Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lunch: Bagel Sandwich

A pumpernickel bagel to toast at work, with rice cheese slices and some garnish, strawberries, and a pretzel/goldfish combo for snack.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lunch: Souped-Up Ramen

Half a pre-cooked ramen brick with lentils and spinach shreds (just add water and half of seasoning packet!) with strawberries for desert; apple slices and chocolate goldfish for snack.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lunch: Indian Wrap

Indian wrap from the health food store and strawberries for lunch; veggie straws for snack.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lunch: Leftover Chinese Food

Chinese tofu and steamed rice and apple slices for lunch, with crackers, rice cheese and a tiny package of fruit chews for snack.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lunch: Spinach Couscous

Couscous with lentils and spinach, goldfish crackers and mango smoothie for lunch, veggie chips for afternoon snack. I love how I can fit a whole day's food in here!

I have been finding my morning smoothie to be a bit much these days, and the tall dipper holds more than it looks like it does, so I am experimenting today with reserving some of it for lunch!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lunch: Frozen Pizza

Leftover frozen pizza, grapes and carrots for lunch; apple slices for snack.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lunch: Hot Noodle Soup

Vegetable soup with noodles, crackers, fruit snacks and half an apple.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lunch: Split Pea Soup

A somewhat watery store-brand split pea soup, crackers, grapes and veggie straws.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review: Planetbox Launch

I have a new lunchbox! Check it out:

I have to admit, I waffled a lot on this one. I was not as enthralled with the Planetbox Rover as many people were. I do love the smaller Shuttle version, and use it often. But I wanted a way to pack microwaveable foods since I like soup in the winter. And between lunch, snack and microwaveable dish, I was winding up with too many bits and pieces to wash every day.

I had a paypal credit and treated myself to the Planetbox Launch and so far, I love it! Since it is so big, I can fit all my food for the day in it. So far I have been using the big spot (with glass dish or without) and the smaller side spot for lunch, and the bigger side spot for my snack. In today's lunchbox, I easily fit both cheese and crackers in the side dish spot (you could also use the tall dipper to subdivide that spot to pack two side items) and in the snack spot, my usual small apple and spoonful of sunflower seeds fit nicely.

I love how flexible it is---you can use the glass dish or not, use the tall dipper (which is larger then it seems) or not, to make all sorts of configurations. I can truly fit a whole day's worth of food in one neat package. There was even room inside the sleeve case (barely!) for a snack bag of cereal for breakfast and a spoon for the soup!

I had feared this box would be tough to wash, but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I washed the glass dish first, and then the Launch itself just needed a rinse and a quick polish with a towel to dry it. I did the outside while it was lying flat in the dish drainer, then turned it upright on the counter and did the inside. It really was not a big deal. I was also pleased at how well the box, in its sleeve, fit into my backpack. I gave up my Easy Lunchbox (which has the same three-compartment format) in part because its cooler bag was too bulky to fit in a backpack. The Launch, in comparison, is a treat!

I also want to give props to Planetbox for its attentive customer service. My package arrived minus the ordered magnets, and with a defective hinge which had a sharp edge which kept catching on the bag and could not be fixed. A friendly rep got back to me right away and sent out the magnets along with a replacement box. I did not have to send the broken one back, either! I may take it to a shop and see if it can be fixed for use as a spare.

So, any complaints? Just small ones. Firstly, the carrier bag could use a little more insulation. When I put a loaded box into it, then put it into the outer compartment of my backpack, I could still feel the chill. On the first day, I even opened it up again to make sure nothing was leaking.

Secondly, the box is absolutely massive. That is a strength, because I like that I can truly fit my whole day's worth of food in there. But it weights a ton. If you dropped it on your foot, you could really injure yourself! Also, it takes up a lot of real estate on the table. I would have liked it better if the lid was fully removable (for instance, latches on both sides) rather than fixed permanently. Then it would take up less space while eating, and also be easier to clean.

Finally, the price. I dithered for awhile because it was almost $80 when extras like the case, the glass dish and the shipping were added in. I would not have bit if it weren't for that paypal gift balance I had. In the end, I will use the box every day and it will simplify my lunch packing a lot because I won't need so many containers every day. But, it is a very costly solution.

If you can afford it, this is an exceptional lunchbox though. Now that it's bought, paid for and done, I have no regrets. This will be my new main box!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lunch: Lentil Soup

In my new Planetbox Launch, lentil soup with frozen potato cubes, apple and grape mix and sunflower seeds. Review of the lunchbox coming tomorrow!