Yumbox Christmas Bento

Christmas is a fantastic excuse to indulge in fun foods.  Often this means lots of sugar and junk but some of our top lunchbox packers have been sharing their Christmas creations to prove that healthy food can be just as fun!  

These lunches are also a great way to treat allergy sufferers who can't always partake in the standard Christmas treats.

Here are just a few of the fabulous ‪#‎Christmas‬ ‪#‎Yumbox‬ lunches that have been shared on instagram over the past few days - please keep them coming...


Credit to the following creators:
The Lunchbox Queen
Turk & Bean
Bento Ninja
@amyzempilas
@mummhaleigh
Star's Kitchen
@valeriezalzouli 
@betsyledweaning
@becomingabentoholic 
@psychygrif 
@the_lunchbox_queen
@tnzanite

Homemade Date and Walnut Cereal Bars courtesy of BLWMamaUK

Yumbox has a huge following of parents who find it the perfect container for BabyLedWeaning.  Luckily for us they regularly share their creations on instagram.  One of our favourite to follow is @BLWMamaUK who is a true inspiration for feeing her baby nutritionally balanced, fun, lunches.

We had to share this fabulous recipe she posted for homemade cereal bars (perfect for your grain section of the Yumbox).  They are easy to make and are popular not just with babies but with bigger kids too (and even in the odd adult if we are honest!)


To make these...

INGREDIENTS:
5 Medjool dates (I used organic ones)
70g walnuts
25g sultanas
70g porridge oats
15g dessicated coconut
1 beaten egg
Coconut oil or unsalted butter for greasing the baking tray

METHOD:
1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and grease very lightly with coconut oil.
2. Finely blend the nuts then tip them into a large glass bowl. Add the sultanas, coconut, and porridge oats then stir.
3. Blend the dates into a sticky paste - throw in a handful or two of oats if they start to gum up the blender like mine did.
4. Put the dates into the bowl then using a thumb and forefinger, rub them into the oat mixture as if you were making crumble. Continue until the dates are distributed evenly into the mixture.
5. Stir in the beaten egg.
6. Press the mixture onto the baking tray in a rectangular shape about 2-3cm thick.
7. Bake for 15 minutes at Gas 5, ensuring the egg is cooked.
8. While still warm, slice into finger shapes with a sharp knife. I used a pizza cutter which was the perfect tool for the job.
9. When cooled, peel the cereal bars carefully off the greaseproof paper. I will keep mine for a few days in a sealed Tupperware container... if they last that long!
 

To see more recipes and inspiration from @BLWMAMAUK check out her blog here

Chorizo Cous Cous

I'm always on the hunt for alternatives to bread to put in my Yumbox as a grain.  When we had this cous cous at a friends BBQ the other night I knew it would be perfect to make at home.  A great recipe for a summer dinner and fantastic as leftovers in your Yumbox the next day!

Chorizo Cous Cous in the Pink Lemonade Yumbox Classic

Ingredients

  • 250g plain cous cous
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • 200g chorizo (chopped small)
  • 1 chopped red onion  (chopped small)
  • 1 x orange pepper (chopped small)
  • 1 x yellow pepper  (chopped small)
  • 2 x cloves of garlic (finely sliced)
  • a small bunch of chopped (fine) mint 
  • a small bunch of chopped (fine) basil
  • a small jar of black olives (pip removed and chopped in half)
  • a glug of olive oil
  • the juice of a lemon
  • salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Place the chopped chorizo, garlic  and onion in a frying pan and fry until softening
  2. Add peppers and and continue to fry until softened
  3. Place cous cous into a large bowl and pour over stock and the olive oil, cover with a plate / clingfilm and leave to stand for 5 minutes
  4. Fluff the cous cous with a fork and stir in all other ingredients, garnish with mint

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches - perfect for the Classic Yumbox

We often get asked it is possible to fit a sandwich into the Yumbox Classic - the answer is most definitely 'Yes'! 

In order to demonstrate this I have used a whole sandwich (you might only want to do half) made from a Kingsmill full size, medium sliced, loaf.  I have kept the crusts on (which makes it a tighter fit), but if you choose to remove them you have even more space.

The example shown has cheese, ham and salad sandwiches in it, but you might want to try some other fillers from our list below, or (if your family have a fabulous filler of their own) why not share it with us on social media? #Yumbox

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches in the Classic Yumbox

Filling ideas for 'Afternoon Tea Sandwiches' 

  • Smoked Salmon and Cress
  • Brie and rocket
  • Camembert and cranberry chutney
  • Cheddar with apple slices
  • Cucumber with mint and cream cheese
  • Hummus with grated carrot and raisins
  • Goats cheese and Watercress
  • Roast beef and horseradish
  • Prawns with rocket, chilli and lime
  • Falafel, hummus and roasted vegetables
  • Bacon lettuce & tomato
  • Coronation chicken
  • Tuna, mayonnaise and sweetcorn
  • Chicken, Bacon, sweetcorn and mayonnaise
  • Parma Ham, asparagus tips and cream cheese 
  • Grated cheese mixed with chutney
  • Avocado and tomato
  • Radish and cream cheese
  • Egg mayonnaise with rocket
  • Prawns with lemon mayonnaise, cucumber and rocket
  • Cream cheese with pineapple and chopped walnuts