Holy Bento Box! These Kids Have the Best Lunches


There’s a pleasant whiff of Elmer’s glue and hand sanitizer in the air, because it’s back to school week at BonAppetit.com. Every day we’ll be celebrating the good, not-so-good, and artificially-colored snacks of childhood, school cafeterias, and beyond.

Forget stealing lunch money. Could we just swipe this 4-year-old’s entire school lunch?

When Paloma Tarlow opens her lunch box—well, to be precise, it’s a stack of tiffins—she unpacks a quinoa bowl with sardines, sprouts, carrots, and a side of brown rice cake slathered in almond butter. And that’s only Monday.

Who raised this lucky child? That would be Andrew Tarlow and wife Kate Huling, owners of the Brooklyn restaurants Roman’s, Diner, and Marlow & Sons, to name just a few. Here’s how the couple provides their tribe (ages 15, 10, 7, and 4) with school lunches that put our “al desko” sandwiches to shame.

Balancing Act
Tarlow explains that when prepping lunch, the couple breaks it down into components that can be mixed and matched:

Fruit: dried mango, apple, dried figs, raisins
Vegetable: cucumber, carrots/sprouts, celery, lettuces
Protein: meat sauce, tuna, leftover chicken, ham/turkey/salami, lentils
Starch: rice crackers, brown rice pasta, rice, quinoa

Some of the kids’ favorite combos include arugula (drizzled with lemon) wrapped in ham and Moroccan-spiced meatballs with rice.


Superfoods Supreme
In the Tarlow household, superfoods run the show. “We are always positing: Do you want to grow your bones with French fries, or do you want your bones to grow with this grass-fed …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit