Even more lunch box ideas for work

by on January 2, 2013 · 8 comments                       

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The surprising amount of traffic created from my last post, Adult bento lunch box ideas for work, for a man, or your big kids, is a terrific indication that a lot of you are packing lunches for people over 4 feet tall ;)

So last night, thanks to our new Google+ community for lunch-packers, I was delighted to come across Elizabeth Meador of Operation: Lunch Box.

She describes herself:

“I’m a girl on a budget and a girl on a diet. Also, I do not have time for garnishes or cute knife tricks. These lunches need to be healthyish, affordable, and easy. Leftovers welcome.”

Now who can’t relate to that? I mean, not everyone living in your home has a kid-size appetite….

So here are a couple of delicious and doable lunches from Elizabeth’s in-progress, year-long chronicle of lunches packed for work:

Healthy Chicken Gyro

healthy chicken gyro recipe

 Potato and Green Bean Salad

potato and green bean salad

Classic Lasagna 

classic lasagna lunch box meal

Be sure to visit Operation: Lunch Box for many more wonderful lunchbox ideas for work. And while you’re there, leave a comment for Elizabeth. I know she’d love to hear from you.

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1 Alison Moore Smith January 3, 2013 at 8:47 am

Love these ideas.

We pack for people between 9 and 53, including three college students. We rarely (read that: never) employ “cute knife tricks” or other embellishments. Once in a great while a note is tucked in, but other than that it’s all about health and speed.

Thanks for offering more ideas for variety.
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2 Kelly Lester January 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

Thank you Alison! Sharing these great ideas is a pleasure, especially since I could never come up with all these yummy recipes myself ….

3 Books January 7, 2013 at 6:03 am

So are they eating their lasagna, or spaghetti cold?I don’t want my fruit warm, so I’m not understanding how people are taking a container that has foods in it that part should be warm and the other part not? Thanks…

4 Kelly Lester January 7, 2013 at 7:29 am

When kids take lunches to school, usually there is no access to a microwave, so yes, they eat the items cold. If you take lunches to work/have access to a microwave, you can do a couple of different things… bring 2 EasyLunchbox containers – one with the items you’d like to heat up, and the other with your side dishes -like salad and fruit. OR, if you prefer to just bring one container, pack side items like fruit or cut veggies inside of a silicone muffin cup that you tuck into the container. At lunchtime, lift the muffin cup(s) out, heat the main portion of the meal, and then put the sides back in the tray.

5 Stacy February 27, 2013 at 5:49 am

Thanks, that was exactly what I was thinking…don’t want my cold things warm or my warm things cold.
I do not microwave in plastic because of the risk of toxins getting into the food, actually don’t care for microwaves that much so I started putting my hot things in glass containers, even small mason jars work for heating up if you’d like to use a microwave, or I heat them up at home, store them in glass, and keep it separate from the other foods.

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