Lunch Ideas

Disposable Lunch Ideas

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A word about bacteria: 
• bacteria grows most rapidly between the temperatures of 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Potentially hazardous foods (high in protein and moisture content) should not be left out for more than 2 hours.
• It is better to pack a cold lunch as bacteria grows more slowly at colder temperatures.
• Yogurt is safe at room temperature for several hours because of the helpful living bacteria cultures that exist in yogurt.
• Hard cheeses are safe to eat at room temperature (cheddar, asiago, parmesan, colby, provolone, gruyere and swiss)

Ways to keep lunch cold AND completely disposable:
• freeze yogurt and let thaw during AM
• freeze grapes, raisins, cherries,
​• freeze small bottle of water/juice box that can be disposed of after consumption
• A chicken sandwich can be put in the freezer (with the condiments and lettuce/tomato to be added later stored in the fridge)…or freeze chicken nuggets or other meat which will be thawed in time for lunch

Lunch Ideas

Fresh/whole fruits/veggies:
sugar snap peas
green beans
cherry/grape tomatoes
Dried fruit & freeze-dried fruit (like dried mango, strawberries, apples, bananas, pineapple, apricots, raisins, Craisins)

Dried meat (pepperoni, salami, jerky)

Canned foods:  fruits, veggies, tuna, chicken

Cheese (put in sack frozen and let thaw during AM)

Grains:  Crackers (triscuits, wheat thins, pita chips, sweet potato chips, rice cakes, graham crackers, granola bar); bread (sliced, french bread, roll); tortilla; pretzels; cereals (non sugar)

Dips/spreads:  sunbutter, ranch dressing, hummus, guacamole

Noodles/pasta/grains:  sesame, spaghetti, macaroni, quinoa, soba, rice

Protein: cold beans/chickpeas, Tofu, Hard-boiled eggs, protein bar

More ideas: 
Onigiri Rice Balls with Salmon & Marinated white beans
Sunbutter & banana pinwheels
Lentil salad
Ham & cheddar muffin (store in freezer at home and put in sack to thaw to room temp by lunch)
Scrambled Chickpea Pita sandwich
Leftover cold pizza
Mini broccoli or ham quiche