Yesterday I shared our plan to transition to homeschooling. It’s been a difficult year on everyone. Despite the challenges, I’m doing my best to make our transition to back-to-school (no matter what it looks like) consistent. One thing I know for sure is that kids love creative back-to-school lunchbox ideas. I, for one, still plan on making creative and fun lunches for my kids. Because, guess what? The more creative I get with lunches, the more my kids want to eat it! If you find yourself thinking that your kid would never eat bento box sweet potato salmon bites, let me tell you — even the pickiest of eaters will eat something when it’s pretty!
The Power of Snack Trays
Kids aren’t the only ones who are intrigued by bento box lunches. I mean, I could basically live on charcuterie boards and that’s practically the same thing. But why keep buying those Lunchables week after week when, with a tiny bit of prep, you can make your own!
I bought a few Bento Boxes off of Amazon so that I can prep a few days worth of meals at a time. And then I bought a few extra from the Target Dollar Spot so that I could duplicate these fun lunches for the little ones. Seriously, if you haven’t tried feeding your kids from a bento box or a muffin tin, TRY it. They, miraculously, will eat whatever is in there!
Sweet Potato + Salmon Bites!
In a house full of picky kids, we’re always trying to sneak foods in that are nutrient-rich. The good news is that they will never know that these Bento Box Sweet Potato Salmon Bites are full of the good stuff. They taste just that good!
- 7 oz fresh salmon fillets
- 3.5 oz sweet potato
- 1 small onion
- 1/8 cup of ground almonds
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- salt + pepper to taste
- olive oil
- Peel the sweet potato and chop into large chunks. Microwave* or steam until soft and mashable. Let cool.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Dice the onion.
- Chop salmon fillets into chunks.
- In the Vitamix or food processor, add all the ingredients except olive oil.
- Blitz until everything is broken up and comes together. Don’t overblend, you still have some chunks.
- Lay out a parchment paper onto an oven tray. Wet your hands. Shape the mixture into balls (about 1.5 inches in size)
- Spray with olive oil.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
Notes on microwaving sweet potato: Place sweet potato chunks in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Poke 3-4 holes and microwave on high for 3 minutes, checking after 3 minutes to see if it is tender. If it's not, microwave in 30-second increments until it is.
Bites can be eaten hot or cold!