All ideas, recipes, & opinions are entirely my own however, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Hillshire Farm®, Jimmy Dean®, & Tyson® Foods.

I woke up on Monday morning and instantly started to sweat. What in the world would I put in my preschoolers lunches today? I was starting to ever-so-slightly freak out. Peanut butter is completely off limits at their school. I can’t very well send mac and cheese, since they can’t heat it up. And cold mac and cheese is too gross for even my kids. The only other thing I KNOW they will eat 100% of the time is chicken nuggets and Tyson makes the best. I needed something that would fuel their little bodies all day long. Idea alert! Chicken Nuggets Bento Lunch!

What’s a bento lunch? Well a bento is actually a compartmentalized food container (so the food doesn’t touch!). Moms across the internet have started to created cute bento meals for their kids and it is time for me (and you) to get in on this action.

Preschool Bento Lunch

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I don’t know why but I like to make a well-rounded meal with at least three items – meat, dairy, and a veggie/fruit. I decided to serve chicken nuggets with cheese and kale chips.

First things first, I needed to gather my ingredients. I went to my local Albertsons and picked up Tyson chicken nuggets (for the bento lunch), Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausages (for Mom’s breakfast) and some Ball Park® beef hot dogs (for a quick after school dinner).

Chicken nugget preschool bento lunch ingredients

Now, you might be wondering if you can send chicken nuggets in a lunch bag to school. I was wondering that myself, so I heated some in the microwave as directed, then refrigerated them until lunchtime. Delicious! Not even soggy.

Here is a picture of the Tyson chicken nuggets I used.

Chicken Nugget Bento

Product Highlights:

  • Ball Park beef hot dogs:
    • The great taste of Ball Park has always been a crowd favorite
    • Cover all your bases with this delicious choice for both home and snack on-the-go
  • Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausage:
    • Jimmy Dean sausage is so delicious, it’s hard to believe they’re so easy to make
    • Savory sausage with the perfect blend of seasonings, fully cooked and ready for breakfast
  • Tyson chicken nuggets:
    • Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, made with 100% all-natural* ingredients.
      *Minimally processed. No artificial ingredients.

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How to make animal and flower shaped cheese

Animal Shape Cheese Slices

I found these adorable mini cookie cutters at a craft store last year and I have had so much fun with them ever since. It turns any ordinary food into a fun animal or flower. You’re instantly half-way closer to your kids eating whatever it is.

I sliced some cheddar and muenster cheese into slices and cut out my shapes. For the center of the flower, I used a straw to make a tiny circle of cheddar cheese.

I also used the mini cookie cutters to cut the chicken nuggets into cute animal shapes. My kids love Tyson chicken nuggets, but now I am sure they will love the animal shaped chicken nuggets even more.

Animal Shapes Bento Preschool Lunch

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Chicken nuggets cut into animal shapes with flower shaped cheese slices and kale chips.

Animal Shapes Chicken Nugget bento

Tyson chicken nuggets (regular shape) with animal shaped cheddar cheese and kale chips.

Animal Shape Cheese Bento

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Homemade Baked Kale Chips Recipe


2 cups trimmed and cut kale

2 tsp olive oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

Pepper to taste


Baking sheet

Parchment paper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Trim the stems off the kale and cut the leaves into 1”-2” pieces. I used a bag of pre-cut kale. I still had to trim some stems and make sure my pieces were about the right size.

Kale Chips Ingredients

Drizzle the olive oil onto the kale. Start with 1 tsp and then add another tsp if necessary. It’s very important not to add too much olive oil, or your “chips” will be chewy and soggy.

Sprinkle the kale with salt and pepper. I think it needs a lot of salt, but I like salt.

Kale Chips Step

Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Spread the kale into one layer on the baking sheet. Don’t overlap the kale.

Cook the kale for 8-10 minutes. It is VERY easy to burn kale chips. Check in at 8 minutes, and every 30 seconds after. Cook until the edges are very slightly starting to brown.

If you overcook the kale chips, they turn super crumbly and are not a very fun snack.

Feeding preschoolers really stresses me out. I would love to hear your go-to lunch ideas. Leave a comment with your favorites!

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3 Comments on Chicken Nuggets Bento Lunch With Homemade Kale Chips

  1. Christine Ramirez
    March 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm (4 months ago)

    Awesome, the kids are gonna love this! I’ll try it tomorrow and see how it goes.

  2. Innana Canon
    August 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm (10 months ago)

    This is so adorable! I have a toddler and am looking forward to making him cute lunches like this! Beautiful blog by the way!

    • Kristen Miller
      August 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm (10 months ago)

      Thank you so much! I hope he likes it 🙂


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