I will start a new office job soon and want to eat a Paleo lunch.
My thoughts: bring a crock pot, toss in some veggies & sweet potato with butter, let simmer.
And: meat. Maybe a tiny George Foreman grill? Bring a pack of frozen grillable meat on Monday and toss it on the grill at lunchtime.
Has anyone gotten by with these items at work? Any other ideas?
It will be at a place that has an enormous cafeteria, but I want to save $$ by bringing my own food. I believe that simple solutions are the best.
My recommendation: Cook in the crock pot overnight at home(or do it on a weekend day). Divide cooked food into individual-size containers. Bring container to work. If you want to eat it hot, heat it up. If it's OK cold, skip the microwave.
This allows you to avoid annoying your co-workers with cooking odors (I know a guy who throws up at the mere smell of broccoli cooking), and prevents theft by those who are tantalized by said odors.
I'm also thinking your new boss might not appreciate the time you spend on food prep and clean-up if you have a limited time for lunch.
BTW, I bring my lunch every single day. It's usually leftovers from the night before or a crockpot dish that I made in bulk and added to my lunch stash in the freezer.
I think it's best NOT to cook at work. My colleagues and I get disgusted by unusual food odors in the work place. They usually eat the food that is served in the cantine, very few people bring their own. I always bring my own food because I have no idea what is in all of the meals they serve. I sometimes used to get negative comments on the "pungent" smells of certain fish / meat dishes that I'd brought from home. I didn't even heat it up and they were repulsed by it (it was just freakin turmeric!) Anyway, now I mostly bring raw veg, nuts and some sort of bland (non-stinky) protein source for my lunches. Or I fast all day and eat one meal at night. That is the best option, actually. Not having to deal with it either way. Just drink tea and water at work,..
I Personally would not have the time nor space for all of my employees to be bringing a crock pot and foreman grill to work. I precook a pack of chicken breasts on Sunday. I will incorporate that into a salad one day, possibly a chicken breast with poco de gayo the next, or even chop it up with hard boiled eggs and wrap up in lettuce. It is very difficult to eat out while paleo so I try to avoid that whenever possible!! Raw veggies are a great thing to keep stocked up in your office fridge!! Good luck :)
I have access to a fridge so I just bring a large container of salad greens and a bunch of veggies. Then I buy a stack of tuna cans or bring in some left over grilled chicken. I usually have a container of berries too. Then I just make a big ass salad everyday.
I keep everything but the tuna and the olive oil in the fridge in a bag. It takes about 3 minutes to prepare and I get a great lunch out of it.
Yes, I would definitely take leftovers, or have a cooking day. When I used to work, I would take advantage of long weekends or holidays and make things like meatballs, roasts, soups, etc. Then just portion it out and freeze it. Now that I stay at home, my husband just takes leftovers, or if we're grilling we just put some extra or different meat on for the next day.
I keep a can opener so I can have canned salmon. Of course, sardines don't require a can opener, but I prefer salmon. I have a few sweet potatoes in my office. Wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 3 minutes. I keep a stick of butter in the shared office fridge. These items are enough for me. I'm sure you can think of other similar items. I wouldn't cook in the office. Lots of people are annoyed by cooking smells. I can eat canned fish because I don't share my office but I throw away the empty can in the bathroom so there aren't any lingering smells.
I cook either wild caught salmon filets or seared ahi tuna and vegetables (usually broccoli + cauliflower) tossed in butter & random seasonings a few times a week (Sunday and Wednesday typically) and just put in individual containers to grab out of the refrigerator each morning before I head off to work. I bring my lunch everyday and never get bored of it and it takes barely any time to prepare.
People are usually shocked when they see what I have because it looks so delicious and better than their shitty PB&J, but honestly, it's so freaking easy and if you have a Trader Joe's nearby the fish is fairly reasonably priced. You just have to remember to defrost it a few days ahead of time.
All these ideas will be helpful. I also have a mini, warming crockpot. It does not cook, just brings the food to a very warm serving temp. It holds about 20 ounces which makes a good lunch serving. It was designed for those working in cubicles, so there's no food odor until you open it to eat. I's highly recommend it. Another upside is that your food is ready immediately for your lunch break, not waiting to cook or heat.
Salads with meat or seafood are another regular choice for me, but when I want it hot, that mini crockpot is perfect.
What about keeping it simple (your boss and coworkers will thank you). Use the crock pot at home and cook (at least) enough food for dinner and for leftovers for lunch the next day. That's what I do. Even before I ate paleo, lunch was always leftovers. It saves time and money, and it's really easy with paleo-type foods. Just requires a small amount of planning ahead to have enough food for the next day.
Cooking at work seems like quite a chore, and it might really cut in to you lunch break if your are on a time limit.
I bring salads, hard boiled eggs, almond butter packets, 1/2 of an avocado, olives, nuts, trail mix, nori strips, lunch meat, meat and veggies to reheat, cut up veggies, and the possibilities are endless!
Is there a reason you want to cook at work vs. Bringing food from home? My boss doesn't care how much time I take for lunch, but I don't have the time to invest at work in cooking. It seems like a no-brainer to bring already prepared food in.