This year, I started making lunches for the husband. I haven’t made lunches for my husband before so it’s a new thing for me. In the past, depending on where he was working, often lunch has been provided for him. It’s easy since I’m already making lunches for the kids, and I just adapt them slightly (usually with dinner leftovers) for an adult with access to a microwave and fridge.
I find myself enjoying looking after him in this way, and he has expressed how much he enjoys it too. He said the other day, “It’s like a surprise every day.”
I needed a different kind of lunch box than I use for the children. The brand of lunch I purchased is called a Fuel Bento Lunch Box. I found it at a Home store, but I know a lot of places that sell them online in Australia too.
There’s the outer lunch box then two containers on the inside that you can lift out. So after dinner each night, I set aside a little food for the husband’s lunch the next day in the larger container, pop the lid on and it goes into the fridge over night. Then in the morning, I place the container directly into the box, put the other 3-sectioned container in and fill the rest in the morning and it’s done! The inside containers are microwave and dishwasher safe which is handy too. So at lunch time, if the food needs to be heated up, my husband can just remove the container from the lunch box and put it directly into the microwave.
NOTE: This lunch box has worked well so far, however it’s not watertight, so it really does need to be carried upright. Or put it in an insulated container. One day my husband put it in his bag, and it leaked everywhere which is annoying. He just carries it in now.
Below is a snapshot of some of the lunches I make, and I’ve included links to recipes if I used them.
Roast Chicken Salad – Yoghurt and Strawberries – Muesli Slice – Stuffed Mini Peppers
Roast Beef & Salad – Bread Sticks – Nuts & Dates – Sundried Tomato & Olives
Flat Bread – Mince – Coleslaw, Tomato & Mushroom – Stuffed Mini Peppers – Apricot Delight (I sometimes make Apricot Balls)
Chicken Korma – Yoghurt & Honey – Kiwi Fruit – Granola
Beef Chow Mein – Lamington – Kiwi Fruit – Cashews & Sultanas
Cannelloni – Salad – Nectarine – Lemon Bliss Balls
Chicken Burger – Strawberries – Madera Cake – Olives
Chicken & Leek Pie – Salad – Peach Slices – Honey Cashews – Chocolate Pudding
Spaghetti & Sausages – Hot Cross Bun – Sundried Tomato & Olives – Cashews and Dried Fruit
Spaghetti Bolognese (budget recipe) – Salad – Apple – Olives
Salad – Flat Bread – Apple & Yoghurt – Sundried Tomato & Olives – Macadamia & Muesli Mix
Chicken Coconut Curry & Veges – Kiwi Fruit – Lemon Bliss Balls – Milky Way
Steak – Beetroot & Corn Salad – Strawberries – Sesame Slice
Butter Chicken – Peach Slices & Yoghurt – Lemon Bliss Balls – Sundried Tomato & Olives
Roast Chicken & Salad – Apricot & Custard – Carrot Cake