Since I started the concept with desert let's start by posting about it. I was kicking around the idea of making a creme brulee for my eaters. Two obstacles around that idea . First, glycemicly or health friendly? I don't think so. Two is the logistics of packing. I'd have to pack in six ramekins, not a big deal I suppose, but I need to keep transport easy for my wife. So I settled on another idea: Banana Brulee, I just broke out the torch and got to work. Instead of ice cream, I went with vanilla yogurt as a topping. It all sounded good in theory, but in practice it turns out the yogurt softened the sugar. Everyone still loved it, but I think next time pack the yogurt in a little cup or something.
For the sides, I wanted to make this a really color ful box, so I went with this great corn and black bean salad. Mixed in a bit of vinegar and some spices and this was a light and tasty side. I loved the texture and flavors so much, I made extra so I could keep some for myself.
Keeping with the light and colorful, I put together a quick mixed green salad with pear and ginger vinaigrette. Nothing remarkable to say about this one. I had some spare pear and ginger vinegar so I figured I could lighten up the pantry a bit.
I really needed to cut down my bento creation times as much as possible, hence the easy menu items. Well, this pork tenderloin with mango mojo is no different. Picked up a marinated pork tenderloin and whizzed together a mango mojo. Packing wise, at the last second I found that the mojo leaked and would ruin desert, and the yogurt had the potential to wreak the pork. So I had to make make shift divider as my fake grass wasn't cutting it. Anyhow, this dish was a major hit with my eaters.
Although it looked like I broke my $6 per box limit, I surprisingly didn't. Staying in budget is important to me, as creating so many lunches it gets pretty costly if I oven run the food costs. As to presentation, I really enjoyed making this box, I loved the color it provided and I hope it gave you some pleasant visuals.
Welcome again to my new visitors, I hope you return soon. Bookmark, tell your friends! I promise to keep posting! I have one more box to post, but the new year comes soon and with it more boxes. In the meantime I have some tools and more 'yammering' that I can post. Stay tuned!
Contents of box
- Pork tenderloin with mango mojo
- Mixed green salad with Pear Ginger vinaigrette
- Corn and black bean salad
- Banana brulee with yogurt and blueberries