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The Mexican Bento Box recipe is being done in collaboration with Produce For Kids. All opinions are mine.
School is starting soon and we have to look for options to pack a for a better lunch for us and for our children. My mom was always very concerned about my lunch. She strived to provide me with a balanced meal when at school. Inspired on those old days in Mexico City, I decided to make a Mexican Bento Box for lunch.
This Mexican Bento Box includes a yummy “torta” made with turkey meat, black beans, lettuce, onion, crema fresca, and queso fresco. A side of veggies with fresh cucumber slices and jicama flowers. And a portion of seasonal strawberries. To fulfill the sweet tooth, a Mexican candy called “natilla”. Made with goat’s milk just like dulce de leche but a bit chewy.
In my opinion, you can have a nice lunch that includes ingredients from the different groups to satisfy the midday hunger while you incorporate your culture and those special treats you grew up enjoying. The kind of bento box I am using for packing this delicious Mexican Bento Box is called “Bentology”.
Mexican Bento Box for Lunch
- 5 pieces of jicama cut in flower shape can be replaced with carrots
- 1/4 piece of a whole grain baguette or bolillo can be replaced with ciabatta bread
- 1 teaspoon of crema mexicana
- 1 teaspoon of mashed black beans
- 2 slices of smoked turkey can be replaced with ham or an extra slice of queso fresco
- 1 slice of queso fresco can be replaced with avocado
- 1 round of purple onion
- 1 slice of tomato
- 1 lettuce leaf can be replaced with spinach
- 5 strawberries
- 6 slices of cucumber
- 1/2 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon of chamoy in powder or lime chile salt
- 1 piece of Natilla candy or a Gloria can be replaced with one piece of chocolate
- Prep the jicama by peeling and cutting using a pairing knife and a flower shape vegetable cutting device
- Cut the one cucumber in rounds and half of a lime. Place the cucumbers along with the jicama flowers and the lime in the veggie compartment box. On a small separate container add there the chamoy.
- Clean the strawberries and add them to the fruit compartment in the bento box.
- Prepare the torta cutting the bread in two halves. Then spread on one half the crema mexicana and on the other half the black beans. Add the turkey meat and the queso fresco. Finish with lettuce, tomato and purple onions. Close and include in the compartment intended for the protein.
- Include a napkin, a fork and the candy and close the bento box. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy the Mexican Bento Box with a full glass of water.
This box is super cool, it allows you to pack a healthier lunch and portion control. The best of all, is that now you can be the winner of this Bentology Box via Produce for Kids. Enter for a chance to win visiting this site > Bentology Box Giveaway.
Produce for Kids every year supports a program called “Power your Lunchbox“. This yearly campaign helps encouraging families and classrooms to pledge to eat healthier this school year. How neat is that!
To make it easier Produce for Kids site publishes recipes for you to get inspired to put together a better box for lunch for your family. By doing this you can take the pledge to power your lunchbox site and also purchasing products being supported by the program sponsors.
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For every pledge made, the sponsors are collectively donating $1 to Feeding America’s programs that benefit children and families. Get tips on how to pack your school bento box with Produce for Kids expert advice and pledge today.
Having a perfectly delicious lunch box is easy. My Mexican Bento Box was ready in less than 20 minutes. To save time you can prepare it the night before.
Happy Back to School I am sure you all are happy to go back to the normal routine.
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Anyone would enjoy this great lunch. I always use Bento boxes to make my children’s lunches for work.
My son would actually go nuts for this. Such a great idea and I love that it’s not a bunch of plastic baggies with food shoved in it!
I find bento boxes adorable and a Mexican inspired one is a total win! I think this is a great idea! It’s something that I want to try as well. Thanks for the lovely idea!
I wouldn’t mind preparing a Mexican bento for the family to enjoy. I think this looks amazing! You have a lot of great ideas for lunches and I could totally use them especially once school starts.
I would have loved boxes like this when I was in school. Things got mushy or too blended when I was waiting to eat it. Keeping everything separate sounds like such a good idea and having something that prevents it from being mushed up is even better.