Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 225

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Thanks so much for joining in last week, if you did, and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keeping It Simple Bento Lunch Formula

I was making Faith's lunch the other day when I realized that the picture pretty much showed our standard lunch formula for school.

While I love making creative lunches, they are usually filled with items I know the kids will eat, since lunch away from home isn't always the best time to experiment.  We try new items ahead of time to make sure they will be eaten if I sent them in to school.


What is our lunch formula?
Main dish: Sandwich, savory muffins or quiches, leftovers, pasta salads, boiled eggs & bagels, etc
Fruit: Melons, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, apples, my two love all fruits
Veggie: Carrots & cucumber are most popular, sometimes we sub in fruit #2 and do more veggies for dinner
Treat: Either a salty or sweet treat--pretzels, granola bar, mini muffin, cookie
Dairy: Yogurt, cheese stick, something for a snack that's an extra bit of protein

Above, Faith has a ham and cheese sandwich on multigrain bread rounds, topped with cheddar koala bear from our Cutezcute cutter.  She has grapes, carrots and a breakfast bar in the side dishes, and I added a yogurt tube to her lunchbox.  Yummy combo and happy kid!

What is your lunchbox formula?


Monday, September 15, 2014

All New Progresso Chili, Yum! #ProgressoChili


Now that it's fall, it's time for chili, but what to do when you want a tasty meal that only takes a few minutes to prepare?

New Progresso Chili offers a unique twist on classic chili flavors and takes the time out of preparing homemade chili.  Ready in 5 ½ minutes, this is a perfect chili for a cold fall or winter day!


New Progresso Chili is available in two delicious varieties:
  • Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans: A spin on a homemade classic includes Andouille sausage, beef, and a secret blend of spices, all slow-cooked with tomatoes, onions, green sweet peppers and pinto and red kidney beans 
  • Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans: A creamy blend of all-white meat chicken, white beans, green sweet peppers, tomatillos and onions
But the real test in my house?  What did the husband think of it?

I offered him the choice of flavors and he decided to try the White Chicken Chili, topped with a bit of sour cream, shredded cheese and green onion picked from our garden.  The verdict?  He ate the entire packet for lunch!  Rave reviews from a guy who is quite picky about his chili.


Progresso Chili comes in a new pouch packaging with a clear bottom format that helps maintain the freshness and flavor and allows you to see the ingredients and quality for yourself.   Look for it in the soup aisle at your grocery store!

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Leftovers to Lunches Bento - Burger Bites

Faith needed a lunch the other day that also happened to be my grocery shopping day.  She was unimpressed with the sandwich fixings we had left and nothing really looked all that good to her.  While we were looking in the fridge, we discovered these beef and cheese bites left from the day before, all packaged up neatly.  Lunch it is!


Faith took the remaining 5 beef and cheese bites, along with a dipping container of ketchup to use with them.  She does have microwave access at school, but apparently ate them cold because they were good that way?!?!  I also packed her a cheese stick to make sure she had enough protein.  For side dishes, she picked a clementine orange and some fresh strawberry slices, then took an applesauce pouch and a yogurt tube for snacks. Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes.

The moral of this lunch?  Don't rule out the random leftovers in your fridge!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Spam Fried Rice (or what to do with leftover Spam)


A couple of weeks ago, I made the husband Spam musubi while I was making sushi.  Since he is the only one who really likes sushi in my house, we ended up with leftover Spam.

Now, since we cook a lot, it only took a few days for us to acquire enough other leftovers for our weekly staple of fried rice.  It's the husband's favorite and seems to be a Chamorro/Filipino staple, or at least in his family!

Our version is different each time, depending on what is in the fridge.  There's no secret recipe, just adding veggies, meat and eggs to the wok, then rice, then soy sauce, garlic and butter.  I eyeball everything, so I can't even guess proportions.


The basics include rice, eggs, oil, garlic and onion, but the husband had cooked breakfast the day before, so we had leftover scrambled eggs to save me a few minutes too.  I diced the remaining Spam into little cubes so there was some in every bite, and used up the last little bits of other leftover meats, plus fresh green onions from our yard.

Lunch was on the table in minutes and thoroughly enjoyed by my three starving family members!

What are your favorite go-to leftover items?

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Sandwich Bento

We loved Guardians of the Galaxy and Groot was our favorite character.  It's funny, because normally?  Totally not my kind of movie.  I had passes to see a 20 minute preview, so took Ben.  The preview was hysterical, so we went and saw the real movie when it came out.  All four of us loved it, Ben especially.

So last night, when I was making Ben's lunch, it occurred to me that I could make a Groot sandwich, so I got to work and …


Ben has a ham and cheese sandwich, shaped like Groot on 12 grain sandwich bread.  Why 12 grain?  It has texture.  Groot himself was cut with my kitchen sheers to make the points at the top of his head.

I then flattened crust with a rolling pin and cut a thin strip to make his mouth.  I flattened some scraps of whole wheat bread and cut two circles to back his eyes and some freehand strips to make the extra twig branches.  His actual eyes are two brown M&Ms.  Dots of cream cheese hold everything in place.


For side dishes, Ben had strawberries with a Groot-like pick and a mini orange in a "StarLord" silicone cup.  Well, it's a star cup, I was trying for a theme.  He also took a tube of yogurt, a granola bar and a cheese stick to fill out his lunch and snacks.  Lunch is packed in our EasyLunchboxes.

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 224

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Thanks so much for joining in last week, if you did, and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

Want to join in?

Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps, it's simple, I promise!
 

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