I have a thermos for dh's lunch. It's the 10 ounce Thermos brand one. I didn't think it would be big enough, but he says it is okay. He did request that I buy a second one this fall to send a second dish (instead of one bigger thermos).
I pack lunches before my brain works in the morning
, so everyday, I follow the same thing: drink, main dish, crunchy, fruit or veggie, and a treat.
Today's lunch was leftovers (a beef stew over mashed potatoes), cherry tomato salad, yogurt, rice pudding, pretzels, and a drink. So, according to my formula, he got 2 treats. It won't kill him.
Yesterday was chicken salad (in the thermos), crackers, a banana, yogurt,and a drink.
Somedays it doesn't seem like enough food, but he says that it is. He has an insulated lunch bag that has a pocket on the outside. I keep 2 granola bars in there for days that he doesn't have enough food.
He really likes main dish salads (I pack the wetter stuff on the bottom, then the lettuce, and the dressing separate--he tosses it at lunch time), leftovers, soup when we have no leftovers. I sometimes pack cheese quesadillas (cook in the AM, let cool on a rack, then cut up, and I send with salsa for dipping). Sometimes I do a lunchable style--salami, cheese, crackers.
The veggie options are usually celery or carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, an apple, a banana, an orange. If it's close to payday, and we're desperate, applesauce. LOL
But mostly leftovers.