Do you sometimes crave a comforting, home-cooked meal while you’re at work? Unfortunately, that may be out of reach when you’re already at the office, so you might have settled for eating at the nearest hawker or restaurant instead. Eating out can definitely set you back a bunch, especially when you’re on a budget, and it can also be a tiresome waste of time looking for food to eat instead of eating straight away.
On your next day at the office, you can be more thoughtful about it. Just cook at home and bring your lunch with you! It can cost you significantly less and leave you more time to do your work. Plus, you don’t have to exit the office or wait for delivery to arrive. All you need to do is prepare the dish at home, then simply microwave it at your office pantry.
Here are some homemade recipe versions of your favourite takeout foods that you can put together ahead of time:
1. Veggie lo mein
Take advantage of a home-cooked meal from scratch by using healthy and meat-free ingredients. Make this veggie version of the classic Chinese lo mein by tossing in bell pepper, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, olives, and scallions — on top of the mainstay egg noodles. Mix in soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar for the perfect lo mein sauce.
Try your hand at chicken enchiladas — cook up some tender chicken breasts (boneless will work perfectly) or even just shredded roast chicken. Roll them in a tortilla wrap with your favorite mix of cheeses, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, and ranch dressing. Store them in the fridge before eating.
3. Kung pao chicken
Another Chinese favorite that you can change to your liking — you can replace the chicken with shrimp, pork, or beef. Don’t forget the chilli peppers, bell peppers, sweet and spicy sauce, and of course, peanuts! Slow cook the dish and store in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them at work.
4. Pad thai
For this classic Thai dish, prepare pad thai glass noodles as you put together the sauce and mix-ins. The sauce is a mixture of sesame oil, peanuts, sriracha, brown sugar, and water. For the other ingredients, you can use bean sprouts, shredded carrots, peeled shrimp, scallions, and fried tofu cubes.
There are a million recipes you can prepare at home for a delicious home-cooked meal outside. Do keep in mind, though, that you should definitely pack them in a tight container that’s microwave safe.
To make sure your food makes it to lunchtime, you should always invest in high-quality take out food boxes. Stock up on ones that are safe and easy to carry, and eco-friendly to boot. Supply Smiths can provide you with all your packaging needs from your home to your office. Our packaging solutions will surely make your office lunch less of a hassle so that you can enjoy your home-cooked meals without any worries.