I had a friend write and ask me about preparing lunches for our husbands.
Most of the posts around are about making lunches for children for school. Those are great but not all of us are in that place. Some of us are empty-nesters (well, I will after I’m 65!!) and some of us are homeschoolers.
The reality is that making lunches for our husbands to take to work is both economical and healthier! My husband is completely flexible in this. He will eat whatever I send for him, but I really don’t like to send the same old boring thing every day. A couple of years ago I did some work on this and every semester I change it up a bit.
Today let’s look at some things we can do for our husbands (and our budget) to upgrade the Old Brown Bag Lunch!
Some things to consider:
- does your husband have access to a fridge
- does your husband have access to a microwave
- will your husband’s lunch be indoors or outside in a hot/cold car
- what kinds of things will he eat or not eat
As with any kind of meal planning, it starts with what kinds of foods you eat, or rather, what your HUSBAND will eat. Sometimes we wives get on healthy kicks but our husbands are not on the same page with us. We need to be careful NOT to try and re-make our husbands into OUR image. We shouldn’t make the meals we think they SHOULD eat, but the kinds of meals they actually WILL eat.
So, first start with a list of the kinds of lunches he will eat. Does he like leftovers or detest them? Does he really like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and wants them every day? Does he like variety? Is he a soup and sandwich kind-of-guy? Once you find out his preferences, you can have a GREAT TIME making his lunches fun (not to mention the love notes you can slip inside 😉 !!)
Let’s talk containers.
I don’t like thermoses. I’ve tried many over the years and inevitably Kevin drops and breaks it. And with the option of many places of employment having microwaves available, I’ve been able to just chuck them. PHEW!
But then, I don’t want to reuse all those Cool Whip containers like my mom did. With the health issues of plastics, I look to using containers that are BPA free. Now, I know there are some gals who go to all glass for greater safety, but as I mentioned with Kevin (bless his heart, he broke every piece of my handmade pottery dishes the first year of our marriage) glass won’t work. So the next best thing is plastic that is BPA free.
There are some wonderful items I’ve found online but, to be frank, they are over our budget. I am going to share some of the wonderful items on my Wish List that might fall right within your budget.
Laura at Organized Junkie has an Open Sky store and some MARVELOUS things! Here is what she offers for lunch box kits: the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit.
Another lunch set I like is this one at Amazon.
This next item is not a container for the food, but it is a really cool … um … cooler. I really liked the hot and cold sides but particularly the “secret” pocket for flatware and napkins.
These are the items I use for Kevin’s lunches. I have these at home for my pantry storage and just slip his lunches into several of the smaller ones. They are inexpensive and handy.
OK, that’s all for today. Next week I’ll share some suggestions I’ve collected over the years. This was the INTRO post to whet your whistle and get you thinking and researching your husband’s desires and containers.
I would LOVE for you to share your comments and special containers you have found that work well for you. I really want these few posts to be helpful, sharing our collective insight and learning. Next week I’ll actually do a link-up in case any of you have blog posts about lunches you’ve made for your husbands or yourselves. The more information from others THE MERRIER!!