. Maybe I just need to become better adapted to fasting. Or I could just eat a fruit to tide me over.

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on April 20, 2010
at 03:15 PM

I find this too, if I have a lectures or concentrated work to do I need some food in me. Otherwise I can happily go without eating for a while. There were no lectures or essays in the ice age :P

D628a7339e8567f7246fc0cf652acacf

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on April 26, 2010
at 03:07 PM

Mental fogginess?? I'm not fasting. I'm literally not hungry until dinner time. It took maybe two days to get used to. My breakfasts happen to be low-carb, or I probably couldn't do this. I eat a 3 egg omelette (spinach, cheese, butter and cream) and bacon. I am really good at making omelettes now. I would consider fruit ("candy bars from trees") to be about the worst thing possible to tide you over, as when the sugar high fades you crash hard. Cheese and salami type things were my snacks back when I used to eat lunch and couldn't get it. Fruit is best with a meal (to blunt the sugar effects).

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on March 21, 2012
at 11:29 PM

If I need to pack a lunch, I'll usually make a lettuce wrap (chicken, beef, etc.) and add a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts.

ideas-for-bag-lunches?-what-do-paleos-eat-at-work?

(check this out for a typical paleo day)

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on March 22, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Gotta love the lettuce wraps! Even my very non-paleo wife loves them!

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on March 22, 2012
at 12:52 AM

That was going to be my contribution -- Lettuce wraps... homemade versions of the Jimmy-John Unwich, which wrap up nicely in a piece of cooking parchment for travel. I don't do the fruit or the nuts, but I'll usually bring 2-3 lettuce wraps for lunch and that fills me up just fine, plus it's super convenient and easy to carry.

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on January 23, 2012
at 07:36 AM

Typical lunch (I don't eat breakfast):

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • tin of sardines or other fish
  • a sweet potato, which I microwave in the kitchen at work
  • a raw carrot
  • a chunk of cucumber
  • a chunk of raw capsicum or celery
  • a banana + other fruit
  • leftovers/cold meat/chicken from previous night or cold meat from supermarket deli counter if necessary
  • some almonds or brazil nuts

I keep a bottle of extra virgin olive oil on my desk so I can pour it on things at work, eg if I buy salad greens from the the supermarket down the road.

Since I seem to need about 3000 calories for maintenance, it's a constant struggle getting enough food at lunch to avoid the need for an impossibly large dinner.

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on January 22, 2012
at 02:13 PM

Lately I am frying up some ground beef or lamb (with cumin or sage or whatever spices), mixing with a little white rice and reheating the glass container at work. Then spooning it into romaine leaves, wrapping and eating. Some avocado in there as well, or on the side.

A chicken thigh or chicken leg also works, as it can be eaten cold or hot. I usually eat it with a little salad.

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on April 21, 2010
at 08:27 PM

We mostly do leftovers for lunch, but one thing that is particularly handy is that my husbands roasts a chicken each week. We pick it and use the meat in egg muffins as described above and for quick lunches (alone or in salads). Then we make a broth from the carcass and make a soup or stew that we also keep on hand for quick meals on busy nights/lunch to take to work. I suppose you could do more or less the same thing with a roast.

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on April 22, 2010
at 06:11 PM

I've noticed that too. There's another Aaron that posts that's not me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 29, 2010
at 04:23 AM

There were two Anna's so I changed to AnnaA.

Abb08da08e327d776926f2c9e4856582

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on April 22, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Nope. There's another Kim.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

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on April 22, 2010
at 12:24 AM

How do you have 2 different accounts with the same user name??

Abb08da08e327d776926f2c9e4856582

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on April 22, 2010
at 02:15 PM

I don't. I guess there's another Kim. I don't know how it registers 2 people with the same name...

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on April 20, 2010
at 04:10 PM

My husband makes himself a Big-Ass Salad every morning.

I work from home. If I'm gonna be out, I try to bring dried beef and a hard-boiled egg.

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8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

on April 20, 2010
at 01:42 PM

I second Aaron on Tupperware being essential.

My situation is kind of amusing (to me). I work in a restaurant as a pastry chef, where each day "family meal" is provided for us. For those who aren't familiar, this is where someone gets elected each day (usually in advance) to take leftover ingredients and make some sort of meal for the staff. The purpose is twofold: to make sure staff members aren't starving during the evening service (and therefore taking food they shouldn't), and to keep staff from leaving the restaurant to go buy food elsewhere. The presumption is that staff wouldn't bring their own lunch to a restaurant, of all places.

The problem with family meal is that it's usually fried or covered in sauce. More often than not, it's chunks of leftover fish (which is quite good fish in terms of quality) and white rice. Hooray. Once I started the PD in January, I completely abstained from it.

What do I bring? Usually a large salad with some sort of protein (primarily chicken) added to it. I'm also big on cooking a lot of something (roasted veggies, grilled chicken, ground turkey) on a day off and then portioning it out into Tupperware so I can take it to work. This is ESSENTIAL. Luckily I just drink water, so I have no need to bring it in at all (I keep a Nalgene bottle at work).

Bottom line, I find the trick is to plan ahead and allocate an hour of a day, once or twice a week, for cooking/prepping lunches in advance. You will save a lot of money in the process (versus last-minute "that day" runs to the store to grab something Paleo-friendly) and it also means you don't have to think about what you'll have...there's already options in the fridge.

56e8e22796618ea3b817d4aae19c6e33

(474)

on April 20, 2010
at 03:08 PM

My problem with salads is the lack of calories. I need a fat-vehicle!

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

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on April 20, 2010
at 08:54 PM

Well, if I bring a salad, I try to bring something containing some fat as well -- maybe some roasted meat that I've already made, or perhaps some bacon!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I have two modes: salad with meat and avocado, and what I call "Mommy bento," to distinguish from my kids' bento-style lunches. I don't actually go all out, but I use a large-ish flat bottom storage container (ceramic) and silicone cupcake liners to hold things I want to keep separated. I put in leftover meat (or meat that I pre-cooked on the weekend for that purpose), 1 or two vegetables, and something fatty like guacamole. If there is some that would be microwaved and some not, I put the non-microwaveable stuff in the cupcake liners so I can lift them out when I microwave. For the veg, I usually use leftovers, but have recently started using Melissa Joulwan's idea of just throwing in some frozen veggies, drizzling them with olive oil and sprinkling salt.

For my salads, I use the the To-Go Ware stainless steel 2-tier food container (like a small Indian tiffin container) and put salad on the bottom and meat on the top. http://www.reuseit.com/store/togo-ware-2tier-stainless-steel-food-carrier-p-669.html

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:25 PM

My answer from this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/96805/suggestions-for-lunches-eaten-cold/96832#96832

I like to take frozen shrimp/prawns and put them in a container. That way, they defrost during the day, but still stay cold enough that they are safe to eat by lunch time. I usually put some lime juice, chipotle, and olive oil in there too, to get flavour going. Then, I just slice open an avocado (another reason to carry a swiss army knife at all times), and combine the shrimp and avocado. One of my favourite, absolute easiest lunches.

Another lunch I like is filling a container with leftover beef, finely chopped peppers, bean sprouts (if you eat that kind of thing), julienne carrots/zuchinni, fresh ginger, chopped garlic, etc, and then bringing a thermos of bone broth to pour over the whole lot- it is half cold lunch, half hot lunch, no microwave or stove top required!

For salads, I'm picky and hate the "soggy" and kind of lose the point of eating all those leaves when there is no yummy dressing, so I pack one container that SEALS really well, and put all the "extra" veggies (carrot, pepper etc), meat, and dressing (some variation involving lime/lemon, balsamic, olive oil, or sesame oil). This way the meat soaks up the dressing too, which is always a good idea. I usually have a little container for "crunchies" that would otherwise get soggy, such as seeds/nuts. Then, I just have a big container of lettuce/greens. Invert both the containers into the big container, put the lid on, shake well, and proceed to enjoy!

Another great one is just little containers of leftovers- a hardboiled egg (coat in sausage meat and fry for extra calories), some roasted squash, an avocado (again, swiss army knife is key), a couple slices of cooled bacon, leftover sausage, chunks of cheese, containers of yogurt with berries (if you have a sweet tooth!), and thermoses with whatever you ate for dinner the night before. Easy, and all the little bits add up to a substantial meal.

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on January 22, 2012
at 08:37 PM

I pre-cook meat and hard boil eggs. I freeze individual portions of meat in the freezer and grab meat and a couple of eggs. Or meat and some butter or cheese. The frozen meat acts like an ice pack for the other items.

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on January 22, 2012
at 03:08 PM

I make big batches of curry, chili, or roasts for dinner throughout the week and pack those for lunch.

I work from home 2 days a week so I usually just scour the fridge for something to eat for dinner.

Lately I've been IF for 1-2 days a week. More likely on the days where I had a steak the night before and I don't have any leftovers. If I don't have leftovers, I make it a point to skip breakfast (breakfast somehow "stokes the fire" for me and I stay hungry throughout the day, if I skip it, the hunger is gone within a few hours of missing that breakfast and doesn't come back until late afternoon).

I also keep organic kippers and canned sardines in my pantry in case I have nothing thawed out (I do meat co-op and therefore live out of my freezer).

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:31 PM

1 small tin chopped black olives, 2 ribs celery fine diced, 2-3 tablespoons almond butter. i mix this together and keep it in the fridge. I eat it on celery. its high in fat, but a couple tablespoons is surprisingly filling. last night i added it to a Moroccan-style butternut squash tagine to give the liquid a little more body.

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on May 10, 2010
at 07:12 PM

I just took one out of Robb Wolf's playbook... Take a protein, a bag of frozen veggies, simmer w/ coconut milk & season accordingly. Requires some prior planning, but quick, easy & Paleo-friendly.

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on May 10, 2010
at 08:14 AM

I do meals for a family of four, get most of the cooking done on weekend.

sundays I cook big meals like pot roast or stew roast chicken, whatever. steam some veggies, bake sweet potatoes, etc.

breakfast for the kids: ghee & fried eggs, scrambled, sometimes w bacon/cream cheese etc. sometimes toast a couple corn tortilla in the grease. once in awhile a nice hash: dice and fry a pre-baked potato, chopped onion, and at the end whatever chopped up leftover meat (good way to use up the gristly bits and fat trimmings from picky eaters). if they dont eat it all, pack it for my lunch.

breakfast for mom and dad: a cup or two, half coffee half cream.

lunch for the kids: sandwich made with two cheese slices and meat inside. sometimes pickle slice, they are not into lettuce at this time. salami is the current favorite, high fat and fairly short ingredient list. sometimes some pork rinds, extra cheese or dried meat/fish, or whatever leftover they like.

lunch for mom/dad: leftover bkfst (greasy hash is my favorite), or one or two tupperwares of whatever was made sunday. if veggie, throw in half a stick of butter it will be soft by lunchtime.

at work I usually keep a tub of sour cream, beef jerky, sardines etc.

the efficiency of lunch for four people helps make this worthwhile -- when I am alone I would eat a bit of dried meat, cheese, boiled eggs.

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on April 27, 2010
at 08:22 AM

A couple of months back Healthhabits did an atricle about this question. the author asked some bloggers about this prob. Here is the post :)

http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/02/23/lunch-ideas-for-paleo-newbies/

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(474)

on April 27, 2010
at 02:25 PM

That article is exactly what I was originally looking for, I'm surprised I didn't find it before. I didn't find anything new there though, they mentioned a lot of salads and other dishes that have a high prep:calorie ratio. I want a dead simple, high-calorie food, a real world paleo lembas bread. The best advice was again to take a can of salmon. Doesn't get any easier than that!

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on April 21, 2010
at 09:54 AM

Nothing. I eat when I'm done with the day and can relax.

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(4528)

on April 20, 2010
at 04:11 PM

The is more related to snacks than to lunch, but I just placed an order for 10 lb. of "coconut chips" from nuttyguys.com. It's just unsweetened shreds of coconut that are large enough to snack on. Yum!

If you're interested, there's a coupon code for $10 off a $20 purchase, which makes shipping free on a 10-lb. or less order. Use the code Grocery at checkout.

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on April 27, 2010
at 07:06 PM

thanks -- have been looking for cheaper coconut chips!

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on March 21, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Protein Smoothie. Blend it up the night before or in the morning, put it in a shaker bottle, stick it in the freezer, get ready for work, and grab it on your way out. I put in generally a little juice, 1 fresh fruit, 1 serving frozen fruit, almond butter, coconut milk/oil and egg white protein powder. Could also do a "savory" version with spinach, carrots and other veggies and some other fat. Pure unflavored egg white protein powder is really easy to find and order online.

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on January 23, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I used to grab a big piece of salmon, and a bunch of broccoli at the store on the way to work, and just nuke them at lunch time, and then slather it all in butter. I was notorious for stinking up the place with that combo though, so proceed at your own risk.

For my hubby, I now make chili or meatloaf for him to take to work, they both reheat nicely, and can be kept frozen until it is time to heat them.

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I either eat leftovers or the big a$$ salad from marks daily apple. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ultimate-salad-recipe/#axzz1kDzlaj00

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on April 20, 2010
at 10:55 PM

I try to make a giant-ass portion of 2 cans "tongol" tuna and 1 can boneless/skinless sardine "salad" and eat some of that every day at work. Mash up the fish, throw in chopped shallot, a little carrot and celery, capers, and a lot of spicy mustard; if I'm feeling saucy some home-made EV olive-oil aioli but it's a pain to clean up so I don't do that much. Mix it all up. Eat. Without mayo/aioli as a binder it's a little messy. I'll usually take a piece of fruit and a bottle of kombucha every day and leave the big bowl of stanky fish mush in the office fridge (tightly-covered). Some weeks I just skip eating lunch and go for a walk if the weather is nice.

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