Hot Bento: Quick & Easy Pantry Lunch; Mac N Cheese, Edamame, Canned Pears
I will be the first to admit, that about once a week I don't have it in me to pack a beautiful fresh lunch. Some mornings, I need quick go-to items from my pantry to help me with lunch duty. Typically it's because I am out of fresh fruit or bread, turkey or almond butter. Usually there is an essential component missing from our refrigerator. So, I always make sure I have emergency pantry items on hand, for backup.
I don't mind making macaroni and cheese in the morning, it just takes about ten minutes. I buy Annie's by the case at Costco, so I always have mac 'n cheese on hand. While the pasta is cooking I can prepare the items to accompany my daugher's mac 'n cheese. Recently we tried edamame in her lunch, I only had the version in the shell (from the freezer section), so I shelled some, put it on tooth picks, and then tossed in a few extra in their shells. She loves to eat edamame out of the shell, so that was a treat to her! In the second cup, I had some canned pears, chopped it up and that's it!
Thank goodness for those pantry lunches, on a day when I am out of items. Faster than I know it, we are good to go! What are some items you stock in your pantry that you keep on hand as your morning emergency go-to's???