What can I make for my husband to eat for lunch that can sit in the car and still be ok to eat?
If the car is hot, anything that requires to be in the fridge will spoil. Not much you can keep in the car. If your husband has an office job, they should have something to keep food from spoiling in the office – most offices today at least have a break room with a fridge in there.
Only thing he can do is have a cooler and ice packs and then he can have just about anything – salad, sandwich, fruit.
Insulated lunch bags or small coolers really don’t cost that much. I’d invest in those and ice packs to still put in them.
Most foods in the heat for several hours will spoil. Eating foods that will spoil can cause food poisoning, treatment for food poisoning (ER visit usually) is a lot more expensive than spending $10-20 or so on an insulated bag/cooler and some freezer ice packs.
Other than that you’re limited to “non perishable” foods.
Either get a little cooler and some ice packs so you can make him a sandwich, or send him with things like chips/crackers, dried meats, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, cookies, peanut butter sandwich, olives, bagel/muffin, or anything that can last in the heat but doesn’t need to be heated to be enjoyed. Some people even like pork n’ beans right out of the can. Canned tuna or chicken would work also and bread or a tortilla to make a sandwich. You could include packets of condiments like are used in fast food restaurants that wouldn’t need refrigeration.
Some foods that will keep without refrigeration – fresh, canned or individual serve fruits, jerky, crackers – wheat or rice, plain or flavoured, small canned meats, baked beans, tuna or other canned fish – plain or flavoured, or vegies, etc. Long life (UHT) milk and juices, nuts and dried fruits, trail mix, chips, popcorn and corn chips. Some individually portioned cheeses doesn’t need refrigeration either.
Remember to include whatever he needs to eat them – plate cutlery and serviettes. Its still best to keep them as cool as possible so some ice packs packed along will help, or place the half full drink bottle in the freezer overnight and top with cold drink int he morning for cool drinks through the day,.
In all cases its best to put the food for the day in in the morning and make sure any leftovers are taken out at the end of the day.
Crackers can be parceled into individual serves in zip lock bags.
So a suggestion is some crackers with canned flavoured tuna, and fruits for dessert.