We’ve had a change to our schedule with our little guy Evan recently starting developmental preschool 3 mornings per week. My wonderful husband, who has a bit more flexibility with his schedule that I, now waits for Evan to finish morning preschool before going to work. As a result he now gets home well after dinner time on those particular nights. Now add in the beginning of Little League season for my 12 year old and it has become evident to me that our dinner time schedule will need to be a little more casual on many nights. Which means a lot more simple! It doesn’t make sense after all to prepare a big family meal on nights when everyone is eating on a different schedule!
This was the first week I really shopped to our new schedule buying things that are meant to be eaten cold or that can be prepared in small portions or even individually portioned. The idea of simple dinner salads and sandwiches that can be thrown together quickly was the approach I decided to take. Given that the weather is finally warming up in these parts it is not a bad time to start eating lighter! These items can also be made in advance and easily packed if we have to run straight out to the baseball field!
Today’s Easylunchboxes container includes:
- Southwestern salad: sliced medley of tomatoes, spinach, arugula, chicken, blackbeans and corn (a southwestern salad dressing will be included)
- Plums, kiwi and green grapes
- salt & pepper bagel chips
If you are an avocado fan be sure to include some in your salad. Although I don’t hate avocado, I don’t really love it either! It would have been just perfect here however with a slice of lime! This will be great for dinner and of course lunch!
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Since my Lunchbots Cinco arrived I have been spoiling myself with fancy lunches! Now I’m not going to lie, clearly I enjoy packing lunch so “fancy” isn’t really a stretch for me! To be perfectly honest I find preparing food quite relaxing and it doesn’t take much to get me to kick it up a notch! It is a great creative distraction that gives me instant gratification.
Today’s gluten-free lunch contains:
- A salad of steamed asparagus, strawberries and feta cheese
- Orange and pink grapefruit wedges halved
- Celebration Medley Trail Mix by Second Nature (view allergen policies here)
- Perdue Honey Roasted Chicken Shortcuts
- Salad dressing pictured in Lunchbots Dips Condiment Container (chose your favorite)
How do you feel about packing lunch?
I am a definite fan of Lunchbots containers. As a matter of fact, I own 4 of these containers in various configurations. It would be 5 but unfortunately one of my sons lost a lunch one day and along with it my container. So when I discovered that Lunchbots recently released several new containers I thought, now is the time to make it 5 again. It is only fitting that it would be the Cinco, right? You bet I hopped online and ordered one!
Late last week I discovered the package by my garage door. I knew instantly what it was and could not wait to check it out! You see, I was just going crazy with curiosity to see the new larger containers! Now that I have had a chance to use it I am happy to report the 5 reasons I love the Lunchbots Cinco!
1. It is 60% bigger!
It is large, 60% larger than the previous Lunchbots containers! This lunchbox holds a lot! So whether you have a hearty appetite or are packing to sustain you throughout the day, this lunchbox will have you covered.
2. More compartments, more variety!
Five whole compartments! Your head will spin with all the thoughts of what you could pack! If you are or have a picky eater then the Cinco will do the job keeping everything separate! OR there are so many other things that extra compartment can be used for! Need an extra compartment to hold your dip or sauce container? Yep! Want to pack a cloth napkin? Yep! Want to pack a small treat? Yep! Condiment packages? Yep! Lunch box note? Yep!
3. It is still dishwasher safe!
The fully stainless steel container and lid can both go through the dishwasher cycle with no problem. This is awesome because none of us need another hand wash only item, right?
4. It is still made of durable, re-usable Stainless Steel!
You will be able to use this container endlessly! I can attest to the durability of the Lunchbots based upon my use of their other containers! The stainless steel also assures us that we need not be concerned about BPA or phthalates leaching into our food.
5. So stylish!
So grown-up but it works for kids too! For work, play or anywhere in between the Cinco is the perfect food companion. I think you could put just about anything in the shiny stainless steel compartments and it will look good!
NOTE: The Cinco is not watertight and is best used with dry foods unless you can assure the container stays upright!
What’s for lunch? The lunch pictured in this post contains:
- Caprese salad with just a splash of olive oil and balsamic
- Boneless BBQ Chicken on spinach (yes, we eat it cold)
- Cucumber slices
- Minneola Orange wedges
- Pecan and dried fruit mix
Finally do note that although I have been fortunate to work with Lunchbots in past times, I purchased this container at the full retail of $27.99. I know it will be worth every penny! All opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated in any way for this post!