Bento seems to be one of the hot “new” things to do. A fad, yes. Fun, yes. Nutritious, yes. So, Mom Start might as well ride the wave too. Really though I’ve been hot on it for about the past two years sending snacks to preschool. I love the idea of compartmentalizing foods and getting all the food groups in the box so you can see them. I’m not too wild on all the art and stick-in elements; that’s just me! What you’re going to get in my bento posts in real bentos I’ve made and you can recreate and get ideas from. I will list all the foods in the box and sometimes give you some detail. Some bentos are snacks and some of them are lunches. If you don’t know, I’m on a Sabbath year and so these were all submitted way before now so these are my son’s snack or even lunch when we’d had out to the zoo, aquarium, park, etc.
1 – (clockwise): cheese and potato pierogi, peas, carrots, cutie orange slices, kielbasa links
I cheat with the pierogi. I could make my own, but that takes a long time. I buy mine for Costco; they are Kasia’s. I freeze mine when I get them home from Costco, so I boil them to soften the dough and warm the insides. In the meantime, I melt butter in a pan and sauté minced onion. I transfer the warm pierogi directly from the boiling water to the sauté and brown a little bit.
Get whatever kielbasa you like, but this is NOT real Polish kielbasa. This is wannabe kielbasa. First off it’s made from turkey meat and secondly it’s Jennie-O. If you want to order some REAL Polish meats (from anywhere in the country), I recommend Andy’s Deli. You can also check your area for local European delis if you want to avoid S&H charges which can get pricey.
Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.