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Marshpillow Tue 03-Feb-15 11:30:19

My DH is starting a new job tomorrow and he'll need to start taking a packed lunch instead of coming home/popping to the supermarket.
He'll have a homemade wrap but what else can I pack for him that isn't crisps or chocolate every day? I need some inspiration!
What do you pack in your packed lunch?

Catswiththumbs Tue 03-Feb-15 11:37:30

Does he have access to a microwave and/or fridge?

Marshpillow Tue 03-Feb-15 12:18:00

I'm not sure, I would have thought so but won't know for sure until he starts tomorrow.

cdtaylornats Tue 03-Feb-15 12:41:47

Graze box - get one on the Monday and give him one of the snacks Tue to Fri

Nolim Tue 03-Feb-15 12:47:11

If he has access to a microwave any leftovers become lunch.

Clutterbugsmum Tue 03-Feb-15 13:00:12


I do salads. Or home made soup/stew in a wide necked flask.

TwoLittleTerrors Tue 03-Feb-15 13:11:38

Cheese, nut, yoghurt, fruit, salad.

Catswiththumbs Tue 03-Feb-15 13:43:35

I usually end up with boring old sandwiches and crisps, but sometimes I will take pasta bolognese/lasagne from the night before. Or quiche, pie etc
Today I have cold chicken legs and a couscous deli salad thing (supermarket dash!)
I have also taken curry, soup etc. The uncle bens rice pouches are quick too.
I also like soft cheese and crackers and a few grapes.
Depends how long his shift is, a normal 8hr day he won't want a lot if he is doing a manual job, because you don't get long to eat and digest. A 12hr night shift he will be hungry if he's anything like me grin

Cereal is another good one. I get thirsty more than anything.

MegCleary Tue 03-Feb-15 13:45:38

DH has one two ham & cheese or chicken wraps. Two carrots chopped up, a stick of celery and some grapes and cherry toms.

Better than a McDonald's a day.

Dancingqueen17 Tue 03-Feb-15 13:52:20

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Marshpillow Tue 03-Feb-15 14:43:21

These are great, thank you everyone smile

thenumberseven Tue 03-Feb-15 15:42:51

Suggestions above are great.

If he has access to a microwave the choice is so much greater.
Hope so, as summer is fine as can take in salad, cold meats etc. but in winter hot meals are so conforting.
If what you are cooking for dinner is suitable for a packed lunch cook an extra portion. It works out more economical than to make just a serving of something else.
It depends on what he likes really, not much use sending him off with a lovingly cooked meal which he doesn't care for.
When I was taking in a packed lunch I was lucky enough to have access to fridge, microwave and basic kitchen utensils.

I have taken in:
Casserole of many descriptions
Cottage pie
Savoury mince with a boiled egg or an omelette or white rice
Stuffed aubergine
Lentils with chorizo
Bean stew
Soup in it's many variations.
Crumbed fried fish or chicken breast with a lemon wedge and mayonnaise
Roast vegetables to go with a boiled egg or left over fish or meat from the night before

Bread roll, buttered and filled with an omelette. Many things may be added as extras.

Bread roll, ham, cheese, salad, mayonnaise.

A small spanish tortilla, made the night before with one potato, piece of onion and two eggs.

Salads with some added protein such as leftover chicken or ham, tuna, cheese, cold cuts, or even chopped walnuts. Dressing in a small jar to shake and pour over at the last minute.

Bean Salad: beans from a jar, tuna, boiled egg, any vege of choice, olives if liked and seasoned with a mixture of salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar and oil.

A salad of sliced tomato, chopped garlic, thinly sliced purple onion, basil (optional, only if you have it) chunks of tuna or cheese.
Sprinkle with maldon salt, pepper, a spray of vinegar and drizzle olive oil.
Boiled egg, ham, omelette or leftovers to go with it.

Tin of sardines with crackers and a salad

Lovage Tue 03-Feb-15 22:02:19

As long as there's a microwave, leftovers from the night before (we deliberately cook too much). Then it's no extra work at all - instead of packing leftovers away separately into plastic pots into the fridge, you just assemble them into meal portions of mixed things.

RosyAuroch Wed 04-Feb-15 15:09:14

My DH takes a packed lunch, usually leftovers from night before with some added snacky bits. He likes savoury things too and always likes some extra protein.

Dates/dried fruit, those Naked Fruit bars, fresh fruit, little packets of snacking chorizo that don't need chilling, little tins of tuna with chilli that John West now do that had lids and foil so don't need a tin opener, olives, gherkins.

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