29 July 2015

Pizza Pockets for School Lunch


My kids love pizza like most kids do.  I thought a pizza pocket would be a yummy, easy to pack, surprise in their lunchboxes.  I decided to do a semi-homemade version using canned crescent roll dough.

Ingredients:

1 can of crescent roll dough
1 can of tomato sauce
Oregano
Garlic powder
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Pepperoni (or whatever pizza toppings your kids like!)

Directions:

Separate the triangular crescent dough along the perforations.  Spoon tomato sauce on each triangle.  Sprinkle a little oregano and garlic powder on top of the tomato sauce.  Add the shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.  Fold the three ends in towards the middle and pinch together.  Bake at 375° for 12 - 15 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature before placing in your lunchbox.  Store them in the refrigerator to use throughout the week or freeze for a later date.  They are a perfect make-ahead lunchbox entrée.

Now let's pack them up!


The first lunch in the line up has square pretzels, crinkle cut purple & yellow carrots, two pizza pockets (stacked on top of each other), blueberries, and two Oreo cookies.  This lunch is packed in our LunchBots Trio.


Next, in our Monbento Tresor, there are strawberry slices, blueberries, corn cut off the cob, and two pizza pockets.


In our Lego lunchbox we packed orange pepper rings, two pizza pockets (stacked), and cantaloupe melon balls.


The last lunch is packed up in our book bento box.  It contains two pizza pockets, grape tomatoes, strawberries, and blueberries.




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24 July 2015

Thai Food Made Easy ~ Book Review


Thai food is one of my family's favorite cuisines.  We frequent the Thai food restaurants in our area.  When the opportunity to review a Thai food cookbook presented itself, I jumped at the chance.  Thai Food Made Easy by June Williamson offers several Thai dish recipes with easy to follow directions.  Appetizers, salads, curries, rice dishes, noodle dishes, and desserts are all included in the book.  While flipping through the book I stumbled across the recipe for "Gaeng Daeng".  This dish looked and sounded a lot like one of my favorite dishes called "Evil Jungle Princess" at our local Thai restaurant.   

Gaeng Daeng Recipe
(posted with permission from Cedar Fort Publishing)


Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. of chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2-4 Tbsp of red curry paste 
  • 1 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 cans of drained straw mushrooms (I added this to the recipe)
  • White rice
Directions:
  1. Brown chicken in oil in a soup pot.
  2. Add curry paste and stir constantly for 30 seconds.
  3. Add bamboo shoots and green beans.  Cook for one minute.
  4. Stir in coconut milk and chicken broth.
  5. Add salt, fish sauce, and sugar.
  6. Cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.
Luckily, I was able to buy all the ingredients needed for this recipe at the regular grocery store since there are no Asian stores in my town.  The recipe was easy to follow, quick to make, and very tasty!  I foresee Thai food being added to our meal plan rotation now that I have this cookbook.


Dinner leftovers were perfect for my work lunch the following day.


In this lunch:  Leftover Gaeng Daeng, red cherries, and white rice decorated with carrot flowers & cilantro.  To make the flower carrots I used my v-blade carving tool to cut 5 notches into the side of the baby carrot.  Then, turn the carrot on it's side and slice the carrot.  Now you have cute little carrot flowers to accent your meal.  I purposefully tucked the cherries inside a silicone cup for easy removal of them before microwaving my lunch at work.


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Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book for being part of the Thai Food Made Easy book blog tour.

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20 July 2015

BYO ~ Movie Theater Snacks


Last night we hit the movie theater to watch Minions.  To save time and money we decided to pack our own snacks.  Who wants to stand in that massive snack line?  I would rather sneak into the theater and get good seats!!  We used EasyLunchboxes as our theater snack tray.


We packed microwave butter popcorn, red cherries, and Hello Panda cookies.  One slight variation in the snacks - strawberry flavored Hello Panda cookies above and chocolate flavored ones below.


What's your favorite movie snack?
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15 July 2015

Bistro Box Lunches for Day Camp


Starbucks introduced the "bistro box" in 2011.  I often wonder where specific terminology comes from.  When I googled the term bistro box the results returned the Starbucks menu and the definition of the term "bistro".  Wikipedia defines bistro as a small Parisian restaurant that serves simple meals.  It appears that Starbucks went with the "simple meal" portion of the definition.  Since they package this "simple meal" in a disposable box thus the bistro box?!  OR the Starbuck marketers just thought the term "bistro box" was catchy.  Here's a little secret, a bistro box is the same as a bento (a meal packed in a box).  Here are a few "bistro box lunches" that I have made for day camp this summer.  By the way, it is waaaaayyyyyyy cheaper to make your own bistro box!  Save some money and plan ahead with a simple homemade bistro box.


Protein Bistro Box - Nectarine slices, blueberries, rolled up turkey deli meat, Babybel with a heart cut out of the wax, crinkle cut purple carrots, and an oatmeal cookie Clif Kid Z-bar.  This lunch is packed in a LunchBots trio.


Gluten-free Bistro Box - Grape tomatoes, cut up cheese burger, sweet peppers, and watermelon chunks packed in our PlanetBox Shuttle.


Pasta Bistro Box - Strawberry slices, cheese curds, ranch dressing in the rainbow container, steamed broccoli, and Trader Joe's perline pasta all packed up in our bus bento box.


Cheese, Fruit, & Veggie Bistro Box - Crinkle cut yellow & orange carrots, cherry tomatoes, ranch dressing, raspberries, blueberries, Babybel cheese, mini cheese sandwich crackers, and a package of Annie's fruit snacks.  This lunch is packed up in our NEW 6 compartment Yumbox.  A full review of this Yumbox coming soon!


Pinwheels Bistro Box - Raspberries mixed with chocolate chips, cow crackers, roast beef pinwheels, mini sweet pepper, and a package of Annie's fruit snacks.  This lunch is packed up in a Monbento Tresor.

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09 July 2015

Shark Week


Hey, it's Shark Week on the Discovery channel.  The series is airing a little earlier than usual this year.  We made it back from our beach holiday and now we are kicking back and relaxing while watching the shark shows.


As I have mentioned before, my son loves sharks.  He visited a small aquarium on our 4th of July getaway.  He was able to touch the shark replica in front of the building.  Notice that he is also wearing shark swim trunks ;)  


His Shark Week Bento.


In this bento:  Shark bitten surfboard shaped ham & cheese sandwich, ranch dressing in the blue cup (dip for the veggies), surfboard shaped tortilla chips with "shark week" written on the top chip with food markers, a dark chocolate peanut butter cup, baby carrots, yellow pepper shark, and black grapes.


I thought it was fitting to pack this Shark Week bento up in our shark PlanetBox.  The shark design PlanetBox was sold at Pottery Barn Kids a couple of years ago.


Here is what was remaining after my little shark gobbled up his lunch.



For more Shark themed bentos click here.


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01 July 2015

On the Road Again ~ 4th of July Edition

The 4th of July is coming up this weekend.  We are hitting the road over the holiday.  So this year I packed the annual Independence Day bento in our car tiffin.


In this bento:  Deli meat (turkey & salami), orange sweet pepper, sliced strawberries, blackberries, and star crackers.

Coincidentally, when I was searching the internet for the link to the car tiffin, I noticed that Happy Tiffin is discontinuing their kids' bento line.  Now is the time to buy this car tiffin at 50% off!!


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


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21 June 2015

Aviation Bento

We pulled out our stash of Lunch Punches the other day.  My son picked out the airplane cutter for use in his lunch.  Thus, an aviation theme came to fruition.


In this bento:  Ham & cheese on wheat airplane sandwich, star crackers, orange slices, and black olives.


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