I'm really dedicated to packing my lunch for work every day -- it's budget-wise, it's easy, it's healthy, and it keeps me from eating leftovers more often than I want to! So I'm always thrilled when other FOOD52ers pack their lunches, too.

Today it was a double whammy! Laura Loesch-Quintin, our new intern (you've been seeing her on our Twitter lately!) brought a big salad of quinoa, chickpeas, radicchio, baby arugula, parsley, and scallions tossed with a white wine vinaigrette. Our associate editor Kristy packed linguine tossed with Broccoli Cooked Forever, plus a canned tuna salad (so topical!) with shaved fennel and preserved lemon -- and she brought enough to share with Kristen, our senior editor!

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I devoured my lunch before I could take a photo, but I had spaghetti squash tossed with Pimentón-cumin butter, a side of alfalfa sprouts, and a mozzarella and olive oil salad, along with bread to mop it all up.

What are you having for lunch? Do you pack your lunch or run out for a sandwich? And please, can someone recommend the ultimate leak-proof lunch container?

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I'm Nozlee Samadzadeh, a writer, editor, farmer, developer, and passionate home cook. Growing up Iranian in Oklahoma, working on a small-scale organic farm, and cooking on a budget all influence the way I cook -- herbed rice dishes, chicken fried steak, heirloom tomato salad, and simple poached eggs all make appearances on my bright blue kitchen table. I love to eat kimchi (homemade!) straight from the jar and I eat cake for breakfast.


Devangi R. March 14, 2012
http://kioskkiosk.com/collections/india/products/tiffin , this is a nice traditional tiffin, which is quite similar to the one Kristy suggested...
Fairmount_market March 10, 2012
I can highly recommend these lunch boxes with leak-proof containers, made by a small company in Eugene, OR: http://www.lunchsense.com/
weshook March 9, 2012
canning jars work well for those leaky lunch items. I pack a lunch pretty much every day--sometimes leftovers, sometimes something fresh. this week, I have rice and lentils waiting in the fridge waiting to have vegetables and sauce added for something different each.
anderson.stina March 9, 2012
I work in the South Bronx, where there the lunch options are limited to kfc, pizza, or beef patties. On Sunday I cook a big soup (kale and white bean one week, chili another, curry lentil maybe) and freeze half of it in lunch sized portions. That way, I only eat it for 2-3 days and can save the rest for a week or two later, when I'm not totally sick of it.

I also bring a row of Lindt Sea Salt chocolate squares for that mid afternoon lull :)
soupandsong March 9, 2012
I bring my lunch to work almost every day, and it is almost always some kind of salad. I wash & dry different greens at the beginning of the week - kale, lettuces, whatever looks good! And I top with various morsels throughout the week - hardboiled eggs, olives, quinoa, chic peas, lentils, toasted almonds, marinated tofu, tuna, etc. I rarely get tired of eating like this, but every once in awhile, I do like to break the salad spell and run out for BLT :)
AntoniaJames March 9, 2012
I got really tired of eating out, but then carrying a lunch was kind of a pain, too, so I resigned from the partnership of a large national law firm and founded my own (small) firm. I have virtually no commute, so it's much more convenient to my own kitchen, where I prepare my lunch -- sometimes leftovers, sometimes totally new, sometimes a combination -- just about every day. I like it because while lunch is cooking, I can check on my herbs outside. There are a lot of other reasons why I like I having my own practice, of course. But a really good, yet quick, lunch is a wonderful perk. My herbs think it was a good idea, too.;o)
susan G. March 9, 2012
Amazing how a great photographer can make an office lunch look so elegant! Delicious, I'm sure, was already present.
Kristy M. March 9, 2012
This one looks really cool! http://sinclairedesign.bigcartel.com/product/tiffin-lunch-kit

A little pricey but if it's the best lunch container ever, it could be worth it.