You have been working hard all morning. Flitting between meetings, telephone calls and getting to through the to do list. You then realise that you are hungry and forgot to pick your lunch up. Or your day has changed and you no longer have that lunch time meeting that was in the diary.
What to have for lunch? You don’t have time to get to your favourite cafe or sandwich bar.The only other alternative is the sandwich van that comes round, or the local supermarket.
For me this fills me with dread. The lack of variety for food on the go for vegetarians is depressing. The usual offering of egg mayonnaise or cheese sandwiches – stored to such a cold temperature that they don’t taste of anything. Then you spot it. A lovely looking salad – tomato, rocket, pasta – yum! Then your heart drops as you see it has chicken with it. Bowls of lovely looking noodles and pasta but all with added chicken, feta or tuna.
I love noodles and pasta. The only vegetarian pasta offering is cheese and tomato sauce, or the joy of more feta.
It goes back to my previous blog talking about how difficult it is to get a vegetarian salad.
This got me wondering how difficult it would be for the companies to produce a pick and mix salad selection?
You choose your bowl of basic salad, then add your carbohydrate – pasta, noodles, potato, couscous – and then your protein option – nuts, breads, fish, meat.
Ok this will be a nightmare on the packaging front, but from a hunger satisfaction perspective this would be great. If you go into a service station or supermarket late at night you will see all these bowls of food sitting there. By splitting out the ingredients you could make them more attractive to the person who just wants a quick ready made salad to go with their planned evening meal.
Its just a thought to make food on the go just a bit more inspiring.