#TMCKitchenSeries: Easy Baon Ideas for Your Little Einstein

It’s back to school once again. One of the biggest challenges (so far) during school days – aside from waking up early – is preparing baon for my little one. As much as possible, I want to prepare healthy, natural meals and avoid store-bought snacks for my daughter’s baon. At the same time, my daughter’s school encourage healthy snacks, which I plan to abide. 

I’m no expert in making baon and I’m still in the process of learning making bento meals. In the meantime, you can try these simple and easy-to-do baon ideas, which your kids – and your husband too! – will love with the help of my kitchen partner: Ready Wrap containersBaon Ideas 6Banana Nutella Toast

My eldest daughter is particularly fond of bread, banana, and Nutella. Why not combine them all together, right? Simply spread Nutella on bread, toast for three minutes, then place sliced banana on top of Nutella. Easy to do as well. Baon Ideas 7Homemade Pork Tapa

This is a kitchen classic. I like tapa because it is easy to prepare, it won’t stale eaily, and I can do this in big batches, store them in the freezer overnight, and cook it the following day. All you need are soy sauce, ground black pepper, calamansi, and (lots of) garlic.  Baon Ideas 1Pork Salpicao

This is another baon favorite. I usually prepare this at night once the kids are sleep then cook it the following day. Just like pork tapa, I also do this in big batch to save me from preparation and cooking time. 

To do this, marinade pork tenderloin with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and lots of garlic. You can adjust the taste once you cook it. Baon Ideas 2Chick ‘n Chips

This is a sure hit on my kids. They are not into beef and pork so much, but would love to eat anything fish and chicken. I had to pair it with homemade fries since I want to avoid fastfood as much as possible. Baon Ideas 3When making the breaded chicken or fish, I just season it with salt and pepper, dip in egg then breadcrumbs, and fry. I used to put herbs on the breadcrumbs like rosemary, but my kids “don’t like leaves” so I just keep this recipe as simple as possible. 

Breaded Fish Fillet for the Little Ones :)
Breaded Fish Fillet for the Little Ones 🙂

Fish and Tofu in Oyster Sauce

If your kids are a bit bigger and willing to experiment on food, then try this simple dish. Get the recipe hereBaon Ideas 4Garlic Chicken

Another baon idea worth trying. My kids and I are still in the process of “habulan” during mealtimes to get them to eat. If your kids are not too picky with food, then this simple chicken recipe might also work for them. Here’s the recipeBaon Ideas 5Healthy Salad

Okay, I have to admit. My kids are not into salads and anything green yet. My youngest tried to eat romaine lettuce a few times, but she didn’t like the taste. If you have bigger kids who enjoy eating greens, then packing healthy salads could be another baon idea. 

Check out the tips on how to keep greens fresh and crisp plus few salad ideas hereSalads 4Baon don’t have to be boring too. Ready Wrap containers come in various colors, which could be pleasing to your child’s eye and encourage them to eat more. The containers also come in various sizes to fit a child’s eating capacity. I also make use of bento tools to put division on my child’s baon container to give her options during snack time in school.  

Who says Ready Wrap containers are only for food storage? 

Do you have baon ideas you would love to share? Let me know by writing a comment below. 


  1. Tina Perez

    July 15, 2016 at 3:30 am

    i have to admit i don’t cook and its the hubby who does the cooking at home. but I will try my best to follow the recipes here 🙂

  2. Coi Ibanez

    July 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Not just for baon, these are also good as ulam at home! Thanks for sharing!! 😉

    1. Ayi

      July 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Yes, I also cook this pang-ulam 🙂 You’re welcome 🙂

  3. wifeymommyrn

    July 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Thank you for sharing these recipes. You gave me ideas for what to serve for lunch and dinner as well. 🙂

    1. Ayi

      July 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

  4. Liz Aquino

    July 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you for the ideas! I am running out of food ideas to cook on a daily basis, including my own baon. I think I can whip these up. 🙂

    1. Ayi

      July 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      These are pretty easy to do, so I’m sure you can 🙂

  5. Denise Rayala

    July 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Nice! I’ll try some of your lunch ideas. BTW, I also have baon-sharing posts on my blog’s Facebook page that I called #BaonSerye. As in, I chronicle my kid’s daily baon to school. Please check it out and let me know what you think! 🙂

    Here’s the link – https://web.facebook.com/RoyalDomesticityBlog/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1052954041452063

    1. Ayi

      July 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Will check this out momma 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    July 16, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I bought some bento tools before I don’t do bento meals because I know my son won’t eat everything in his baon. Like you, I also use containers, isang container, isang luto. 🙂

  7. mamaneesnest

    July 16, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I love ready wrap containers! Thanks for sharing your baon ideas too, I also used ready wrap containers to make bento lunches for my daughter’s birthday party last year. 🙂

  8. Maan Laxa

    July 17, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I just love looking at baon ideas! We’re homeschooling, and while I think we’re not missing out on anything, I wish I can prepare cute baon too haha

  9. momsterteacher

    July 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Is your child already in big school? 🙂 I also have a similar post, but it’s more for kids in preschool so no lunch included pa. Will return to this post when my child enters first grade and lunch is included in his baon already! 😉

    1. Ayi

      July 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      She’s still in preschool 🙂 Will check your post 🙂

  10. tweenselmom

    July 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Great baon ideas. Now that I am doing bento, I need these kinds of posts! Luv ya!

  11. Nilyn_ECM

    July 18, 2016 at 1:23 am

    I’m not a good cook as well, specially that mother-in-law is here and does most of the cooking. So when we start living all by ourselves, I’m sure the internet will be my friend that’ll help me cook yummy dishes for my family. lol.

    1. Ayi

      July 18, 2016 at 3:04 am

      Internet has been my best friend too, since I am not a good cook myself :))

  12. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    July 18, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for sharing. I am currently gathering ideas like this since I am preparing myself when my son starts going to school.

  13. Jackie (@MultiasianMama)

    July 18, 2016 at 1:59 am

    These are really good ideas! Do you have the recipes for your pork tapa and salpicao? If yes I’d love to know, thanks!

    1. Ayi

      July 18, 2016 at 3:03 am

      Hi Mommy Jackie 🙂 Yes, I included it in the post 🙂 Didn’t make a separate post for these recipes since they are easy to do naman 🙂 Just marinade then cook 🙂

  14. playfullifewithkids

    July 18, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I hope to make time to prepare baon for my hubby din. My lil one is still small pa kasi pero I was thinking of practicing na din kaso I am not really a good cook so maybe your recipes can help me hihi;) Thanks!

  15. rollcoastermom

    July 18, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Great baon ideas! Healthy pa. Gone are my baon-making days now though. I did it for years and it got pretty tiring for me. Haha! You’re doing a great job though so keep it up. 🙂

  16. sarah tirona

    July 18, 2016 at 6:07 am

    love this, thank you! super hirap to think of baon everyday!

  17. Maria Teresa Gregorio-Figuerres

    July 19, 2016 at 5:19 am

    I’m actually running out of ideas of what to put in my son’s lunchbox every day because he’s a picky eater. I’ll try some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

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