Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hormel February - Potato Lover's Month


February is Idaho Potato Lovers Month!

Besides a tasty side dish, baked potatoes can be a yummy and easy dinner.  It's often one of our favorite choices for a quick weeknight meal.  (You can either place potatoes in a crockpot for day long baking or pierce them with a fork and nuke them to bake, both plans cut down on the prep time.)

Besides bacon, of course, one of our favorite baked potato options in "Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes."  These are easy to make and can be on the table in less than a half hour, assuming the chef crockpots or nukes the potatoes.

To make, sauté and drain ground beef, then add Chi-Chi's Fiesta Taco Seasoning mix & water (per package directions).  Finish cooking and set aside.

In the meantime, slice open the potatoes and chop up some of the insides, leaving the skin intact.

Top each potato with a generous scoop of taco seasoned beef, a dab of sour cream, and a sprinkle of cheese.

Serve with diced onions and tomatoes, Chi-Chi's Thick & Chunky Salsa, and Wholly Guacamole guac!
Quick, easy and very yummy.  Plus, it's an F&B favorite!

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, February 27, 2013

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 144

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!
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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, February 26, 2013

Fun & Easy Jungle Food Art Bento

I'm on Van's again today, this time showcasing their new yummy gluten-free snack bars!


And what can you do with a snack bar? Well, it makes a great palm tree trunk! Check out the full post on Van's for lots of details as to how you can make your own.

As for the adorable sandwich presses, you can find them right here on All Things for Sale!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another Panda Bento

It was Kung Fu Panda lunch time for the boy the other day. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the box closed since it is a Kung Fu Panda box. Inside was full of other panda themed goodies.


Ben had a panda sandwich--ham and cheese on honey wheat, cut with a CutezCute cutter.  Because of the size, I was able to save the bread edges to make egg in a hole on the weekend.  To go with his panda sandwich, he has carrots with a panda pick, frozen blackberries with a panda mini fork, and a Cutie orange with a different panda pick.  This box is actually a Tupperware brand sandwich box, it holds more than you'd think!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Puzzling Lunch Bento

Snow day today in Colorado Springs! Not only are the kids off, but the husband is home too. All non-essential personnel got a day off, so he's been here too. Of course, I have two semi-disappointed kids. They have enjoyed playing in the snow with their friends and Dante-puppy, but they are upset at Double AR Point Night being cancelled (both have been saving up books for tonight, they are #1 and #2 in the school for total points).

Since they are eating at home, no bentos today, but they did have one yesterday!


Not sure which kid's lunch this was, but both had the same today--a ham and cheese sandwich on honey wheat, cut with a puzzle LunchPunch and topped with the cheese pieces for detail, baby carrots, a Cutie orange, and some veggie chips. Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 143

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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Monday, February 18, 2013

An Old Bento for President's Day

Since F&B are off today, there was no bento making going on. We did have a lovely ski weekend to celebrate the husband's birthday a bit early--one day at Keystone and one at A-Basin. Today is more of a sit around and realize our muscles hurt kind of day. Thankfully, I saved old bentos to share on days like today!


In this lunch, Ben has a turkey and cheese sandwich on whole wheat rounds.  Instead of a top decoration, I used my CutezCute kitty face to cut a bit out of the bread.  You may need to zoom in for the details.  To the right, he has kiwi, carrots, and a mini fig bar. Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's for Lunch at Our House, Week 142

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!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Valentine's Bento Ideas with Dollar Store Finds

Remember yesterday when I said I didn't need to buy a container at the dollar store just to show that I could make a bento in one because I don't need anymore containers? Yeah, that was before there were Star Wars boxes in the Dollar Spot at Target. I have a 7 year old boy. Nothing says "I love you" quite the way Star Wars stuff does.  There was also an R2D2 collapsible water bottle.  We now own one of those too.  At least it goes with my "Cute Bentos on the Cheap" theme!


So today, Ben had a turkey and cheese sandwich on multigrain rounds.  It's topped with a marble cheese heart and a provolone heart, cut with the Dollar Tree cutters from yesterday.  The pick in the sandwich is also from the Dollar Tree--they come in a pack of about 100 primary colors, plus green and white, all topped with a heart.  They are longer than standard picks too, maybe about 3 inches.  His cutie orange also has a Dollar Tree pick from the muffin paper and pick sets.

He also has baby carrots with a couple turned into hearts.  Just cut the carrot on a diagonal, flip, and piece back together into a heart.  Since Ben is 7, I used a small bit of toothpick to hold them together and just told him to remove it before eating.   With littler ones, you could "glue" them together with some PB or cream cheese, or use a toothpick to pierce them but a broken spaghetti noodle to hold them together.  The noodles just soften over time.

It's packed in his new Star Wars box, which is smaller in width/length, but fairly deep.  The orange fit just fine with the box lid shut.  I added a container of his new favorite Chobani flavor (raspberry with dark chocolate bits) and a Kids' Clif oatmeal bar for snacks.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Bento Lunch with Dollar Store Accessories

One question I often get is how to start with cute, decorative bentos without spending a fortune!  Holiday bentos are probably the easiest ones to create on a low budget, the dollar stores often have plenty of options available.  This year, we found a 5 pack of heart/Valentine cookie cutters for $1 and a package of 18 plastic cupcake picks and 18 paper muffin cups for $1 at the Dollar Tree, along with tubs of Valentine sprinkles for $1 at the Dollar Spot at Target.  Last year, the Dollar Tree also had muffin papers with wood & paper picks.  I saved some of those for this year too.


Since it is Valentine week and I could go with hearts for him, Ben has 4 mini ham and cheese heart sandwiches on honey wheat bread, topped with heart picks.  He has a Cutie orange sitting in a Valentine cupcake paper, along with some vanilla yogurt with heart sprinkles.  It's packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).


To help, I did take a picture of our dollar store finds for this lunch. I debated making it a full dollar store lunch, but I really didn't need to buy more containers just to make it! So I went with our tried & true EasyLunchboxes instead.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Waffle-wich Snowman Bento

Since Colorado, unlike the northeast, is not buried under snow, a snowman themed bento might be the next best thing.


This sweet lunch was created for Van's Natural Food blog and uses their mini chocolate chip pancakes. For all the details, as well as a very cute pancake-wich with gingerbread topper, check out the full post on Van's.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 141

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!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Quick & Easy Airplane Bento

I needed a couple of quick lunches last night, and really needed to go to the grocery store, so options were limited. (Seriously, I ran out of milk and eggs, how does that happen???)  And my friend Jenn over at Bento for Kidlet is launching a cool Meatless Monday link-up, so I really wanted to join in there too.


Ben has a cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwich on honey wheat bread, cut with a Lunch Punch to get the airplane shape.  Side dishes include carrots, kiwi, a cutie orange, and some veggie straws for a treat. It's packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Back to the Elephants Bento for Ben

If there's one thing that still makes my boy happy, it's elephants. And thanks to some awesome friends, we have a whole new variety of elephant picks and forks to decorate his lunches.  This one is only a small sampling of our elephant entourage, but it does make me smile.


Mr. Ben has a chili cornbread muffin from our freezer stash, blackberries (also from the freezer), a cutie orange carrots, and a Van's Cranberry-Almond gluten-free snack bar cut in half to fit the box.  It's decorated with his elephant picks, and tucked into a 4-square Lock & Lock box.
 

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