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Bento Box Ideas for Indian Food – Food Ideas You’ll Love

It has been quite some time since I last posted. Well, to be fair to myself, it does get difficult managing a baby, who turned into a toddler a week ago. Also, after having been in the US for about 3.5 years, we took our first trip back home to Bangalore. Anvi and I stayed in Bangalore for about 3.5 months and it was nice. Thinking about the trip, I wonder how I managed to take a 7 month old baby on a 21hr flight, all by myself. Maybe, I will write about it in another blog post.

Being in India, being in your hometown, means eating food like there’s no end. Agreed that I make all type of Indian dishes at home, but nothing beats the food mom and mom-in-law make. It is finger licking good. Also, the endless list of restaurant food we have to try in one short trip is like a quintessential necessity for us Desis. No, not even the best Indian restaurant in San Diego can beat the flavour that we find in the many little restaurants/daabas/roadside vendors in India.

After having stuffed ourselves with delicious food and having put on 1 or 2 or 10 pounds, it became necessary to come back to routine home cooked food once we were back. I was looking for lunch box options for my husband so that I could send him a variety of healthy, home cooked versions of Indian food. I have always sent Indian food for his lunch box, but it lacked variety, or sometimes, it had variety and a lot, I say lot of boxes. So, I decided to go the Bento way.

As you all know, Indian food not only has a rich flavour, but it also has a rich aroma and a rich colour. So, I was looking for a stainless steel option. In fact, I wanted one of those cool *Planet Box bentos. But you know what, they are expensive and knowing the fact that the bento idea for Indian food might or might not work out, I wanted a frugal option. Hence, I settled for a bento box from Skater, Japan.

Bentos are Japanese invention. So I thought this ought to be good. They have many choices and I settled for the rectangular version, which not only is sleek, but also has 2 removable compartments, each with 3 mini compartments. It is made of BPA free plastic and is microwave and dishwasher safe. Also, they come with chopsticks, which isn’t of much use for us. It hasn’t leaked till now (well, I don’t send any liquid), and keeps the food secure in their own compartments. Though the compartments are white, they pass the pickle test. Yes, no oily red pickle stains after washing them. Interested? You can find it *here

Pssst..I think these containers are great for kids and adults. Kids love variety and this makes it easy to send them the right portion of healthy snacks and lunch.

When I pack lunch for my husband, I make sure I add in  elements from the major food groups – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Since we are vegetarians, the ones I mostly prefer are as follows:

Carbohydrate  – Rice, chapathis, rotis, parathas, bread.

Proteins – Lentils, yoghurt, paneer, cheese and nuts.

Fats – Coconut oil, ghee and butter (mostly all my cooking and sautéing make use of these, and occasionally, canola oil.)

With these, I add in a bit of veggies or fruits.

Basically, the lunch box consists of food items that our body is used to, from time immemorial, and is majorly healthy Indian food.

I have included some of the lunch box ideas here. You can find other lunch box ideas on my Instagram feed. Just search for ItsyBitsyMess on Instagram and voila, you will see me there, posting lunch box ideas everyday or whenever my husband takes lunch from home.

Lemon rice with mango pickle, yoghurt with chaat masala, baby carrots with cucumber and cheese coins, and bottle guard barfi.

3 slice sandwich with avocado cream, honey sriracha, diced potatoes, onion and tomatoes. Advantage : Husband grills it fresh in the office. Also, peas usli, baby carrots and pomegranate pearls.

Veg pulao, yoghurt with chaat masala, paneer sauteed with Indian spices and baby carrots.
 

Theplas, yoghurt, thick daal, whole mango pickle, orange slices and baby carrots.

Cauliflower+peas+onion paratha, yoghurt with chaat masala, mango pickle, baby carrots, orange slices, pomegranate, and dried fruits and nuts (raisins, cranberries, walnut, pistachios, almonds, cashews.)
So, now that you have seen few Bento options for Indian food, what is your opinion about it? Will you give it a try? Tell me all about it in the comment section.

Also, follow me on Instagram at ItsyBitsyMess for other bento ideas.

Disclosure: Pooja (ItsyBitsyMess) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. 

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

pooja

Persil ProClean – A Henkel Product


To be honest, I had never heard of Persil before, though I was familiar with the company that produces it, Henkel. When BzzAgent sent me the coupon for Persil ProClean 2 in 1, I was excited to try it. I got the $5.24 coupon redeemed at Ralphs though it cost $5.99, but the cashier redeemed it for $5.99 and I didn’t have to pay extra for it, it was free.

I had a load of laundry to do and with a newborn, the pile stocks up. Sometimes, newborns have poop accidents and in one such instance, our baby girl left a yellow poop stain on her receiving blanket. I washed it by hand and mild detergent before putting it to the machine, but it did nothing to remove the stain. This is when I decided to try the Persil ProClean Intense Fresh. As per instructions, I dabbed a little Persil on the stain, rubbed it and let it stand for 5 minutes and then put it with my regular, large laundry with quarter cup of Persil. I used the warm water setting with Permanent Press setting on my machine. After the wash and drying sessions, I was surprised to find that the stain was completely gone and my clothes smelled amazingly fresh. I must say I am impressed. So will I buy it? Well, I might if Costco carries it for a reasonable price, because honestly, it is a little overpriced compared to the detergent I buy now.

Pros :

  • It works great on tough stains like baby poop stains and coffee stains.
  • It has a mild and subtle odor, very fresh smelling.
  • It is not harsh on clothes.
  • It is available easily, in most superstores.

Cons:

  • It is a little expensive compared to other detergents.
  • Costco doesn’t carry it.

If I have to rate the product, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

pooja

BzzAgent…Have you heard the Bzz?

Free stuff! Did that get your attention? If yes, then BzzAgent is for you. BzzAgent is a website where in you can sign up for free, be part of their campaigns, get products for free, in exchange for an honest review. Note that this is open for residents of USA, UK and Canada only. Simple, isn’t it?

So, how does it all work? Let me detail it out for you:

  • The first thing you have to do is join BzzAgent and become one yourself. The link for their site is here.
  • They will ask you for your email id, house address and other details. But do not worry, they don’t spam you. Take my word for it. Hurray!
  • You have to fill out surveys so that they know what product campaigns will suit you and your taste. This will take some time, but this is an initial part, and doesn’t happen very often after the first time.
  • Once you have joined and filled out your surveys, all you do is wait for them to send you your first Bzz Campaign.
  • BzzCampaign is where they choose you for trying out a certain product   (can be anything) and reviewing it honestly. They will send you an email asking if you are interested in the particular campaign they have chosen you for. It is your choice to say yes or no. There is no compulsion. Make sure you do join in the campaign if you are interested asap or else you might lose out on a good product.
  • If you do join in the campaign, then they send you the coupon to buy the product or the product itself.
  • You try the product and then review it on their site using the BzzAgent activities they have for the certain product. It can be as simple as your thoughts on the product to be shared on Facebook, Twitter etc, or, it can be a photo concerning the product, or, it can be BzzReports or BzzReview where they ask you to detail out your experience and also how you managed to share your view of product with your family and friends. You can choose the activities you are comfortable with.
  • Based on the number of activities you complete on a BzzCampaign, you have your BzzScore. More the activities, more the BzzScore and more will be your chances to get invited to join other BzzCampaigns.
  • Every activity has a maximum limit. You can attempt the activity once or till you hit the maximum limit.
  • Make sure your review is honest and unbiased because they review and rate your activities as Exceptional, Good, Fair or Rejected. Also, make sure you do mention everywhere that you got the product for free. It is very important to be honest.
  • Some campaigns require you to buy a product at a discounted rate. You can ignore or accept the campaign based on your liking. There is no harm in ignoring such campaigns if you are not interested.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t get sent in an invite for a campaign soon enough after you join, it will happen soon.
  • Remember you won’t be sent invite for all the campaigns.
  • Also, make sure your surveys are complete to keep your BzzScore ticking. Your BzzScore can go up or down, so make sure you complete the said surveys and activities within the time frame given.

Currently, I have nothing negative to say about BzzAgent. In case I find any con later, I will update my review.

As a BzzAgent, I was sent a BzzKit as my first campaign, a welcome kit which had a BzzMagnet to pin up the coupons. For my second campaign, I got coupons for Persil Pro Clean 2 in 1 laundry detergent. I enjoyed doing both the campaigns and am currently waiting for more to come my way.

So what are you waiting for? Join in and enjoy free products and review them honestly!

Rating : 5 out of 5 stars.

Note: This is my opinion of BzzAgent. I have not been asked or paid to do this review. I just wanted to help spread the Bzz.

pooja

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