I’m usually pretty lazy about stuff like this, but since I’m trying to minimise my children’s exposure to food additives, the safest way is to cook at home as much as possible. Aristotle is usually pretty easy since he’ll eat sandwiches. Hercules, on the other hand, is my China boy. He really loves his rice bowl. So we don’t have to rush home for lunch every time, I bought a thermal bento lunch jar so I can pack Hercules some lunch from home and take it along with me. The jar has three containers so I can separately pack rice, soup, and a meat/veggie dish.
Part of the trouble with home-packed lunch is having to make it. I confess I already loathe making dinner so any addition to my time in the kitchen is really undesirable. Luckily, wonders can be done with just a simple crock pot and a multi-functional rice cooker. Here’s what we made yesterday - Bak Ku Teh (one of Hercules’ all-time favourites):