Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bento Boxes

So naturally with my new interest in food and my frustration with processed foods, I've been struggling with what to send my preschooler for lunch. What will my picky eater eat that won't need to be heated up but also won't be just a sandwich and chips or a lunchable. I've learned about Bento boxes, and I'm going to see how these work out. Basically a Bento is a visually appealing, healthy lunch packed in a box. If you're serious about it, they have guidelines on proportions of grains, veggies, proteins and the like. Which, eventually, I'll get there. But I'm just going to start with packing him a lunch he will eat. :P (Little man only eats lunch at school one day a week, so I won't be working on one every day.)

My First Bento

Broken into four compartments are: 1. Corn on the cob, grapes, almonds, zucchini, and carrots (The lettuce is just to help it fit nicely. He won't eat it.) 2. Yogurt with a chocolate pizzelle cookie 3. Orange 4. (Covered) Extra carrots and corn

Today's Bento

1. Chicken Lo Mein (with peas, carrots, zucchini, squash hidden under the noodles.) I imagine he will only eat the carrots and noodles, maybe the peas. 2. Organic applesauce
3. Snowflake Ritz crackers with natural peanut butter and cheddar cheese with almonds 4. Another Orange
Eventually I'd like to get to the place where they are more creative and more like an actual Bento should be, but I think this is a good start. I'll be combing the web for ideas. (Nothing with quail eggs or anything...)

1 comment:

  1. i realize the second bento needs color. unfortunately i piled noodles on the vegetables and covered what colors i had. not to mention that what i had on hand happened to all be beige-ish.