Category: LUNCH BOX

Lunch Box: Yubu Chobap (Inarizushi)

Lunch Box: Yubu Chobap (Inarizushi)

Lunch Box: Yubu Chobap (Inarizushi)

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

Lunch Box: Stuffed Bread

These are perfect, obviously, for lunch boxes for school or work, but also fantastic to take on trips, potlucks, and picnics.

Lunch Box: Oven-Baked Panko Chicken

Lunch Box: Oven-Baked Panko Chicken

Lunch Box: Baked Panko Chicken

SCHOOOOOLLLL!!! Is starting tomorrow for us!!! Don’t know if I hate it, or like it…HA!!! Who am I kidding? I love it!!! Doing my happy dances all day…


I know I will miss our mornings soon, but as far as of right this moment, it is a happy day indeed for “moi”…

Like I said before I started planning and testing recipes with my kids. So far it’s been good, and they loved each of them. This one was a winner today, so I thought to post it.

My daughter, Anna loves when I make funny faces for her lunch boxes, and I’m planning to post soon something more for boys.

Lunch Box: Baked Panko Chicken


My oldest one loves these, but he would never ever take it to school. Instead, I mix rice and peas, with few sprinkles of toasted sesame seeds and drizzle of sesame oil and he is a happy camper.

That’s when they step into the teenage stage…nothing cute could be offered!!! 

Again, I have to say that you DO NOT have to make the same exact lunch box. I started with this to inspire and motivate others to start, because school lunches are…ahhh~ how to put it, hm! Well, they are pretty disgusting!

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There, I said it again out loud! But it’s the truth, and I get so mad at myself when I don’t make a lunch box for them. Usually, I bring later to school and around lunch time, if I forgot to prepare night before.

I guess I can say that I am lucky one that can work on her own pace, so I do always have time to enjoy lunchtime with kids at school.

Lunch Box: Baked Panko Chicken


Q: What Box is safe for me and my child?
A: Look for the boxes that have clear written label that they are BPA FREE just in case if they are plastic- BPA stands for bisphenol. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.


Seeking out BPA-free products may not always be easy to do. Some manufacturers do label their products as BPA-free, but some do not. If a product isn’t labeled, keep in mind that most aluminum cans or bottles have linings that contain BPA, while steel bottles or can do not. Polycarbonate plastic is generally hard, clear, lightweight plastic. It often has the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. (source Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.from Mayo-clinic)

◾ When you are making food at night for the next day lunch boxes make sure about the box like mentioned above. Always preheat food after taking it out of the fridge, let it cool down a bit then close the lid. 

◾ IF you are using seasoned PANKO bread crumbs, be careful how much seasoning/salt you are using on chicken. If your breadcrumbs are plain to make sure to season it. TASTE and see!!! 

◾ For this, I used long grain rice, but it is best if you use short grain premium rice. The best results.

Lunch Box: Baked Panko Chicken

Lunch Box: Oven-Baked Panko Chicken

For 2 Lunch Boxes
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp. Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cup Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/3 tsp. Chili Flakes *optional
  • 1 Tbsp. heaping Grated Parmesan
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1-2 Eggs
  • Salt or another seasoning just a sprinkle

Other ingredients used:

  • A dip of your choice ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc.
  • 1 Cup Cooked Rice for each lunch box -for the facial features: seaweed  bologna, eng. cucumber skin, toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 cup of cooked Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes cherry
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelon/Blueberry or any other fruit

Instructions

  1. few minutes, until golden on medium temperature. Set aside.
  2. Cut chicken into long thin strips; season it just a little with salt or any other seasoning that you like(I used about few pinches of Kick’s Chicken® Seasoning on all)
  3. Mix eggs and dip each chicken strip into mixed eggs. You can also dip on all sides into all-purpose flour (if you desire) before dipping it into mixed eggs, but I skipped that part -you are more than welcome to do it.
  4. After dipping into mixed eggs, roll the chicken strip into the toasted breadcrumbs. It should be coded on all sides.
  5. Place chicken into well greased baking pan/nonstick baking pan/or lined with parchment paper.
  6. Place a baking pan into a fridge for 15 minutes or 10 minutes into a freezer. (it could be also in the freezer overnight, just make sure to place it in airtight ‘freezer’ safe container)
  7. Preheat the oven on 350°F-375°F-depending on your oven (180°C-190°C/4-5 Gas)
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until food/chicken thermometer reads 160-170°F (according to by food safety.gov)
  9. Take it out and cover with a paper kitchen towel until ready to be packed. Also, it could be placed in a container with a fitted lid, and in the fridge after it has been cooled down.

Recipe Notes

  • For the rice apple face, I had molds but you can use any mold if you have it, or you could make a rice ball too. For the facial features, I used dry seaweed for the eyes, bologna for the cheeks, and nose. Tomato for the lips.
  • Toasted sesame seeds for the freckles. For more tips on how to make rice for fun decorative bentos CLICK HERE
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Lunch Box: Biscuit Deli Turkey Sandwiches

Lunch Box: Biscuit Deli Turkey Sandwiches

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Spicy Tuna Salad

Spicy Tuna Salad

When I looked through my kitchen window this morning as coffee was dripping down in my mug, I thought it’s going to rain. Gray clouds surrender the sky and it was rather dark but pretty enjoyable to just sit and look at the birds flying around and making beautiful noises. I usually go outside with…

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Bulgogi is “ONE” of my favorite Korean dishes. It is really hard for me to pick a favorite among many tasty dishes to pick one. However, my love for grilled food is well known.

Even when I am fullest I will still eat it, or at least taste it! 
I get quite a few requests not only for bulgogi but for other Korean dishes too. Since the last request was just a few days ago, I thought to actually make one of a popular fusion kind of sandwiches that includes bulgogi. 

Bulgogi is available in all Korean restaurants, however, it is also very simple to make at home, too. Bulgogi in literal translation means “bul” fire and “gogi” meat, so it refers to “cooking the meat on fire” or “over open flames”. It is, of course, cooking technique or better-said barbecue.

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich Recipe

It has a very long history. Originally, bulgogi was known as “maekjeok“, meaning that the beef being grilled on a skewer. “Neo-biani”, meaning “thinly spread” meat and was traditionally prepared especially for the wealthy and the nobility class.

One of the things that I love is learning about history and food from many different countries. Now, I know history can be rewritten, but when it comes to food, usually it is carried from generation to generation.

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Many of you know that bulgogi is eaten with leafy veggies, rice and/or other side dishes (banchan), but it also depends on how you prefer to eat it. This was...

How to put this into the words? This sandwich you would not believe how good it is. I am still drooling! Beef is marinated for a couple of hours, but you got to marinade for at least an hour to get that nice flavor. It actually crosses between sweet and savory.

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich Recipe

Bulgogi is one of those non-spicy Korean traditional recipes. Once you start to pan fry it or grill it all the flavors that beef was soaking comes out, and the taste is spectacular. Beef becomes tender and so delicious. 

My family goes nuts over it, and it is a “must make” when we grill. We have a pretty big man-made fire pit, so I use my trusty old saute pan to make bulgogi in it.

Yes, you can make this on your stovetop in the house, but man when the smoke from the charcoal fire surrounded that pan and beef started to sizzle. It sure was amazingly delicious, I think I can still smell it.

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich Recipe
Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich Recipe

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Course Brunch, LUNCH BOX, Main Course, Party Food
Cuisine American, Italian, Korean
Keyword sandwish, beef, asian, korean,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade for at least 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • Ciabatta Rolls/Bread
  • 1 Lb. Beef Tenderloin rib-eye steak or top sirloin

Marinade:

  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp. Ginger minced
  • 5 garlic cloves 5 smaller ones or 3 bigger cloves
  • 1/2 Carrot
  • 1/2 cup 7 up or 1/2 Asian Pear peeled
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Soy Sauce Or to taste
  • 2 Green Onions/scallions
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • Handful julienned Carrots*optional

*Topping options:

  • Sauteed/grilled Onion/scallions
  • Grilled garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers

Instructions

  1. In a food processor place onion, ginger, garlic cloves, carrot, and 7 up or 1/2 Asian Pear (it is acting as a meat tenderizer), process until pureed.
  2. Take a beef tenderloin that is slightly frozen and cut into thin bite-size slices or you can use already pre-cut meat that is thinly sliced. (read note)
  3. In a large bowl or container place meat, then add puree, sugar, soy sauce, sliced scallions, ground black pepper, sesame oil and a handful of julienned carrots (optional). Mix everything together so marinade could code each slice of beef; cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for an hour or more. You can use less soy sauce and add salt to taste, instead.

  4. Preheat the grill or lightly oiled/greased saute pan or skillet and add beef slices. Cook until meat is no longer pink and it starts to sizzle and juices are almost gone.

  5. 5 minutes before beef is done I like to add more garlic, scallions and onion slices, sometimes mushrooms too.
  6. You can serve it with rice and vegetables (side dishes) or place it in the toasted Ciabatta bread like I did today, add other sauteed/grilled vegetables, lettuce together with the beef and top it with cheese and other condiments if you desire.

Recipe Notes

You can place beef to marinade in the fridge overnight. I like to do it at least an hour in advance, but the more is marinating, meat becomes more tender. I have done overnight before! I used Beef Tenderloin today, but The best beef for this is rib-eye steak or top sirloin. Of course, you may use any cut but you will know the difference if you make it with ribeye steak because fat is where a lot of the distinctive flavor of beef comes from, making ribeye one of the richest, beefiest cut available. You may also find it already precut beef in the Korean or Asian market “for bulgogi”. If you do not want to use 7 Up or Asian Pear then add 1-2 Tbs. (more) of Sugar. Both 7 up and Asian pear not only make beef tender but also gives sweetness, if you omit you have to add sugar or even honey if you desire.

Lunch Box: Spaghetti with Beef Sauce

Lunch Box: Spaghetti with Beef Sauce

Lunch Box: Spaghetti with Beef Sauce

Lunch Box: Rice Mukimame Chicken Wings

Lunch Box: Rice Mukimame Chicken Wings

Lunch Box Rice Mukimame Chicken Wings 

Lunch Box: Ham sandwich with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Lunch Box: Ham sandwich with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Lunch Box Ham sandwich with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

This lunch box series making me happy and the reason why, because I can give you an idea of how simple it is to put one lunch box…correction one ‘happy’ lunch box together. 


I had a chance to observe for over 5 months of school lunches, but to be more precisely what kids would eat, and how they eat while in school. For that reason, I will not stop posting lunch box ideas.

You already know how important healthy food is for our growing kids, but I want also to be a reminder that you can take time to make a lunch for your kid -If I can do it for my three kids than you can do it too.


I am astonished how disgusting cafeteria food is, and I have been for quite some time. I have to tell you that what you know about school food is all true, nothing changed. I don’t blame school, principle, teachers or even lunch ladies, but the board of education who are feeding our kids nothing but crap.

Food is processed and most of it is pure junk. Hell, I would say that McDonald’s is much healthier than public school cafeteria food that our children eat on a daily bases. Yes, you get one serving of fruit, and two servings of veggies but the rest is sugar, fat, canned food and processed garbage meat. 

Lunch Box Ham sandwich with Fresh Fruits and Veggies


Every kid deserves to eat healthy just like you. Most of them spend at least 7 hours of school time plus many go to after-care, and apart from a snack, lunch is extremely important for their academic development, focus and strive for learning.

I know that I cannot do anything to change school cafeteria food, but I have my own views and opinion to voice out as a mother.

I hope to change your mind, a mind of a great parent to take a step further, get up 10 minutes earlier and prepare lunch for your kid.  Today lunch is an example! It took me 10 minutes exact to prepare and pack, not one but three lunch boxes.

Now, that doesn’t look like an unfun food, does it?…most kids love sandwiches so I balanced it with fruits and “healthier” natural sugars that they always want. Much better option than some sugary, fatty bars, don’t you agree?!


Fiber is important so apples and a handful of fresh organic broccoli florets go a long way and it is just a great way to eat it with a sandwich.


I used Ham in water with less sodium, fat-free cheeses, and baby greens or you may use lettuce. My kids love chocolate milk, and even though I am not a fan of giving them sugary chocolate milk, I think it’s a great reward for them when they eat something like blueberries, mandarins, green apples, mixed baby greens, and broccoli. 


Just to add, before wrapping this post up that you can use regular milk or any other items instead. Use what you may have on hand, for example, if he/she don’t like ham use turkey or chicken, oranges instead of mandarins and/or carrots instead of broccoli.

It is about creating something that your kids WILL eat, but still, consider to build a balanced and healthy lunch box! 

Lunch Box: Ham sandwich with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

1 lunch box
Servings 1 Lunch Box
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 Bun /white whole wheat, the whole grain-it’s up to you!
  • 1 tsp. Cream Cheese spread whipped
  • 1 Slice of Mild Cheddar
  • Handful Mixed Baby greens
  • Handful Broccoli florets
  • Mandarin
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • Green Apple w/dip-optional* peanut-butter could be used a substitute.
  • Milk

Recipe Notes

If you going to cut an apple into slices, squeeze lemon juice to prevent apple from browning.

 

Japanese Omelette Parcels

Japanese Omelette Parcels

The other night I was too tired to stand and cook a large dinner. I had to feed some hungry people that get pretty grumpy if their stomachs start to grumble. In other words, these Japanese Omelette Parcels were made pretty fast. Therefore, I cooked…