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.