I’ve been looking for a durable and sturdy container to pack Ben’s lunches. Most of the time, I stick with traditional plastic containers and fill them with chilled sandwiches and wraps. On occasion, I’ll even change it up and prepare a cold tortellini pasta salad, packed full of delicious artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. Alas, I can tell lunches are getting pretty boring for the spouse, so I figure it’s time to start making warm dishes.
Our biggest challenge is keeping food warm while on the road (where Ben spends most of his time). There’s no microwave available once he hits the road, so it is even more imperative to purchase a container that keeps food warm over an extended period of time. Plus, I wanted the container to be microwaveable, so before he leaves his office, he can heat up his meal to the perfect temperature.
*Cue the fanfare.* Little did I know my solution was sitting on a shelf at The Container Store. With a removable and microwaveable insert, this BPA-free Vacuum Insulated Food Jar by Thermos looks sleek and performs to perfection. The plastic canister is made of durable Tritan plastic and can be used in the microwave, refrigerator and freezer. So it’s practically the ideal container to pack Ben’s meals.
Now, a few tips for packing a hot, hearty lunch that won’t have you or your family feeling sluggish:
-When preparing pasta, like the one shown here with delicious spicy Italian sausage and basil tomato sauce, use whole grain noodles and fill it with tons of veggies, like spinach. This keeps the dish light, while still being filling.
-Chili is wonderful for lunch. Make it lighter using turkey instead of beef or healthier by attempting an all bean chili.
-Soups can be simple when you use premade stuffed pasta. Start with chicken broth and add fresh vegetables, beans and herbs; simmer until the veggies are tender. Then add a few of your favorite stuffed pastas to complete the soup. Ladle the dish into your thermos, and you’re ready to go.
-Upgrade lunch with a southwestern-inspired quinoa or couscous salad.
-Chicken meatballs covered in tomato sauce over blanched zucchini noodles (zoodles); it’s a healthy lunch you won’t regret packing.
-Breakfast for dinner…why not for lunch? Hot oatmeal topped with fresh berries will keep you fueled throughout the day.
-A pan sauteed vegetable hash with diced grilled chicken is a great on-the-road meal.
Now make sure you head to The Container Store closest to you to pick up this container, and try out some of my tips. Also, for those of you in the Valley, we’re getting another location right in the heart of Glendale, Arizona. The store actually has its grand opening this weekend, February 7th and 8th. In front of Arrowhead Towne Center at Bell Road and 75th Avenue, the newest location features more than 10,000 products spanning 22,000 square foot of space. You’ll find everything from food storage solutions to office organizational tools.
And just for this weekend, The Container Store in Glendale is teaming up with the Arizona Humane Society to donate 10% of its proceeds to helping animals in need. Other things to look forward to during the grand opening include giveaways every hour, a $1,000 elfa Space Makeover (one for each day) and a hashtag contest (#ContainGlendale) that will have someone going home with a $250 Store More Card. Make sure to head on over to enjoy the fun.
A special thank you to The Container Store for sponsoring this post. Congratulations on the new location! I can’t wait to visit.