Lunch Week: What’s Your Favorite, Don’t-Mind-Eating-it-Three-Days-in-a-Row Lunch?

Wok star Eleanor Hoh’s lunch of repurposed pork noodles. (Courtesy of Eleanor Hoh.)

Work hours are ever-expanding, so for many lunch equals something you can hold in your hands in front of a computer.  I’m not going to reveal any names here, but I once saw a co-worker  lay several slices of bologna on his desk, line the slices with bright yellow mustard, roll’ em up and pop them in his mouth.   This is a particularly sordid example, but you know what I mean.

Our own personal lunchtime classics can get tiresome especially for those of us who pack our own lunch or eat within our office building.  A turkey wrap again?  But there are certain midday meals that stand the test of time.  These hardworking lunches are welcome day after day.

One of my old faithfuls is macaroni and cheese–homemade or frozen.  I’m a fiend, although I resist eating too it too often.  I also love any kind of pasta made with my Dad’s homemade tomato sauce and sauteed portobello mushrooms, salad with ginger dressing or the watermelon-tomato-feta salad from Michelle Bernstein’s Cuisine a Latina.

I asked on Facebook and Twitter about your lunchtime favorites.  Here are some of the replies:


Hummus/alfalfa/zizz of lemon juice on a brown bread usually does the trick or left over homemade veggie pizza & the killer app–last night’s (pukka) Indian takeaway tarka dal etc. (Work colleagues may not agree!)

-Andy Wagner (WLRN radio host)


The lunch I enjoy eating most often is sushi.

-Steve Roitstein (PALO!)


Philly cheesesteak.

Rice and scrambled eggs with baked plantains.  A slice of queso blanco on the side. Yum.

-Jacqueline Reyna


Fried tofu cashew nut.

-Alex Luna (Missing People)

Paula Nino’s Houston lunch of pork collar steak, roasted potatoes and salad. (Courtesy of Paula Nino.)

Spicy lentils with brown rice.

-Adolfo Barandiaran


Lemongrass tofu bahn mi.  Make it five days a week and I’m still down.

-Ayleen Perez (my favorite Que Pasa, U.S.A.? viewing partner)

Fresh, crunchy salad with any kind of protein.

-Eleanor Hoh (Wok Star)


A HUGE mixed greens salad with pears, grilled chicken, candied pecans and a balsamic dressing.

-Jennifer Johnson Hunsaker (Better Than My Mother’s)


I’m with Jennifer except a lighter, sweeter dressing…

-Laura Coburn

A turkey Swiss wrap with tomatoes, avocado and bacon. !   I can eat that all the time.  So yummy!

-Lidia Amoretti (Amoretti Communcations)


-Chat Chow TV



-James Keith Case (@keithcase)

Simple cheese quesadilla. Or a GOOD sandwich, maybe chicken salad or turkey, mayo, lettuce.

-Mandy Baca (A Hungry Artist)

Egg fried (over easy) in olive oil w/sprig oregano and Mama Lil’s peppers.  Toast.

-Giovanna Zivny (Giovanna’s Trifles)




2 Responses to “Lunch Week: What’s Your Favorite, Don’t-Mind-Eating-it-Three-Days-in-a-Row Lunch?”

  1. September 30, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Thx Trina for posting my photo, very honored! I like repurposing leftovers to make interesting lunches, it’s a challenge. Bologna story was very funny.


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