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?
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.)
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.
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.
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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