Lunch in our house is usually a pretty boring meal. Whilst we are sometimes adventurous with our evening meals, lunchtime is usually a bog standard sandwich affair. The kids take packed lunches, usually consisting of a sandwich (normally chicken or ham), a piece of fruit, a ‘snacky’ item, such as mini sausage rolls, scotch eggs or cocktail sausages, and a treat item. Benjamin pretty much has the same at home but on a plate.
I’ve really wanted to try and make things a little bit more interesting for a while, especially for Benjamin. The other two get to eat their lunches out of their funky Smiggle lunch bags with their friends, whilst poor Ben gets mummy and a plate. So, when Sous Chef asked me if I wanted to review one of their bento boxes and sandwich cutters, I knew this was a chance to up my lunch game.
We were sent one of the classic 5 compartment oblong bento box, worth £28.50 and mini sandwich cutter and stamp worth £7.50. When they came, I was surprised how big the bento box was (the dimensions are listed on the website though!). It’s not one you would send to school or take to work as a lunchbox! It’s also worth noting that the lid just rests on it, rather than clips onto it, so it’s not something you could really take out and about with you, which would have been handy.
All that aside, though, we absolutely love it! Whilst we don’t go full on bento style – I just don’t have the imagination – it’s nice for Ben to have his lunch presented in a more interesting way, and I’ve found that he is eating more. I pop everything in his box, pop it on the table or floor next to him and he picks at it. Sometimes he eats his fruit or his biscuits before he eats his sandwich, but I’ve realised as long as he eats it, I don’t really care what order it happens!
We’re also planning on trying Alex with it for his dinner times – he’s a very fussy eating and we are hoping that he might be a bit more open to trying things if they are presented a bit differently.
I’m afraid I couldn’t get on very well with the sandwich stamps and cutters though. I found that more often than not they mangled the bread a little – but we do use the super thick toastie bread so that may be why – and they didn’t really look like what they were supposed to. However, someone with more finesse and not quite as heavy-handed as me might be more successful.
If you want to have a go at creating a bento box, whether it’s for one of your kids or even yourself, visit the Sous Chef website – they have a huge range of bento boxes in all sorts of designs. You can also try your luck and enter the giveaway below to win a £30 voucher to spend on the website. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.
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