Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pack Ahead Bento Week - Day 2


Day 2 of Pack Ahead Bento Week is upon us!  One thing I did want to make sure was to alternate lunches enough that it wasn't 5 days of nearly identical sandwiches or muffins or any one kind of lunch.  Packing ahead actually made me more aware of it, I think, by seeing all the boxes lined up on the table. I moved items from box to box to come up with a good mix each day.  Even in the picture above?  I switched the order they are in.


Today, both kids had a chili cornbread muffin from the freezer stash, tucked into a cute muffin cup instead of a paper wrapper, baby carrots with ranch dip in an Easy Lunchbox mini dipper, and a cutie orange.  I also added a stick of string cheese for some extra protein and some animal crackers for a treat.

Sunday evening assembly included peeling the cutie oranges, adding dip to the mini dippers, and switching the muffins from Christmas paper wrappers to the cuter silicone ones.  I do make stuffed muffins ahead of time, whenever I have enough leftovers, to build a freezer stash.  Morning prep included filling water bottles and adding the animal crackers, since they can't be left in the fridge for several days without getting soggy.

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    1. Thanks! I am loving this idea, especially in the mornings!

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  2. Do you have your muffin recipe available? I'm excited to see your results. The cutie wasn't dried out?

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    1. Here you go!

      My favorite corn muffin recipe is within the post, but you can also cheap and use a boxed mix. If I'm in a rush, boxed mix it is!

      http://www.bentolunch.net/2011/08/kids-cook-monday-chili-cornbread.html

      The oranges seem to be just fine peeled, I think the container keeps them from drying out. :)

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  3. Oh, I LOVE the muffin cups - where did you get those? And chili cornbread sounds yummy, I'm going to have to try to make them. I'm assuming you add chili to the your favorite cornbread recipe?

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    1. The muffin cups, I found at Ross a few years ago. There were these two, another purple bug and a blue fish.

      For the chili muffins, it's pretty much that. Drain the excess liquid if your chili has it, then add to your favorite recipe or you can use a mix too. My favorite one is linked here:

      http://www.bentolunch.net/2011/08/kids-cook-monday-chili-cornbread.html

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  4. I've found that the mandarins dry out if I peel them in advance. Did they have an issue with that? I think I also separated the segments too though.

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  5. I'm a mom of two elementary kids and a toddler, and currently going to nursing school. I used to prepare on Sundays fearing the things they feed our kids. I WAS running out of ideas, but I found you! Thank you thank you!

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  6. Was the chili muffin cup cold in the lunch box? How was it cold?

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    1. Mine always eat savory muffins cold, they don't seem to mind them. I have a microwave at work. ;)

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