10 #NotSadDeskLunches to Pack from Our Latest #f52contest

November 10, 2015

This just in from our latest #f52contest: You all made lunches that are hearty and colorful and definitively day-brightening—some truly impressive #NotSadDeskLunches.

A big congrats to our winner, who made this cumin-roasted delicata squash with harissa chickpeas and lime yogurt:

Make a batch of soba noodles, prep tofu and vegetables, and top with broth—then reheat for lunch:

Prepping on the weekends makes colorful grain salads easy to assemble all week:

One of our favorite #NotSadDeskLunches (and one of the easiest): Breads and spreads, like babaganoush and pita:

We love a burrito in bowl form, and we love that you could make them potluck-style with coworkers, with someone bringing rice and someone bringing toppings:


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Beans on toast is hearty, filling, and easy to make ahead:

Grain salads are a great canvas for big flavors—like hazelnuts, forbidden rice, carrots, lentils, and lots of herbs:

A bento box makes lunch fun to pack, since many compartments can mean many components:

Clean out the fridge and have taco salad for lunch:


Combine fresh ingredients like kale and avocado with prepared ones, like smoked salmon and roasted sweet potato:

What are you packing for your #NotSadDeskLunch? Tell us your go-to meals!

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