Hello amigos! Today is a really exciting day on the blog because we are introducing one of my new favorite series…*drumroll* our monthly bento box! Working at a preschool has gotten me really into the nostalgia of packing a “real” lunch. Seeing the kids adorable heart shaped sandwiches and homemade snacks has got me feeling like my lunches might be a little lackluster. Typically when it comes to lunches I am either rushing to stuff leftovers into a tupperware container, or I am hastily slapping together a PB&J. It is not exactly a pretty picture and I must say that it is not something I get excited about eating when noon rolls around.
But that is where PlanetBox comes in to save the day! PlanetBox is an amazing eco-friendly company that creates multiple varieties stainless steel bento boxes for both children and adults. The Rover box is shown here, it is perfect for holding a variety of lunch items, but in grown up portions (it holds 4.5 cups of food total). They are also super fun and come with the option to add customizable removable magnets to jazz them up a bit (see below image). I am a huge pop art fan so I opted for the Andy Warhol-esque theme on my box.
All of their bento boxes are non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead free. Their boxes also come with a five year warranty and are super durable (supposedly they have even been known to survive being thrown off of school buses, though I don’t recommend testing that out)! And don’t forget that using a lunchbox everyday saves on waste in sooo many ways. Packing a box means no eating out and wasting plastic utensils (which never break down by the way), but it also means no ziploc bags, no prepackaged chips, and no throwing out food because you have nothing to store it in. But the best part? They are dishwasher safe! Can I get an amen?!
For this month’s lunch, I decided to go for something hearty and filling to beat the winter blehs. I made myself a delicious hummus bagel creation (see recipe below), and threw in plenty of fruits and veggies to stay full, as well as a yummy black bean brownie that I made using this recipe from last back. It was super filling, super fun and definitely something that I looked forward to eating when lunchtime came along.
So what goes on my famous and filling, vegan lunchtime bagel? First I slather some hummus on one half of the bagel. On the other half I spread a generous amount of avocado mash. Then I spread some olive tapenade on top of that and throw in some broccoli sprouts. The final touch? A dash of hot sauce and some fresh cracked garlic salt. Can you say yummmmmm?