Need lunch ideas for the hubby

Melissa - posted on 05/06/2012 ( 41 moms have responded )

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I'm a SAHM and my husband works from home. Need lunch ideas, he's sick of sandwiches and leftovers. And I have no idea. We also have a 3 yr old that is home all day and I'm 5 mos prego with no appetite.

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Sarah - posted on 05/06/2012

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I don't think it's fair that everyone is lamblasting her for making her husband's lunch. Maybe she's doing it because she loves him? Maybe just to be nice? Maybe to save time since she's making something for her child too? I make my husband's lunch for all these reasons. He works out of the house but is home with us for lunch. It's not that he can't or won't do it, I do it because I want to do it because I love him and I know he appreciates it (otherwise he'd only be eating PB&J, he's not much of a cook). Unless you have an answer to her question, please don't judge her (or anyone else) on their choice of how to live in their marriage.

Jill - posted on 05/07/2012

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Since your husband is the one having issues, he needs to be part of the solution. Ask him what he wants for lunch. If he says, "I don't know." then he gets to keep eating sandwiches and leftovers until he does know.

It is sweet that you make him lunch, but it is not okay for him to complain and make the solution your responsibility.

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Is there a reason he cannot make his own lunch? I get it that you're a SAHM, but does that mean waitress too? He's a grown man, he can make his own lunch! Concentrate on your 3 year old.

Gai - posted on 05/14/2012

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Jeez! Who could tell the poor lady was just asking for recipes and ideas? Defintely everyone has ideas! About how to fix hubby. Not how to fix him lunch. LOL Staying at home all the time CAN ruin/impact your appetite especially when you are on average budget because ANYONE can get sick of eating the same thing over and over and over if you are a person who likes food in general and so has a taste for variety. And really, a man CAN say he is sick of eating the same thing over and over without being boorish and some women just love to cater to their spouse and child(ren). It is simply, their way. It is just difficult to plan 3 meals a day at home for just 1 person if you don't know a whole lot of recipes. Remember there's dinner too. A great many persons do in fact eat Sandwiches for lunch - burgers are sandwiches. Here's one suggestion: Jamaican patties. Just I don't know where you live. It is sold frozen in many supermarkets. You just stick it in an oven for a few mins. BUT you can buy Pillsbury Crescent Rolls dough in a canister and use it to make pockets for any kind of filling: veggies and beans/beef mince/chicken bits/cheeses/sausages - many recipes online with photos. (Pillsbury Easy Crescent Meals)

Michelle - posted on 05/08/2012

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I'm with Sharon. I cook 1 meal in this house and if they don't like it they go without. I make sure it's something I know they will like but sometimes change they way I cook it. I have 3 kids so cook for 5 every night. My 2yo eats exactly what we have. She even eats what I have for lunch.

TBH I think sanwiches or leftovers for lunch is just fine. I know my husband wouldn't expect me to go out of my way to prepare him lunch if he was at home. If I'm making sandwiches I'll make him one though.

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Debbie - posted on 05/15/2012

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Ask he what he likes? Enchiladas? Deviled eggs? Cob salad? What is his favorite restaurant and maybe you can download their recopies and menu? Try to keep it healthy.

Pamela - posted on 05/09/2012

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I live alone and have since my children are grown so I am accustomed to cooking for only one. However, I suggest you check out Amy's frozen entrees. They are organic meals and if your husband doesn't have a HUGE appetite one should be sufficient. There are several choices. My favorite is the Cheese enchilada.

I have no idea what the cost is where you live.....food is much higher here in Hawai'i due to shipping costs. You should be able to find them at your supermarket. If not, they are generally carried by all of the health food store chains.

I generally don't encourage frozen foods but in this case as you are pregnant and probably aren't into a lot of preparation, perhaps these meals will interest you.

Laura - posted on 05/08/2012

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Sometimes we do our big meal at lunch instead of dinner....and just do snackies for dinner.
Other ideas:
Tomato pie and a salad
pimento cheese sandwiches
tuna in a tomato
chicken salad with fruit
hot ham and cheese
pasta salad
hummus with veggies (or our fave beer cheese)
homemade pizza
brunch type stuff

Amy - posted on 05/08/2012

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Would he eat sandwiches if they were hot? You can buy frozen meatballs, heat them up, and put them in a hot dog bun with some jarred sauce and cheese on top. If you like to make homemade instead, the next time you have spaghetti and meatballs, freeze some of the meatballs and some of the sauce to use later.

When I don't have a lot of time, I will also heat up veggie burgers and put them on buns with cheese and other toppings.

You can buy canned chicken, mix with cream of chicken soup, and serve on buns. You would need a few cans of chicken for each can of soup, but make it the consistency you like.

Buy flat tostada shells, spread with thinned-out refried beans, and top with lettuce, radishes, raw onion, tomato slices, green salsa, a drizzle of Mexican crema (or thinned out sour cream), and parmesan cheese. My friend from Mexico makes them and my husband really loves them.

My 3-year-old would eat any of that. My 7-year-old would eat it too, but to waste less, I'd probably make her tostada with just beans, crema, and cheese.

Make sure you feed your children what you're eating so they learn to eat lots of foods, then you never have to cook a second meal. If they don't like it, try again. I always have several sides (for lunch maybe just one like chopped fruit, etc.) so if they only eat the bite or two I make them eat (of the entree), they don't go hungry. Some times it takes 10 introductions of a food before they get used to it. My only exception is very spicy foods. I won't make them eat things like jalapenos--that's torture if they aren't used to it.

Diana - posted on 05/08/2012

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How about wraps & salads or homemade pizza w/using english muffins or refrigerated pizza dough. Our daughters LOVE when we make pizza. They get to help add the toppings & are much more likely to actually eat it. I would tell him that if he has any suggestions he should start making them. My hubby makes his own lunches. Every day he has a hardboiled egg white, 8 carrot sticks (not 7 or 9), 6 cherry tomatoes (not 5 or 7), 6 radishes, and either a can of tuna w/hot sauce or a can of chicken w/hot sauce. For dessert he has either has roasted soy nuts or natural popcorn. He has eaten this meal every day for the last 3 months!!! I am so glad that I don't have to eat it. I'd rather have sandwich. LOL

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hehehe this reminds me of a convo my hubby and I had about spaghetti, he prefers chunky hamburger in his and I prefer small meaty nibbles but will eat larger chunks as well. So i said now I know what I am making tomorrow, and he said just dont chop the burger so small. I replied with then maybe you should come home early and make it the way you want it. I dont care if you work all day in or out of the home, if I am gracious enough to provide you with a hot meal, you will not complain about it! I dont complain about how your work keeps you gone all day, or how you arent much help around the house do not complain about how I keep the house including meals, because even though I dont get paid, it is still a job and I am doing it! Oh and feed yourself and 3y/o first, growing unborns and moms carrying them, plus growing toddlers take all priority over anyone else always.

Stifler's - posted on 05/07/2012

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How did he survive before you were around to make him lunch though? Did he make himself a sandwich? Or just not eat. I would be offended by him being "sick of leftovers" since leftovers are what we ate last night.

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Ok, then look on-line for suggestions, I do that all the time :-)

BUT, if he isn't at least willing to tell you what he might like to try, then he really shouldn't be complaining. June Cleaver doesn't exist BTW so don't try to be her or you'll drive yourself batty. You will soon have another little one to care for so now is the time to put your foot down in regards to your family meals. Don't make three separate meals, it isn't necessary. Do some on-line research and find recipes that will appeal to all, it is possible because that is what I do. If my family don't like it, they don't eat and then maybe next time I find ways to modify a recipe to suit what my family like and dislike. If he says you are in charge of the menu then take charge and don't take any crap from him if he doesn't like it. The ladies here have made some great lunch-time suggestions, something I give my daughter sometimes is what I call "nibbles". It's basically a lunch box full of finger foods such as carrot sticks, celery sticks with cream cheese spread in them, cold-cuts of meat, cheese chunks, cherry tomatoes, dried fruit..... the possibilities are endless. This sort of lunch could appeal to both your hubby and your 3 year old.

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2012

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No its not funny and not nice of him to tell you he is too busy. Maybe if he is that busy to not think of ideas he is too busy to eat! O.m.g! You r too busy cooking up a baby and looking after a 3 year old! I say poo on toast for him! Look after u and 3 year old. We get treated the way we let people treat us, I say to him. Toast it is until u make some effort too! And walk away eating something you have made for URSELF! Men! Grrrr.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/07/2012

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I agree, partly (send him grocery shopping), with Michelle. I have a 9 yo and a 5mo and I make my husband's lunch for him. He usually gets sandwiches and leftovers unless he tells me that he wants something different. Sometimes he just wants me to butter the bread and put a can of tuna in so he can toast his sandwiches at work. Sometimes he wants lasagne (from the shop). Ask him what he wants and then he'll be happy and you'll be happy. I enjoy making my hubby's (and daughter's) lunch.....I can make sure they're both eating healthy AND it's cheaper than having him go and buy his lunch!!! I think you're doing a great job!!

Myra - posted on 05/07/2012

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I crock pot chicken and shred it. Then I can make spinach and chicken wheat quesadillas or chickensoup... Tuna with wheat thins.. cottage cheese with dice pineapple or grapes.. raw veggies .. that's some of the things I make

Sherri - posted on 05/07/2012

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At 3 my kids were eating exactly what my husband and I ate. There really isn't a reason to be making several different meals as your 3yr old is quite capable of eating anything you and your husband do.

Rachelle - posted on 05/07/2012

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I would also stop making several meals. I have a 1,2 and three year old they eat what they are given sometimes they fuss but I make sure it's food every one likes. It will save you some time and energy that way

Rachelle - posted on 05/07/2012

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There are lots of fast and easy recipes on the Kraft website. You can make chili, tacos, salads, pasta salads, a cold plate( cheese crackers, fruits hard boiled egg or meat and raw veg) But since you are pregnant I would find crockpot meals and freeze them into portions.

Melissa - posted on 05/07/2012

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Please remember I have a 3 yr old and most likely what she is eating is not what he is eating. In fact these days it feels like I'm making 3 different meals and I'm the last to eat of course. I want to find something we can all eat and like. Hubby doesn't offer up suggestion, he says to look online for suggestions he's too busy with other things to worry about figuring out what to eat. And because I'm home it's my responsibility. It's my responsibility to run the house, like June Cleaver. LOL- though it's not really funny

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2012

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Why not ask him to make list of what he would like, then you can choose what's on that list what your 5 year old will eat too , then you can meal plan for the week to make it easier. Here is an idea too, try to make a diner that can be made into two, ie, cook a roast beef for dinner then with the left over sliced beef u can make roast spuds topped with beef, beans and cheese or marinated a bulk lot of dived chicken with yogurt and tandoori paste, make into tandoori chicken skewers and rice for dinner while cooking the other half by themselves then the next day u can make tandoori wraps or tandoori salad for lunch. Key is to think ahead and prep ur lunch for the next day while you cook dinner, it will save time, washing up and your poor back. Best of luck.

R - posted on 05/07/2012

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Some random easy ideas:
Hard boiled eggs
Premade pastas -tortilinis, raviolis -so easy to throw in the pot
Egg salad, chicken salad
Take left overs and cut them over a salad
taco salad or burrittos
Sandwiches in wraps instead of bread

The rest of you she asked for ideas....not for comments on if her husband should make his own lunch.

Heather - posted on 05/07/2012

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My husband works out of the home and takes his lunch every day with him to work and he is also sick of sandwich and leftovers. But needs something that is quick to warm up while he is at work. Maybe she is just asking so that they can get ideas like she asked for them to make together also. It is nice if you can change it up every once in awhile.

Sherri - posted on 05/07/2012

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How about homemade pizza, soup or chowders, pasta or let him get some microwave meals.

Katy - posted on 05/07/2012

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I also make my husbands lunch for him. He works outside the home, but it saves him money and he usually works through lunch anyways. I often ask him if he wants anything else, but he tells me no. He lives on bologna sandwiches and chips.
I would ask him for suggestions, I always ask for meal suggestions when I am planning my weekly menu. If I don't get any, they have to live with what I pick.

Kimberly - posted on 05/07/2012

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If my hubby complians he gets told to get off his butt and make his own, so he pretty much eats whatever I happen to make!! If you are sick of what you are making, try checking out allrecipes.com, they have tons of great ideas and you can type in what you are looking for. Best of all, it's free! My teens complain about leftovers, so they make their own food a lot! haha!

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2012

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The part of being "mom" I hate the most is trying to figure out what to make to eat that everyone will eat and enjoy. If I get complaints from anyone (including the kids), I ask them to offer up alternative suggestions instead. If their ideas satisfy my nebulous ideas on proper nutritian, I gladly add their suggestions to our meal plans.

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2012

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"I don't think there's anything wrong with making lunch for the husband because you're making lunch anyways."

That's right. Making lunch anyway for EVERYONE. If hubby is sick of what is being served, then he's all out of luck.

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I sometimes make my hubby a salad. Cheese or egg with some salad greens and carrot sticks, beetroot, olives etc. He likes that for a change.

Or even a fruit salad with a dollop of yoghurt on top.

Ask him for suggestions as to what he might like, that's what I would do.

Michelle - posted on 05/06/2012

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Sapphire got it. "He's sick of sandwiches and wraps" indicates that he's complained about what she is making for him. If it was me I would let him know that if he doesn't like what I'm making (probably the same as the children) he can make his own.

I would ask him what he would like to have though.

Kimberly - posted on 05/06/2012

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Maybe you could try wraps or make mini pizza's on pita pockets, salad and cold meat, bagel whichs( sandwhich on a bagel) sausage and bread. These are just a few ideas but as your husband what he want instead of the sandwhichs, if he wants a change he can think of ideas too. Plus it wouldnt hurt if he made lunch every now and then. Its not easy always thinking of things to make or feel like a short order chef. Good luck

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The only reasons I replied as I did is because the original poster stated, "he's sick of sandwiches and leftovers." She does make him lunch, which is kind and thoughtful. He's sick of it. Therefore, he is fully capable of making his own lunch. She is his wife, not his mother or maid.
I get the visual image of him calling down from his home office demanding a hot meal. How is that fair?

Stifler's - posted on 05/06/2012

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Salad and ham or toasted sandwiches make up a big thing of pasta and freeze it so he can warm it up

Lady Heather - posted on 05/06/2012

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I don't think there's anything wrong with making lunch for the husband because you're making lunch anyways. And I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to try something new for a fun surprise. I do have a problem with a grown man complaining about the meals he receives. Can't tell from your post if that is really the case or not. My husband knows that if he complains the kitchen will be closed for business. Ha.

If you want to make something different maybe try quesadillas or a homemade soup to go with his sandwich (tomato is really easy). Oooh. I have a crockpot chicken soup that we ate for a few days. Whole chicken with salt abd pepper plus two leeks, two bay leaves, cover with water, low for 12 hours. Throw in veg of choice (I did carrots, onions,celery, sweet potato and parsnip) chopped up. 6 more hours. Haul out chicken, shred meat into soup. I also have a tasty slow cooker pulled pork. Slow cooking might make things easier for you.

If it was me I'd do sandwiches from mon-thurs and then something fun for a Friday treat. unless he's been complaining. Then I'd just kick him in the balls.

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2012

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I've been there. I was pregnant with a young child (my son was 22 months when my daughter was born). My husband worked, did all the yardwork, took out the garbage, cleaned the toilets, vaccuumed, did about 1/2 the dishes, cleaned the kitty box (and he hates my cat), swept the floors (I would swiffer them), and cleaned the toilet. I figured the least I could do is provide a couple nice hot meals for him. He does make his own breakfasts though. Once in a while I will make him breakfast (I did today actually), but not often. I do make Lunch and Dinner, but I have to feed my kids, it's not hard to make a little extra.

Katherine - posted on 05/06/2012

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I just don't think it's fair because she is pregnant and probably already exhausted from keeping up the house. And taking care of a 3 year old. Maybe he doesn't demand it and maybe we all assumed he does....

Michelle - posted on 05/06/2012

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I agree with the other ladies. You are not HIS mother and I'm sure he's more than capable of finding the kitchen by himself.

Maybe send him grocery shopping for what he wants and then he can make it as well. Why should you do all the work if you're not going to eat it?

Katherine - posted on 05/06/2012

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Not to be mean, but really? He can get up off his butt and do it himself. You are 5 months pregnant, probably exhausted and he wants you to FEED him? I'm sure you already do the majority of the housework already. I know *I* was pooped at 5 months. You need a break!

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2012

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Chicken Strips and Fries, Soup, grilled cheese, cheese and crackers, macaroni and cheese, quesedillas, (I usually serve some fruit and veggie sticks with everything). the possibilities are endless!

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