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Challenge of the Week: Make Lunch For Everyone!
Lunch at work is the most exciting part of the workday. Everyone usually makes their own lunch or runs out to their favorite restaurants or fast foods places to order a meal everyday. Unfortunately, due to the demands of most jobs, most people cannot take lunch at the same time, and therefore, that eliminates any possibility of real socialization. Some places, however, do have designated lunch breaks, in which one or two people may remain working, while the rest of the staff takes a lunch break at the same time.
This week, it is your challenge to make lunch for everyone in the office and come up with meals for everyone. This will work best if you are in an office with no more than about ten people, as anymore than this could get costly. However, if there are a few people working in the office, this will be a lot easier, and might make for more socialization, and a display of your cooking skills.
Ideas for affordable meals for the entire office could range from meatloaf, spaghetti, hamburgers, breaded chicken breast, tuna salad, pot roast served with rice, salad, vegetables, etc. Get creative, make enough for everyone, and inspire people to do the same. As the weeks progress, try to get the office involved in doing something. It might be slightly involved, but it certainly is manageable with proper planning. It is certainly possible to make meals the night before and heat them up for everyone just before lunch.
You will be recognized for your efforts and you might start a great revolution in the office for others to prepare meals. Why not share the joys and skills of cooking with people outside of your own family? Cooking should be fun, sharing food and recipes is fun, learning new recipes is fun, but the most joy comes from watching others eating and enjoying your homemade meals.
Please be sure to watch what you cook with and ensure that people at the office are not allergic to something. For example, many people do not like spicy foods, so be sure to use appropriate spices for the workplace that will not offend anyone, and stay away from foods that are known for their allergy properties and harm to others, such as mushrooms or nuts.
Try it out. Come up with your meals for the week, let the office know, and start cooking! On a bright note, if no one at the office wants to eat your food, you will have plenty of leftovers for yourself and your family. Let us know what you cooked and if everyone at the office loved the idea of you cooking for them for an entire week.