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Packing a Not Sad Desk Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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We've done our best to put an end to the Sad Desk Lunch. We've given you tips for planning ahead, packing and storing, and contingency plans for when you've had a morning. We've even taken our show on the road to inspire other New York offices.

The 5 Best Things We Learned (So Far) from Our #NotSadDeskLunch Campaign
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The 5 Best Things We Learned (So Far) from Our #NotSadDeskLunch Campaign

But on the Hotline, Hallie has raised the bar. A grad student who can't make it home during the day, she needs advice for planning and executing Not Sad Desk Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners. As usual, our community saved the day with tips and recipe suggestions for anyone who needs to eat multiple meals on the go:

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Breakfast

  • Caroline suggests overnight oatmeal. Check out this Not Recipe to learn how you can cook and sleep at the same time!
  • For a warming start to your day, ktr looks to baked oatmeal, which can be easily reheated in the microwave.
  • Michele finds granola—one that's full of seeds, nuts, and dried fruit—holds up well when packed in a jar. Bring along some yogurt, too!
Brown Butter Granola with Honey and Sumac

Brown Butter Granola with Honey and Sumac by EmilyC

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal

Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal by Gena Hamshaw

Lunch

12 Ways to Have Better Lunches in 2016 (Even if You Only Have 5 Minutes)

12 Ways to Have Better Lunches in 2016 (Even if You Only ... by Leslie Stephens

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A Genius Make-Ahead Salad for Work Lunches, Picnics, and Potlucks

A Genius Make-Ahead Salad for Work Lunches, Picnics, and ... by Kristen Miglore

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Dinner

Crispy Pulled Pork Shoulder

Crispy Pulled Pork Shoulder by Cara Nicoletti

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu by Genius Recipes

Extras

  • Sometimes it's not just what you're eating—it's how you're eating it. To feel instantly more civilized, ktr suggests bringing along a cloth napkin.
  • Don't forget drinks! Bring along nice tea bags or a thermos of coffee, like ktr—and of course, lots of water.
Tan Dots Cotton Napkins (Set of 4)

Tan Dots Cotton Napkins (Set of 4)

$32
Insulated Travel Thermoses

Insulated Travel Thermoses

From $23

Brimming with more ideas to make a day's worth of Not Sad Desk Meals? Tell us in the comments!

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