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Jan 12, 2007 05:22 PM

Brown bagging it

Hi All,
My husband is starting a new job where he is going to need to brown bag it with no refridgeration (he'll take a cooler) but there will be no way to heat any food. He hasn't had to do this for several years due to the hours he used to work. Now, what other than sandwiches can be taken that won't require utensils or a minimum of a spoon or fork that will be easy to eat. He'll burn out on sandwiches. He'll be in new residential construction sites.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. --Hummus & pita or crackers
    --yogurt w/fresh fruit, granola & nuts packed separately to mix in
    --chicken salad, egg salad, or tuna salad on a bagel
    --mixed greens loaded with chopped egg, chopped chicken, nuts, and crumbled or chunked cheese, dressing on the side
    --bowl of sushi rice w/cold grilled salmon on top
    --lots of cut-up fresh fruit or fruit salad
    --pasta salads
    --good cheese, cornichons, brine-cured olives, and a baguette
    --cooked veggies like green beans or broccoli w/sesame dressing
    I don't really like brown-bag sandwiches myself, but if the bread is varied (rolled tortillas, pita, english muffins, bagels, croissant, kaiser rolls, etc), I don't mind the sandwiches quite so much.

    1. microwaves are so cheap these days, it might be worth it for him to buy a little one for $40 to make the experience better for him. That way, at least you can send soups and stews, or leftovers for his lunch.

      1. I'm not a huge fan of it myself, but how about pasta salad? Best served at room temperature and easy to eat. Or antipasto items like olives, hard boiled eggs, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, bocconcini -- stuff that can be nibbled at.

        1. Not sure what part of the country you are, but especially if he is working outside on cold days, you could get one of those thermoses for soups, stews, or chilli. They really do keep food hot for hours.

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          1. re: HWiley

            We're in Maryland. He does high end marble, granite and tile in multi-million dollar homes. So he's mostly inside installing and only going outside to make cuts on the wet saw.

          2. Salads work well, just put the dressing on the side so it won't get soggy before he eats them. The smallest size of Gladware or the Zip tupperware stuff is perfect.

            Invest in a good lunch bag with a mesh pocket for the gel ice. I used it during grad school to keep my lunch cold in my locker.