photo above courtesy of OneCraftyThing
Manly Meals – when size counts
If you’re a man, or you have one to pack for, this post is for you.
You’ll find inspiration and links to packed meal ideas that are man-sized, husband-tested, and guy-friendly. Packed lunches are not just for kids!
“Packing homemade lunches for my husband Eric helps us stay within our monthly budget. For him to eat a decent, healthy lunch out is at least $15 per day! With EasyLunchboxes, we are able to re-purpose leftovers into lunch and pack his man-snacks for the day. This, of course, is a great example to our 3 children. They see dad bringing his homemade lunch to work, and they don’t question bringing theirs to school. Homemade lunches is what we do! By packing them fresh, it gives us the opportunity to talk about being less wasteful with our food and about prioritizing how and where we spend our money. By saving over $300 per month in not eating out for lunch, my husband is able to be a bit more relaxed about our finances. And that’s a good thing.” - Laura of MOMables
Packed lunches for work
“At work it’s me and the guys. We don’t get “real” breaks since we only overlap shifts by 5-10 minutes. We eat whenever we can and typically at our workstation. At least once a week we take turns making sure everyone gets fed. Sometimes we do delivery, but sometimes I pack up leftovers from home in EasyLunchboxes and leave them in the employee kitchen. Free food is always a good thing, even if it’s someone else’s leftovers! A.C. (pictured below) was in the midst of eating some of the beef and vegetables I had left when I came in tonight. He took the rest home with him and swears to bring the box back tomorrow (probably unwashed but that’s okay. The kitchen has a dishwasher!).” – Karen, What’s in our Lunch Bags
I pack lunches and snacks for my husband Loren to take with him on the road. He’s an actor, and sometimes he’ll have multiple auditions in a day, driving all over Los Angeles. Sometimes he’ll eat out, but I much prefer to send him off with more than “break a leg!” That way, I know he’s well fed and not forced to do extra driving, in search of his next meal.
Beau Coffron, best known as LunchBoxDad, shared the below pic with me. “Eating left over chicken leg, cheese sticks, pretzel nuggets, assorted veggies. Also sporting the horrible mustache for “Movember” raising awareness and money to fight cancer.” (Personally, I think the mustache is decidedly “Cary Grant like” on him, and not even slightly horrible…) Check out Beau’s delish recipe for a filling taco lunch.
Stickin’ to a meal plan?
If you have allergies, or you’re sticking to any kind of dietary choices, restrictions, or meal plans, bringing your own food may be a necessity, or it just may be easier than searching for something “OK” to eat when you’re at work, or on the road. Corey of Family Fresh Meals packs vegetarian lunches for husband Darryl.
Cold Pizza – ya gotta love it
Breakfast (or lunch!) of Champions
Cristi of Bent on Better Lunches sends her hubby off with this one regularly. Pictured below: Leftover pizza pieces, marinara for dipping, berries & melon balls, and a little MIL humor by Lunchbox Love.
Big Families, Big Eaters
Loads of ideas for hearty appetites on The Family Lunchbox’s Facebook Page:
Leftovers for Lunch
“I hadn’t really considered packing lunches for my husband until I started cooking. Really cooking… Cans don’t count! Suddenly I was inundated with leftovers after every meal.
I get bored easily, and don’t like how reheating can change the texture and taste usually, so *I* don’t eat leftovers very often. And our girls certainly won’t, since I had to bribe and cajole them to choke down my apparently “blecchy” veggie-filled dinner in the first place! Suddenly packing lunch for my man seemed like a good idea!
And when he left a “catered lunch daily” job for a new one that only caters lunch once a week, I was practically shoving leftover-filled EasyLunchboxes at him. ‘I made you a lunch for tomorrow. It’s the one with the orange lid on the top of the stack on the middle shelf. Not the pink or yellow. Those are for the girls. Yours is ORANGE. If you take the wrong one I will hurt you. Love you. Have a nice day at work!’
He was half-convinced I was trying to poison him for the life insurance money, the way I was suddenly eager to pack lunches for him! But really, I was just grateful to have an outlet for all the leftovers I’m not a fan of!” – Kendra of Biting the Hand That Feeds You
Deb of ipacklunch often makes ‘his and hers’ lunches for work.
Deb says, “My husband Jamie emails me at my office everyday after he eats his lunch and tells me thank you.” Now that is SWEET!
Click on the image below for the recipe (as well as the HER version of this lunch):
► ► MORE man-size leftovers to lunch box ideas from Deb
► ► Caprice has some excellent lunch box recipes on The Home Heart
► ► More delicious, filling lunch box ideas like the one below are on The Roxx Box
“Husband Jeff often makes ME lunch, but this time I beat him to it and packed this one for him: Chopped Baby Spinach Salad topped with diced carrots, broccoli slaw, diced green peppers, grape tomatoes, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and crumbled goat cheese, all from Trader Joe’s. Crunchmaster’s Multi-seed Gluten-Free Crackers (I’m seriously addicted to these!) and Sabre’s Classic Hummus (we must eat like 50 lbs of hummus a year, at least!)” – Christine of My Epicurean Adventures.
Go ahead, humor me
“I am very lucky to have a husband who humors me in the lunch-making department. He’ll take any shaped food, any picks, any designs, any boxes with nary a complaint.” – Shannon, BentoLunch.net
Husband – Tested Recipes
From Alice’s Kitchen of Husband Tested Recipes: the delicious lunch below features Spicy Walnut Lentil Burgers (with a little red onion and yogurt sauce to go with), Spicy Asian Ginger Slaw, and for dessert - Triple Chocolate Brownies (made with a secret ingredient which cuts back on the fat).
In the photo below, David, husband to Michelle who blogs over at Creative Food, is eating a ham and cheese sandwich with baby carrots and celery. “He always asks for cold lunches because he has a lot of virtual meetings and webinars that he is attending, so heating up his food isn’t always possible!”
(The man holding the sign is not David. He’s a model. A real man who packs lunch. Who wears the same clothes as David.)
photo above courtesy of OneCraftyThing
It’s not the size of the box, it’s what you put in it.” - Kendra Peterson