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Integrating fish into packed lunches

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Hi everyone, First time poster, but a pretty strong follower considering my relatively short paleo experience. Going pretty well so far! I'm about 2 months in, down about 25 pounds, with minimal muscle loss (no appreciable loss, haven't had measurements done though so idk for sure...). I think I've transitioned pretty well; finally have started moving past the craving stage and am very much starting to enjoy the new lifestyle! I'm about 40-40-20 (fat-protein-carb), roughly.

I'm getting plenty of protein, but I would however like to start integrating more fish into my diet. I've struggled a little bit with this, as what I've been doing for lunches at work is 10-12oz of protein in a ziplock bag with one of those "steam in the microwave" bags of vegetables; VERY easy, relatively painless, and pretty cheap. This usually consists of pork, steak, or chicken, cooked however I felt like at the beginning of the week.

Fish is a bit of a problem in the middle of the day for two reasons: (1) I'm not sure how I feel about consuming fish that was cooked more than 24 hours ago, and (2) microwaving fish in a office could have some obvious pungent backlash. Do you guys have any suggestions as to how to get more fish into packed lunches without poisoning myself or stinking up the office? I guess the crux of the issue is how long can you really keep fish after cooking and then what are other ways to prepare it without having to microwave the day you eat it?

PS: I should mention that I'm not a big fan of sardines or canned tuna, but maybe there are some alternatives that you've heard of that I haven't tried? other kinds of fish perhaps?

Any suggestions are much appreciated! (even if it involves ways to get more paleo friendly fats in my lunches, that's really what I'm after I suppose...) Thanks!

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on September 01, 2012
at 03:27 AM

...though sushi-grade fish is not easy for everyone to get.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 01, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Yum! Fish and Avocado (and sea salt) is a killer combination.

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on September 01, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Yeah, it's delicious. I normally just eat them out of the bag like chips but they are good either way. Asian stores have all kinds of awesome dried seafood. Once you get used to the new taste it's totally addictive. An amazingly easy way to eat an animal nose to tail. It's just a very tiny animal. :-D

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 01, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Did no one see that the OP said he wanted suggestions other than canned sardines and tuna???

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on August 31, 2012
at 06:54 PM

"PS: I should mention that I'm not a big fan of sardines or canned tuna, but maybe there are some alternatives that you've heard of that I haven't tried? other kinds of fish perhaps?" ... "duh!"

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on August 31, 2012
at 06:15 PM

This is the best option if you're trying not to stink up the place. I could recommend a lot of different canned fish, but they all have a distinctive smell and strong flavors, much like the sardines you say you don't like.

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at 05:35 PM

Thanks for posting that recipe, looks good!

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 31, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Rock some smoked Salmon. Smoking cures it, so it remains stable at and below room temperature. You can heat it up, or eat it as is. Plus you get all that salmonie goodness. Most stores will sell it, even world market: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/world-marketreg-classic-smoked-alaskan-salmon.do?sortby=ourPicks&from=Search

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on August 31, 2012
at 06:15 PM

This is the best option if you're trying not to stink up the place. I could recommend a lot of different canned fish, but they all have a distinctive smell and strong flavors, much like the sardines you say you don't like.

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on August 31, 2012
at 03:19 PM

you could try making chowders, or kedgeree? I pack my fish in foil and this helps a lot I think. also I don't see anything wrong with putting cold leftover baked fish on a salad. it's like chicken salad if you use salmon in that it flakes, what's the difference? some mayo as dressing, and you're set! I also like this fish soup from simplyrecipes.com that uses clam broth and brazilian fish soup from that site too - coconut, tomatoes, paprika and your choice of white fish plus tons of lime and salt (you need it to season the fish).

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on September 01, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Sashimi or rolls with avocado instead of rice.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 01, 2012
at 03:27 AM

...though sushi-grade fish is not easy for everyone to get.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 01, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Yum! Fish and Avocado (and sea salt) is a killer combination.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Cold fish salad. I do tuna (you could do salmon) mixed with avocado, lime and spices. No need to reheat, no smelly consequences.

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on August 31, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Make a salad with lightly cooked fish, lemon juice, olive oil and whatever salad veggies you have lying around. The lemon juice will keep the fish fresh.

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on August 31, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Tiny dried fishes from the korean and japanese markets! They are a delicious nutrient dense snack.

http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/03/nutrient-rich-snack-dried-anchovies.html

You can even stir fry them (I replaced sugar with honey or coconut/palm sugar and the oils with coconut oil) and they make this AMAZING sweet salty umammi snack. Even my toddler liked them (until he went all picky on me a month ago... grrrr)

http://www.storyofakitchen.com/fish-recipes/korean-style-dried-anchovies/

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 31, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Thanks for posting that recipe, looks good!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on September 01, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Yeah, it's delicious. I normally just eat them out of the bag like chips but they are good either way. Asian stores have all kinds of awesome dried seafood. Once you get used to the new taste it's totally addictive. An amazingly easy way to eat an animal nose to tail. It's just a very tiny animal. :-D

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on September 01, 2012
at 02:35 AM

I bring wild caught salmon or seared ahi tuna to work daily and eat it cold with some seasoned broccoli. I just season it, sautee/pan fry it in whatever fat I have available (coconut oil, lard, bacon fat, or butter) and toss it in the lunch container and into the refrigerator. I usually just keep it in my desk until lunch (my office is freezing cold and I haven't gotten sick yet from this practice) or I'll throw it in the company fridge and then gently reheat it to take the chill off. Nobody has ever mentioned any smell because I don't think it smells like much of anything.

I spend a few minutes on Sundays cooking up a few days worth of lunches and then again on Tuesday or Wednesday evening to replenish my lunches. It's super convenient and delicious.

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on September 01, 2012
at 01:23 AM

Sardines and Kippers are great at work. All you're going to do is turn a few people off around you who can't stand the smell. I don't have any shame...I've busted out a 9 ounce can of Wild Kippers at my desk. What can I say...the turned off co-workers with fishy sensory overload isn't worth me not getting my Omega 3!

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 01, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Did no one see that the OP said he wanted suggestions other than canned sardines and tuna???

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on August 31, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Canned sardines, duh! I get the ones in pure olive oil, put them over a salad with some vinegar. And about the highest level of Omega 3, which is presumably why you're trying to eat more fish in the first place.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on August 31, 2012
at 06:54 PM

"PS: I should mention that I'm not a big fan of sardines or canned tuna, but maybe there are some alternatives that you've heard of that I haven't tried? other kinds of fish perhaps?" ... "duh!"

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on August 31, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Crustless quiche with fish and spinach - salmon or shrimp should be perfect for this. Heat up or eat cold.

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on August 31, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Vital Choice smoked salmon (in a pouch)

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