Try the custom AI to help you find products that Reddit loves.
Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_92XXNJ383W0YZAKS2XG1?psc=1
I work in the construction industry and always ate my meals cold too.
That thing is fucking amazing. Please check it out.
Cold pasta salads and when you get tired of cold foods look into getting a hot logic) that you can plug into the back on the ambulance and have hot food.
What a great night of sleep! The blackout curtains must be a nice change from the essentially non-existent ones at your last hotel. Or was that two hotels ago? You are always on the move I can't keep up with you!
I know some of your job sites leave...something to be desired...by way of amenities😂, but are you always able to find an outlet? A friend of a friend has a meal prep company and swears by these. I guess best described as a lunch box that you plug in and it slowly heats the food. I got one for my dad when his office kitchen was being renovated and he raved about it!
A PID controller can help you achieve the optimal temperature. 120-200 degrees max is what you'll want as to not exceed temperature ratings for containers(styrofoam integrity can be compromised at 212°F, for example) The concern is not so much melting anything, but loss of integrity and potential chemical emissions.
Personally I just went with something like this https://www.amazon.com/HotLogic-Mini-Personal-Portable-Black/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=12v+oven&qid=1607744346&s=home-garden&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFUVVg5MzVEU0tHTEImZW5j...
This will solve the food heating problem for you. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EC7XJ00/
I've been using one for years. You do have to plan your mean, in that it will take some time to heat up eth food depending on how cold it starts, but aside from that it's the best thing if you can't microwave foods.
Think of an insulated lunch box, with a heat element inside. Here's the Amazon link to what we have: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00?pd\_rd\_i=B00EC7XJ00&pd\_rd\_w=DKMmJ&pf\_rd\_p=7672bfb7-93b0-4322-b745-2104db09c4df&pd\_rd\_wg=gIPKC&pf\_rd\_r=088ECHH0RZQX60C8TQ8A&pd\_rd\_r=9e78f40e-347b-4ceb-b8d8-3a6ab04592e9
I meal prep my food into tv dinners then I freeze them.
Reheat them with
I got one of this my brother and it’s a lifesaver. I also drive local. Plug it in 30-45 minutes before eating an already cooked meal. You need one of those cigar lighter inverters
The "electric lunchbox" is the same thing only in a square format. You can also buy a version that plugs into your car.
Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_6EW9VRJ82KGFZ4GD3VSH
This is a very basic model and you should look at some others, but what you want is an "electric lunchbox" which is essentially a portable crock pot. It will expand your meal options exponentially.
Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_2MRFBCY44KKP5SXDQ5X1
Depends how much food you have, but around 1.5 hours. HOTLOGIC Food Warming Tote, Lunch Bag 120V, Black - Food Warmer and Heater – Lunch Box for Office, Travel, Potlucks, and Home Kitchen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_89JQXP8XTN0VA5AEM5HM?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
HOTLOGIC Food Warming Tote, Lunch Bag 120V, Black - Food Warmer and Heater – Lunch Box for Office, Travel, Potlucks, and Home Kitchen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ST4VWWTNXZ0BH2RKBNZB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Get one of these. They also have car charger adapters
I feel you in making a move; congrats on your first job!
If you can afford it, I have found the Hot Logic Mini helps me eat better while on the road. I have two, which I got BOGO (the sales pop up occasionally), are available in 12v for vehicles or 120v to plug in inside (I have two 120v which I run off of a power inverter in the service van, letting me carry a hot breakfast and lunch). Along with some extra glass containers and the occasional frozen meal, these have done more to allow me to avoid eating lunch out every day. It heats to about 170° F and can handle some cooking as well. There are FB and other groups that specialize in cooking in the HL.
The Hot Logic Mini is nicer in my opinion. They make 120 and 12v versions. I usually plug it in my truck at 9am break time and by lunch it’s piping hot.
I bought the smallest version of the HotLogic (safest one out there - others have been known to explode, so read the reviews carefully!) and have used it for over a year.
LOVE IT. Totally works. I put leftovers in a shallow rectangular dish & they’re warm in 30-40 minutes.
For the price of a few lunches out, you can buy a Hot Logic Portable Oven, with an AC or DC plug.
Put the food in, plug it in and let it cook for an hour or two. From the reviews it appears that people use it to heat leftovers, cook frozen dinners, and prepare things from scratch.
No way, it can actually fully cook raw chicken breast? These are the suggestions I was looking for. Thanks man! This is it on Amazon right?
HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven
Wrap in foil and throw it in the engine bay away from moving parts like belts and throttle linkage, maybe?? Also, there is also a little 12V oven that only draws like 200W. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00 There. I think there's some YT vids on a guy trying out all sorts of recipes.
If you have access to at least a wall outlet, I really suggest getting one of these:
Most meals are hot and ready to eat in about 45 minutes after plugging in. It's not fast, but you don't destroy your food with the microwave!
Not a 5.25" drive bay toaster, but I did find this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_Ar2XvbB5P0YAY
It looks like a lunchbox of sorts and you could cut the handle off or put a different logo on it. Hide the cable inside of it during storage. Hope this helps!
dude, you bring a microwave to the job site? that is some next level genius there.
i've got a nice thermos, and grabbed one of these https://www.amazon.com/HotLogic-Mini-Personal-Portable-Black/dp/B00EC7XJ00/
to run off the truck inverter... but i think i really do need a microwave.
bringing your own food is way healthier than eating out, anyways.
Plan b then
Also a pilot. This changed my travel food game in a big way. Bring two sizes of Pyrex that stack in themselves and you’re golden.
Sir, may I introduce you to the Hot Logic Mini. For a mere 40 dollars you can now warm all of your food in your truck. They have both a 12v and 120v model (which is what I use with an inverter.) I usually just take leftovers with me, but it also will cook up those frozen meal sorts of things in about 2 hours. For the winter months when I want soup or chili I use the Crock Pot Lunch Crock. Hot Logic LunchCrock
They really don't. Here's the one we use, we got it on Amazon and it works very nicely. He leaves it at his desk and carries another one back and forth with the food, napkin, and silverware and snacks.
This is the type of container I use in it, but you can also use foil (I often wrap bread in foil so he can have a warm roll with his meal) or small glass containers.
Canned goods; fruits and vegetables and beans. Shelf stable products like Starkist Chicken Creations packets. Rice in the individual serving sized cups or bags that you just need to heat up.
Possibly not necessary since you have an air fryer and potentially access to other appliances, but I love my Hot Logic food warmer and travel electric kettle. I'm surprised by the variety of foods I can make with just boiling water or a steamer/food warmer. Instant oatmeal for breakfast. Chicken or shrimp and rice and veggies for dinner.
Pick up one of these bad boys!
It's a heated lunchbox (they also sell a 12V car version too!). Requires about 2 hours to heat up frozen stuff, so just set a recurring 10am smartphone alarm called "heat up food". You can get containers of canned or frozen stuff to heat up: (pour the canned stuff in like a pyrex dish or whatever)
Amazon sells packs of canned soups if you need a low-executive-function ordering option: (like $2/can, cheaper than McDonalds!)
They have stuff like:
There's tons of heat & eat options in the frozen section as well, including TV dinners. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they also have some SUPER awesome frozen stuff! Although I find just having a variety of shelf-stable canned soups is pretty reliable haha.
I also use some meal-replacement foods. Soylent is really great, as it's a whole protein shake plus carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Really great for instant emergency food that you can chug! At home, I sometimes use Vite-ramen, same concept but like 30g protein ramen noodles haha. More info in this post:
I like to cook, but I really struggle with the energy & focus to actually do it, which in turns ruins the experience, because when you look at say a cookie recipe & your brain goings into "blender mode" & gives you list dyslexia, it's pretty hopeless lol. Or when you just feel that big wall of fatigue hit!
At home, I also try to have other stuff ready to go, like regular burritos & breakfast burritos that I can nuke in the microwave & have something decent in a few minutes. I use my airfryer a lot too, especially for wings (can cook from frozen), as then I get a hot meal without having to fork over $20 for Uber Eats + service fee + tip to drop it off lol.
I use this at work: Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I just plug in a outlet in hour before luch and it warms up
It would to know where you live u/cathias so we can help better. Absent that my thoughts are based on US and western EU. Many are considered "salads" here in the US; they may or may not be where you are.
Tuna salad (some people have odor issues), chicken salad, lots of Asian cold noodle salads, some people are okay with cold pasties. If available where you live consider something like this https://www.amazon.com/HotLogic-Mini-Personal-Portable-Black/dp/B00EC7XJ00 or, as mentioned elsewhere, a Thermos. Note that coolers are insulated boxes and keep things warm as well as cool.
^Item&nbsp;Info | Bot&nbsp;Info | Trigger
I don’t. I’m sorry.
Shiver if you travel a lot I have one of these:
Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_NJHA2FW8JPF81XRPK758?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_5RBS282EFR0DF0JP1E6R
You need an "electric lunchbox." It takes about 90 minutes to heat up your lunch. It is ok for plastic. It is big enough for most meal prep containers. It will also heat from frozen.
Hot Logic Portable Personal Mini Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_Q6WAHA8CP6437QD9C1YJ
Other cooking options for the office:
Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006H5V8QW/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_KC59RDCS53G9HY35Z1KG?psc=1
For full blown cooking
You can steam and saute in this dude at your desk. You can fill the insert with food you keep in the fridge until lunch. Meat will be to be cut into small chunks ala stir fry, but otherwise you can cook meat and steam vegetables and/make rice all at the same time.
This is the small size in the link. They have a larger one, too.
If you commute, you should try this for your car and get a power inverter
Not sure where you are located but if you can get to amazon you can get one of These and or one of These
spaghetti, chili, soup, burrito, enchiladas, shepherds/cottage pie, other casseroles, etc. all warm/ reheat well.
I have two ideas for you. this is one that I am getting my friend here in a month for her birthday. you can take your leftovers in a plastic container if that is what you have, or glass etc. doesn't matter. you put it in this little oven and plug it in about an hour or so before you want to eat.
Hot Logic Personal food warming tote they even make ones that you can plug into your car.
and I got my friend this one last year. She Loves this thing. she went from never taking her lunch to taking it most days now. you just plug it in at your desk.
Personal crock pot for lunch
otherwise Fried chicken pork chops, and roasted or rotisserie chicken is good cold. with something to dip it in or make some kind of salad, with beans, or quinoa etc...
wraps can be eaten cold and are pretty good
As has been mentioned many times here on Reddit, just get a HOTLOGIC tote. When we travel across country, these things are *thee* best. If you have AC power in your truck, you're all set, otherwise just get a simple inverter for your cigarette lighter. HOTLOGICS only use about 50 watts, and inverters usually are at around 70-80 watts, so you're fine. These things are awesome, and super easy to use AND to create with - especially on the go. Best investment we ever made if you are on the road a lot.
SIMPLE INVERTER: https://smile.amazon.com/BESTEK-Power-Inverter-110V-Converter/dp/B003Q54V88
Ill be trying this. it has good reviews
These work well. Take a little time to heat up bit it tastes better than the microwave as well. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fab_4LMFFbY5FGK93
Amazon says I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_hT35Bb07B7MBV
Don’t see wattage listed.
HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_J9XXBb9WT0710
Get a six pack bag and a food warmer. I have one of those bags and it keeps my food cold for hours. And then the food warmer you can just plug it in and warm your food up that way without a microwave.
https://www.sixpackbags.com and apparently they are 13% off today for Friday the 13th.
HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fsv0AbSQVZYXE
See if your hotel room has a microwave, if not there’s a few options. The Hot Logic Mini Oven is basically a hot plate in an insulated bag. You plug it in and it slowly heats up your food. I’ve cooked a frozen, raw chicken breast in a couple of hours. Similar is the Crockpot Mini Lunch Warmer good for soups and stews or whatever you cram in there.
If you like eggs, try the Mini Dash Griddle compact and fast heating, it will cook one large egg at a time, or about two whites. It also has a waffle maker and grill one (good for turkey burgers or chicken breasts. Also the cheapest at ~$10.
I picked up one of these last year.
HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC7XJ00/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_n9UfAbTQ03R7N
Great to have a hot meal while in the road working.
Hey, look what I found! This may solve the cold leftover's issue for you:
Hot Logic Mini Personal Portable Oven
Plan for 3 days to be safe! Better safe than sorry!
bring a cooler for you food. and order one or both of these for him to heat his up
this one you put your plastic storage container right into the Hot Logic and heat it up.
for this one he can reheat casserole soup etc.
two other tips: he is going to need a way to wash his dishes. and a place to store the stuff he has used. plastic bag or container to put the clean but empties into.
also a way to get some dish soap into the hospital.
get some of these to the dish soap, and fill it with your own.
these are great for what you will need.
this is freezable so will travel well and keep well, and will heat easily in either device I suggested above.
make some chili and he can take some of that. also, make sure you bring crackers, Fritos, or tortilla chips and some extra shredded cheese for adding to the chili.
or this one. Don't freak out at the ingredient list. there is 3 breakdowns of this recipe. full recipe serves12, then half serves 6 to 8 and a 1/4 recipe seeing 3 to 4
If you have some leftover rotisserie chicken this recipe would work great and its freezable.
Speaking of rotisserie chicken... you can buy one slice off the legs, thighs, and breasts add a couple sides and there are 4 meals. you can put the chicken in a container, add frozen (not steamed cooked veggies but the bagged frozen veg) to the container, add either rice or pasta (Mac and cheese) what ever else you want in there freeze and keep for the hospital trip. This would heat wonderfully in the Hot Logic device suggested above.
you could make chicken salad, he could snack on this with some crackers.
also you will want to bring some sodas or what ever for him to sip on. the vending machines are killer high priced.
this vegetable beef soup also has 3 breakdowns in case you don't want to make a Vat of soup.
easy to make reheats well and is freezable
If you have some of those frozen Italian meatballs in the freeze here are a couple of good recipes to use them up
In Edit: Good Luck and Congrats on the baby!