Thursday, May 16, 2013

An Amazing School Lunch For My Best Girl

Okay, maybe it's not amazing, but Paige said it was "fantastic and delicious" and I'm pretty sure that's basically the same thing.

Kindergarten school lunch - ham & cheese rolls, nuts, veggie chips, strawberries and kiwi, organic dark chocolate
Packed in a PlanetBox:
- kiwi fruit pieces and strawberries, packed in the PlanetBox Big Dipper
- veggie chips
- two cute animal silicone cups hold peanuts (in the elephant, naturally) and pistachios
- deli pinwheels made with Applegate ham & Applegate cheddar cheese*, secured with simple bento picks
- a square of organic dark chocolate

That little orange fork tucked alongside the Big Dipper is from a set of bento forks I bought a few years ago. They were made by a bento company I never see around any longer called Caio (or something like that). There were a lot of bento accessories from that line that all coordinated, color-wise and with the same little animal characters. I think the line was called "Farm", though the animals featured were a bear, elephant, and bunny.  It's unfortunate miniature sized utensils aren't more available for bento, they are really such a great little size. Not as tiny as a bento pick, but much more compact than a full sized utensil!

Supplies used to pack this lunch:
* Disclosure: Applegate recently sent me a variety of yummy meat and cheese to try out and enjoy with my family. :)
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Meg said... [Reply to comment]

How do you make such perfect pinwheels? I tried making ham & cheese sandwich pinwheels, but the cheese always it does not look as good!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Meg! When I'm able to make pretty pinwheels, it's usually because I've used a soft cheese that bends easily. Havarti is a very moist and creamy cheese and rolls up easily. Provolone can be good too, and thin Monterey Jack and mozzarella. THESE pinwheels were cheddar and actually DID crack and not look too pretty -- which is why I placed them on the side to hide the ugly cracking...ha! ;)

Jenn Christ said... [Reply to comment]

Looks amazing to me! yum yum!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Meg - Do you have any suggestions for an insulated bag and bento box combo? My kindergartener will soon be needing a lunch bag, but will not have the ability to keep it refrigerated.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi anonymous! Step 1 is to pick the box. Do you have your eye on any particular one? What sorts of food does you child eat? Sandwiches? The type of box that has worked great for my Kindergarten daughter this year is VERY different than the boxes I used for my oldest son when he was in Kindergarten -- because they are very different eaters, one with a big appetite (that's my girl!) who needed a bigger box. If you have some idea of what box you'll use I can absolutely recommend some bags to carry them in. :) My kids have always used insulated bags with ice packs for school with fine results. :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

We are looking at the Lock and Lock and LunchBots boxes. He's a snacker (wraps, cheese/crackers, fruits, veggies). No wet fruit, yogurt, soups. We would like to be able to pack a drink for him in his bag as he won't drink milk from a carton. I use the zojirushi lunch bag and love it, but I'm more of a yogurt/fruit or salad eater. My lunch stays cold all day without an ice pack.

Meg said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks Melissa...but believe me my pinwheels look "not pretty" from any angle :) But I'll try Havarti next time. Thanks again! Love your blog!

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