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Mac and Cheese Bento (505)

Yesterday after school, I had the experience of waking Baby Girl from a car nap to go buy eggs and strawberries at Costco. It was all fun and games, really. First, we played “Dead Weight” in the car. After I finally managed to pull her out as she kicked me in the thighs, we played “Scream Bloody Murder” as she sat in the wagon. After I gave a couple of “No really, I didn’t lay a hand on her” looks to people, we made it into the warehouse with my nerves finally calming down.

As we cruised the aisles, I saw a box of Easy Mac, which I’d never tried before, but when I asked Baby Girl if she wanted it, she immediately perked up. While mac & cheese may not be the healthiest meal around, at least she eats it. Lately it’s getting harder and harder to get anything into her that isn’t fruits, snacks, or candy. She also suddenly hates rice for some reason!

Mac and Cheese Bento

As you can see, I tried to sneak some meat in by making a turkey hot dog flower. She says she gave it to her cousin. Foiled again! In the larger container there are 3 strawberries cut in half, then a snack of vanilla and chocolate goldfish. Maki had asked for some for her boys, but before I could pack it up my little rodents found them and opened them, so I had to go buy more. The strawberries were a bit sour, so I sprinkled a bit of sugar on them.

I packed it in the Zojirushi Mini Bento that I mentioned last week. If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you enter my Zojirushi Mini Bento Giveaway!

By the way, Easy Mac is full of win. It uses like 3x less dishes than a box of mac & cheese!

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  • Yum, I’m getting hungry looking at your mac and cheese bento. I haven’t made easy mac and cheese in awhile. That turkey hot dog flower is creative. And strawberries! My favorite fruit 😀

  • I really need to get a nice thermal bento, my girl likes soup. Well, usually she does. I have a picky eater myself, but I have noticed her eating more different types of food lately. She still drives me nuts, but it is slowly getting better. She is 13, LOL.

  • Not gonna lie, it makes me feel better than someone else also packs mac & cheese with turkey dogs! I like the idea of using the turkey dogs to make a flower though – I just would not have thought of that.

  • Ah yes, I know those games very well, my 3 year old is an expert..lol I buy the Easy Mac for those days I just do not have enough time to make regular mac n cheese, my girls really like it. Love those containers!!

  • Polina

    this is a really nice bento.. makes me hungry…
    On the other hand, can you PLEASEE make a CHEBURASHKA BENTO?! i love cheburashka from the russian cartoons, and i believe it is popular in japan as well. so please *puppy-dog eyes*

  • Kidlet loves easy mac but I have to hide it because he will eat more than one in a sitting! Everything looks tasty in the cute new bento 😀

  • Kainase

    Hi Pikko,

    My friend’s birthday is coming up, and she just started getting into bento-making herself. I’d like to add a box to her budding collection, but I don’t know of many stores around my area. Do you recommend ordering them online? If so, do you have any recommendations/websites? I think she is more interested smaller, colourful and cute ones. If there are any which can store soup, that’d be a big plus as I think she’d love that. Thanks!

  • I would cut up the meat in smaller pieces and mix them in with the mac and cheese. It’s harder for them to pick them out. Mac and cheese is also perfect hiding spot for carrot puree, you can either cook the carrot until super soft then put it in the food processor add in a few drops of lemon juice, or just use carrot baby food. The cheese has such intense flavor and smell that when you throw in the carrot puree (which is the same color), they won’t know there’s veggies in it! Got the idea from Sneaky Chef by Missy Lapine. 🙂