Picky Eater Bento #1! Vegetarian Back to School Recipes!

Picky Eater Bento #1! Vegetarian Back to School Recipes!


(upbeat music) – Hey munchies, happy Monday. If you’re new, welcome and if you’re not, you may be wondering why
there’s a video today. It’s not our usual posting day. To celebrate back to school season we are doing a bento mini-series. Everyday this week you
will get a new bento, specifically catered to
a highly requested topic, picky eaters. Today we are starting with
our meatless Monday box, perfect for picky eaters who
aren’t fans of meat as protein. Heads up, all of the bentos in this series are nut free and gluten free. First up, we’re using a food that is typically picky eater friendly, cheese. Tomato and cheese skewers. Not only is cheese a common favorite, but food on a stick is also more enticing and can be encouraging for
picky eaters young and old. Throw some tomatoes on
there and there’s a chance they’ll even get some extra nutrition. Of course every picky eater is different so recognize up front that
every one of these suggestions in this series may not
please every picky eater. But the point is to inspire
you with some new ideas that you can try. Take what you want and
leave what you don’t. For fruit, I’m combining
blackberries and kiwi. Both of these are actually fruit options that are slightly higher in protein, about two grams per cup. OK, so it’s not much, but I wanted to stick
with a theme for today. When it comes to picky eaters,
a little can go a long way. Sometimes we’ve got to
work with what we can. If we can get extra protein
with our fruit choices, why not? Next I’ve got a boiled egg. But, we are going to make
it even more exciting by using one of these
molds which I got on Amazon and will link below. Be sure to follow the
instructions of your mold. When our food is more fun
to look at and interact with it’s more likely that we’ll
eat it or at least try it. And eggs are of course loaded
with protein and nutrition. A great alternative for picky
eaters who don’t love meat. I’m adding a bit more green to the bento with some whole edamame pods. Edamame is very high in protein. It’s technically a legume,
but treat it like a vegetable and it actually had all
nine essential amino acids making it a great addition to a diet where someone is struggling
to get enough protein. A cup has a whooping 17 grams. Not only are these easy to prepare and delicious with just a bit
of salt, they’re fun to eat. Again, interactivity can
really make the difference with a picky eater. If you’re enjoying today’s bento box be sure to subscribe and hit
the bell to be notified of more because we’ve got a new picky eater bento coming every day this week. Next, another picky eater fav, crackers. But we’re keeping these gluten
free and higher in protein by using quinoa flour as our base. First, I whisk together quinoa flour, salt and garlic powder or you
could use any seasonings. I make a little well in the middle and then add water and melted coconut oil. Mix into a dough and then
I can knead with my hands. It should be pliable and hold together. Roll out between parchment
paper until it’s pretty thin, between a 16th and an
8th of an inch thick. And then you can cut into
squares or rectangles. (upbeat music) Transfer to a baking sheet and then poke holes with a fork or skewer to keep the crackers from rising too much. This lets the steam escape. I spray them with cooking
spray to help with browning and I also like to sprinkle
some additional salt on top. Bake until golden brown and crisp. Cool before eating. Wow, homemade crackers
are totally the way to go. And I love that these are
gluten free and homemade, but also nut free. Thumbs up for nut free snacks. They are great on their
own or great for dipping. To keep with the meatless Monday theme, I’m sharing a homemade hummus. But, since some picky eaters aren’t a fan of the tahini flavor, we
are going tahini free. In a food processor, I add drained and rinsed garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice,
cumin and salt and pep. Let it go. Hummus is protein packed on its own thanks to the chick peas. And if you’re a hummus
purist who’s really bothered that I’m calling this hummus
when there’s no tahini, for you I call this a chickpea dip. Happy now? And that is our first bento
box of this picky eater series. Perfect for anyone resistant
to meat options for protein or looking for more vegetarian sources. Remember, when it comes to
picky eaters young and old it’s important to try
one new food at a time. I’m showing multiple different
examples for your reference but easing into it is important. For those of you who didn’t know, I also have an entire bento e-book with nearly 40 full bento box
lunches and over 100 recipes, tons of inspiring ideas and lots of vegan and vegetarian
recipes in there too. It is available at
mindovermunch.com/ebooks and you can get 10% off any
e-book or package of your choice this week only if you use
the code picky at check out. Also I’m hosting a giveaway
for my newsletter subscribers this month for a full set
of meal prep containers. If you’re on the list,
you’re already entered, if not you can sign up
at mindovermunch.com or use the link in the description, the winner will be announced next week. I’ll see ya tomorrow for a
brand new bento box video and remember it’s all a
matter of mind over munch.

100 thoughts on “Picky Eater Bento #1! Vegetarian Back to School Recipes!

  1. 😮😮😮 I NEED to try the quinoa crackers for my little man! I don't have quinoa flour, but I have quinoa baby cereal (like an instant oatmeal). Think that would work??

  2. I never realized I was in such a sandwich rut until I started watching back to school lunch videos! I would enjoy eating this too 👍🏻

  3. When I was a kid my mom always told me to try new foods. If I didn't like it, I didn't have to eat it. Most of the time I liked it. I have actually been trying foods again that I didn't like as a kid and some of them, I like now.

  4. Ohh by the way, the pieces of (flat) bread on 3:50 (Homemade hummus/chickpea dip), was that homemade too? If yes: what is the name of that recipe (so I can dig in the videos)?

  5. I love your channel! Such an inspiring presentation! So much fun, vivid colours and healthy food – everything you could ever dream of! Stay passionate about your projects. You are doing a great work! 🙂

  6. THESE SNACKS LOOK AMAZING!
    Your Bento Box videos are my favorite ones! I am so excited they will come out every week. Did you get my email/letter?
    Love you! ~Jannalyse

  7. I recently found out I cannot eat gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts and sesame seeds… do you think you could create a video for allergen free meal prep/dessert/bento?

  8. I love this😍 so inspired with the crackers. What about MOM teaming up with Babyledfeeding on Facebook for babyled weaning ideas.

  9. I WISH I only had a vegetarian to deal with..that would be so easy…my picky eater won't eat much in the fruit and veg department. …no nuts except peanuts..only certain cheeses…and wont add corn to anything..

  10. I generally like these videos… but this one was a bit overkill with the “protein, protein, protein” …. the lunch has a whole egg…. not every single component of a meal has to be “high in protein”….. id rather focus on overall nutrition not one macronutrient most of us get plenty of already anyway

  11. For anyone asking, the code for the eBook is fixed! "PICKY" will get you 10% off any eBook or package of your choice this week at mindovermunch.com/ebooks, including my BIG BENTO eBook! Sorry for the trouble!

  12. Alyssia I love this and I love the channel but do y'all really think picky eaters would eat raw tomatoes? I have hell trying to get anybody in my family to even entertain the tbought of them 😅

  13. Heads up: If doing this for school lunches, cut off the sharp tip of the tooth pick or you may be getting a phone call from the school that your child is wielding a weapon. These are cute…..but those are weapons in the hands of little ones.

  14. I LOVE hummus but can't always find tahini at my budget grocery store so I end up making a lot of "chickpea dip" as well and it's also very tasty 🙂

  15. My little sister and I were picky eaters but we have grown since. I like lots of vegetables I used to never like after changing my diet and my little sister who hates trying new food now eats out a lot with friends ( trying to get her to stop and cook her own food). Will say I still struggle eating celery because of the super sour taste but still trying.

    Was this months giveaway announced at the beginning of the month because I don’t recall getting the newsletter about it?

  16. I Love all these ideas!
    Tahini isn't good for many of us, it is inflammatory and can cause mental illness symptoms for many with Candidiasis

  17. Alyssia, where did you get the quinoa flour? Did you make it by blending the quinoa in the processor or did you buy it?

  18. I recently been working out and started watching your videos and decided to merch these two world's. I picked up two bento boxes from my local Asian store and began packing two bento boxes for each of my meals (I eat alot more that what a single of my bento box is and I just love how informative you videos are and they have helped me keep track of what I consumed and I just want to thank you for inspiring me to make a lifestyle choice in my life that has made me motivated to have a healthy and happy life, cheers!

  19. Can you make a fodmap friendly series or bento box? (especially no garlic or onion) love the bento box vids!!

  20. Terrific movie! Up here at Y&S FOOD! we like to run across such a contents. We create Travel & Food shows too, around the world, and also we are frequently looking for inspirations and so good ideas. Thank You.

  21. Do you have a recommendation for cheaper bento boxes that would also work? 39.99 is a bit much for one box on a budget

  22. My daughter was watching this with me (she's 4) and she pointed at you and said, "You're a good cooker, you go girl!" 🙂

  23. My dad would love these bento boxes. I bet these would be good for someone who wants to eat healthier, but needs a bit of a footstool to get there.

  24. Alyssia with all your Amazing Recipes and All your knowledge im very surprised you havent hit 1 million subscribers.👍but its ok because i will keep spreading the word to help make that happen💖🍴Thanks for all your Help and Ideas🌠

  25. Hi, sweet adorable Alyssia. Your vegetarian bento is off the charts!!! When will you be making your German Chocolate Cake?

  26. Can you make a vegan gluten free version of this for my 9th grade sister who doesn’t eat that healthy.. what’s a good way to sneak in veggies so she won’t taste it? And she only has 30 minutes for lunch so it has to be something that can fit in two small containers

  27. Wait, hummus is meant to contain tahini? I thought tahini was one of those 'optional extras' for flavour, not a mandatory component 😂 I feel silly but i dont like tahini much so I'll stick to making my 'chickpea dip' (with obscene amounts of garlic, of course) 😁

  28. thanks! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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