Yesterday I was making lunch in a rush after returning home from a weekend away fairly late the previous evening. Before I went to bed I had a little think about what I could make with the limited resources I had to hand, and had a mini light-bulb moment when I remembered that I had English muffins in the freezer. Just to prove how quick and easy making bento lunches can be, I made mini pizzas and the assorted accompaniments in the short time Small Child took to eat his breakfast.
In the bottom of his lunchbox were a couple of smiley face mini pizzas. As I mentioned before these were made from an English muffin, which I toasted in the toaster, split in half and spread with a little tomato sauce (made from a splat of tomato puree mixed with a splash of water and some mixed herbs), some grated cheese and some yellow pepper slices. I popped them under the grill for a couple of minutes and ‘bosh’ they were done. I left them out to cool whilst I prepared the rest of the lunch, and they were ready to go by the time Small Child was.
In the top half of his lunchbox he had some sliced carrot in a dinosaur shaped silicone cup, a savoury organic oat bar (carrot & tomato), a sliced kiwi in another dinosaur cup, a peeled clementine and a mini chocolate frog. I also popped a frozen organic yoghurt tube in his lunchbag (not shown). All in all this was a super quick lunch to prepare, and as usual it all got eaten.
I’d highly recommend the muffin pizzas, they’re so quick to prepare, use readily available ingredients and are so easy even a child could make them. When I remember to get muffins in, we invariably use them in a fun ‘cooking’ session so that the children can make their own lunch. Next step for me will be to attempt to make my own English muffins!