Okay, here goes. I make my husband eat healthy (you don’t even want to know what he would eat if left alone) and I am really big on eating “whole foods” or making things, so keep that in mind.
In addition to the things below, I do a ton of leftovers and often my husband will do pita pockets with deli ham and cheese.
Salads – TIPS: prep bowls of cut items on Sunday, so all you have to do in the morning is grab a handful of each and go. Gladware now makes a salad size that has a dressing cup that clips into the lid – amazing for portion control and so easy! I often grill a huge batch of chicken for dinner one night and then cut up the leftovers for salads. IDEAS: cucumber+tomato+sweet onion+fresh mozzarella+wheat berries/cous cous/quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes+green beans+grilled chicken+feta+spinach, hardboiled eggs+cucumber+tomato+red bell pepper+mixed greens, black beans+grilled chicken+tomato+cilantro+cucumbers+sweet onion, white beans+roasted red pepper+goat cheese+spinach, leftover grilled meat+parmesan+arugula. Sometimes I will do a scoop of chicken or tuna salad on mixed greens.
Soups – I LOVE soup, so I make it a ton. It feels so good to have a hot lunch, especially when it is cold out. TIPS: Super easy in the winter because I make a big pot of soup every Sunday for dinner and then eat the leftovers all week. If you care about BPA (epsecially if you are TTC), try to buy BPA-free tupperware, or even better, use glass! IDEAS: roasted butternut squash, carrot+ginger+leeks, potato+leek, chicken noodle, minestrone with a ton of veggies, beef stew, corn chowder, white chili, white bean+ham.
“Little Kid Lunches” – this is what I call lunches that are less structured. I like these things for days I feel like picking or have a lot of meetings and am not sure when I will be able to sit down. IDEAS: hummus with pita or cut up veggies, chicken or tuna salad with crackers, cheese and crackers + fruit or carrot/cucumber sticks, deviled eggs and a small mixed green salad.
Snacks – I get really cranky in the afternoon if I eat a lot of carbs, so I usually pack carb-free snacks, but sometimes I will give my husband goldfish or the ginger cat cookies from TJs. IDEAS: small container of roasted almonds and raisins, peanut butter and celery, peanut butter on graham crackers, string cheese, yogurt, greek yogurt with fruit, frozen edamame (defrosts in time for snack!), fruit, deli meat and cheese “roll-ups” with mustard.
Whew. I hope that was helpful. PM or let me know if you want any recipes.