As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty -- even if they're eaten while our eyes are on the screen. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.
Today, Kristen relies on office pantry staples to turn two simple ingredients into an elegant, satisfying lunch.
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Kristen says: This is a pretty austere lunch, so I made the portions super-sized: a big mound of lentils and a mix of frilly mustard greens from the greenmarket. At the office, I dressed both with red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt. If your office pantry has 6 types of sugar packets but no oil or vinegar, it's time to start petitioning (or keep a secret stash in your desk drawer).
Join us in our campaign to end sad desk lunches by sharing your photos on Instagram and Twitter with the #NotSadDeskLunch hashtag! We'll be regramming and retweeting our favorites.
I'm an ex-economist, lifelong-Californian who moved to New York to work in food media in 2007, before returning to the land of Dutch Crunch bread and tri-tip barbecues in 2020. Dodgy career choices aside, I can't help but apply the rational tendencies of my former life to things like: recipe tweaking, digging up obscure facts about pizza, and deciding how many pastries to put in my purse for "later."