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Baba ghanouj lunches
Posted By Biggie On May 9, 2007 @ 11:19 pm In bento, for kids, lactose free, meat, recipe, vegetarian | 245 Comments
Contents: Grilled minted leg of lamb (Alton Brown’s  “Silence of the Leg O’ Lamb” recipe), homemade baba ghanouj (grilled eggplant dip) with Aleppo pepper, grilled radicchio with chocolate/vinegar/raisin/pine nut sauce (recipe from  How to Grill), quick salad of halved cherry tomatoes and cucumber with vinaigrette and mustard, and pita bread.
Morning prep time: 8 minutes, using leftovers from last night’s dinner. I made the quick salad fresh in the morning with vinaigrette already made and in the refrigerator — a quick way to add flavor to any number of dishes, not just salads.
Packing: The cut tomatoes in the salad gave off liquid, so if I weren’t using a totally divided box like the one above it would be better to pack it in a separate little container. I cut the big slices of lamb into bite-size pieces for easy eating (using a knife in the lunch containers is both unwieldy and scars the boxes).
Contents: Bug’s vegetarian bento had grapes, a quick salad of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, homemade baba ghanouj (eggplant dip) and pita bread triangles for dipping.
Morning prep time: 6 minutes.
Packing: This was finger food except for the salad, so I used a little three-pronged mini fork for little hands. The baba ghanouj was pretty thick and I carried Bug’s lunch for him today, so I didn’t bother to cover the inner container. If I were giving this to Bug to carry by himself, I would have covered the heart-shaped container with plastic wrap or Press N’ Seal to eliminate spillage. I put Bug’s lunch in the same  insulated Lock & Lock bag with my two containers, just left the drink container out. It was a slightly tight fit, but it zipped up and gave me the flexibility to pack more food in just one bag. I also picked up a couple of little carabiners to attach the lunch bag to my diaper bag, which frees up a hand to corral Bug!
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 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/491840798/
 “Silence of the Leg O’ Lamb” recipe: http://lunchinabox.netsearch
 How to Grill: http://astore.amazon.com/lunch-20/detail/0761120149/002-5452062-3762400
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 insulated Lock & Lock bag: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/02/ice-blanket-and-inari-sushi-lunch/
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 Need for speed: A mommy’s lunch manifesto: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/23/need-for-speed-a-mommys-lunch-manifesto/
 How to pack a bento lunch and use “gap fillers”: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/11/guide-to-bento-packing-and-gap-fillers/
 Choosing the right size bento box: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-choosing-the-right-size-bento-box/
 Packed lunch food safety: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
 Biggieâ€™s list of top speed tips, tutorials and equipment reviews: http://lunchinabox.net/top-tips/
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