The monbento square comes complete with 8 pieces. Inside the box are: 1 top lid, 2 containers, 2 intermediary lids, 1 inner container, and 2 elastic straps. I love that monbento includes two straps so the box can be used as a single tier or a double tier. I have been using one tier of the monbento square when packing lunch for my daughter. However, I could easily use two tiers and pack a lunch for my husband with the same bento box. The monbento square is BPA free. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. This box holds a total capacity of 1.7 L. Other than the shape, the main difference I have found from the original monbento is that the outside does not have the soft touch feel. This box is the same hard plastic inside and outside. The one negative I have found is that the intermediary lids are hard to open. My daughter needs assistance to open the lids, but there is someone to help at lunch time at her preschool.
What's for lunch today?
Today we have: Strawberries, cucumber slices, orange slices, and Trader Joe's chicken cilantro mini wontons.
Items used today: *I received a monbento square in exchange for this review. All product information is from the monbento website or product pamphlet and all opinions are based on my own use of this product.
Today (Sunday March 2nd) is Read Across America Day, aka Dr. Seuss's birthday. Since this day occurs on a weekend day this year, it will be celebrated in schools across America on Monday. I decided to make a quick and simple lunch this year and yes, this time I did green eggs and ham (for all those that were expecting it last year!).
In this lunch: Green eggs, ham roll ups, cucumbers, apple slices, and tucked underneath the green cup is a whole row of baby carrots. I also packed a side snack of colored gold fish. Might as well add another Dr. Seuss book to today's lunch....one fish, two fish, red fish, (in a) blue fish. haha!
A snowflake bento was in order since I am hosting a winter lunch ideas book giveaway and of course I HAD to pack it in my book bento box ;-)
In this lunch: Orange slices, cucumber snowflakes, edamame, sugar snowflakes, peanut butter and cracker sandwiches, and marshmallows.
Sherrie Le Masurier from Pinewood Communications was kind enough to offer one of my lucky readers a paperback copy of each of the Winter lunch ideas books: Lunches for Kids Winter Ideas & Kids Lunches Winter Recipes for Kids. These books have lots of fun and cute lunch ideas for cold winter days. Hey, I might even have a few lunches published in these books!
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The cat and mouse games of Tom and Jerry have been around for many, many years. My children have just discovered these classic cartoons.
In this lunch: "Jerry" hard boiled egg, ham rolls, Trader Joe's cheddar rocket crackers, orange slice, strawberries, "Tom & Jerry" watermelon, crinkle cut cucumber slices, and a Trader Joe's mango coconut chocolate.
I molded the egg with a popsicle mold (see below) using this technique. I placed a paper towel in the lower part of the mold to help keep the egg in the top portion. The face details did not mold on to the egg very well, I will try again another day :)
If you live in the UK you can stop on by your local McDonald's and order a happy meal and these fun bento tools are the toys inside. Unfortunately, they are not available in the USA (which made me want them sooo much more). I was able to buy the Tom and Jerry cutter and Jerry popsicle mold off eBay.