This product was mentioned in
with an average of
Totally not a meal, but you should look into a Mr. Bento Zojirushi thermos. It keeps your food hot all day and it isnt awkwardly shaped and hold four different kinds of food. This way you dont have to limit your choices as much. Amazon link
They have a smaller version called a ms bento.
When my kid was in school, I got one of these: Mr. Bento Lunch Jar. The different containers, some insulated to keep things warm or cold, made it really easy to pack all sorts of different lunches, since my son was not a sandwich fan at all. Fried rice in one container, veggies in another, maybe a couple of dumplings. Or cubed meat in one container, veggies and sauce or dip in another, sliced strawberries in another. Soup, crackers, some kind of dessert. It was an excellent way to take advantage of dinner leftovers, too.
I have an insulated lunch box that keeps things warm (or cold) for hours. It's the same concept as a thermos, but with different compartments for food. A normal container is not going to stay warm for four hours.
You want one of these. I bought one for my daughter and at least half a dozen of her classmates now have the same lunch box as my daughter. The top two containers are for room temperature foods. The bottom two containers are for hot foods; the outer container is insulated and the lid of the second-from-the-bottom container is insulated (you can see the thick lid leaning over in the second picture) so it creates a nice little hot zone in the bottom. I make a hot lunch for my daughter at ~8am and when she eats lunch at ~12:20pm it's still plenty hot. Soups, pasta dishes, rice dishes, meats, stews, etc are all at a good temperature when she's ready to eat.
(Tip: Fill the outer container with hot water while you prepare your lunch, then empty/dry out the container before loading it up. This will add some heat to the process to keep things warmer for a longer period of time.)
If you want to keep ingredients separate, consider a bento! They can even keep hot/cold stuff in different layers in the same container.
Perhaps look at r/Bento. Traditionally eaten cold and there's lots of ideas there.
As for salads, I've been eating chickpeas lately as I find they're pretty filling.
Perhaps also invest in stainless steel containers to keep hot food warm for a bit. A good thermos that's vacuum insulated should also allow you to have warm soup if it was hot in the morning.
EDIT: something like this maybe:[link]
As far as I know its not sold in Ottawa, but I bought a Zojirushi Mr. Bento which has been absolutely amazing. I know it isn't cheap, but it has been a real game changer for lunch. I heat stuff up in the morning and come 2-3pm its still hot. I rock a Zojirushi coffee mug to and I need to make my coffee 4-5 hours previous before I can really slurp it back. I can't say enough good things about their products.
I realize you said they don't shop online much and if this stuff is sold in Ottawa then I would definitely recommend it. That said, I would still throw it out there to them as an idea because really, their products are life changing.
Look for a Zojirushi on Amazon. They are good quality. I'm a big guy, and I do fine with one. They are great.
I have this one: [link]
Not just for keto,. It I bought one of these [link].
I'd pack everything cold, the container keeps things got or cold for like 12 hours and then heat up what I needed warm at lunch time. I would have seperate sections for soup or broth, meat, some veggies and a snack. It's also easy for prepping and portion control.
Edit: it also comes with a stainless steel spoke, which is amazing.
I'll concur with the consensus here. I do own this vacuum jar that I use in the winter when I want soup or broth with lunch.
Don't worry about them not filling you up if you get a Mr Bento!!!
Disclaimer: You might have to prepare that much more food.
Good quality Bento Box very nice for people who like to eat healthy when they travel - or just for work lunches.
I actually make bento-like lunches. The whole family has bento lunchboxes like this.
I then usually have some chopped raw veggies (red or green peppers, celery, etc). Some meat slices from a pork or beef roast or seasoned chicken breast. Stuffed olives, pickles, or the like in another container. And the last container has greens or boiled eggs or even cheese slices.
Very often though, I just make a killer meaty salad. I prep all the items that go in it on Sunday and assemble in the morning. Takes me about 5 minutes for 2 people.
Brother, fear not, and do not abandon your quest for The Meal of Brodin, both delicious and warm. You need only a superior means to carry such a meal, and this I have, and can speak from experience, will keep your food warm and waiting, until your meal time arrives. Good luck, and may His Gainz Be Upon You.
I've had really good like with the Zojirushi Bento lunch jar it works great at keeping your food hot all day. You could prepare some large healthy dishes in advance (like maybe a hearty vegetable stew, whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and lots of veggies, hummus, etc.) and fill up the bento jar every work day.
Not exactly the answer to the question you asked, but a possible solution to your problem: the Japanese Lunch Jar is designed to keep your lunch warm throughout the day. When packed right, you'd have a container with some sort of hot soup or other liquid on the bottom, followed by a container of freshly-steamed rice, and then containers of whatever meat or vegetables or other foodstuffs you'd want to eat that day on top.
Thermos. I bought a more expensive Zojirushi "travel mug" (why it is called a mug when it doesn't have a handle is beyond me...) for about $27 on sale, based on all the stellar reviews and my daily use of it, but any sort of insulated drink container should do. I make my own coffee in the morning and bring that to school, along with a tea infuser loaded with loose leaf (there's a student lounge with a hot water dispenser) for later in the afternoon.
Similarly is a lunchbox. Again, I splurged on something more expensive ($42 Mr. Bento, also made by Zojirushi since I was really happy with the mug), but there are far cheaper alternatives.
Tyre levers and a patch kit: for changing your own bike tyre. I've got a frame-mount pump ($20) as well, but if you're in an urban area you can use the pumps at a gas station to re-inflate a flat tyre, although you may need an adapter if you're running Presta tubes. I had moved and didn't have a puncture kit and was charged $25 to fix a flat from a shop on my way home from work one evening, never again.
I know the Zojirushi stuff is more than ten bucks, but I've bought the cheaper equivalents and had them break (most notably having a "fancy" and secure-looking Tupperware with a gasket and clamps leak kimchi juice all over in the interior of my new backpack). I am an unemployed grad student but have learned in most cases and especially with non-consumables, it's better to save for the nice version of something and be happy with it from Day 1 into infinity, rather than buying the cheap crappy one multiple times and be annoyed with it constantly.
Have you considered a Mr Bento? It'll keep your food hot so you don't even need to heat it up before heading out for lunch. More time for riding and eating, no more sharing a nasty microwave with filthy coworkers. It will hurt like a bitch if you ever land on it though.
+another1 for Zojirushi. That thing is awesome. Makes a perfect pot of rice the first time, every time.
As an aside, they also make other useful gadgets like thermoses, carafes, and these excellent insulated lunch jars. Food stays piping hot all day, and I don't have to fight to use the office microwave to warm up my soup.
> cook and prepackage some meals for you--steak and broccoli or something in a tupperware. I guess it depends how long your trips are. But if you prep ahead it would probably be much easier (and tastier)
you should use this for your daily meals. It will keep them fresh and also nice and warm/cold depending on the meal!
Is it a waste rule, or a health rule? If it is just a waste rule, try a Bento , or some other box of your own supply.
The bottom one has an insulted, liquid proof.
Next highest is insulated, not liquid proof,
Then there is I think 2 more for the regular Mr. Bento, just simple tupperware.
Everything has lids. It's pretty awesome.
(I realise it's not exactly frugal, but it is awesome, and explains in detail what is there)
I bought this lunchbox for my daughter when she was in kindergarten. She loved having a hot lunch at school but she didn't always like what was being served. And both of us got tired of brown bag sandwiches really quickly. That lunchbox allows me to prepare a hot lunch for her in the morning and it's still reasonably hot by the time she sits down to lunch about four hours later. She's now in fifth grade and still loves that lunchbox. The lunchbox has four containers inside, one of which is liquid-sealed. The liquid-sealed container and the largest container are the "hot" containers, capable of keeping food hot for many hours. The other two containers are "cool" containers (room temperature, actually). The lid becomes a bowl, and it comes with a stainless steel spork. The carrying bag is large enough to fit a juice box on top before closing it up.
"Cheap, quick, and easy" is exactly the goal here. She generally gets a hot main course (typically a protein), a hot side course (typically a starch), a raw vegetable, a fruit, a dessert, and a drink. Some common lunches I give her include:
With a proper toaster oven, microwave, and previous-night prep, none of these take more than about 10-15 minutes to prepare. Things like the chicken noodle soup is often canned (she loves the Progresso soups), while the beef stew is something I make earlier in the week and she takes leftovers to school.
I don’t have a Mr. Bento, but I checked out Amazon and they have some videos about how to use the product.
Hope that helps...
invest in something to bring leftovers in...
this one as a couple compartments that stack so you can finish stuff off
Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver
if you preheat the containers with boiling water before you put hot food in it will stay steaming hot for 4 hours or so.
as far as what to put in it.. make chili, stew, soup, stuff like that.. cook 2-3 recipes, freeze most of it.. so you have variety, but won't get sick of anything.
[link] - is the one I have
A colleague of mine swears by Mr. Bento stuff, e.g.: [link]
That said, cheap Tupperware suits me just fine.
I love the Mr. Bento! It's not a square, but it's an insulated container with 4 separate interior containers, so you can have your entree and sides not touching. It'll keep hot stuff hot or cold stuff cold, but not at the same time, sadly. It has plenty of room for a big meal. There's also a Ms. Bento, which is a bit smaller if you're looking for portion control.
mr.bento is great.
A friend has this Mr. Bento and regularly takes soups in it. You can use flexible dividers like paper or silicone cupcake liners.
Seconding monbento, but also I've also heard good things about Mr. Bento and it's very large.
This I guess: [link]
This thing is awesome - [link]
This nice lunch set (as mentioned by someone in another post) seems awesome for keeping your hot stuff hot until lunchtime.
Also the Jetboil is made for camping but it screams 'lunch pho' to me. Bring noodles, veggies, etc. in a ziploc and boil up for lunch. Yum!!
I use Zojirushi's Mr. Bento
I'd imagine that it would fit in here and /r/buyitforlife
Consider a Mr. Bento lunch carrier. Works for hot or cold foods.
I've wanted one of these for a while, but I haven't bought one yet.