Foods From Around The World For Your Office Lunch

You’re tired of eating chicken salad and turkey sandwiches for lunch. You’re looking for something fresh. You might have seen a post on Buzzfeed about the different types of school lunches from around the world. Here is what office workers from around the world eat for lunch.


Italy – La Schiscetta

In Italy, as well as much of Europe, lunch is eaten with family. The word “schiscetta” originates from Milan and means “I bring my food from home.” It’s usually made from leftovers of the previous night’s dinner, and can be brought in a lunch box. It can include the following:

  • Salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, and tuna
  • Pasta fredda – cold pasta salad
  • Frittata


Australia – Deconstructed Meals

Lunch is more of a grab-and-go meal in Australia. Many Australians grab lunch out at least once a week, or skip it altogether. It is usually a quick meal that can be eaten at a desk. Here are a few recipes (vegemite free) to help bring your palate down under:

  • Roast vegetable salad – kumara, onions, carrots, corn on the cob
  • Roast beef rolls – roast beef, caramelized onions, hot mustard pickles
  • Couscous with trout, cherry tomatoes, coriander, flaked almonds, and a lemon-harissa vinaigrette


Chile – Cazuela

Many Chileans take an hour-long siesta and enjoy lunch at home. Lunch is considered the biggest meal of the day. Cazuela is a popular dish made from clear broth that includes rice, a meat, potato, and corn. You can learn how to make it here.


Japan – Bento Boxes

Lunch in Japan is actually quite similar to the US. Employees usually get around one hour for their lunch and eat anywhere from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A bento box usually includes noodles, rice, and meat or fish, with side sauces. Usually, a bento box should be made up of one color. Food safety is important with bento, so please read how to properly prepare it before diving in. We provided some tips below on how to make your own.


  • Bento Box (you can also use a regular lunch box and divide it into six different sections)
  • Sauce containers
  • 4 parts carbohydrate (rice, pasta, wraps, or bread)
  • 2 parts protein (chicken, beef, pork, tofu, fish, beans, eggs)
  • 1 part fruit
  • 1 part vegetable


  1. Pack your carbs. You can use rice, pasta, wraps, or bread.
  2. Pack your proteins. For more flavor, you can pack two proteins and spread them in half.
  3. Pack your fruits and vegetables and fill the remaining spots in your box.
  4. Pack sauces. Ensure that they are not near any dry foods.


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