3 INCREDIBLY EASY OFFICE KITCHEN COOKING HACK
If you think your tiny office kitchen means you can’t cook yourself up a great workday lunch, then you aren’t thinking outside of the box. The toaster, the coffee machine, and of course the microwave can be the only tools you need to whip up a home-cooked quality meal in a pinch. And no, this doesn’t mean heating up your leftover salmon, because the fish smell you’ll cause will be the first step to office conflict.
These three office kitchen cooking hacks mean you don’t have to bring the same boring sandwich every day — or worse, spend an hourly wage at the food court.
This isn’t your childhood favorite Kraft microwavable dinner; this is honest-to-goodness mac and cheese prepped right in your favorite coffee mug. (Just be sure to rinse it after your morning caffeine fix.)
Store a box of rigatoni, shells, or other small pasta in your desk drawer and throw a bag of your favorite shredded cheddar in the office fridge. When lunchtime comes, add the following into your mug:
- 1/3 cup pasta, uncooked
- 1/2 cup of water, from a bottle or straight from the tap
Microwave the mug on high for two minutes, remove, and stir. Repeat this until all of the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked through. Then, stir in:
- 1/4 cup of milk from the office fridge
- 1/2 cup of that shredded cheddar cheese
Stir the ingredients together, pop the mug in the microwave for one last minute, stir again, and enjoy. Add in bacon, ham, veggies, or any other ingredients you want to pack along from home.
Eggs don’t have to be just for breakfast; they are a great protein-fueled lunch to keep you going into the afternoon. Put an egg or two into the coffee pot from the office’s drip-coffee maker, and then fill the coffee maker with water just like you would if you were making a pot in the morning.
Let the pot do its magic, and leave the eggs in for about 10 minutes until they are hard. Drain, cool off in cold water, peel, and slice. Put the eggs atop of piece of toast you made in the office toaster and topped with slices of avocado you brought from home. Keep a dozen eggs and a loaf of bread in the office fridge to keep your daily haul to just one avocado.
If you remove the pot from the coffee maker, you have a burner that can work like your stovetop at home. If you don’t want to annoy your coworkers, cover the burner with a piece of tin foil for easy cleanup. Remember that loaf of bread you have in the fridge? Also leave slices or a block of your favorite cheese. Prepare a grilled cheese like you would at home, but pack some extra punch with add-ons from home like bacon, spinach, tomato, or ham, to make it even more mouthwatering. Place the sandwich on the foil-covered “burner” and cook up until it’s golden on each side.
These three easy office kitchen lunch hacks are just the start. There’s so much more you can do with simple office tools and a little imagination.