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Chicken Quinoa Salad plus monbento review and giveaway

I recently blogged about bento which is a Japanese packed lunch arranged to look like a picture, which has been taking the world by storm. Well I have now received my second free Bento style lunchbox to review. This time it is the MB Tresor kid’s bento box from monbento.

monbento lunch box

monbento lunch bag

It comes in four choices of colour and I selected Blueberry. I also received a matching MB Pochette bento bag to make it easy to carry your box. Once I opened the box up, I discovered it had 3 compartments, 2 smaller on top and 1 larger below, separated by an intermediary lid.

Monbento lunch box


I decided to make a Chicken Quinoa Salad, as I had some leftover chicken from a roast. And then serve son1’s portion in the monbento box, so that his tea was ready to eat as soon as we arrived house. Always a plus, if I can get him eating asap on school nights when we’re late home, as he can’t have his chemo until an hour after eating and I don’t want his bedtime ending up too late.

Chicken quinoa salad

Chicken Quinoa Salad

Ingredients (serves 4)

180g quinoa
540 ml cold water
75g cooked chicken
1 carrot
100g baby plum tomatoes
50g mange tout
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp parmesan
salt and pepper

Method

Put quinoa and cold water in a saucepan.
Bring to the boil and then reduce heat.
Simmer for about 20 minutes until water absorbed.
Add more water if necessary.
Allow to cool.
Grate the carrot.
Shred the chicken.
Cut the tomatoes in half.
Add the chicken and vegetables to the quinoa.
Mix together with the mayonnaise.
Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with parmesan.
Serve and enjoy.

And I used the two smaller boxes for desserts. In one I put a homemade cake and in the other I put a chopped kiwi fruit. I was originally going to put a whole plum in the box but the lid wouldn’t close and similarly I had to squash the cake slightly to get the lid shut.

monbento lunch box

So a tasty tea ready for son1 to enjoy, although no fancy bento food pictures. I’m always too busy to find the time to make picture meals.

And the verdict. Son1 loved having his tea in the monbento box. He found the box simple to open and liked being able to see the contents of the 2 small boxes, once he had opened his “parcel”. However he did cleverly point out that there was nowhere to put the fork that was needed to eat his salad.

monbento lunch box

monbento lunch box

The kids box retails at £16 each and the bag at £5.60. The box is made fun for kids with the interchangeable tokens to display in the lid. It measures approx. 16 x 9 x 10 cm with a
capacity of 0.9 L and is BPA-free. It is microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

I did find that the lid token got slightly wet the first time I washed the box. I think it was probably due to son1 not tightening it fully when he shut it after swapping the tokens around, but with hindsight, it would be best to remove the token before washing. Otherwise I was very pleased with this box.

I also received a leaflet aimed at the kids, but it was in french. I’ve now found you can download the english version from the monbento website.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a kid’s bento box courtesy of monbento to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Yumbox review and giveaway

What is a Yumbox I hear you ask? It is a new style of lunch box, specifically designed to be leak-proof and to assist with portion control. And I have received a free Yumbox to review in a colour and style of my choice. So I chose the Panino style with 4 compartments in Tutti Frutti blue, because I knew blue would appeal best to the boys.

Yumbox lunchbox

Yumbox lunchbox

The Yumbox comprises an exterior latched box and a removeable inner tray. The Panino style tray is divided into a large compartment (for a sandwich or salad say), 2 smaller compartments and a dip well. It is designed so that the silicone lid seals all compartments individually, so no need for plastic bags or clingfilm. I like that as I’m all for anything green. And I loved the Eat Well design on the tray.

The boys have school lunches and as it is too cold for a picnic at this time of year, I tested it out on son2 with a packed lunch at home. He was delighted to try it out, but he did need help to open it. I did find it a bit of a squeeze to fit his sandwich into the largest compartment. But I put that down to my slices of homemade bread being both larger and thicker than most shop-bought bread. There was still space at the edge of that compartment to add 2 baby corns, a tomato and babybel cheese, so it wasn’t due to the compartment size. Then I filled one of the smaller compartments with sliced cucumber and grapes. I put crisps in the other smaller compartment and some houmous in the dip well.

Yumbox lunchbox

After closing the box, I gave it a good shake to simulate being carried in a school bag and it certainly lived up to expectation of being leak-proof. No soggy crisps covered in houmous.

I did note that you wouldn’t be able to include bulky items like an apple without chopping it up, which is a shame as an apple obviously stays freshest whole.

Yumbox lunchbox

Yumbox lunchbox

Son2 really enjoyed having his lunch in the Yumbox at home, even if I didn’t make it like a bento style picture. There I’ve thrown another word into this post, which you may not all be familiar with. Bento is a Japanese packed lunch arranged to look like a picture, which is now becoming increasingly popular over here. And as I wouldn’t have time to make a packed lunch like that normally, I chose not to do so this time either, although there are some fab Bento lunches from other bloggers over on the Yumbox website.

So to summarise, both son2 and I love this lunch box.

The Yumbox retails at £24.95 each. This is quite pricey compared to other lunchboxes, but it does have some great unique features. As well as the Panino style, there is also the Classic style with 6 compartments. And you can even buy a spare tray at £12.50 although that does seem rather superfluous in my opinion. It measures approx. 22 x 15 x 5 cms and weighs 490g and is BPA-free and phthalates-free. It is not thermal, but it is designed to fit in a standard size thermal lunch bag if you are including foods which you wish to keep cold. It is dishwasher safe, but hand washing the outer box is recommended to preserve the seal.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Yumbox in your choice of design and colour to one lucky winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.