Packed Lunches

Packing a lunch every day is a great way to get healthy food into your family and yourself. It can help save you money, is good for portion control (and therefore your waistline!), and ensures that your kids are getting healthy wholesome food and not the processed garbage that many schools, unfortunately, serve in their cafeterias.

A packed lunch, however, is only as healthy as you make it.

When I started packing my husband’s lunch every day, I applied the same principles I follow for cooking our other meals. That is, to use natural whole foods, and not processed, prepackaged, artificially flavored and chemical ridden food.

For those who pack lunches every day though, whether for yourself, your spouse, or your children, you know it can be easy to fall into the rut of packing the same thing every day, and it’s all too easy to run out of fresh ideas for fun and nutritious lunches.

I started posting pictures of the lunches I’ve prepared for my husband on this blog with the hope that it would simply give some ideas to those who pack lunches every day, and maybe inspire others to start packing their own (or their family’s) lunches, or start packing healthier, “real food” lunches.

This is an index of all the packed lunches I’ve made and photographed thus far. Click on the picture to take you to the post with the description of the packed lunch, and in some cases, an accompanying recipe. I’m always making new lunches, so I’ll be adding new pictures to this index. Check back again soon!



4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Student  |  September 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Attractive, simple, and adult! No excessive “cuteness” here. I like it–too often lunch blogs suggest things people like me would never do, like making faces out of seaweed. This is not to say that I do not admire cute food, only that I usually don’t have time in the mornings to think things like that up. I’m a fan of the re-envisioned leftover and well cut raw produce, myself. Do you have a recipe up for the mini quiches? Those are a great idea!

    • 2. The Joyful Kitchen  |  September 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you like my lunches!
      I know what you mean about the “cute” bento lunches out there. Living in Japan (and the Japanese pretty much wrote the book on super cute, cartoon character face lunches) there’s books on making those kinds of lunches everywhere. I simply don’t have the time or the energy in the mornings, however, to pull together a lunch that’s a work of art, though I admire those that do. Plus I think my husband would be bit embarrassed to eat a lunch that looked super cute in front of his co-workers everyday, lol.
      While I do try to make the food look nice, I’m more concerned that the food is healthy “real” food, and there’s a balance of carbs, protein, vegetables, and fruit.

      I don’t have a written down recipe for the mini-quiche, but they’re really simple to make!
      Whenever I make a normal quiche for dinner, I simply make extra of the filling (usually sauteed and seasoned vegetables in my case) . Then I line my muffin pan with muffin liners, and add some of the filling to each muffin cup along with a little shredded cheese. Whisk a couple eggs (depending on how many muffin cups you’re filling) and some milk or cream in a bowl, add a good dash of salt and pepper and mix it up, then pour the egg mixture into each muffin cup until almost full. Then I just bake the “muffins” along with my regular quiche at 360 degrees F (180 C) until the tops are golden brown. I don’t remember the exact bake time for the mini quiche, but probably around 20 minutes is good. Just insert a toothpick to see if they’re done if you’re not sure. And voila! Mini-crustless quiches! You can keep the extras in a plastic storage bag in the freezer. Just pop out however many you want in your lunch the next day into the refrigerator, and then the next morning you can just put them in your lunch box.
      If you have any questions, let me know! 🙂

  • 3. Albert  |  September 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Your lunches look very good and I will try them.


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