Bento Box Chicken Taco

By now, we’re  all settled into our school year routines, along with entering Fall sports. With have busy schedules, meal prepping for the family is definietly needed, along side with having school lunches prepped! I would humbly say, I’ve been in the game of preparing school lunches for the past 10 years. Definietly a guru. I’ve learned a lot along the way, attempted Pinterest ideas, some worked, some didn’t work, but at the end of the day, it’s your children who go to school with these lunches, and returning them back home, and you wondering if they finished it all or not.

Well…..I’d love to share one easy idea using Daiso Japan’s Bento Box containers for my kids lunches. Let’s start shall we?

First off, the bento box. A bento is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box. Being Asian-American, I was raised seeing my parents preparing their lunches for work the evening before. Rice, meat, veggies, all put in a tupperware/bento box like container.

If you’re not sure what Daiso Japan is,  “the Japanese dollar store,” but their cute, “kawaii” designs make everything in their retailer different from the normal dollar general retailer. From stationary, health & beauty, Japanese products, to kitchen & dining. Enter at your own risk, as Daiso may surprise you!!

What You’ll Need From Daiso:

  1. Food Container, with removable lid.
  2. Silicone Muffin Cups (Various sizes)
  3. Utensils
  4. Velcro Belt (Optional)

As a parent who was raised around immigrant parents,  I’ve come around to more of an American-style approach to the bento-box like container. Skipping the entire “PB & J,” route, well…Because I’m Asian (Filipino) naturally, and my kids prefer more of a savory meal at school. Here’s some of the most easiest bento box meals I’ve prepped for my kids.

Chicken Taco Bento Box

Ingredients:
All ingredients can be purchase at any local grocery store. | Links Provided |

  • Tortilla Chip Cups
    Tostito’s Scoops | HERE |
  • Mexican Style Taco Shredded Cheese
    Kraft Mexican Style Taco Shredded Cheese | Or Mexican Four Cheese | HERE |
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Cooked/Chopped Chicken
    For time saver option, purchase a rotisserie chicken and shred!

Directions:

  1. Using Silicone Muffin Cups from Daiso, place ingredients into each cup and place within the bento box.
  2. Add in slice of fruit, and tuck in in between the cups.
  3. Heat chicken in microwave morning of (30-45secs)

SUPER EASY right?! Since the ingredients provide so much, you can serve this meal all week, or for the rest of your children to take to school!! Pack ingredients in small containers/zip lock baggies, and store in fridge. All ready for night-before-prep!! Enjoy

 

100 Yen Japanese Buys

Earlier this week I visited San Francisco’s Japantown with my family who came to visit from Fresno. Japantown is a neighborhood in the Western Addition district of San Francisco, and is about six square city blocks. It’s a great place to shop, enjoy small boutique shops, small eateries, and just indulge in Japanese culture. Since we came on a weekday, there wasn’t as many tourists as there would be on a weekend. And trust me, this place could be like Disneyland, with all the foot traffic they can get.

We first visited our favorite Japanese store Daiso. Being the from Bay Area, this is a very popular Japanese Dollar Store, also called 100-yen store. I was laughing at my mom and Aunt because, my parents have a huge Daiso just a few minutes away from their house. But their justification was that the SF location was better. Of course, I couldn’t protest against that.

Like always, in every  department store I find myself in the stationary/office accessories aisle. I’m a huge collector of note pads, journals, pencils, colored pens, and anything you could contain and organized those tools in. I’m such a huge impulse buyer on containers, or zip up pencil bags – its pretty ridiculous. If you’re familiar with Daiso, you might already know that they have an extensive selection on stationary articles; and not only that, in Daiso everything is $1.50!!! So I’m definitely in stationary heaven.

Daiso Haul

Daiso has every kind of supplies. I love it. I could find almost everything I use, I can buy at Daiso. If you are a huge fan of the DollarTree or 99Cents Store, you’re going to love Daiso. Not only that, they carry many items from home kitchen tools, car supplies, garden tools, to gift wrap boxes, to false lashes!! So if that sounds amazing it is!!! I never ever walk into a CVS or Wallgreens ever, because of the crazy variety that Daiso offers. It’s definitely you’re convenient dollar store!

Pens

I said, I’m a huge fan of stationary office supplies. I seriously geek off on this type of stuff. Especially if its dirt cheap!

Wet QTips

Wet Cotton Bud Q-Tips

One of my favorite items I always get from Daiso, are these wet cotton bed q-tips. They are individual packed cotton q-tips, that are wet. I find these wet cotton buds really useful when I travel and also at the gym as I’m doing my make up. They help me clean up my cat-eye eye liner look as I do my make-up every morning. Seriously, so helpful.  It beats taking my dry regular qtip and walking from the make-up vanity to the restroom sink.Musubi Maker

Musubi Maker

My last and final awesome buy I purchased from Daiso, is the fabulous Musubi Maker. If you’re accustomed to Hawaiian BBQ, this popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori dried seaweed in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.

I’ve purchased a musubi maker before from Japantown,but only preps one serving. This musubi maker can create two!!! This musubi maker helps achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort!! Seriously folks, finding this musubi maker is gold in my eyes. I’ve been struggling with finding the perfect heavy snack to provide for the boys during the baseball practice hour. This mold will help me solve that problem. Stay tuned for me spam musubi tutorial within the next week or two!

So that’s it! My Daiso haul. I typically go to Daiso a few times a month, but always for the same things. Re-stocking in false lashes, getting a few Asian snacks for the boys, or when I have the itch for some new office supplies. What are your favorite items to buy at Daiso? Let me know!!

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