Brown Bag Lunch

9 Ways to Start a Lunch Revolution

September 13, 2013

Have you heard? Lunch is in. (Don't feel bad if you didn't know; this is some pretty edgy stuff.)

But seriously, this is liberating news. It means no more spending $10, $15, sometimes $20 on mediocre Thai takeout. No more ordering extra pizza you don't want just to meet delivery minimums. No more overdressed salad bar salad and no more grocery store sushi. We all do it, grumblingly, and it stops here.

It's time for a lunch revolution. Let it become a point of pride, not of shame, that your yesterday self took a little extra time to brighten up your day today. Let your lunch be a canvas crying out for self-expression, not a ball and chain around your feet. Let us join hands and march through the streets, cleverly updated lunch pails clanking, and let our voices be heard: we will no longer be oppressed by stale, dry turkey wraps! We are staging a midday meal coup d'état, and we will take no prisoners!

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Not sure where to start? Here are nine ways to pack a lunch that will make your deli-falafel-nibbling coworkers green with envy. Baby steps. Let the revolution begin with you.

More: Check out our Weekday Warrior Provisions collection for new lunchbox digs.

Warm Orzo Salad with Beets & Greens by the parsley thief

Warm Orzo Salad from Food52

Not-Too-Virtuous Salad with Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette
by wanderash

Not-Too-Virtuous Salad from Food52

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint
by drbabs

Freekeh Salad from Food52


Bocadillo El Camino: Spanish Omelet Sandwich To Go by vvvanessa

Smoked Lentil Salad with Sriracha Miso Mayonnaise
by NBrush

Smoked Lentil Salad from Food52


Grape Leaf Pilaf by Anitalectric

Grape Leaf Pilaf from Food52

Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers from Food52

Northern Spy's Kale Salad
by Genius Recipes

Kale Salad from Food52
Grilled Corn Salad from Food52
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Fairmount_market September 14, 2013
lunch I brought into work today: leftover spaghetti with tomato sauce, but it needed a little something else, so I added some tinned sardines and a handful of fennel fronds from the garden for a quick approximation of lastnightsdinner's classic:
Jen M. September 15, 2013
Marian B. September 13, 2013
I feel so empowered.