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Seafood soup lunches
Posted By Biggie On September 29, 2007 @ 10:50 pm In beans, bento, fish or seafood, food jar, for kids, meat, rice, soup or stew | 464 Comments
In an effort to get through my photo backlog before Bug’s first day of preschool on Monday, here are some remains of a lovely Peruvian meal from  Fina Estampa restaurant in San Francisco. The standout was aguadito de mariscos, a shellfish soup with cilantro sauce, rice and white wine. I packed my soup in a little thermal bento set, which is handy in that the lid of the thermos lifts off instead of screwing off, so it’s easy for little hands to open. Although similar sets sell  here and  here for about US$40 (ouch), you can duplicate this setup on the cheap by using a  thermal food jar and separate bento box packed in an insulated lunch bag to take both hot and cold foods at the same time.
Contents of my lunch: Aguadito de mariscos (shellfish soup with cilantro sauce, rice and white wine), pink beans with sofrito, smoked ham, mustard sauce and fresh pineapple. The  mustard sauce recipe is from Cookâ€™s Illustratedâ€™s  The New Best Recipe, and the beans with sofrito is from  Daisy Cooks! (The Cook’s recipe link works if you subscribe to their online edition).
Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using all leftovers.
Packing: I preheated the food jar with hot tap water while heating the soup in the microwave. Packedin a  560ml insulated bento set (240ml rice jar and 160ml side dishes).
Contents of Bug’s lunch: Yellow rice with Peruvian beef and vegetables, wrapped cheese triangle, and fresh pineapple.
Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using all leftovers.
Packing: I cut the beef and vegetables small for easy preschooler eating, then mixed it in with the rice and microwaved briefly to restore the texture of the refrigerated rice. A little plastic food divider (bought at  Daiso in Daly City, US$1.50 for a good-size assorted pack). Packed in a 270ml one-tier  Thomas the Tank Engine box with the hard plastic sub-containers removed to fit all the rice.
Contents of my husband’s lunch: The same as mine, with  TastyBite-brand Jaipur vegetable curry (from a ready-to-eat pouch).
Packing: Instead of using a separate sauce container, I decided to take advantage of the secure built-in dividers in the Lock & Lock container and spoon the mustard sauce in right next to the ham. It worked out fine; the viscous sauce didn’t jump compartments, and it gave each bite of ham good flavor. Packed in a  300ml thermal food jar and  one 350ml tier of a Lock & Lock lunch set.
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 Fina Estampa: http://www.yelp.com/biz/PqNHtnX4f7B8ghcZKJgsjQ
 here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GO4A9C?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=178
 here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GO27V0?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=178
 thermal food jar: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&keywords=food%20jar&tag=luinabo-20&index=blended
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/1455473599/
 mustard sauce recipe: http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipe.asp?recipeids=1642
 The New Best Recipe: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0936184744?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&link_code=as3&camp=21
 Daisy Cooks!: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401301606?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&link_code=as3&camp=21
 560ml insulated bento set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/420502172/in/set-72157594150632817/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/1455473343/
 Daiso in Daly City: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/09/award-nomination-sf-bay-area-shopping-guide/
 Thomas the Tank Engine box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/288070274/in/set-72157594150632817/
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 TastyBite: http://www.tastybite.com/
 300ml thermal food jar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/171566339/in/set-72157594150632817/
 one 350ml tier of a Lock & Lock lunch set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/166717199/in/set-72157594150632817/
 Need for speed: A mommyâ€™s lunch manifesto: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/23/need-for-speed-a-mommys-lunch-manifesto/
 How to pack a bento lunch and use â€œgap fillersâ€: 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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