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Too Many Cooks: Brown Bag It

January 18, 2013

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

Sure, January may be about being virtuous (read: eating green things) -- and we have nothing against kale! -- but today, we're talking about a different kind of virtue: bringing your own lunch to work. We discuss desk lunches that are anything but sad when we answer the question: 

What is your favorite brown bag lunch? 

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Merrill: Lentil soup with spinach and chicken sausage. 

Marian: A huge kale salad topped with avocado, leftover roasted veggies, and beans. Plus chocolate. 

Kristen: Genius lentils, because they're the perfect temperature by the time lunch rolls around.

Maddy: The beauty of working from home is not having to brown-bag it (woo!), but when I worked in an office, I loved grain salads with feta, some crumbled mild Italian sausage, and chopped vegetables. I'd toss everything with a fresh herb vinaigrette. 

Kenzi: Merrill's broccoli soup

Jenny: Chili. Without question. 

Lauren: A cruciferous-heavy salad with fish, a hardboiled egg, and a lemony vinaigrette. 

Jennifer: Genoa salami and provolone cheese on a baguette with bag of Lay's potato chips. 

Brette: Cookies!

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


walkie74 January 22, 2013
Leftovers from the night before--tomorrow, it'll be duck fried rice for the hubby and duck tacos for me. Now where'd I put that enchilada sauce?
reahpeah January 20, 2013
Crudités, leftover baked salmon and some quinoa salad. Tasty and not starving by the end of the day.
Sewassbe January 19, 2013
Leftovers in a mason jar with some fresh bread and butter. Pop the jar sans lid in the microwave and you've got a delicious, from-scratch meal for free. Can't go wrong with a free hot lunch!