Over the past year we’ve all adapted to new ways of living. For many, a big shift has been made from commuting everyday to busy offices, to working instead from your kitchen table, or even from an ironing board in your bedroom (trust us, we’ve seen it). This new routine certainly had a novelty factor in the beginning; waking up a whole hour later and not having to sprint to the train station certainly has its perks, and when you’re working from the comfort of your own home it’s even easier to consume copious amounts of tea and coffee. And, of course, with such close proximity to your own kitchen, there’s nothing stopping you from throwing together a gourmet lunch every day...or is there?
If, like us, you’ve been lacking inspiration when it comes to lunch, and you’ve had one too many days where you open the fridge only to find a bag of wilted spinach and a couple of miserable carrots, then we’ve got the perfect solution. Bring your lunchtime to life with Pasta Evangelists "al desko" dishes.
Here’s 5 reasons to upgrade your "al desko" experience:
1. Infuse Italianità
It’s no coincidence that people who live in Italy generally seem to be more cheerful, and we have a suspicion that part of the reason for their light-heartedness is their wonderful diet. Whether throwing a large dinner party or simply preparing lunch on a Tuesday, Italians take food very seriously, always setting aside the time to make something delicious. A limp supermarket sandwich has no mood-boosting qualities and this isn’t going to change anytime soon. So why not swap your mundane midday meal for a premium pasta dish, delivered fresh to your door and prepared in just five minutes? Infuse a little italianità into your day and be transported to il bel paese with our authentic Italian dishes, designed to lift your spirits.
2. Fuel the Grind
Now we’re not saying that eating pasta for lunch is going to solve all of your problems, but we’ve found that it’s a pretty good place to start. We’ve all suffered the effects of the afternoon slump, that post-lunch lethargy that feels impossible to shrug off, even with the aid of a healthy dose of caffeine. Pasta is the perfect remedy to this. Not to get all sciency, but pasta has a low glycaemic index, which basically means that it releases energy to the brain steadily over several hours. This helps to fuel consistent productivity, rather than offering a momentary rush followed by a dip or crash.
3. Break the Boredom
It’s hard to feel motivated when everyday looks the same and shuffling back to your desk at 1pm with a plate of steaming beans on soggy bread, or an overdressed but under-ripe avocado salad, is miserable indeed. No doubt this relentless routine is contributing to the general sense of lockdown melancholy that is afflicting the nation. Work seeps into aspects of your life that would normally be kept separate, and tucking into a mediocre lunch whilst sitting at your make-shift desk is definitely part of the problem. The monotony is exhausting. So why not break the boredom and try something new for lunch, make "al desko" dining the highlight of your day.
4. Boost your Mood
We’re not only converts to the health benefits of lunchtime pasta, we’ve also discovered that eating delicious food in the middle of the working day has a major impact on your mood. Your brain has the fuel it needs to power through the afternoon grind, but you’ll also find that your whole outlook shifts, becoming brighter and more positive, which in turn helps you to produce better work. We’re all about good vibes at Pasta Evangelists, and we’ve found that everything feels better when you’ve eaten a nutritious, balanced meal that fills you up. Our pasta dishes have been thoughtfully portioned to deliver just the right amount of energy for your afternoon, so you’ll feel satisfyingly, but not overly full. Get the most out of your day with our "al desko" dishes.
5. Bring Lunchtime to Life
It’s so easy to feel trapped in a negative cycle; our lives feel like they’re lacking in flavour right now - both metaphorically but also quite literally - and we fall into a rut that it’s difficult to break out of. But mixing things up, trying something new and introducing a little variety could be just what you need to elevate your day. Try our al desko specials for a fast, fresh midday meal that is bound to bring your lunchtime to life. Take some time, even if it's just 15 minutes, and allow yourself a momentary escape from the demands of your job; let yourself be transported to the Mediterranean with each mouthful of our delicious pasta and we promise you’ll feel better for it.
*There’s no guarantee that your order will arrive before 1pm. We recommend that you order your pasta for the day before you want to enjoy it and store it in your fridge overnight.