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South of the Border Bento

Love sending Bento boxes but hate the time consuming preparation? Here’s a bento that comes together in a snap.

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Bento Tutorial – Easy Bell Pepper Cut Outs

make ahead bento ideas

Sure, bento lunches can be time-consuming and entirely too complicated, but they can also be adorable and simple like this beautiful Mexican-inspired box above with South of the Border Black Bean and Veggie Salad. These bell pepper flowers are a great way to add some cute visual interest to lunch time, and they only take a minute or two to make (seriously). You just need some cute cutters like these Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters.

South of the Border Black Bean & Veggie Salad

make ahead lunch ideas

Want to know a great way to have delicious lunches? Make a monster huge batch of salad at the beginning of the week. I love making chilled pasta salads with whatever vegetables we have, but this week I wanted to try something different. This chilled salad is full of rainbow colored vegetables, and it’s packed with flavor from honey, lime, cilantro, cumin, and garlic.

I put it in a Bento lunch with some leftover quesadilla and pineapple, but you could eat it over greens, brown rice, quinoa – whatever floats your boat.

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Baby’s First Green Beans

A few weeks ago, I got a picture of homemade baby food from my cousin with an accompanying plea-for-help phone call about a bizarre texture issue. Store-bought jars of baby food are super heated and whipped with industrial machines to that get a velvety smooth consistency, something that most homemade baby food just can’t compete with. Some foods – like poultry and green beans, in particular  – simply will not get a super smooth texture unless you really work for it or just cook them to death. My poor cousin had combined both chicken and green beans and wondered why they wouldn’t purée nicely for his baby.

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Kitchen Remodel Part 1: The Appliances from Hell

We bought a house last year. Our inspection seemed thorough, but apparently the guy missed a big problem: The Appliance Curse. I seriously love our house, but I’m fairly convinced our appliances are possessed.

The refrigerator is stainless steel and pretty – it even has a digital display that tells us how cold it actually is inside. This comes in handy when it gets bored and decides to see how close it can come to breaking me by going up to 57 degrees. You know, just for kicks. It finds this behavior particularly enjoyable if I’ve just been to the supermarket or am hosting a big party. The freezer, not to be outdone, occasionally decides that he is capable of so much more than holding zero degrees and decides to become a sub-zero for a few hours.