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Need ideas for lunches-- no fridge, no microwave

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Need ideas for lunches-- no fridge, no microwave

TrussedUp | Jan 10, 2012 03:31 PM

I'm in a situation where I'm going to be on a campus for 10-12 hour days for a while, with no access to a microwave or refrigerator. Eating out more than 1x week is out for financial and health reasons.

So, any suggestions on what to bring? I'm going to get sick of granola bars, trail mix, and peanut butter sandwiches really fast. I don't want stuff that will risk leaking all over my laptop, take up too much space in my bag, or be totally unhealthy (it might get me frowned upon! And I don't handle refined carbs super well, and will need some protein to power through). I can do a small cooler with an icepack, but that has it's limits. It doesn't need to be super-foody, but it would be nice to have something yummy to look forward to mid-day, that feels different from a snack.

All I can think of that's an actual "meal" is cold peanut noodles and quinoa salad. Anything else? Ideally, it would all be stuff that 1) could be made with ingredients that could be bought over the weekend and kept 5-6 days and 2) take no more than 10-15 minutes to throw together at night or else be made 3-5 days in advance. No dietary restrictions, if that helps. I don't eat a ton of meat, but only because I find it spoils or gets freezer burn before I cook it!

I know that's a tall order. Thanks v. much in advance.

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