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Lunch Sharing

Pop quiz: What do these dishes have in common? Thai Veggie Curry, Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers, Seaweed Salad with Cucumbers and Sesame, Kale and Avocado Salad, Watermelon Gazpacho, Manzana Green Chili, Summer Salad with Peach Dressing, Lentil and Caramelized Onion Pilaf. They've all shown up this summer in my lunch sharing group! Lucky me! What's a lunch sharing group? A group of folks who take turns making lunch for each other. It's easy to set one up. Get together a group of folks, then set up a few parameters:
  • Scheduling: Choose a day of the week that's convenient for everyone in the group and map out a calendar scheduling who will bring lunch which week. There are three people in my group, so every third week we take turns making lunch for the group.
  • Containers: Assess your inventory of reusable containers and designate some for lunch sharing. Each week you'll need to deliver your lunch containers to the designated lunch maker, so that he/she can fill them with your lunch.
  • Dietary guidelines: What kinds of food does your lunch group like to eat? Are there any special diets? How many dishes will the lunch maker prepare each week? My group focuses on vegetarian dishes, and we bring two dishes each week. But maybe you're a bacon lover and would like to round up folks who share your interest!
  • Recipes: Start flagging recipes you've been wanting to make, and get ready to take the occasion to try new things!
Lunch sharing is a fun way to try new flavors and cuisines. And it's a great feeling every Tuesday knowing that I'll have a homemade lunch awaiting me in the office fridge. So who's inspired to start a lunch group of their own? How are you going to set up your group?

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Jamie says …

What a great idea, a great way to get other people to try your favorite recipe or things they do not normally eat! Debeh, I would think that the container idea would rid you of freeloaders who do not want to participate. That way the people that do share/participate get to reap the benefits! Any leftovers can be left out for you to share with the rest of the group!

Dr. Josh Axe says …

Could even become a great way to keep each other accountable if you're trying to eat healthier!

Meghan Crockett says …

The lentil & caramelized onion pilaf sounds delicous, but I can't find the recipe for it!

Mary Teresa says …

Hey! That's MY idea! I've been doing this at work for over a year now -- except it's more like potluck. We each bring ingredients for a big salad to share. Sometimes it's only me, and sometimes there are about 5 people joining in.

Margie says …

Having the person bring their own containers is an awesome idea. I'm going to promote this at work!!!

Veronica says …

I was doing this all the way back in college six years ago. It's a great way to eat delicious food and catch up with friends. Making a schedule is a great way to get rid of freeloaders. If they aren't on the schedule and don't bring food they can't participate.

kate in atx says …

@Meghan: Here's a recipe you could try for the Lentil and Caramelized Onions. Enjoy! http://www.herbivoracious.com/2007/10/recipe-mujadara.html

Debeh says …

We have been doing this at our office for several months now, but we get a lot of freeloaders, how do we get rid of the freeloaders?

dobry kredyt says …

This really answered my drawback, thanks!