Monday, August 25, 2014
Bento for Baby 31: Whole Wheat Biscuits and Hoppin' John
Baby Girl had another new item for breakfast on this day - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on mini whole wheat biscuits. She also had some blueberries in the green silicone cup. I made and froze a large batch of biscuits from a recipe on the 100 Days of Real Food blog. They freeze really well and are great for quick breakfasts and lunches. You may notice I used the previously prohibited peanut butter in her little sandwiches. The rules have changed this year, so I can now include nuts in Baby Girl's bentos! Most of her bentos will probably still be nut free, but it's nice to not have the restriction any longer. I have been getting the freshly ground peanut butter that is just organic roasted peanuts (no added sugars or palm oil) at our local Earth Fare. It is so delicious, I have no idea why I've been buying jarred peanut butter all these years, especially since it is the same price. For the jelly I also use the Earth Fare brand organic raspberry conserves.
For the lunch portion of her bento Baby Girl had some leftover Hoppin' John (Black-Eyed Peas and Rice) from our dinner the night before in the red silicone cup. Also included in her lunch were some fresh green beans, half a pear and some organic cheddar cheese cubes. The hoppin' john is a really delicious recipe from Saveur Magazine that we make fairly often. We use the fresh field peas we get with our CSA share in place of canned black-eyed peas and brown jasmine rice in place of white rice. Using brown rice adds 10 -15 more minutes to the cooking time in the oven. Also, since we are usually using fresh field peas instead of canned, we put them in the pot at the same time as the rice and cook them at the same time. Baby Girl and her parents really enjoy this recipe.
This day's food was packed into the small two level tiffin that I picked up on clearance at World Market. I love this box, it's a great way to pack two toddler-sized meals into one compact container, the depth is just right so that the food in the silicone cups doesn't spill if the container gets tossed around and Baby Girl can open it easily by herself. I will be sad if this ever breaks or gets lost. But, there does look to be a similar container available on Amazon, although it is about 4x the cost of my little clearance box: