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A Better, Bite-Sized Lunch

February 24, 2015

As a defiant response to sad desk lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too. This post is brought to you by Triscuit.

Today: Don't spread office rumors -- spread your lunch on crackers. 

Triscuits with Tapenade

We are all too familiar with the inevitable lunchtime deadlines, when a fork and napkin are more of a nuisance than they are worth and a two-handed sandwich is too much effort. On these afternoons, we turn to the cracker, a humble, crunchy vehicle for effortless desk-side lunches. Not only are crackers great when you need to pull off a last minute lunch, but they are also great for sharing. See coworkers in need of a snack? Pass over a cracker or two. 

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All you need for cracker lunchtime success are two things: small jars to pack your spreads and a spreader to keep at your desk. Once you're outfitted with the necessary equipment, take inspiration from these spreads and pack a lunch you can look forward to all morning: 

Greek Salad Cracker: This cracker masterpiece involves cucumber slices, olive tapenade, and feta. Just slice your cucumber the night before and bring a little butter knife to spread your tapenade. Stack in this order: cracker, cucumber slice, spread of tapenade, and feta crumble (if you choose to use it).

Hummus Cracker: We love hummus. Whether classic, beet, or sweet pea, we'll take them all. But simply dipping a cracker in your favorite hummus sometimes just won't do. Top your cracker with a smear of hummus and place a roasted red pepper on top for a great lunch with hardly any night-before prep. 

Pesto Cracker: If you are craving an Italian lunch, try slapping a little pesto on your cracker and topping it with see-through-thin slices of prosciutto. Done and done.

Grilled Cheese Cracker: While this name might be a little deceptive, we can’t get enough of these grill-free, grilled-cheese-inspired crackers. All you need is a jar of pimento cheese and a bag of baby lettuce. Top your cheesy cracker with a few leaves of spinach or arugula to make it ever so slightly greener.

MVP Cracker: This one is easy and always pleasing. Just smash up an avocado in a bowl, drizzle in a little olive oil, and spoon the creamy mix onto your cracker. Top with some finishing salt and pepper. The avocado can be smashed at work, too, making this is a super last-minute lunch. 

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Our friends at Triscuit have more ideas for your next snack. Get inspired on Pinterest.

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5 Comments February 24, 2015
oh em gee...must try this ASAP!
Heather February 24, 2015
There is a fleeting glimpse of what is supposed to be food at my desk....or maybe just a memory...who really knows!
Rebecca @. February 24, 2015
Stacks stored at my desk last about as long as free food around software developers. You know, so short you question whether it was ever really there.
Heather February 24, 2015
The sad desk lunches link has expired. This makes me sad, as I am a desk luncher too!
Leslie S. February 24, 2015
Oh no! Thank you for letting us know - we'll remove the hyperlink. RIP