The best budget-friendly but succulent cold lunch ideas for husband

Having asked yourself “what to make my husband for lunch at work” or just run out of cold lunch ideas for husband? This article on Bourbon O is just right for you to help you make your list of ideas for cold lunch more diversified. This list combines the most delicious and easy-to-make cold lunches for my husband (at least in my opinion) that I often make.

I know that a lot of women out there (including you and me) having husbands doing jobs that require moving frequently, so they have to spend a lot of money to pay for lunch each day which is unnecessary. In my opinion, that amount of money should be used for better purposes such as saving for my son’s tuition fee in college, buying new appliances, charity, or other large purchases. Therefore, I think making lunches that are delicious to be eaten cold is the perfect solution to save up that money. Some people think that I am cheap because of thinking and doing so, but I stand my point to save up around 20$ each day. Furthermore, preparing lunches for my husband day by day makes me become a great wife who wants to take care of my husband (who doesn’t want that badge?).

This article will show you some easy, but scrumptious cold lunch ideas for husband. Besides the list of cold lunch ideas that suit the majority of people, I also include some ideas for cold vegetarian lunch.

Other benefits when making cold lunches for my husband

Before jumping in the list, let’s have a look at other benefits that I realize after several years of making cold lunches for my husband. When knowing all of these benefits you have, you will see it’s totally worth doing it. 

Besides saving up the cost and becoming a great wife, having cold food for lunch can create more time for your husband at work as he can reduce the time of driving to restaurants. So, he can process more work or spend time for take a walk or doing a light exercise.

Each morning, my family often gets up early together to help me make breakfast and prepare lunches for each member. This routine creates a warm family atmosphere and we have something to do together. I think this cooking is really important for family bond because both our children and we are getting busier and having less time for each other.

What to make my husband for lunch at work

Delicious cold lunch ideas for husband

1. Pepperoni Rollls

This delicious lunch is super easy to make and only takes you about 15 minutes in the kitchen. It requires just 4 simple ingredients that you can find at any supermarket or food store.

Cold lunch ideas for husband: Pepperoni Rolls

6 slices white bread
6 Kraft Singles American Cheese
18 pepperoni slices
1 stick butter


After cutting off the crust from the bread, put cheese and pepperoni slices on each piece of bread.

Dip the rolls into a bowl of melted butter, then place the rolls in a frying pan and make sure they are evenly cooked on each side.

You’re ready to go.

2. Chicken pepperoni pasta salad

This salad is a healthy and easy-to-make cold lunch for husband, especially on a hot day. This does not require much cooking process.

Cold lunch ideas for husband: chicken pepperoni pasta salad
  • 300g cooked fusilli pasta
  • 2 shredded chicken breast
  • Mozzarella ball, cut into small pieces
  • Spinach
  • Pepperoni slices (cut into halves)

Mix all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Then, pack your husband’s lunch with a suitable portion.

You may want to make some dressing to put on the side.

3. Chickpea sabarma wrap

This cold lunch requires a little bit more time in your morning to prepare (around 30 minutes). However, it also needs very simple ingredients.

Cold lunch ideas for husband: Chickpea Sabarma Wrap
  • 1 1/2 cups Roasted Chickpeas, with Shawarma spice
  • 4 pitas, warmed
  • Hummus
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Pickled onions or thinly sliced red onion
  • Handful of fresh mint

Assemble the pitas with the hummus, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, pickled onion, mint, hummus, dots of the zhoug, and drizzles of the yogurt sauce.

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Veggie cold lunch ideas for husband

1. Creamy potato salad

Cold lunch ideas for husband: Creamy potato salad
  • 6 medium peeled potatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 chopped stalks celery
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs (wedges cut)

After placing potatoes in a pot, add enough amount of water to cover potatoes and turn on the heat. Lower the heat when it starts boiling. Turn off the heat when potatoes are tender, drain. When it’s cool enough to handle, cut into small cubes.

Combine mayonnaise, mustard, salt, vinegar, and pepper in a container.

Mix potatoes, celery, onion, and eggs in another bowl. Cover and store it in the refrigerator.

2. Bean Burritos

bean burritos
  • Cooked rice
  • 2 tbs chopped cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Diced onion
  • minced garlic
  • Vegetable oil (or olive oil)
  • 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Hot sauce (To taste)
  • 4 (10-inch) large tortillas

Put cooked rice, chopped fresh cilantro, and some lime juice together and stir-fry it.

Sauté the onion with vegetable oil or olive oil. Until it is soft, add garlic and cook for another minute.

Lower the heat, add black beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and hot sauce. Until they are well-mixed and the beans are cooked through, turn off the stove.

Place a spoon of cilantro rice with lime juice and black bean mixture onto a warmed tortilla and fold.

Repeat the folding process.

3. Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
  • Gluten-free pasta
  • ½ thinly sliced red onion
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 diced bell peppers
  • Diced pitted black olives
  • 4 diced scallions
  • Finely minced fresh dill

After cooking the pasta following the package instruction, mix it with sliced onion, cucumber, bell pepper, olives, scallions, and minced dill.

Make salad dressing using: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, lemon juice, 2 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 minced garlic cloves, salt, and pepper (to taste).

Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies and stir until it’s well-combine.

Cold lunch ideas for husband: Recommended tools for packing

  • Bento box: It has several compartments, so all of your food can be in the same container. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about losing or forgeting things.
  • Lunch bag: It’s better when using the one that has enough space to create room for more items (if needed) such as ice packs.
  • Thermos/Flask for containing coffee or water.
  • Reusable ice/freezer packs to keep lunches cold.

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What to pay attention when doing it?

Because I don’t have much time in the morning to cook, cold lunch ideas have to be easy, packable, and delicious. There is countless time I have forgotten something because I was drowsy. Easy, packable, and delicious lunch ideas are the main factors to pay attention to.

However, choosing easy, packable, and delicious cold lunch ideas for husband are not enough, you also need to keep the economical aspect in your mind. Because if they are not, then what’s the purpose of doing it.

In the next part, I recommend you some tips that I use to lower the cost as much as possible when making cold lunches for my husband.

Some tips for saving up my cost when preparing cold lunches for my husband that you can try

  • Buy in Bulk
  • Use reusable containers
  • Buy when it’s on sale
  • Use a cash-back app

Above are several examples and tips on buying and preparing cold lunch ideas for husband I want to share with you guys. Hope that it will help your husband eat healthily and reduce the cost of eating out. Please, leave your comment down below to let us know you want more posts about this type of content. Thanks for supporting us.

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Written By Bourbon O

I have been an artist and journalist for many years. I am a food blogger who is crazy about food, drink and specially kitchen gadgets.

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