What is a great nutritious filling lunch that I can cook/pack ahead of time for my husband?
I usually try to make a batch of lunch on sunday that can last until wednesday and need more ideas for variation. I don't want to make a sandwich as I'd have to put together the morning of and he is up around 5 am, way before me. I made falafals a few times which were very healthy and easy - I made them in batches ahead of time and put them in containers for him to take. I need new ideas now though.
Any thoughts? He doesn't have access to a microwave so it would have to taste good room temperature too.
Pasta salad is a good idea but maybe save it for the summer. Since he has access to a microwave, warm things like soup (lentil, minestrone, creamy tomato with whole wheat elbows), chicken stew (like pot pie without the crust), a baked sweet potato with salt and Tex-Mex spices and a couple of lime wedges to squeeze over after reheating, stuffed cabbages (use ground chicken or turkey if you don't want beef, and sub another grain for the rice), salmon loaf with tomato sauce, soft polenta topped with mixed mushroom stew and some Parmesan curls to put on after reheating.
Once tomatoes are in season, a nice tomato stuffed with chicken salad, tuna salad, or a grain-based salad, in a cheapy container like Gladware., with some crisp crackers on the side.
Slices of cheese and.or salami or other dry meat coldcut, along with carrot and celery sticks, crackers.
Sliced cheese and an apple with crackers.
Hard-cooked egg, carrot&celery sticks and yes, crackers.
Bean and/or cheese quesadillas, corn salsa, tomato salsa, slices of avocado, brown rice pilaf - with the exception of the avocado slices and addition of greek yogurt (my sub for sour cream). It can all be made days in advance and served hot or cold. Also great are lentils, rice, and cucumber/yogurt salad. Bean salad served with a green salad (dressing in a small container, hearty bread and cheese. Beans of any description are filling and nutritious and can be prepared in a vast variety of flavors/culture. Or a plowman's lunch of cheese, bread, hardboiled eggs, chutney and pickles. Garbanzo salads are great as are chickpea flour pancakes as a protein rice 'bread'. Just add fruits and it's a complete meal.
I avoid meats and dairy when packing lunches since I don't know how they will be stored.
Suggest you google "bento" boxes and look for Americanized lunches - there are some great ideas for variety and sizes to serve.
Goulash with egg noodles
Spicy beef stew
Last week I alternated between tupperwares of callos with habañero peppers and soup of beef shank through Thursday without getting bored once.