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Eat Well: 20 Lunchbox Ideas for Adults

I wish I would have done this post in the pre-Covid era (is that a regular term now?). With more adults working from home, the need of a packed Lunch is probably at an all-time low. This post definitely would have been more useful before the “new normal” set in. 

But then again, there would be a lot of professionals (like me) who are going in to work every day because getting the job done remotely is not an option. I don’t know about you but right from my days as a graduate student, I have always preferred bringing lunch from home to avoid the lunchtime cafeteria crowd. It also seemed the most natural thing in the world because all through my school and college years, my lunchbox has been a constant (courtesy: mom)! And now with all the safe distancing measures and a need to increase hygiene standards, there is all the more reason to do so. I find packed lunch from home is tastier (*ahem*), healthier, more economic and most importantly, it saves time during lunch break especially on busy days.
Since the past few years, I have been making a conscious decision to eat better. When I say eat better – to me, it means to eat a wide variety of foods, try to maintain portion control (this is the biggest challenge for me even now), increase my intake of fresh fruits and vegetables and to cut down on processed foods and make healthier snack choices. I don’t believe in deprivation at all so I tend to eat all the foods I enjoy but I do try to be sensible about it. Sometimes I succeed and other times I don't. It is all about striking a balance right? I'm still learning and hopefully will strive to improve 😊
Even though I have been carrying a packed lunch for as long as I can remember, it is only in the past 1.5 years that I have actually been giving the contents of my lunch box proper thought and documenting it. 

I make sure to get in at least half an hour of exercise in the mornings after the kids leave for school so I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. What I pack in my lunchbox is usually last night’s dinner leftovers. It is seldom that I cook in the morning before leaving to work and it is usually when I'm packing salads or grilled sandwiches (that I prefer to be freshly made). The meals we have for dinner in my household are a mix of Indian and non-Indian dishes, usually simple, flavourful and hearty. I have the habit of planning the entire week’s menu and preparing the grocery shopping list in advance so this really helps me stay on top of things. My kids school lunchbox is a whole other story (I will do a blog post on that in the future).
Although I do like the concept of an all-in-one bento box, I prefer separate glass or BPA-free plastic boxes of different shapes and sizes to hold the main course, side dishes and snacks. I consume the different components of my lunch box at different time intervals during the day (mid-morning snack, lunch and later afternoon snack). I also prefer to heat up my food just before eating so the separate boxes do serve their purpose quite well.
So there you go…..that’s a brief introduction to adult lunch boxes from my perspective. I’ve prepared a weekday lunch box guide for four weeks to give you some ideas. Where the recipes are available on my blog I have provided the links. 
Week 1

  • Farro salad with roasted pumpkin, beans, baby spinach, pistachios, cranberries and feta cheese with a simple apple cider and dijon mustard vinaigrette. 
  • Cherries
  • Nuts and dried fruit

You can find the recipe here 

  • Methi thepla
  • Tikhari
  • Cucumber, purple carrots & cherry tomatoes
  • Mango, longan, blackberries and blueberries

  • Grilled wholemeal egg sandwich
  • Cucumber, carrots & cherry tomatoes
  • Papaya
  • Homemade milk burfi

  • Idlis 
  • Vegetable sambar
  • Cucumber, purple carrots & cherry tomatoes
  • Apple & red grapes

You can find the recipe here

  • Ghee rice
  • Rajma masala
  • Cucumber & purple carrots
  • Peri peri water lily pops


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