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Posted on Jun 12, 2007 in Bento, For Kids, Pasta or Noodles, Vegetarian | 8 comments

Ravioli lunches

Ravioli lunches



Contents of Bug’s lunch: Caprese salad (tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil), apricot, cherries, broccoli with Korean barbecue sauce, and spinach and cheese ravioli with a tomato-based pasta sauce. I wound up eating the caprese (with my fingers) and giving Bug some of my orange slices and ravioli.

Morning prep time: 3 minutes, using dinner leftovers packed the night before (ravioli and caprese). This morning I freshened up the ravioli with a little extra pasta sauce, removed the pit from the apricot, and threw in some leftover broccoli.

Packing: I cut the large raviolis into quarters for easy eating, and added some extra sauce in the morning as the pasta had gotten a little dry in the fridge overnight (it would have been challenging for two-year-old Bug to get the raviolis apart on his own without this step). The tiny apricot was too tall to fit into the small tier of this container, so I cut it in half and removed the pit. This also made it easier for a preschooler to eat. If Bug were eating the cherries on his own I would have pitted those as well for easier/cleaner eating — as it was he had fun getting messy nibbling on the whole cherries and I had wipes ready.


Contents: Same as Bug’s lunch, but with orange slices and leftover broccoli stems with Korean barbecue sauce.

Morning prep time: 3 minutes, as the broccoli was already made and I’d pre-packed the leftover ravioli after dinner (cutting them in half for easier eating — it’s hard to cut things when they’re in little boxes like this). Just needed to slice the orange, pack the divided container, and go!

Packing: I created a little “ditch” full of extra pasta sauce alongside my raviolis so that I could re-sauce them when eating. It that doesn’t work with your container, it might be nice to put some extra sauce in a small sub-container and add it just before eating to freshen things up.

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  1. I have a request which you can feel free to ignore. In fashion mags, they list the clothing and other things that went into the shoot. It would be great if you could have a link to the particular bento you used to pack this in, so that when I see one I really like, I know which of your equipment it is.

    Just a thought.

    • Point taken — it would be interesting to be able to see that, wouldn’t it? For this lunch, Bug’s is packed in a 495ml three-tier box from Daiso (US$1.50), and mine is in a 350ml + 350ml Lock & Lock set that came with a matching drink container and insulated bag (photos packed and exploded).

  2. OT question: Do you have an facility that automatically makes the cross-posts to your LJ account or did you do it manually aka. cut and paste?


    • There’s a button above my Flickr photos that says “Blog This” and does it for me. Very convenient!

      • Oh. I never tried blogging from Flickr. But sigh. I guess that means blogging twice, I was hoping you had some magical plug-in which will cross-post my domain entry automatically to my flickr. XD Lazy girl, yes, hahaha!

        • Sorry, fresh out of magical plug-ins, Kaoko! :-) The time does add up, doesn’t it?

  3. [peers] The ravioli in Bug’s looks like a giant edible scarab beetle.

  4. Now this one is a real treat! The ravioli and not to mention the tomato/mozarella-salad looks fab! And those apricots looks like heaven, I haven’t eaten fresh ones in ages now. I also love broccoli stems, both steamed and uncooked. I don’t get why so many people don’t like it, I think it’s delicious :)