Lunch box at work
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Have you ever been stuck in the microwave queue at work, or left without your afternoon tea because the kettle is broken? Now you have your own solution.

Tayama EBH-01 Electric Heating Lunch Box
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Electric lunchboxes

There are two types: the bag heater, which is powered by a resistance and warms up the lunchbox that is inside, and the lunchbox heater, which is a food box that has an in-built electric system which heats up your food. Both can keep food at 60°C (140ºF).

There are many people who are forced to eat snacks, eat in the car and must always carry cold food. These lunchbox heaters can also be connected to the cigarette lighter in the car, so there is no excuse not to bring home-made food with you anymore, as now you can enjoy hot food without using burners, microwave or oven. From now on, you can save plenty of money and eat healthily.

There's also the option of a food thermos, which keeps your food warm throughout the morning (check out a great review here).

Did you think the era of inventions was over? So here’s the new gadget for home-made food lovers: the electric lunchbox, so that you can always keep your food warm. How? The lunchbox is equipped with a USB or electric cable that powers the base and warms it up without the need of a microwave.

Now you won’t have to worry anymore about how and where to warm up your takeaway home-made food, simply unroll the cable, connect it to the USB port or plug, wait a few minutes and... Hot food without even going to the microwave room!

Koolatron LBS-01 Black 12 Volt Lunch Box Stove
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Lunch totes

It’s always disgusting when you take your soup from home and you discover that you hadn’t closed the container properly and it’s leaking inside your regular bag. Plus, even if it doesn’t leak, it can release (very yummy but) toxic smells that will never leave your bag anymore (such as curry).

This is why designers have created tailor-made bags or totes that will keep your food upright, so that it won’t be tempted to fall to a side, give you some extra space for cutlery, fruit and dessert and will be extremely easy to clean if a disaster happens (honestly, you have to be very careless to end up with a leak inside those bags). There are very feminine versions, with flowers and shoulder straps (they even look like normal bags), and very standard versions that are just black and functional.

BUILT NY Gourmet Getaway Neoprene Mini Snack Tote, Black
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No more spills!

Collapsible cutlery and cups

We all have had our drinks in the collapsible cups mom used to bring when we went on a picnic. There’s the normal water cups, but also the hot drink cups, that are made out of rubber plastic so that you don’t burn yourself.

And of course… collapsible chopsticks! Isn’t it uncomfortable when they don’t fit your bag and they stick out of it saying “Hi everybody! Today I’m bento!”. There’s no need to disclose you daily menu to the rest of the underground travellers.

Now everything fits in your lunch carrier bag!

Electric mugs

These are great when you want prepare instant coffee or tea at your desk. Simply have some water handy, and heat it up in the mug – add coffee granules or tea bag and you’re done!

Smart Planet EC-7PM Eco Power Travel Mug, Black
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Great to warm up on the spot, but always ready to go!

Lunch box ideas

Obviously, you need to have leftovers or ready to cook food that you can put in your lunchbox. Here are some recipes that can be really easy to prepare and stay fresh until lunchtime. Enjoy!

  • Simple curry: this is a very easy recipe, it can be kept in the fridge for several days, it can be frozen (so that you won’t need to eat it over and over during the same week) and it’s delicious!
  • Stuffed zucchini: great healthy recipe, reheats as if it had just been taken out of the oven!
  • Pasta with sauce: here are 7 different Italian mouth-watering sauce recipes that will make it easy to eat a variety of different lunches.
  • Soups: soups are a great way to increase your daily intake of fluids while eating vegetables and dairy products. If you add some bread and butter, a fruit and a yoghurt, they are the perfect winter warmer lunch!
  • Baked beans: beans contain slow-released carbohydrates that will keep you filled for longer, plus they are cheap and easy to prepare.
  • Crepes: it takes about 5min to prepare the crepes themselves (it just takes a bit of practice not to break them when flipping sides). For the filling, if you’re lazy, you can always put some ham and melting cheese (such as grated mozzarella) and you’re ready to go!
  • Pizza: pizza is another base recipe that you can tweak and use with whatever ingredients you have available. It is good when reheated the next day, however later on it becomes soggy and less tempting.
Cook & Freeze: 150 Delicious Dishes to Serve Now and Later
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Plenty of extra ideas that will make cooking, freezing and preparing your lunchbox a really easy task!