A Feast for the Eyes…

by on August 18th, 2012
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When I open my lunch bag and I see a plain ham sandwich and maybe some chips staring back at me I’m thinking, is it too late for me to go out with my coworkers? 2 slabs of bread with some lunchmeat in the middle? Yeah, this lunch is boring, with a capital B! I’ve done the math, I know the ham sandwich is better for my health and wallet but I can easily be swayed into going out for a burger with fries! Believe you me swayed very easily and I’m not alone.

How about your spouse? How about your children? Do you think they feel any different about that lunch? No, trust me, they aren’t too excited about it either. They are heading for the pizza line. This lunch tab is suddenly adding up. Although we’ll all probably still eat the bag of chips later on in the day! That’s a separate price to pay!

There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with the sandwich it’s just that it doesn’t look appealing. It’s just sitting in the sandwich bag looking back at me all blah. I don’t think anyone can argue that it’s a well known fact that we eat with our eyes. A well plated meal at a restaurant is perceived to taste better. The chef knows adding color and flavor with veggies and fresh herbs will make the meal more appealing and in turn we think it is more delicious. Well actually it probably is… BUT you can still apply that mentality to your lunch.

Now what if you opened your lunch bag and found this lunch (in an Easylunchboxes container)?

It’s still a sandwich (albeit a small one in this case). Suddenly though this lunch is appealing and colorful. Suddenly I can’t wait to eat it and can confidently say at the office “no, you guys go ahead with out me, I’m all set”. Maybe, just maybe my coworkers will even wish they had brought a lunch like mine.

Here I added a rainbow of color using fresh veggies, fresh fruit and silicone baking cups. I also added a small cup of veggie dip. You could argue that it takes time to add all that produce but it really doesn’t take that long. The baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and grapes I just washed so I only chopped cucumbers, red peppers and kiwi. If you take the time to wash and chop ahead of time then daily you are just adding to your container. Hey if you did all the chopping then dinner is that much faster to cook too. The kiwi hearts were cut with a cookie cutter but that detail could easily be skipped.

In full disclosure this was not today’s lunch. I don’t go into the office on Saturdays. I did however pack, eat and enjoy this lunch on another day. No fries were had on that day!

 

 

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  • I started blogging my lunches because it meant I would actually have to make them to bring to work and would be less tempted to raid the kitchen here. I work in a hotel with a full restaurant and, as such, a fully stocked kitchen at my disposal all night. The dessert cooler & ice cream freezer were my biggest “go-to” locations until I started bringing my lunch bag … and it actually became even less of a temptation after my then-5-year-old convinced me that I deserved cute food like I send with him to school!

    • Deb
      Deb

      Having the blog is a little pressure to pack lunch! It’s great that you are packing yours now and they are like artwork! So cool!

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