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

 

My YumBox

I’m a huge supporter of entrepreneurs. Especially those who are stay at home moms using their creative skill and talent and making a name for themselves!!! And I’m taking about small Etsy/Homemaker/Handcrafter kind pf business. I love those creative entrepreneurs! Over the holiday break I ordered custom hand lettered stickers from Krystal Hays of Pen To Paper. I had just ordered two Yumbox’s for my boys school lunches, and started following them on Instagram. I spotted a post of featuring Pen To Paper of custom hand lettered name sticker placed on a magenta Yumbox. After seeing that post, I needed to order one of my own!!! I’m a fan of hand lettering and classic calligraphy. I’ve dabbled my way through it, but never really fully took a full swing of consistently creating pieces of art with it.

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When I saw Krystal’s hand lettered Yumbox sticker, I literally squealed! Using handwriting calligraphy and applying it to another medium of digital cut stickers is awesome!! I love the the two ideas mixed! Of course, we are all used to the beautiful handwritten wedding invitations, escort cards, holiday prints and other paper and pen basics, but this?! I LOVE. I love different. I love mixed mediums.

I was in between ordering each of my boys names, but knowing that my boys will grow out of the Yumbox stage, and perhaps be embarrassed that their name will be on a lunchbox, I’ll save them the trouble. (Cool mom?) Anywho, I went with the boys last names just to make things easier. (I may have over thought it through, but I’m went for it!) And look how amazing they turned out!!

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You can check out Pen To Paper’s online store HERE.

Interested in a Yumbox?

It’s the perfect gift for the littles, or anyone who loves packing their lunch! Check out a store near you for a Yumbox or online!

YumboxLunch online store.

 

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I get giddy when people repost my posts. Hehehe.

What a great start to the new year!

 

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