Monday, April 09, 2007

Monkey Chow

We've gone BANANAS! First I went ape for this monkey bento container from Japan. Then when Mr. Monkey arrived he needed his very own banana napkin. You can see how things went from there...

The top container holds two Tofu Lettuce Cups -- gingery tofu, peanuts, coconut and lime juice wrapped in buttercrunch lettuce leaves.

The monkey container holds some mango chutney to add to the tofu before eating. Please note adorable banana-handled spoon.

In the other large container tropical party picks hold two miniature hazelnut butter and banana sandwiches next to a small cup of "Monkey Chow" (fruit-shaped cereal).

Finally, every monkey loves to eat his vegetables, so I packed cooked carrots and peas above a trio of corn tires.

Verdict: Oops, I forgot to pack a spoon, but shmoo didn't care. He picked up the container and shook all the peas and carrots into his mouth like the wild, crazy primate he is. Then he devoured the corn tires, flinging the empty cobs around the room and screeching. Just kidding. The little sandwiches and cereal went next, followed by the tofu...without the lettuce. 4 stars.

25 comments:

Mary said...

Haha Jennifer, I was imagining shmoo doing those things you described. I'm sure you weren't kidding either.

The monkey thing is so cute! I can't wait till I have kids. :(

Katie said...

how do you make your ginger tofu? i've been experimenting using ginger, apple cider vinegar, a little bit of sugar, and a splash of soy sauce as a marinade, but i think i'm still missing something.

Amy said...

Don't you homeschool? Or do you do something of a group homeschool?

funwithyourfood said...

SPOON OPTIONAL. :)

Teddy

Lanna said...

That monkey container is so darn cute!

Vincent Guihan said...

I only wish someone would pack a lunch like that for me. I voted for Vegan Lunch Box for Blogger's Choice -- good luck!

Roxy said...

This lunch is so fun! I love the banana napkin and the adorable plastic banana spoon! The tofu sounds so good-I'm craving it now!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Don't you homeschool? Or do you do something of a group homeschool?

Yes, we attend a part-time program for homeschoolers, so he has one full day of classes each week. I've written about it before but don't have time right now to find the links.

But even homeschoolers go to camps and park days and pack lunches every now and then. :-)

lj said...

Hi Jennifer-
I just read a picture book that made me think of your list of veg-friendly kids books and thought you might be interested. It's called Wolf! Wolf! by John Rocco. It's a retelling of the Boy Who Cried Wolf, but instead of eating the goat on the spot, the wolf takes him back to his house and ties him up. When he comes out to have a nice goat-y snack, he sees that the goat has eaten all of the weeds from his vegetable garden, but left the vegetables and decides that this goat is too useful to eat. "What's one breakfast compared to delicious vegetables for the rest of my days?" Pretty cute. ISBN: 1423100123, if it helps.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jennifer,
I love the monkey set. Where did you find that? I order a laptop lunch box last nigh for my dh. i love reading your blog.
Elizabeth

Brian A. Klems said...

This looks so good, not to mention the monkey theme. Boy, I love monkeys.

Brian
TheLifeOfDad.blogspot.com

VLyandra said...

I wonder if the lettuce counted as "crust"? =)

Veg-a-Nut said...

Wonderful, fun, and yummy lunch. You are the bomb.

Don't Be Square said...

Can I just say how much I love Mondays? Every Monday morning I wake up excited because I know you'll have a post up. I miss the days of everyday lunches!

Vegan Knitting said...

Oh, I have got to get me one of those monkeys!

Briggitte said...

I just made my first bento a couple days ago so fun. I have a feeling I would buy those monkey containers just to have them and never use them but their soo cute my bento box came with little condiments and sauce containers but not like those.


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Elsi said...

Do you cut your own "corn tires" with a sharp knife or cleaver? Or does someone sell them already cut to that size?

Ace N. said...

Ridiculously adorable. I must commend you on your effort, lettuce wraps sound yummy.

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Do you cut your own "corn tires" with a sharp knife or cleaver? Or does someone sell them already cut to that size?

Yes, I cut them with a very heavy chef's knife. You really have to press hard to get through the cob. A cleaver would be even better.

Annieeggplant said...

How do you make those awesome napkins? Do you sew them, or just cut the fabric - is there a pattern that you followed?

Thank you so much for all of the great ideas!! My son thinks that you are a lunchtime hero!

Jennifershmoo said...

It's a super-simple sewing pattern that another mom wrote for me. It's on page 39 in the new book. :-)

Annieeggplant said...

Sweet!! Thanks!! My son will be so thrilled. WE already have a stack of fabric just waiting.

Annieeggplant said...

We just got the new book!!
THANK YOU!!

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