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For the Love of Food, Feed Everyone! – Bentgo

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This new school year, we’ve upgraded to Bentgo boxes—a Bentgo On-The-Go Salad Container for me and a Bentgo Kids Brights for my preschooler, Julian. Voilà! Lunch planning is fun.

I’ve been trying to up my salad game recently. One of my go-to salads is a zesty and sweet kale salad. The apples and cheddar in the salad do double duty, as Julian loves both. I find, with most salads, some of the ingredients work perfectly in both my box and my toddler’s box.

For the kale salad, I use:

  • Kale
  • Slivered almonds
  • Sweet Apple
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Freshly grated parmesan
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Very small garlic clove, puréed
  • Extra virgin olive oil

I start by cutting the apple and cheddar, adding some to both Bentgos.

To my Bentgo Salad Container, I then add slivered almonds, freshly grated parmesan, and kale. (Side note: I’ve found that my citrus zester perfectly shaves the parm.)

In the small, leak-free dressing container, I combine two parts olive oil, one part lemon juice, and a pureed garlic clove. Just before eating, I shake the dressing container and then pour over the kale, apple, almonds, cheddar, and parmesan. I give the whole salad a shake (with the lid on, of course!) and then enjoy.

To Julian’s lunch, I add various items to the perfectly-sized compartments. Today, we added a sandwich, blueberries, and celery. He also loves salami, chunks of melon, strawberries, cucumber, carrots, avocado, hard-boiled egg, and pear—all of which, in the right combination, are great additions to my salad lunches too!

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