Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sausage Arugula Pasta Bento

Now that the kids are getting older and their appetites are getting bigger, I find myself reaching for the more spacious bento boxes more frequently these days. My preschooler can still use the cute little one tiered character boxes, but probably not for much longer. And my almost-4th-grader definitely needs more food. This summer he's been very active, with various enrichment programs such as cooking, chess, mad science, and sports. He can eat a lot. I found this nice-looking two-tiered box today and thought it would be perfect for him in the coming months. It supposedly holds over 1000ml, but I find that the containers themselves take up space and there isn't a need to pack super tightly. This one has a snug-fitting upper divided tier that sits deep into the main compartment. Thus, I have to be careful not to pack the bottom too high. I like the gasket in the lid and the two double latches, as well as the transparent nature of this Clic-Tite box, made by a company called Novo. Here I've packed a quick-cook meal of thin whole wheat spagetti, wilted arugula and spinach, and pan-fried chicken sausage to layer in the bottom on a lettuce leaf. The top holds a silicone cup of yogurt with blueberries and sunflower seeds, another of steamed corn off the cob, carrots, cherries, strawberries, lychee, Okinawan sweet potato and regular sweet potato.

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  1. The new box looks great and seems to accommodate his larger lunch nicely. MisterMan is growing up.

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    1. I am really loving this new box. He came home and pronounced it a good box too; yay!
      He'll soon be making his own bento... where'd the time go?

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  2. Always happy to see your healthy and colorful bento creations Sheri... To be honest with you, your healthy bento with natural ingredients has influenced me to create healthier bento too. I'm really thank you that :D *hugs

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    1. Tata ~~ That's sooo sweet! I love browsing your bento pictures; I can stare at the incredible photography for hours! I thank you for the beautiful bento inspiration in return dear ^_^

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  3. That looks so bright and delicious! Anything with sausage and I'm in! Cool box BTW. I would be awful at keeping that bottom tier half full, lol.

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    1. I know! I think maybe I smashed some of the food but luckily MisterMan is pretty cool about that, heh.
      Thanks Heather!

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  4. Super yummy lunch as usual. The box is interesting. I love that it's transparent too. For some reason my kid doesn't like the 'what's inside' feeling of opening a plastic container. I like how it looks like the 2 tiers seem snug fit. I bought a 2tier that was supposed to be that way but whatever is on top like strawberries will leak to the bottom when placed on its side.

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    1. Haha! She doesn't want a rude surprise, I can appreciate that. Lots of two-tiers are like you say -- not leakproof and therefore impractical, especially for a lunch-swinger like I have. This one is very nice in that respect.
      Thanks Chantale :)

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  5. Wow, like this bento box and everything inside :)

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  6. Utterly yummy and heart-lifting bento! Thanks as always for the "ah!" and bright smile a visit here brings, Sheri :)

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    1. Thanks right back to you for your kind and sweet words, Jenn. They always give me a smile!

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  7. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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