Working in a cubicle farm from 9 to 5 definitely has its health disadvantages. Â At the office, most people have a quick meal of anything from leftovers, fast food, store bought or company provided meals. Â My company doesn’t provide meals, but I also usually don’t have leftovers to bring to work. Â I found that buying restaurant food was very expensive and wasn’t very healthy. Â So, my coworkers and I have been preparing our own fresh hot lunches on our own for the better part of the last 2 years. Â We do occasionally go out a few times a week, but we usually return to our usual creative dishes in no time.
In order for us to make this work, our office provides us with a few appliances that should be available at most office lunch rooms. Â These include a refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven. Â Over time, we have purchased our own equipment for the office, such as the versatile Slap Chop, a large mixing bowl, and a few tupperware containers.
Enough about the back story, here’s what we made recently: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Purchase from the store:
8 Roma Tomatoes (Why Roma? Â Because they cut the best in the Slap Chop)
1 bunch of Cilantro
1 small Onion
1-2 Grilled Chicken Patty
To make the Pico de Gallo:
We have a pretty good process for this. Â I split the tomatoes in fours, VD scrapes out the seeds, and Ivan runs them through the Slap Chop. Â For the Cilantro, we make sure we remove the stems, then we bundle it and Slap Chop. Â Last, we slice up an onion Â and put it in the.. Say it with me… SLAP CHOP! Â All the chopped ingredients are thrown into our mixing bowl, we squeeze some lime, and spring some Salt and Pepper and voila Pico de Gallo. Â We also add some extra ingredients sometimes, such as jalapeno and green onions, just to try them out.
To steam the Tortilla:
Place the tortillas on a plate, and a wet paper towel on top. Â Use the microwave to heat it up for about 1:30 minutes.
To heat the Chicken:
Microwave for 2 minutes.
I hope this inspires you to make your lunch more exciting the next time you feel like you are stuck eating the same old stuff.