(clockwise): slices of ham, Colby-Jack cheese sticks, yellow carrot sticks, cucumber medallions, chocolate chip cookie
My ham is from a bone in smoked (using naturally occurring nitrates) ham from a local butcher. I like to chop it into chunks and eat as breakfast or in lunches. My family loves ham!
These cheese sticks are cut from a block. I buy Tillamook which is a local-ish cheese; I live in the Seattle area and the cheese is made in Oregon. We love cheese and I purchase blocks at Costco. If you don’t enjoy cheese as quickly as my family but are interested in purchasing blocks to make your own cheese sticks, know that cheese freezes easily. Adding frozen cheese to a bento will allow the cheese to defrost by lunch time and still be cool to the touch.
The yellow carrot sticks almost look white in this picture. I love to try and interest my family in “new” vegetables. My 5YO is so pick about vegetables but he loves regular carrots, so I’ve tried interesting him in different colored carrots which, mind you, taste the same. My favorite are purple carrots; they just look cool and when you cut them they are still orange in the middle.
These are my homemade no refined sugar chocolate chip cookies.