I made home-made chilli con carne with potato wedges last night, as we had just harvested a large crop of potatoes from our allotment and wanted to try them out. I made extra potato wedges in an attempt to plan today’s lunch in advance, and I think they worked very nicely in this bento box, which I made for the children’s picnic lunch (it was a childminding day). The box is a sandwich box that I bought when I spotted it a few days ago, as I thought it looked a good size for a child’s bento lunch.
The box contained the following; homemade potato wedges, a silicone cup with some grated cheese and a cat pick, and a mini silicone cup with tomato ketchup (reduced salt and sugar). It also had some cucumber sticks wrapped in German garlic sausage slices, and some little savoury bites (mini crackers).
Before putting the lid on, I put the ketchup cup on top of the grated cheese, so that it was held in place by the lid. I wanted to test whether the food would stay in place after the journey to the park. I stacked the lunch boxes in the bottom of a bag with other bits and pieces piled on top (park essentials like wet wipes, a cricket set and a football!) and hoped for the best. I was delighted when picnic time came to see that the lunches survived completely intact.
I knew the children would be hungry after all the running around in the fresh air, so I also packed them each a dessert box using just the top tier of their bento boxes. This had half a banana (cut ends dipped in lemon juice to stop them going brown, and names rather inexpertly carved into the skin with a sharp knife). It also had mini silicone cups containing raisins and cut up strawberry peelers (made from 100% fruit) with animal picks, and an organic mini flapjack.
Once again empty boxes all around, hurrah for bento boxes!