lunch, plant-based eating, what I eat in a day

What My Plant-Based Husband Ate for “Lunch” Today: Lunchbox Edition

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My husband works 6 days a week. The benefit of working locally is that he is often able to stop by the house for lunch while the little ones nap. We get a few minutes to chat and hang out before he heads back to work and the kids and I head out to run errands or go to dance class. Husband doesn’t usually make it home before 9:30 pm, so he has dinner quite late (#businessownerproblems). Around 5-6 pm he gets hungry, seeing as his last meal was 4+ hours ago. So I always pack him a “lunch/dinner” meal.

Just like my what my kids eat for lunch, Husband’s packed meal is often a mix of leftovers, fruits, and veggies with a dip. He doesn’t have access to a microwave, so everything needs to be “ready to eat.” The great news is, there are so many whole food, plant based options beyond just rice and beans! Although, who doesn’t love a good burrito bowl?

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I picked up this set of nesting Lunch on the Go containers last fall. When assembeled, they fit perfectly in a square lunch bag and the ice pack sits in the middle, which keeps everything cold. It’s BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher safe too! (Nope. Not sponsored. Just a fan of good lunch wear.)

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Today for Husband’s main dish, I packed a cold Asian noodle dish. The base is edamame noodles with a mix of diced bell pepper, cucumber, peas, and corn on top. The sauce is a little concoction of low-sodium Tamari, a splash of Sriracha, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a little dab of Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste. I splash a tiny bit of the sauce over the noodles to keep them from drying out and the rest is in a disposable sauce cup.

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The fruit container is a mix of pineapples, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and blackberries. The veggie container has carrots, cucumber, and some hummus for dip. If I know Husband is going to have an extra long day at the office, I will add in another piece of fruit (apple, banana, orange) and some mixed nuts as a snack on the side.

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I love that everything sits right next to the ice pack and the lids are tight fitting. I wouldn’t feel comfortable sending something very liquidy (like soup) in this container, but it has yet to spill all over the inside of the lunch bag. I call that a win.

Even though your school-lunch packing days are on hiatus, I hope this gives you some fresh inspiration for grown-up lunches on the go!


Do you, your spouse, or anyone else in your house take lunch with them to work on a daily basis? Have any other lunch ideas to share? Leave a comment below!!

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3 thoughts on “What My Plant-Based Husband Ate for “Lunch” Today: Lunchbox Edition”

    1. Hi! Click on the hyper link in the post (it should say “Lunch on the Go” in blue) and it’ll take you to Amazon where you can order them! They are such a great price! I recommend getting a couple sets if you have someone packing lunch daily 🙂 I need to order some more myself!


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