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6 Dumplings to Keep in Your Office Freezer for Lunch

February 16, 2016

Think of dumplings, with their protective outer shell, as your personal league of eager lunchtime warriors. They're ready to hold whatever you put in them; they can be packed into close quarters; they're easily microwaved; and they can be served over a bed of rice or in a bowl of broth.

And the best part? They freeze incredibly well, so you can make batches weeks (even months) in advance.

How to do it:

If you have a freezer at work, bring a gallon-sized zipper bag of fully cooked dumplings (choose from one of the recipes below or invent your own!) along with a jar of homemade dipping sauce or soy sauce.

When it's time for lunch, remove however many dumplings you'd like to eat and leave them out on a plate for 10 to 15 minutes (this, according to Andrea Nguyen, author of Asian Dumplings, will ensure even cooking). Then, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave in 30-second intervals until fully reheated, roughly 2 to 3 minutes, depending on how many dumplings you are reheating. Eat them with soup or rice, or on their own.

Here are 6 dumplings recipes to choose from next week's lunch:

And if you want to improvise...

What's your favorite make-ahead freezer lunch? Tell us in the comments below!

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