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Sad desk lunches: are you guilty?

by Rachel Smith
29 May 2019

While I love a rainbow Poke bowl as much as the next Instagram obsessive, some lunchtimes, you’re forced to make do. Enter, sad desk lunches you cobble together from a collection of bits and bobs you have available, hoping it’ll get you through the afternoon slump. (There’s even a Tumblr dedicated to the practice, but maybe don’t look at it when you’re eating).

Here are a few sad desk lunches I’ve had in my time (and no doubt will again). Feel free to share yours in the comments.

1. The grilled cheese toastie.

It’s a step up from Vegemite toast, of course, and is easy and delicious if you bung it in a sandwich press and pair it with a cup of tea. Downsides? The humble toastie is a bit like Maccas: you devour it fast and are hungry again half an hour later, which is when you go on a biscuit hunt.

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2. Cold pizza.

Delicious but you can’t deny that smidgen of guilt. Especially if your dog is serving it up to you with his mouth.

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3. Two minute noodles.

Seriously, is there anything lazier? Just add hot water and chopsticks.

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4. Cold, cooked sausages.

Don’t get judgey with me, you’ve totally been here, gnawing on a cold sausage while standing at the fridge and killing time before an interview, amiright?

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5. Bread and butter.

Good for when you’re at care factor zero and someone just finished the last of the Vegemite.

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6. Junk food.

It’s not looking good for that 4pm deadline, and you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel breaking out the crinkle-cut. Tomorrow will be a better food day.

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7. Eggs.

A fried egg or two can always get me out of a hanger funk when a) I’m busy and b) there’s nothing else in the fridge. Even better if it has a little conversation with you while you cook it.

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8. Smashed avo.

There’s literally NOTHING quicker or likelier to give you that warm fuzzy healthy feeling. Only problem is, 90 percent of avocados I buy have either passed the point of no return, or are too hard to mash, so this is generally a no-go lunch around these parts.

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9. The last lone banana in the fruit bowl.

Sometimes, all the signs are there that you really need to go to Woolies.

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What did I miss? Care to share some of your worst sad desk lunches? Or are you one of those awesome people who successfully meal preps every Sunday and never has a sad desk lunch? If so, share your tips below; I clearly need help.

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As a kid, Rachel used to carry around a little suitcase of pens and paper so she could stop and write stories whenever inspiration struck. These days, she writes for a living, in between running the show at Rachel's List. Some of you may actually believe she looks like a megaphone in real life, but it's not the case. Honest.
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4 responses on "Sad desk lunches: are you guilty?"

  1. Anna Warwick says:

    Lol and what’s so wrong with that list??? For gourmet upgrades I steam some frozen veggie gyoza/dumplings. There’s also a brilliant hipster drive-through cafe down the road (a Perth creature comfort standby) so today I got a tuna melt and back to the desk – GLAM.

  2. Rachel Smith says:

    Oooh I dig a frozen dumpling myself… they ARE just 7 mins, I have a bag in the freezer. Drizzle over Sriracha and soy and you’re good to go 🙂

    Drive-thru cafe? We need that in Sydney!!

  3. ROBYN SHORT says:

    Half a dozen boiled eggs in advance of the week; some days grabbing just one, adding a pinch of sea salt and ground pepper – delish with bread and butter, even without the vegimite if there’s none left.
    Or, a chopped carrot peeled and raw, with any nuts and seeds from the fridge, and that’s lunch some days…. nourishing for a good few hours!!

    1. Rachel Smith says:

      You’ve got it sorted Robyn, no sad desk lunches for you!

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