What Are Good Lunches That Don't Need To Be Reheated?

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Q: One of my New Year's resolutions is to pack my lunch for work more often. Sadly though, my office here in New York City does not have a microwave. (I'm lobbying for one!)

In the meantime, can you direct me to some easy and packable lunch options that do not require re-heating? Do you have any suggestions for some subway-friendly lunch containers/bags?

Sent by JenEditor: Jen, there are a couple different approaches to this dilemma. The first one is to just pack lunches that don't need to be reheated. Here are a few from our archives:

Farmer's Lunch Sandwich
Make-Ahead Lunch Recipe: Big Green Salad with Shallots, Chicken, Smoked Almonds, Goat Cheese, and Dates
What's For Lunch Today? Tartine and Potato Salad

Sandwiches are great, as are salads. Also, think modular: Little cups of nuts, wedges of cheese, bread and jam, and carrot sticks can be very satisfying throughout the day.

The other approach, though, is to buy a lunch container that will keep your lunch hot all day. One that we love is this Mr. Bento lunch jar:

Good Product: Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar

If you have something like that then you can warm your lunch up in the morning, and it will still be hot at lunchtime.

Readers, do you have more suggestions for packable lunches or good lunch containers?

Related: Gallery: 9 Cool Lunch Boxes and Bags

(Image: Sammo Lunch Bags)

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