Triscuit and Bean Dip: As above, except that I have found bean dip and Triscuit crackers(especially the new triangular thins) to be an especially appealing combination.
Mini-Meatloaf and Side Dish: Cook your favourite meatloaf or faux meatloaf recipe inmuffin tins and freeze. Pack them straight from the freezer with a side dish, they willthaw by lunchtime.Meatballs and Side Dish: As above, but make them in balls instead of muffin cups. Or, buy frozen pre-cooked meatballs and reheat them the night before.Fish sticks and Side Dish: Cook a serving of frozen fish sticks the night before and letthem cool. Pack with a side dish and enjoy cold or reheated for lunch. Pack a dipcontainer of ketchup or dressing with it.Veggie Nuggets and Side Dish: Faux 'chicken' nuggets are widely available andmicrowave in two minutes or less. Do that before your shower, and it will be cool enoughto pack when you come out.Veggie Burger and Side Dish: As with the nuggets. Nuke your favourite one first thing inthe morning and it will be ready to go. Forgo the side dish if you plan to pack a bun, or eat it solo with vegetables or garnishes.Falafel and Side Dish: Either make ahead and freeze it, or buy pre-made freezer ones. Ifound a frozen one I like, and my favourite way to reheat it mess-free is on the Foremangrill. I usually pack hummus or some other dip with these.Frozen Dinner: Take your favourite "lean cuisine" or frozen packaged dinner, heat it athome and pack it into your lunch containers. You would be surprised at what you canenjoy cold! Or, zap it for 30 seconds to re-warm it at lunchtime, if you have access to amicrowave.Kugel Squares and Side Dish: Make your favourite kugel (noodle pudding) recipe andfreeze it in squares. Pop into lunchbox and it will thaw by lunch. Or, mix an egg,seasoning and some leftover cooked noodles and microwave in silicone muffin tin for 2minutes or so.
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Rice Balls and Side Dish: Prepare some Japanese sticky rice as directed on the package.Wet your hands and form the rice into balls (or use molds, if you are lucky enough to findthem). Decorate with a strip of nori seaweed for extra authenticity.