Back to School: Creative Lunches & Bento Boxes (Part 2)

Moo…Moo….. Here is a cr8tiv way to hype up boring bag lunch this coming school year.

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Can you believe it? Almost exactly to this day a year ago (just one day off, but who’s really counting!), we posted some fun lunch and bento box ideas for back to school (check out the post here). We’re back with a part 2 because that post was just so fun to write, and so many more lunch ideas have surfaced that we just had to share them!

For those of you that are not familiar with bento box lunches, let’s do a little bit of a recap from last year:

This creative way of lunching comes straight to us from Japan, and is now seen in many countries (and cafeterias around the globe). Many Japanese children bring elaborately decorated lunches (known as bento boxes) to school.

Without further ado, here are some fun lunch and bento box ideas for 2013 back to school!


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New Twist on Tryed n True Chops

Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops

Bhg.com has some great recipes for any kind of dish your looking for. Whether your planning for a 4th of July BBQ, or just a easy Sunday morning breakfast. They always have something up those sleeves, that is why I love this great resourceful site…

I found this yummy sounding recipe for marinating/grilling pork chops and a video on how to choose the perfect chop. It is very informative but not too much info to were your over loaded.
This mouthwatering marinade will have you turning your back on store-bought rubs for good. The blend of mint, lemon, cayenne, and honey is a combo of unexpected flavors, especially with some smoke from the grill. 

Budget dinner price: $2.15 per serving

Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops

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Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Marinate: 4 hrs to 24 hrs
Grill: 11 mins

Ingredients

4 bone-in center chops, cut 3/4 ” thick (1-3/4 lbs total)
1/4 cup honey
4 tsp of finely shredded lemon peel
1/4 of a cup lemon juice
2 tbsp snipped fresh mint or(1 tsp dried mint,) crushed
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

1.Trim fat from chops. Place chops in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow bowl or tray.

2.For marinade, in a small bowl stir together honey, lemon peel, lemon juice, mint, oil, salt, and cayenne pepper.

3.Place chops in bag. Seal bag; turn to coat chops.

Marianate the chops refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours, turning your bag occasionally. Drain chops, discarding marinade.

4. For a charcoal or gas grill, grill chops on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 11 to 13 minutes or until chops are slightly pink in center (160 F°), turning once halfway through grilling time.

Recommended Sides

These chops are delicious with

*Roasted Red-Skinned Potatoes *Potato Salad
*Green Salad
*Corn On The Cob ( I prefer sweet)

This, I can not forget… Plus it is so easy just combine the spices (which what I love is convenience, and this rub uses several of the most common spices in your pantry, so you can whip these up in no time but don’t forget to check your propane, I’ve done that before.. Pulled every thing out marinated the meat and went to fire up the grill and no go had to bake them instead…

How to pick the perfect chops video is in bhg’s orginal post “Healthy Dinners Under $3”. Click here to view the video http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/dinner/cheap-heart-healthy-dinner-ideas/#page=5

Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops
Nutritional Facts
Servings, Per Recipe 4, cal (kcal) 270, 
Fat, total (g) 15, 
chol. (mg) 75, 
sat. fat (g) 3, 
carb. (g) 5, 
Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, 
sugar (g) 4, 
pro. (g) 27, 
vit. A (IU) 49, 
vit. C (mg) 2, 
Thiamin (mg) 0, 
Riboflavin (mg) 0, 
Niacin (mg) 8,
Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, 
Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, 
sodium (mg) 219, 
Potassium (mg) 451, 
calcium (mg) 30, 
iron (mg) 1,
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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