My husband makes a sandwich for lunch almost every day. He’s been doing this for as long as we’ve lived together, which is going on NINE YEARS. The sandwich is either PB&J or turkey with mayo. Once in a great while, he’ll switch things up and eat roast beef or ham instead of turkey. Sometimes he will use a wrap or “sandwich thins” instead of bread. I know – he’s a wild man.
But recently he came home and told me, rather forlornly, that he has lost the will to sandwich.
This poses quite the problem, Internet. Because he needs to eat SOMETHING. And before you recommend the cafeteria, let me say: taking a lunch is both healthier and quicker – not to mention VASTLY more palatable – than eating in the cafeteria. Sometimes, on long shifts, he ends up eating two meals at the hospital. That means he DOES have to use the cafeteria. So he prefers that at least one meal includes something not packed with sodium. Plus, the cafeteria closes at some point during the evening, which is weird to me. Because so many people work overnight. And THEY NEED TO EAT TOO.
So. He needs a lunch that he can bring to work. And yet the sandwich – which is clearly FAILING HIM – seems to be the only food in the universe that fits all his criteria.
What criteria, you ask? Well, let me tell you.
He needs something that he can eat while sitting at a chair or while standing. (This fact makes me sad.)
He needs something that doesn’t require fussing. (Even adding salad dressing to a salad was rejected as too complicated for someone who is forced to scarf down lunch while standing in the back of a crowded conference room. Don’t even get me started on NEEDING A FORK.)
He needs something that goes well with pretzels/chips and Diet Coke – his sandwich pairings of choice.
He needs something that we can buy/make once a week, that will stay fresh (“fresh”) all week the way cold cuts do.
He is pretty conscious of his health, so he needs something low in sodium, not too crazy fat-wise, and low in sugar.
He (and I, thank you) would prefer that it not be crazy expensive. I mean, caviar is out already because of the No Flatware stipulation. But still.
And it would be awesome if the Savior Lunch Option didn’t require a lot of heavy-duty preparation. We’re talking about something that can be prepared once a week or so and frozen, or assembled hastily before dashing out the door.
See? Criteria up the ying yang.
I know some people have been doing those Bento box-style lunches for their kids. But is there a Man Friendly version that a) isn’t twee and b) can satisfy a Man Size appetite? All I can think of are cheese and meat cubes accompanied by some sort of nut… but that sounds suspiciously like a denuded sandwich.
Is there such a thing as a cold burrito? I don’t mean a burrito that is cold, but a burrito that is SUPPOSED TO be cold. But not a wrap.
Is there some kind of pulled-pork/chicken option that wouldn’t be too time-consuming or sloppy?
Am I overlooking some sort of non-bread food-delivery apparatus?
I am a person who takes eating Very Seriously (you no doubt sense my level of seriousness by the emphatic capitalization), and I cannot imagine forcing myself to choke down a sandwich I didn’t care for day after day. So I really want to find my husband a workable and tasty solution.
This is what Pinterest was made for, I’m guessing.
I will certainly keep you posted. But in the meantime… Do you have any ideas?