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Bentos on the Bayou

Creating healthy and fun bento lunches for my two children is my passion. My blog is a place to share that passion with you. We are a peanut and tree nut allergy family, so all of the lunches on my blog are free of those allergens.

Rebecca is a winner of Top 25 Foodie Moms - 2013

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

My son is just now getting to the helping stage, so he really just helps with stirring, pouring, etc. His current specialty is "homemade water."

My daughter cooks with me often. It is an incredible joy to share the kitchen with her. Pancakes was the first thing she learned how to make, but my husband was the one that taught her. I think stir fry was probably the first thing I personally taught her how to make. Now at 12 years old, she not only assists me with much of my cooking, but she is an expert breakfast chef and makes the best pumpkin pie you've ever had!

My family created a bi-monthly cooking "show" we do at home called Gourmet Gladiators. My husband purchases mystery ingredients for each of 3 courses. My daughter and I are the chefs. He presents the ingredients to us at the beginning of each round, and we must use all of them in our cooking. We have access to everything else in the kitchen, too. This fun family tradition has afforded us much creativity in the kitchen, many special memories, and lots of new recipes that we continue to make.

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

My favorite no cook recipe is Chicken Salad. This is an easy and healthy alternative to classic mayo based chicken salad.

1 rotisserie chicken breast - shredded (could use canned)
1 avocado, cubed
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 barrel pickles, chopped
1 baby cucumber, chopped
3 small radishes, chopped
1 small kohlrabi, chopped
12 grape tomatoes, chopped
Splash of red wine vinegar (I do not measure)
McCormick Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder (to taste)

Serve over lettuce.

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

Pancakes! My daughter loves to make a huge platter of pancakes for special days. She is our breakfast chef, and there is nothing tastier than her secret recipe pancakes!

What's your go-to potluck recipe? Please share a link to the recipe and photo if you have one.


Having a child with food allergies always poses a potential problem when it comes to potlucks and parties. I like to bring a platter of fresh organic fruit, as it is something my family loves, and it is safe for my son to eat. We never know what is going to be available, but fruit is a delicious and healthy treat that everyone loves!
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