Reader Intelligence: No-Refrigerate, No-Reheat Lunches?

We often get requests for no-refrigerate, no-reheat lunches. What can you pack in a lunch bag, with or without ice packs, and enjoy four hours later without the aid of a microwave? Since it's Lunch Week we thought we'd turn this question over to you, our readers, and ask what your favorite no-refrigerate, no-reheat lunches are.

Give us lots of ideas — we'll round them all up in one place!

It occurs to me, too, that the answer to this question may depend somewhat on your comfort level with leaving food unrefrigerated. Personally, I don't mind leaving a bit of cooked chicken in a salad for a few hours, outside of the fridge. Others may feel differently, though.

Other than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some of my own favorite pack-and-take lunches are:

Couscous salads, like this one
Chana masala and other chickpea dishes

What about you?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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