Is it just me, or is January the time of year when parents are officially over lunch packing? I know I am. Maybe it’s because most of the colorful fruits of summer and fall are out of season. Maybe it’s the cold weather or the fact that it gets dark at 5pm that has drained me of my creativity. Whatever the reason, I just don’t feel motivated to create fun and interesting lunches the way I did back in August.
Enter new lunch gear to save the day!
My older two kids received a complete set of Bentgo lunch products for Christmas (as part of a literal car load worth of toys and clothes) from their loving Grandparents, or Sweetie Pie and Grampy as they are known around our house. I’ve looked into Bento type lunch systems before but was always turned off by their high prices ($30+ for a lunchbox?!) and inability to fit into a regular sized lunch pail. These little Bentgo boxes are the perfect size to fit a good amount of food for kids while still leaving room in the lunch pail for an afternoon snack. And they are dishwasher safe, which let’s face it, is music to any busy parent’s ears.
While I do still love my Sistema lunch cubes and use them often, they are not ideal for anything saucy or slightly liquidy. These Bentgo boxes will allow me to pack pasta, salads, and noodle dishes without fear of having to scrub out the lunch pail in the afternoon.
So, in order to spark some fresh lunch-packing creativity, I made a quick Asian-inspired noodle dish for the main bento compartment. In about 6 minutes I was able to boil some brown rice noodles, slice some veggies (cucumber, bell pepper, green onion, and spiralized zucchini), and whisk together the sauce from my Clean Out the Fridge Noodle Stir Fry. It made enough for 4 lunch portions and I topped each serving with some raw cashews and sesame seeds. In the large compartment I also filled the sauce container with some hummus for the carrots.
In the compartment above the divider piece (where the fork conveniently nests), I cut some Cara Cara oranges, blueberries, strawberries, and some baby carrots. If you have yet to try Cara Caras, do yourself a flavor and RUN to the store and get some (see what I did there?)! They have a short harvesting season every winter and are the sweetest oranges you will ever eat. Trust me. Just get some.
Both compartments fit snugly together and are closed with an easy to remove elastic strap. My kids have reported that they were able to easily disassemble and reassemble the bento boxes durning lunch without assistance and everything came back home without any spills. I call that a parenting win.
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