what ingredients/types of food still taste good after several hours?
With school starting, I began to realize that the lovely pasta sauces i've been making wouldn't be so useful. The pasta tends to develop a really disgusting texture after a few hours, and I don't think i'd like that. So it'd be nice if you guys could just help me put together a list of dishes or ingredients that tend to still taste good after a few hours in a lunch box.
All i could think of so far is rice and curry xD, risotto is nice but idk how often i could eat risotto because it tends to be a little too heavy and viscous for lunch.
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Mason Jar meals are great as everything goes into the jar! Using a quart jar add your oil and vinegar dressing of choice, then sliced carrots, radishes, celery and end with salad greens at the top. You can get as creative as you'd like! When time to eat, shake the bottle and either mix together in the jar or transfer to a plate. Again, a frozen water bottle would be great to keep this cold, but it doesn't need to be. Pack a couple of cheese sticks and a piece of Italian bread that you enjoy.
I enjoy cold spaghetti that I make the night before. Real easy. Cooked spaghetti, tossed with lemon juice, a little butter or olive oil, capers, black olives. A Mason jar would work for packing it up. Pack a mozzarella snack stick and slice it up over the spaghetti before eating. A nice roll or bread, veggie sticks and a brownie/cookies would make a great meal!
Rice cakes are magical! All kinds of flavors, all kinds of toppings from peanut butter, Nutella, cream cheese, compound butters and topped with avocados, sliced veggies, fruit, nuts, even chocolate chips, you make the combination and taste profile that you like. I would pack the spreads in small containers and assemble with the topping right before eating. Rice cakes get soggy if made in advance.
Tortilla roll ups are great, again, you add whatever you want, roll them up and wrap tight with plastic wrap.
Frozen Grapes are delicious and keep other food cold. For a snack or with your lunch.
Pickles, olive, pepperocini, all good and no refrigeration necessary.
Marinated vegetables cauliflower, asparagus, artichoke hearts, carrots, onions, peppers.
I make my self 'snack packs', even for home. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, radish slices, broccoli florets, fresh pea pods (when in season), sliced red/orange/yellow/green peppers and keep them in a small zip lock bag in the fridge.
Many companies make snack size cheese slices individually wrapped. I'd recommend packing the frozen water bottle if you using these, but they are wonderful!
I could go on and on but there are lots and lots of options!
For myself, soup in a thermos with some bread and cheese on the side is awesome. A Bento box of deviled eggs, sliced meats, rice paper rolls and other such munchies are fun.
Here's a list of articles that Food52 had going about lunch a while back.
Also, here's an awesome salad that I'm obsessed with during the heat wave. You can keep the marinated vegetables and meat separate from the salad greens by placing the dry salad greens (I've been using romaine which holds up well with the marinated mixture) on top of the veggies and meat in the container.