This week on WNYC, the Brian Lehrer Show has been crowdsourcing for bagged lunch suggestions. I’m a great fan of the show’s crowdsourcing projects (remember the grocery store prices map?), and this one is no exception. No longer your grade-school sack filled with a cold cut sandwich, banana and note from Mom (okay, I never got those either… sniff), brought-from-home lunches are a trend in offices these days that can be as satisfying as the next-door sandwich shop — or, as I like to believe, more so.
For the last of the weeklong series of segments with budget and brown-bagging experts of sorts, I’ll be joining Kate McDonough, editor of The City Cook tomorrow on the show from 11:30-11:45am EST, to dish some tasty and affordable bring-from-home lunching advice. Since so many terrific suggestions have already been offered, I hope I can add to the chorus with a few unique food options. We’ll see how it goes!
So, are your sandwiches starting to get the most of your creativity? Penne alla vodkas filling you up too fast, too soon in the day? I hope some of these less predictably brown bag-worthy recipes from the archives might carry you through the workday deliciously. Also, I don’t know about you, but I just about go crazy without a snack at some point. Aside from straight-up apples, carrots and other fruit and vegetables, here are a few favorite sides I like to bring along, too, as a ward against the snack vending machine. Please feel free to suggest some of yours!
Sides and snacks:
2/27 update! Listen to the webcast of the segment