My husband is a space cadet and packs his lunch for work but then sees something shiny and forgets it. We're trying to save money and eat well, so I thought I could make a few "emergency" lunches that he could put in his freezer at work to have on hand in case he forgets and then just defrost it when he gets into work and microwave it for lunch. Any brilliant ideas?
Any sort of cooked meat, particularly in a sauce or soup, is going to hold up well. I'll take shredded pork, beef, or chicken and throw on some taco seasoning, cover it with a paleo BBQ sauce, toss it with sesame seeds and green onions and throw on some asian flavored sauce (usually a cheat), or cover it in marinara.
You can always send a few small containers of his favorite frozen veggies too. I keep peas and broccoli in the freezer at all times.
If he's a sweets eater or likes snacking, send some frozen berries too. I'll set mine on my desk after lunch and they're perfect for my sweet tooth a few hours later.
Quiche!!! I freeze a lot and put in our freezer at work. I eat dairy so I make mine with eggs, heavy cream, onion, a little raw cheese and spinach or broccoli. NO crust. They have a lot of non-dairy on the web though too. Functional Foodie Quiche Recipe
I cook mine in casserole dish. Cool. Cut in squares and then double wrap in wax paper and put them all in a big freezer zip-lock. I swear they taste better than when you first make them.
Some of my favorites:
Steak and sour cream or butter
Roast beef and horseradish cream
Beef burgers and pieces of cheese
HB eggs and yoghurt made from cream, or a large piece of brie, or a small glass of cream
Wild salmon cakes, and mayonnaise made from animal fat with mustard added
Quiche lorraine with parsnips rather than a crust
Fresh herbs are nice for digestion and leave a nice clean taste at the end of the meal. Parsley, mint, basil, and lemon thyme are easy to grow, and perennials!
If he can eat fiber, raw celery root or turnip slices are nice. Also, the inside of broccoli stems
A thermos of coffee or tea, or hot water, and a small container of instant coffee, or tea bags.
Cheery notes or tiny presents in the lunch pail!
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