Sometimes our children won't eat food because it's so "blah" looking …
I've found that if I present the food in a unique way, my son is much more likely to not just try it, but like it ~ even if it's the same food I've always served.
The following is a way to make a healthy Sloppy Joe meal and organize it into a Bento Box.
This meal can also provide a small amount of dinner conversation and education …
Bento (弁当 bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.
A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.
If you'd like to know more about Bento meals & Bento boxes, see: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bento
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Cost $13 / Serves 4-6
(1) 1 pound 85% Lean Ground Turkey
(1) package frozen fajita blend peppers & onions
(1) package frozen chopped onions
(1) can sloppy joe sauce
(1) package of whole wheatslider buns
(1) block extra sharp cheese
(1) package 3 color deli slaw
Extras to consider:
Bento boxes … these may be hard to come by so I went to my local office store and bought two office drawer organizers for $2.99.
Chopsticks … easy to find at your local Chinese/Japanese restaurant or your local grocery store for free, just pick up some extras next time you eat out.
Edamame … these are unshelled soybeans. Vey high in protein and a great way to get kids to have a tasty protein.
Miso paste/Seaweed/Mushrooms/Tofu or Miso soup mix … this is good to have as a side soup or even a drink.
Special mayo: I mix a tiny bit miso, horseradish, soy sauce, and paprika into mayonnaise to make a special Spicy Misonaise.
Ambience … Oriental themes, candles. Don't go overboard, but a simple well placed table setting can go a long way to selling the novelty of this meal.
Brown ground turkey. Drain
Add (1) can "sloppy joe" sauce / follow directions on can
Chop & add frozen peppers to your liking
Add frozen onions to your liking
I mix the ingredients for the Misonaise (mentioned above) and put it as the "mayo" in my cole slaw and for organized joe ingredient.
Lightly toast slider buns in oven or toaster.
Sandwiches are assembled with sloppy joe mix, pickles, cheese, misonaise
Place ingredients (sloppy joe ingredients, chips, slaw, edmame) separately into organized compartments of the bento box (or poor man's bento box = drawer organizer).
Chopsticks may end up being more for decoration or novelty.