S/O of bulking up hubbys lunches
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Posted: 11/18/2013 11:01:05 PM
What is everyone using to pack these lunches in?

For the first time in our 6 yrs of marriage DH won't be coming home for lunch, so next week I start making/packing his lunches.

So what are you using for soups? Leftovers? Dairy? Etc?

Thank you!


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Posted: 11/19/2013 2:55:56 AM
I'm no help sorry, DH does his own lunch. He does take leftovers or makes a sandwich.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 5:41:24 AM
DH uses this thermos for anything that needs to be kept hot or cold. But he has access to a microwave, so he usually just brings the food cold and heats it at work.


For liquids, he usually puts soup and the like in a screw top ziplock bowl. I make pretty hearty soups (we call them stewps) and he loves it.

He carries it all in a black lunch bag like this one. It's black, which was his requirement. Since he uses the fridge at work, I can't say if it keeps food hot/cold. But make sure it's big enough for all his food. DH brings a lunch, a banana, an apple, etc to work every day, so I bought a fairly good sized bag.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:04:51 AM
mine works at a quarry (and is a big boy and makes his own lunch) so he carries either a thermos brand lunch box that his big thermos fits on top of or he takes a small ice chest. they're going to be bumping around in his truck all day

sorry, they are stanley brand, not thermos


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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:18:17 AM
I always make an extra portion of dinner, which DH takes for lunch the next day, with a couple of pieces of fruit, and a protein bar.

He doesn't like reheating fish or curries in the work microwave because of the smell they leave, so on days that the dinner doesn't make a good lunch, I usually just make him a chicken wrap and a salad.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:19:17 AM
I use Rubbermaid storage containers in a variety of sizes. I have access to a fridge & microwave although sometimes I bring in good that's been frozen and let it defrost at my desk. It's always ready by lunch time. DH uses a small cooler with ice packs for work - it could probably hold 12 cans of soda but he brings bottled water and lunch. It works great for him.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 8:42:21 AM
leftovers I pack them up when I am putting the remains of dinner away.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 8:45:53 AM
My DH just uses a thermal tote with a small ice pack to get it to work (1.15hr drive), then puts it in the fridge.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 8:45:57 AM
We mostly take leftovers or salads that I made with leftover grilled chicken from the weekend. I pack the salads in rubbermaid containers (we like the flat entree-sized ones) and I have a collection of little 1-oz plastic containers for dressing that I just stick right in the larger container. Anything that has to be reheated - leftovers, soup, etc. - goes in a pyrex storage container because we try not to microwave things in plastic. When we have leftovers (and I plan to have leftovers Sunday and Monday or Tuesday so we're prepared for the week) I package them in the pyrex containers and pop them in the fridge right after dinner. We both have insulated lunch bags that keep things cool until lunch time.

It was a little investment up front to buy the pyrex/glass containers but they've been worth it. I literally can't leave for lunch (teacher) and DH prefers not to, so we have packing lunches down to a science.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 8:46:15 AM
DH packs his own lunch, so I don't know exactly what's in there but I have seen him put in fruit and veggies, and leftovers from dinner.



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Posted: 11/19/2013 8:58:23 AM
He makes his own lunch or buys some of the pre-packaged stuff at Whole Foods. He usually does a sandwich, chips, fruit, and yogurt.

I pack mine to last for the whole day, so I take a lot. I pack yogurt, a couple of boiled eggs, a package of pistachios, fruit and a Skinny Cow bar. For my main course, I pack either soup, a salad, or the 2/$5 things from Whole Foods.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 9:42:25 AM
For leftovers I pack them in Ziplock containers. For soups since he has a microwave at work I pack them in mason jars. My girls take soup to school also but since they don't have a microwave, I pack them in a Thermos brand thermos. I just heat it up really really hot in the morning and put it in and it's still hot at lunch.

I have these great Ziplock containers that are divided into 3 sections and have a snap on lid that locks each section and makes them leakproof. We all prefer to use these since they are like mini bento boxes.

My girls and I all have the thermal lined 31 lunch bags and dh usually just takes his in a bag I made that looks just like a plastic grocery sack but made out of fabric. He keeps it in the fridge at work.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 10:44:04 AM
DH makes his own lunch each evening after dinner.

I know that he takes a canning jar with a salad in it every day, along with some fruit and a mixed snack container (pretzels, nuts, goldfish, etc.), but beyond that I think it all depends on if we have leftovers and if he wants them, etc.

He also brings a big Klean Kanteen of water each day, and he packs everything up in a canvas tote bag.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 11:04:28 AM
DH uses a small insulated lunchbox to carry his lunch to work -- and it goes in his fridge when he gets there. He has a microwave, so everything goes cold.

He always takes either a sandwich or leftovers, a yogurt, and a piece of fruit. He rarely eats out.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 11:48:00 AM

Well we all know our husbands are big boys but it's nice to do something for them. Just as I'm a big girl and I let others cook me dinner.

Mine would just throw in some cereal bars and bananas and call it good. Uh no. lol. If he's in the field there's no way to heat leftovers. So I'll send soup & sandwich. I always put in some kind of fruit and a dessert. Also snacks. On the rare chance he's in the office it's leftovers.

I'll make food just for his lunches on Sundays, like soups and tuna/egg salad.



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Posted: 11/19/2013 12:13:16 PM

mine works at a quarry (and is a big boy and makes his own lunch) so he carries either a thermos brand lunch box that his big thermos fits on top of or he takes a small ice chest. they're going to be bumping around in his truck all day

My dh is a big boy too just as I'm a big girl. But neither of us has a problem putting leftovers into a container for the other when we are putting away our leftovers.

I have seen all different containers go with guys to work depending on where they work. Carpenters and shipyard workers tend to carry heavy duty metal lunch boxes or smaller coolers. In my office the guys tend to bring soft sided lunchboxes.

Inside you'll find anything from ziplock baggies to rubbermade/tupperware to glass containers. People in the trades tend to use Stanley or Thermos for soups/coffee. Office workers tend to use kitchen containers and microwaves for soups

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Posted: 11/19/2013 12:19:40 PM
He can't bring glass or metal inside his work, so I use Lock and Lock containers and these .

He has a huge lunch bag. A lot of the people who work there have gigantic soft-sided coolers and they overpack their meals because they never know if they're going to be mandated. It's kind of funny to pick DH up and watch all these big guards in full gear filing in with their ginormous lunchboxes.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 1:02:31 PM
I pack my s/o's lunch every day. he doesnt ask or expect it but if I don't-he eats terrible food from wendy's or other unhealthy places. I don't mind doing it. we have our division of duties and I'd much rather do that than the weekly dump run, taking the dog out, or running out to the store for a staple at night when I'm already in my pj's.

I make a giant salad for myself with lettuce, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cranberries, pea pods, walnuts or slivered almonds and some shredded cheese. I keep a bottle of salad dressing at work. I use a pyrex glass container (love those things)

for my s/o, I pack leftovers or soup, a piece of bread, fruit and his beloved oatmeal for breakfast. I will also sometimes add a sandwich-ham or tuna and occasionaly something sweet.occasionally I will send a microwave meal but that is few and far between because of the high sodium content those things typically have.


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Posted: 11/19/2013 1:06:01 PM
My husband packs his own lunch. He just throws a Rubbermaid-style container of whatever (leftovers, salad) and some fruit into a reusable ChicoBag.
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