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Prison Lunch Ideas

What to Pack a Husband For Lunch?

Reader tiani needs our help! Her husband works in a prison, and she recently asked the community for suggestions on what she should make him for lunch. She writes:

"My husband works in a prison. He has no formal lunch break and no access to a refrigerator. He keeps any food that he brings in his pockets (they're pretty big pockets). So far the only things I have gotten him that he likes are trail mix and beef jerky. Does anyone else have any suggestions on what I can pack him? It must be able to go into a clear ziplock bag. Also, please make it filling, not just carbs!"

Those are some pretty strict restrictions, but a guy's gotta eat! I recommend experimenting with sandwiches that don't have mayonnaise on them. Think roasted vegetables, like mushrooms and onions, with a slather of goat cheese and heavy sprinkling of freshly grated black pepper. Or turkey with bacon, lettuce, and avocado with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. These won't spoil if they aren't refrigerated for a couple of hours.

What do you suggest tiani make?

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TiVo TiVo 6 years
I make my hubby mini meatloaves in foil-lined muffin tins to bring to work. I put two in a clear plastic baggie. I usually make mine with breadcrumbs, ketchup, lean ground turkey, and veggies. Comfort food rocks!
Ladyseven Ladyseven 6 years
One thing I can think of is tortillas with peanut butter/nutella/hummus/etc with veggies, dried fruit or nuts sprinkled in- then you roll them up (like a burrito) and cut it in half. I make them with PB, julienned carrots, salted nut mix- it's soft, but crunchy, and fairly filling, with a lot of protein. Plus, you can always make one sweet one and one savory, for variation.
wunami wunami 6 years
But he does get breaks right? Or does everything he eats need to be in handy snack-like munchable form? Since he's carrying it in his pockets, I'm guessing the time is even shorter than a few hours after refrigeration since the food will be warmed by his body heat. They seriously don't even have some kind of break room or even like a closet for coats or something? That seems really weird.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I get up early to make my husband lunch. He works 14 hours a day and always forgets to eat. It's just a small way to show I care. If your hubby has access to a water cooler that also has hot water, you can send him with packets of instant oatmeal, those starbucks instant coffee things, and dried soups. There are all kinds of dried soups in to go containers that are now healthier than the old cup of noodles.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
I don't mean to be ugly......but why isn't he making his own lunch? What do the other guards do about eating, obviously this issue has come up before.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Hard boiled eggs will keep a few hours without being refrigerated, too.
girlA girlA 6 years
Wow...that is tough! Granola bars, crackers with peanut butter (made at home--not the pre-packaged, processed ones), almonds (protein and filling), those little vacuum-packed tuna packets, sliced bell peppers and hummus. . .
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