Wednesday, March 07, 2012
So Tuff has been having a bit of a lunch time struggle. She loves to pack her lunch but things have been BORING lately. She may or may not have eaten a LUNCHABLE this weekend..... So we decided to GO BENTO.
I remembered the cheap-o biscuit cutter I bought was a 3-pack so I already had the perfect circle cutter (above top left). So we did some turkey circles (Tuff immediately named them turcles) in the blue cupcake cup. And a "cowbell" next to it. Some delightful fancy crackers and an orange pepper in the red cupcake cup. A clemintine and an Aussie Bite. A hershey's kiss for dessert.
And a Happy Day printable from here.
I'll let you know how it goes.
The cost breakdown? Well... I think I happily managed to spend about $100 on things to make a LUNCHABLE instead of spending a couple of bucks on an actual lunchable....
Mini babybels are $9.99 for 28.
Aussie bites are $8.59 for 32.
Mini peppers are $5.49 for 1.5 pounds.
Crackers are $7.99 for about 5 boxes (8.8 oz or so each).
Kirkland honey smoked turkey is $6.79/pound.
Clemintine oranges are $6.99 for 5 pounds.
So any thoughts on adorable packaging, cute containers and fantastic tiny foods for lunch?
I know matchstick-cut carrots & "pickle dollars" will be a hit. I'm also planning some "pinwheels" with chopped turkey, cream cheese, tiny diced peppers & carrots in a tortilla. She loves nuts so we will do some little cups of almonds. (I wish I had an adorable tiny container.... must think on that... surely there is a tutorial on pinterest to make one out of scrapbook paper or something....) And I got her some of her favorite jalapeno-artichoke dip... so we will create a lunch around that. I have a box of mini food picks (from the dollar store) that are handy for making cute lunches. This morning I sent her with a cloth napkin to put everything on when lunchtime comes because my mom remembers a student who had a mom who took lunch making to an artform and that was one of her tricks.
She wants a pizza lunchable. As near as I can tell that means making a mini pizza crust and adding a side of sauce and a container of shredded mozzarella... it isn't even cooked. Here's an example of a homemade one. Anyone have thoughts on that?
And a good old can of Campbell's chicken noodle in a thermos is an easy option. Especially if I've got some delicious breadsticks to put on the side. We've also done noodles with parmesan in the thermos. Seems to work ok.... a bit of carb-loading.