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Posted on Apr 5, 2007 in Equipment, For Kids, Poultry, Sandwich Case, Sandwich or Wrap | 4 comments

Speedy sandwich lunches

Speedy sandwich lunches


Morning prep time: 5 minutes each (10 min. total). In a lunch very similar to this one, I packed Costco chicken salad sandwiches on whole wheat toast with cheese and lettuce in two collapsible sandwich cases (equipment review here). Bug’s lunch below is actually quite large as I made it to be shared with his little friend on our outing to the children’s museum. It adds non-messy sides of leftover roasted asparagus from dinner (tips cut off at Bug’s request), dried apricots, a stack of two wrapped cheeses, and cherry tomatoes as gap fillers to stabilize the lunch for transport. The sandwich case is one that I got for US$1 at a local dollar store (Ichiban Kan in San Francisco), held together with a cheap elastic lunch band (from Daiso). They folded up nice and flat after lunch because I didn’t use hard plastic food cups inside.

Sandwich and asparagus lunch for toddlers Sandwich case with elastic

Mine is similar, with the sandwich cut into thirds instead of halves.

Sandwich and asparagus lunch Sandwich case (Feel at Ease) with elastic

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  1. is this how they look when you are ready to jet or do you wrap them in something so they don’t dry out? here in dry arizona i can see my sandwiches drying into bricks just being transported between the house and the park in that setup.

  2. No, I pop them into closed-up kinchaku (lunch bag) first so that any crumbs are caught (but there’s no condensation on the toast that would be caused by wrapping a warm sandwich in plastic wrap). You could also wrap it in a cloth or bandanna, etc.

  3. Love your blog and read it frequently.

    Saw this today on one of my geek sites, and thought you might get a kick out of it:

    Not bento, but innovative!

  4. Using an empty CD canister as bagel sandwich holder is very inventive! I agree with some of the commenters that you’d want to carefully check if the plastic is food-safe (and wash it thoroughly first) before using it for food, though. But brilliant concept!!! I thoroughly approve.