We've had a huge deli meat recall here in Canada and I'm stuck on what to make DH for work lunches. Deli meat was not a healthy option anyway so no time like the present for a lunchbox overhaul.
So far I've made chili, chili chowder and lasagna and froze lunch size portions. I also have some veggie soup and plan on making some wraps with grilled chicken. I have always sent him with veggies /dip or a salad so I will still do that. I also think I might make up some sloppy joe meat and freeze that as well.
I would love to hear what you make or take for lunches!
I can't be too much help here as my DH loves his ham sandwiches for lunch. Usually so he doesn't get burned out on them I will make PB&J's or send leftovers from dinner. His absolute fav that I send him is chicken enchiladas. Usually when I make them for dinner, I'll assemble some in a couple of lunch containers and freeze it. Then when I need something to send all I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and he just microwaves it. Also a good one that freezes well is chicken and dumplings or chicken and noodles. That's a favorite around here as well. HTH.
how about real sliced meat? You can cook a pork or beef roast and slice thinly for sandwiches and freeze portions in between wax paper.
I make pulled beef sandwiches the same way - dump stew meat, water and onions in the slow cooker until it falls apart. Shred, add grilled onions, on a nice onion bun with swiss cheese - yummy. I also reduce the stock and have au jus for dipping.
Leftover roasted chicken - or turkey.
Cook a ham shoulder and slice it up.
Don't know that men enjoy this quite like women but you always do crossiant with chicken salad or tuna salad.
Meatballs also reheat well, You could even make a a meatball sub out of them.
There is also homemade pizza, cheap and so good!! Is he a pasta salad fan, those keep for a few days?
Oh, I have a Italian Chicken Recipe that is cooked in the crock-pot, super easy to make an it re-heats really good. Of, course any soup is also good.
Oh, and don't forget the cake and cupcakes for dessert!!!
My husband loves anything Mexican, any type of casserole, or pasta (if it's not cream based).
You could make mini meatloaves and send them w/ mashed potatoes, and sausage and peppers is one of dh's favorites, and mine too b/c it's so easy. Just throw a couple of sub rolls in there w/ them, and some pasta salad or actual salad, and he's good to go.
I used to grill or bake a big pack of chicken on Sundays and use them all that week, but then I got lazy.
Thanks for all of the great ideas. I will definitely be cooking and freezing up a storm. I've been wanting to get away from deli meats for a while and the recall here has been a BIG HUGE PUSH in that direction.
Here is the recipe for Chili Chowder I made the other day. It is very quick and easy but does have a lot of sodium from the canned goods.
2 Tbsp Oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 19 or 28 oz tin of Mexican spiced stewed tomatoes (whatever you can find, my store only had chili style diced tomatoes so that is what I used)
1 cup chicken broth
1 Tsp chili powder
1 12 oz can of corn kernels
1 14 oz can of kidney beans
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and green pepper for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the broth, tomatoes and chili powder. Bring to a boil and simmer covered for 5 minutes.
Then add undrained kidney beans and undrained corn. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Stir occasionally while cooking. Makes 4 servings.
I love doing quesadillas for lunch. A few of those flour tortillas they make in the store cheese and
fajita chicken. I get the precooked fajita chicken from the store all you have to do is heat it and its ready to go. I keep all of it seperate then heat. Super yummy!
I make these for lunch often, salad with chicken in a whole wheat wrap or pita pocket. Just take some salad (I prefer baby spinach though) and whatever mixins you want such as cheese, nuts, sunflower seeds, cranberry raisins, mandarin oranges etc. Mix with whatever dressing he prefers and add in some chicken thats been diced or is in strips. Then just wrap it up or place in a pita pocket. Easy to do. My DH likes the baby spinach with an oil based dressing with cajun chicken and of course montery jack cheese.