To spice up your life why not try a little salsa on your lunch?
This bento has chicken (lightly breaded in panko breadcrumbs and sautéed in olive oil), red/yellow/orange bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, salsa, and crushed tortilla chips. The chicken sounds fancier than it really is, and like it took more work than it did. My Mom bought some pre-cooked chicken patties from Trader Joe’s, then after trying them, she gifted them to me. They weren’t what she was expecting, but they aren’t bad at all. I opened one up this morning with no clue what I was going to do with it. Then I opened the cupboard, saw the breadcrumbs, and BAM idea! I dipped the chicken in milk, then tossed it in the bread crumbs. They didn’t stick very well but there were enough that the outside had a crunch to it. The salsa is left over from our BBQ on Easter and is home made with grilled peppers and tomatoes (mmmm delish, I would eat this through a straw if I had to). So, if you were me, and you had breaded chicken and a tiny amount of the best salsa in the world, what would you do? Plop it all down on some baby spinach? Weird. That’s exactly what I did!
Pasta & Pretzels was for my little girl’s lunch. I used Annie’s Homegrown White Macaroni and Cheese mix. It’s from a box but still has no additives! I topped the pasta with some shredded cheese and surrounded it with yellow and orange baby carrots, a kumquat, chocolate covered pretzels, and a baby gala apple. I think she would have loved it. Notice the past tense there? Yeah, I dropped her off at the YMCA kid watch with her bento, then I left to swim. I thought she would leave her lunch on the table and go play until she was hungry. It turns out she was so afraid another kid would eat her bento she carried it around with her until she dropped it. The lid popped off and her precious bento went splat. Poor thing! The bento’s have been getting a lot of attention at the YMCA but I had no idea she would respond in such a nutty and sweet way. I will leave her bento with the helpers next time!
No apples we harmed in the making of this blog post. The apple was, in fact, picked up off of the floor and rinsed. Then promptly eaten.
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