We all know packing and bringing your food to work (or school, or even to eat at home) saves money, time, and keeps you on track with healthy food choices. It’s especially helpful for those of us with allergies as well because we know the food we bring is safe to consume. Most of the time I make extra food for dinner so I have leftovers to pack for lunch. Sometimes I throw a protein in the bottom of a mason jar topped by veggies and a small container of dressing to top it with at lunch too. But sometimes leftovers and mason jar salads just do not sound appealing anymore and I want something else. That is when I start looking for inspiration for lunch specific ideas.
Need some inspiration for packing lunch? I’ve rounded up a few of the best lunch time recipes and ideas below to get you packing.
Use this simple, tasty, easy to change up the spices/herbs for different flavors make ahead recipe for Rotisserie Chicken and Cabbage Salad to have lunch for several days made in advance.
Need a whole bunch of lunch ideas, including recipes, allergy avoidance, and suggestions for healthier pre-packaged goodies? Check out Paleo Parent’s eBook Paleo To Go for a whole bunch of great lunch box ideas.
Want fun healthy Paleo Bento Box lunch box ideas? Check out Nom Nom Paleo’s Lunchbox Roundup which includes 18 complete lunch ideas and links to even more lunchbox roundups.
Eating well at home is relatively easy. I stock the kitchen and pantry with fresh vegetables, grass fed meat, healthy fats, and some fruits so we’ve got plenty of options for nutrient dense real food meals. If I don’t plan ahead and pack food to go, I get stuck trying to figure out the best possible options for myself or the family from whatever is nearby. If I’m lucky that happens to be a Whole Foods salad bar, but more often than not it’s the mermaid coffee shop. Add the complications of one of us having severe food allergies, another who won’t eat the protein packed in their lunch, one who has a nasty killer sweet tooth that comes out to play with a vengeance if they don’t have their own food, and another who is suddenly picky. Making sure we have a variety of options for school, work, and travel foods is constant work.
Lunch ideas was something I was asked for multiple times when I did a recent survey asking what you wanted more of. It was unanimous that to-go lunch ideas for work and school would be helpful. Right on time, Paleo to Go, the new eBook by the Paleo Parents, was released. Our family went through the new eBook and each picked a recipe we wanted to try and the girls filled out the ‘My Favorite Things’ worksheet to give their seal of approval on certain items they will always accept packed into their lunches. Which is really helpful for both the picky one and the one who won’t eat their protein. Getting them involved with what’s packed results in it getting eaten.
Paleo to Go addresses the what to pack issue with more than 50 recipes and favorite Paleo friendly convenience foods in an easy to navigate format. The eBook outlines packing a protein, fat, veggies, and fruit including meal and snack ideas to cover each of the categories. It also includes a great section on storage containers for lunches and can easily be printed if you prefer a printed page over an electronic one.
But wait…there’s more.
An avoiding allergens guide is included with multiple options for substitutions including a new option to replace almond flour for those allergic to tree nuts. Every recipe has a photo symbol below the recipe title indicating which allergens the recipe avoids making it really easy to chose a recipe if you have someone in the house with a food allergy.
We chose to make the Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits, Beef Bacon Sliders, Banana Bread Balls, and the Not Sugar Cookies recipes from the eBook, as photographed from our house above in the slideshow. Every single recipe was well received, and eaten, by each member of our house. The Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits were flavorful and moist but held together really well, and the leftovers were used for fried egg sandwiches for breakfast the next morning. The Beef Bacon Sliders were amazingly tasty with the addition of bacon. The Banana Bread Balls were sweet and had a great soft and slightly crunchy texture while the Not Sugar Cookies didn’t last through the day because they were eaten all up. The 7 year old realized the No Sugar Cookies would make a great faux crust to go with the pumpkin spice dairy free ice cream I was recipe development testing. We thoroughly enjoyed every recipe we tried and everything came out just like it should and was easy to make.
While Paleo to Go is great for families, people who follow a Paleo diet, and those with allergies, it’s a great resource for anyone. Basically, if you eat lunch you will find something helpful in this book.
Paleo to Go includes:
Over 50 recipes
SAMPLE LUNCHES section with over 40 complete and healthy snack and meal ideas, perfect for on-the-go
Avoiding Allergens guide
Recipe and Allergen Index
A Healthy Meal in 3 Steps Guide
IN THE BOX list: Ideas for Packing the Perfect Lunch guide
Guide to storage containers
Guide to GRAB-AND-GO paleo-friendly convenience foods
Printable MY FAVORITES THINGS, an I approve list to use when packing lunches
EXCLUSIVE COUPONS and DISCOUNTS
Viewable on your computer, laptop, tablet, or printable
We really enjoyed Paleo to Go and have been having fun all week packing lunches from suggestions in the book. If you don’t have Paleo Parents first eBook, 3 Phase Paleo, you’re in luck because you can get both eBooks for a special bundled price by clicking the link below. 3 Phase Paleo demonstrates how easy it is to transition to Paleo in 3 easy steps.