Recently we heard that the phrase “al desko” had been added to the dictionary. Never heard of it? Neither had we. But with society’s dependency on eating at our desks (thus, al desko) while we work, rather than taking a much-needed mental break, we weren’t surprised to learn of the new word’s addition to our lexicons. But then it got us thinking…
Every now and again, the eMeals Customer Experience team likes to meet for lunch. Nothing fancy. Just friends gathered around the table for a brief break from work to enjoy some good food and camaraderie. Wishing you had the same thing at your work? You’re in luck! Today we’re outlining the steps you can take to have the same lunch group with your friends and co-workers. Without further ado, let’s gather around the table.
So, Who’s Cooking?
The first thing to determine is who will do the cooking. We pick recipes from our Healthy Lunch and Paleo Lunch plans. Each person can take a turn prepping the meal at home the previous night and packaging it. Or, share duties: Have one person do the cooking, and one bring in accompanying ingredients (in our Nacho recipe below, one person could cook the meat mixture while another brings the toppings). Split the grocery cost between the group equally.
Serve It Up
The real joy in this is breaking bread together at the table. It’s a wonderful respite from a hectic workday. When it’s time for lunch, gather together to heat up the food and fix your plates. If you can, sit together to eat and chat. Not only will you have a new recipe to converse about, but you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and healthier. (We eat much better on these days compared to our usual microwaved something-or-other as we rush from meeting to meeting.)
Let’s Take Back Lunch Together
Does your workplace meet for lunch every now and again? Share with us! Let’s promise to be better to ourselves in 2015—including taking time once a month to eat lunch together. Such a small thing can become something you look forward. The next time you and your workplace and friends meet over a lunchtime meal, share with us! Join us with the hashtag #aldeskowitheMeals to share your story with us, and we promise to do the same!
- 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
- 2 carrots, grated
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 (14.5-oz) can organic diced tomatoes
- 2 avocados, mashed
- 1 lime, cut in half
- 1 (10-oz) pkg chopped romaine lettuce
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- Chopped fresh cilantro or chopped green onions
- Cook ground beef, carrots and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir in cumin and canned tomatoes; simmer 4 to 5 minutes.
- Season meat mixture with salt and pepper. Stir together avocados and lime juice; season to taste.
- To serve, spoon beefy nacho mixture over chopped romaine; sprinkle with chopped tomatoes and cilantro or green onions. Top with dollops of mashed avocado.