Are these even bento anymore? Since I no longer use adorable tiny boxes, and I don’t make food cute anymore?
Well, more rice come’in at-cha this week; Above is the brown rice and quinoa mixture with corn, apple sticks (newest craze at TJ’s), coconut almond granola with whole almonds mixed in, and a chicken finger cut up and covered with orange chicken sauce (sauces from Panda no colors or HFCS).
After school, Ara and I made a little project to go with the history book we are reading for bedtime. We had just learned about the Taj Mahal and India so I sent her some curry rice the next day. Rice/quinoa with black beans, corn, and red curry sauce, mandarin oranges, granola, cat cookies, and corn.
We had a taco night planned but when I opened the corn tortillas I found that they were all broken. So I made ‘mini-tacos’ and that’s what Ara had in her lunch the next day! She also had apple sticks, chocolate pretzels, a TJ’s apple banana fruit leather, and mandarin oranges. I’ve been sending her apple juices all week because we lost the water bottle that fits in the bag and carrying the stainless bottle has been so cumbersome for her. I looked on the Laptop Lunches site and found that the replacement is only $3.50! Great! Too bad the shipping is $6! Shipping is such a bummer.
I went on a tortilla making kick lately. 4 ingredients’ and no oven involved, that’s my kind of baking. Plus, Ara is seriously crazy about fresh tortillas! This lunch had a bean burrito (I made the beans too, I felt very accomplished), chocolate pretzels, orange slices, strawberry, and peas.