Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lunchbots bento: super quick little lunch

This is a pretty good example of a bento box packed in a big big hurry. :)

Lunchbots preschooler lunch

In our Duo Lunchbots box was the following for my little lady on her way to preschool:
- hummus sandwich
- fruit leather
- cheddar cheese (hacked quickly into bite-sized pieces) ;-)
- Goldfish crackers
- strawberries and grapes

The fruit leather was already cut into cute shapes and left sealed in the pantry. I will often cut a few strips into shapes when I have time to kill so that when I don't have extra time (like this day when I was in a big big hurry!) I can just grab what I need quickly.   Adding a "cute element" to a bento lunch doesn't need to be a time consuming task!

This bento was whipped together in 5 minutes. That included the time it took for me to wash the strawberries and grapes (which I do thoroughly with Fit fruit/veggie wash, so that takes about a full minute of time), and hunting down a new bag of Goldfish from our supply pantry in the laundry room after finding the kitchen canister empty. ;-) 

Five minutes from start to finish to pack a waste-free bento lunch to go. It is time well spent. :)

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Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I like this container, I think it would be a good size for DD. Is the sandwich a whole sandwich (2 halves stacked?) or just half?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Melissa (nice name!) - the Lunchbots isn't deep enough to hold two sandwich halves. This is just one half sandwich.

Mom_Of_Three said... [Reply to comment]

How do you keep the fruit leather from drying out? I always have that problem if I try to cut it ahead and store it.

Cute bento for being put together so fast.

Tina said... [Reply to comment]

I have to ask what you do with the "extra" you have left after cutting the food into shapes? I have sandwich cutters for my ds's sandwiches b/c OMG if you give him crusts...the dog gets those.

slushygirl said... [Reply to comment]

I have never made fruit leather. Do you have a recipe on here?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I Love your blog. I found it by accident a few weeks back & daily now. I am curious if your bentos are just a lunch for your kids or if it is a lunch & snack from the same box? You mentioned this one is for your preschooler. My daughter's in preschool as well & I could see this being her lunch & two snacks.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

mom of three - I keep open the packages down the seem and keep the fruit leather in the package and then seal in a ziptop bag. I think the ziptop bag is necessary here. I've tried just keeping it small Lock & Lock box, but it dries out. There's just no way to get all the extra air out of the bag!

slushygirl - I don't make the fruit leather, I buy it. Right now my favorite is the Archer Farms (Target brand). It's $3 for a box of ten strips (often on sale for $2) - comes in many flavor choices - and is organic!

livelovelaughgocrazy (phew! what a name! :)) - Hi! Most of the time what you see is lunch for my kids. It's rare I pack a lunch and snacks in the same container...usually I only do that with a Laptop Lunches lunch. This one, the Lunchbots today, was one lunch (and a small one at that!) for my daughter. She has a big appetite. ;-)

Sherri said... [Reply to comment]

Melissa, where do you get the little tortilla-like shell that the goldfish are in? And does you DD know to eat that as well and does she eat it plain? I have a 3 yo daughter and I love your site for ideas for her lunches! Thanks! :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hello Sherri! I had to giggle a little at your question - that is not a tortilla shell, it's a silicone cup! Like a muffin cup, but this one is all ruffly and cuter. :)
However, I think you are definitely onto something with the tortilla shell! That would be awesome. And I'm sure that my daughter WOULD eat it plain, she's eats practically everything. :)

Fluffy said... [Reply to comment]

Hi there! I've been reading your blog for a while now and I recently started to blog about bentos (in french) and I just tagged you! It's here: http://lalicornemangeusedarcsenciel.blogspot.com/2010/08/je-me-suis-fait-taguee_24.html
IF you have some time, you can link 10 blogs too :) (or not!).
Take care!

Sherri said... [Reply to comment]

Oops! That is funny! :) I guess I mis-read something in one of your older posts! But that would be an idea....

Giggly Girls said... [Reply to comment]

I was going to ask what fruit leather you use but I see you've already answered it. That's our favorite brand.

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Sherri,

Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and I featured it today:


Ludicrous Mama said... [Reply to comment]

You can also have cheese and sliced meat pre-cut into shapes. I freeze them in small snack-baggie servings, then put those into larger freezer bags. Then I can have one thawed in the fridge, or, in a pinch, let one that in her lunch! (Vastly increases the shelf-life of deli meats that way too! I have them custom cut a little thicker (a '2' on the machine at my grocer) so they take the cutters better, but you can stack several thin slices to cut together instead. But they tear fairly easily.)

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