6 Healthy & Tasty Bento Box Ideas from Ayam Brand™

So Delicious & Quick You’ll Pack A Box for Yourself! Yeah!

Packing lunch boxes for the kids & for ourselves is now trending in Malaysia. Preparing delicious & healthy packed lunches can be easy & surprisingly fast. Reach for Ayam Brand™ as the base for a well-balanced & nutritious Bento box, a Japanese-style packed lunch box for meals that look as good as they taste

These 6 recipes were developed based on the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s (MOH) concept of #sukusukuseparuh or ‘Quarter-Quarter-Half’ to promote healthier eating so children & adults get the nutrients & energy they need to keep going throughout the day

Tried & tested by the Ayam Brand team, stay-at-home, work from home & non-work from home parents, these recipes are sure-fire hits as part of Bento boxes or as meals by themselves

The tuna & saba used in these recipes are oily fish, high in protein, calcium, Omega-3 & DHA helping to give children the nutrition they need. Get creative & add other ingredients to these recipes to make them your own

Here are some tips if you are new to packing Bento boxes:

· Kids love visually appealing food, so make it colorful

· Add kid-favorites: sweet corn, tomatoes, peas, carrots into mains for more fiber

· Add a fruit or a small salad to the lunch box

· Bite-sized is better. For sandwiches, cut them into triangles or rectangles or form into rolls & slice. For rice, form into balls or use cutters to create cute shapes

· The Bento will be eaten at room temperature 3 to 4 hours after preparation. Always pack cooked food, except for fruit & salads

· Wash & dry fruits & vegetables before including in the lunch box

Include cutlery & wet wipes, because kids may forget to wash hands before they eat

Let’s get excited with the 6 healthy bento recipes

(1) Tuna Bergerdil Burger

Tuna & potatoes patty between a burger bun equals an instant kids’ favourite

  • Add Tuna Omega 3, coriander, a hint of red chilli, red onion & an egg to mashed potatoes
  • Form patties, lightly fry them until browned on both sides
  • Split burger bun, add a bed of lettuce and a dollop of tomato ketchup (if desired), cover with the other half of the bun & place in the Bento box.
  • Decorate with more lettuce

Pro tip: Lettuce leaves keeps the burger from getting soggy, so no butter required. Cut a full-sized burger into half to make it more manageable for little hands

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Servings : 3

(2) Tuna and Corn Pasta

Cook pasta according to instructions on pack

  • In a bowl combine the cooked & drained pasta with Ayam Brand Tuna in Omega 3, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes & Ayam Brand Cup Corn until well-coated
  • Portion into Bento boxes, including yours. It really is that easy

Pro tip: Cook pasta the night before, drain, refrigerate & heat in the microwave before combining with the sauce to save more time. Add cubed cucumbers, sliced celery or shredded carrots for more fibre, texture & visual appeal

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Servings : 2

(3) Sushi Roll Saba Mayo

Kids love sushi because it is fun to eat. This recipe uses sandwich bread to replace the Japanese rice for amazingly colourful, nutritious & pretty sushi rolls

  • Cut the crust off sandwich bread. Flatten bread with a rolling pin, load on the Ayam Brand Saba Mayonnaise, add a layer of shredded carrots & roll up tightly
  • Cut carefully with a sharp knife to see clearly defined layers to the roll
  • Arrange on a bed of lettuce in the Bento Box & it is done

Pro tip: Shredded cucumber works if you are out of carrots. If you have nori sheets, place the flattened sandwich on the seaweed sheet & then roll up. Toast the cut off crust, dip them into the saba mayo for a mid-day snack for yourself

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Servings : 1

(4) Tuna Fried Rice

Fried rice is the Asian parents’ go-to for lunch boxes as almost every family has leftover rice in the fridge. Here’s a quick & simple fried rice recipe that taste great by itself & pairs beautifully with Tuna Egg Patties

  • Lightly fry garlic & carrots, add cooked rice & soy sauce & mix thoroughly
  • Then, add Ayam Brand Tuna Chunks in Water for protein & Ayam Brand Sweet Cup Corn for fiber, sweetness & crunch. So fast & tasty

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Servings : 2

(5) Tuna Egg Patty

These egg patties are packed with protein & pair perfectly with Tuna fried rice

  • Mix Ayam Brand Tuna Omega 3, eggs, soft tofu, coriander, red chilli & red onion
  • Pour the mixture on to a flat plan to form small patties
  • Fry until cooked through. Pack into a Bento box with fried rice

Pro tip: Decorate with ketchup smiley faces for more kawaii!

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Servings : 2

(6) Mayo-free Tuna Pita

Pita pockets are super easy for children to eat as the filling doesn’t fall out like it does from a loaded sandwich. Try this mayo-free alternative as a quick and tasty Bento Box essential

  • Combine Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Sunflower Oil, Ayam Brand Sweet Cup Corn & cherry tomatoes to make the filling
  • Cut the pita bread in half, line with lettuce or mixed salad leaves & cucumbers
  • Finally add the tuna mix. Well-balanced & delicious

Pro tip: The lettuce or mixed salad keeps the pita from becoming soggy

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Servings : 2

Stay safe & stay healthy!

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