Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Weekday Lunch Express - Hotdog Bento

Once in a while, when my kids got really tired of the usual (equals boring!) weekday lunch meals I prepare for them, I will jazz up a simple hotdog and make it into a kiddy bento lunch.


The good thing about making a hotdog meal is, I can get the kids to get involved. The younger one will butter the buns and arrange the cheese slices, while my older boy helps to pan fry the cheese sausages.

We usually top the sausages with ketchup or chili sauce and some mayonnaise. This time round we sprinkled it with some leftover bacon bits. As for the sides, it would be anything that we can find in the fridge. Usually it will be just fruits or I'll make some simple salad to go with it. The kids get to decide on the 'treats' to go into the bento...either jelly, yoghurt, sour bears gummy candies or even cookies. A bottle of vitagen or a glass of ribena will complete the meal.


As for my share, I like to top the hotdog with my favourite hot & spicy salsa sauce. This must be one of the easiest and delicious meal, yet, I won't make it an everyday food as it is best to restrict the amount of processed food that goes into our diet.

25 comments:

  1. You are such a lovely mum! The hotdog bun looks so good and I'm sure it's yummy too! Did you make the bun by yourself? The shape looks very good and I find the way you place the hotdog at the center is nicer!

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  2. What a creative lunch! A great way to get the kids involved. And hot dogs are super yummy anyway!

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  3. Hi Grace, no, I use store-bought hotdog buns ;p

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  4. Hi HHB!
    Instead of pan-frying the hot dog, you could boil some water in a pot, put the hot dog in to boil/blanch for a while. Drain and serve with bun. Something like Ikea $1/- hotdog bun. :)

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  5. Hi HHB

    So nice and generous of you to share yr ideas and recipes....and they are sooooo detailed... :) Thanks a lot! You are my idol! Thumbs up...

    Cheers
    Cheyenne

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  6. What a lovely lunch!!......

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  7. I love how the hotdog is just so perfect for the bento box! I find adding the sauce makes the buns soggy by lunch time, how do you prepare yours?

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  8. I remember u saying yr younger one very easy to be "conned" by packaging! I am sure he is fascinated with this novel way of serving! U Mother of The Year lah!

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  9. Hi MH, yes, I have tried the blanching method...my sis taught me that. but we prefer to have a slightly crispy crust on the sausages...that's why it is not a very healthy meal ;')

    Hi Cheyenne, thanks for your compliments, you are making me blush!

    Thanks Cutiebun!

    Hi CY, I didn't have problem with soggy buns as the sauce is only added on the sausages and I buttered the inside of the buns. I read from a cookbook...when making a sandwich, if you spread mayo on the bread slices before laying the other ingredients, it will help to prevent the bread from absorbing moisture from the other ingredients, especially the vegetables.

    Hi vb, yes, he's easily 'conned', but I don't have to do much to get him to eat a hotdog :)

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  10. Thanks so much for the tips, will try out on my girl's lunch tomorrow! Cheers!

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  11. Hi HHB

    Thanks for the tip on the spreading of bread with butter/mayo to prevent soggy bread.I always end up with soggy bread :(

    Cheyenne

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  12. wow.. this sure look great for a great picnic lunchbox... :) The colour is so nice, sunny and attractive.... :)

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  13. Hi HHB,
    Wow! Simple meals, with some thoughts and creativity can become so beautiful and nice! Thanks for the ideas! So very beautiful-licious! ;)

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  14. processed foods are not good but with the fruits that go with it, it sure can bump up the fibre value :)

    nice and colourful!

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  15. Hi there,

    I just found your lovely blog and I think I'm going to get hooked to it for quite sometime! Just love your food display!

    Thanks for sharing all the recipes. Hope to try some of your recipes and will let you know the outcome...

    Take care and have a nice day..

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  16. Hi MamaFaMi, thanks for visiting :) I hope you will like the recipes I posted here :)

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  17. Hi!

    I just simply love visiting your blog and looking the attractive and yummy food.

    Do you use any special software to make your pixs looks even better on your blog?

    rgds, tomatoesmum

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  18. OK, my mom never made a lunch like that for me :( I think kids love it when you are creative with there food and they will eat it.

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  19. Hi Tomatoesmum, thanks for your kind words :)
    I use either Picasa (free software) or Picnik from flickr to edit my photos. I usually have to adjust the brightness as I depend on natural sunlight to take the photos.

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  20. Noted. Tks for your tips! Your skills are great!!!

    Rgds/Tomatoesmum

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  21. hi hhb,
    i make it a point to visit ur website daily to see what u have posted. the pictures are yummy and the recipes are so detailed that i ask my friends to refer to them often. the best of yours (which i tried was flourless choc cake). ur my inspiration to try innovative recipes at home. thank u so much

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  22. Hi, thank you so much for reading my blog! I glad to hear that you have a wonderful time trying out the recipes :D

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  23. I'm sure if every kid has a nice bento like yours, they would never want to be picky! Haha, you inspire me to want to make nice bentos and cook good meals for my children in future. :P

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  24. how you peal the orange? i like it!!
    and i love your blog. trying to read all the recipe from 2011 to the very first post.

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  25. hi bluestarstsl, thanks for reading my past blog posts :) Those are one type of mandarin oranges...very small ones which are only available during the Chinese New Year period. I simply peeled off the skin by hand :)

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