I’ve recently joined the ranks of lunch-making angels, um, I mean parents, as my daughter started S.K. Now fellow angels, how do I get her to eat the lunches I’m packing? The bento box!
This nifty mix of pint-sized edibles is like a mini buffet of goodness. And my daughter loves them. Here are five bento box combinations I've created (I’m keeping an Instagram diary of my efforts).
I bake a big batch of mini quiche on Sundays, freeze them and pull them out as I need them. In this bento box, I also added a few tortilla chips, strawberries, blueberries and a medley of cut up veggies (notice my daughter likes her cucumber peeled).
Get the recipe here: Mini Quiches
This fancy tuna sandwich (or a “Rollie” as my daughter calls them) can be packed with lots of veggies as well as the lean protein found in tuna. On the side, I've mixed up the fruits a bit by adding grapes instead of strawberries.
Get the recipe here: Fancy Tuna Sandwich
Lunch doesn’t have to mean a sandwich! A wedge of mushroom frittata (another leftover) is an easy, satisfying alternative. Mixed with some yogurt and some fruit and vegetables, and you've got a great bento-to-go.
Get the recipe here: Bacon and Mushroom Frittata
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