Tuesday, March 30, 2010

bento business

I have been on a bento strike the last couple of weeks. First, I deleted a bunch of pics from the camera on accident, then I didn't take any pics for a week or two, now I'm just in a bento funk. Not feeling inspired, you know? Does this ever happen to you?

My latest venture is figuring out how to pack husband's bentos. He is a police officer so his meals have to be something he can just toss on his seat really. This is proving to be a bit more challenging for me. For him I've mostly been using just your standard Rubbermaid container that has a divider down the middle. I found a bunch of these Fit and Fresh Lunch on the Go containers at a discount store for just $4 a piece. So far so good. I would just like it to be a bit bigger.
On the bottom of the container I put a burrito made from our Cool Taco Salad leftovers, Thin Mint girl scout cookies, and these amazing giant rosemary crackers called La Panzanella from Costco. Then the ice pack goes on top of that, and as you can see it fits the two little containers on top. In those containers I have celery and almond butter (ground fresh at a local health food store) and a light laughing cow cheese wedge for the Panzanella (seriously. so good!). And grapes.

I am trying to find practical adult sized bento containers, but haven't found anything that would work for him yet. Any ideas out there? Remember it has to be on the go with him. He's not sitting down at a table to eat necessarily. A laptop lunch box would be perfect if it were just a bit bigger. Again, any ideas would be appreciated.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

Hmm. I know this sounds completely ridiculous, but I bet a Goodbyn would be a good size. It's big. I bet it has double the capacity of a Laptop lunchbox.

Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring said...

Have you seen our Laptop Lunches 2.0 line? They're larger than our original line, and the Bento Buddies provide additional space and greater flexibility to pack a wider variety of foods. Could be a good option for him!

mrs. fuzz said...

Melissa- I've wondered how big the goodbyns are. I'vr seen the ones you've prepared and I'm wondering if the space is awkward for putting larger portions of food? I'd like to get one anyway for my daughter. I guess I could experiment. Thanks for the idea!

Amy and Tammy- I have a 2.0 box and sometimes is works but he always says he wants bigger portions. I guess because he eats 2 meals while on shift. I could give him 2 separate boxes I guess. . . :) I love your lunchboxes so much! Especially the alien one. Perfect for my 4 year old.

Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring said...

Thanks! While the alien might not thrill your husband as much as it does your son :) , we do have our Power Lunch carrying case, which can hold two meals, each packed in a Laptop Lunches bento set. That could be a viable option to add to your list.

mrs. fuzz said...

Amy and Tammy- now there's an idea! I will check it out. Thanks!

sherimiya said...

What is the volume of the set you're using? Lock & Lock also makes nice watertight boxes, with or without dividers, in all kinds of sizes. There's one that holds 3.6 cups, and comes with 4 removable containers.

http://www.organize.com/locklock2.html

FabuLeslie said...

The one I just got for myself is a Laptop Lunch 2.0 in berry blue, and it seems to work great for me. Of course, I'm only eating a 20 minute lunch, so that's different than what your hubby needs. I packed my first real bento tonight and snapped pics as promised. :) Will post in the morning before 6am. So glad you're showing grown-up ones! I hope to pack many many bentos in my future, but will need lots of inspiration.

Lisa E said...

Oh my goodness, MrsFuzz...I realize I'm incredibly late to the game (duh, Lisa), but you just saved my lunches. There is months of bento inspiration in here! You're my hero!