Nutrition Month: Healthy Bento Im-bento Baon Idea

In the Philippines, we celebrate Nutrition Month every July. I was not aware of it until last month. I am truly sorry if I do not know what is going on around me.

Last month was Elijah’s first Nutrition Month. He wasn’t able to join last year because we enrolled him late. His first nutrition month was a blast because he was able perform in front of the crowd and witnessed his schoolmates perform different acts like singing, dancing, acting and some even shared their nutrition month themed pick-up lines which made us all laugh. Witty kids!

In celebration of nutrition month, we were asked (parents) to bring something healthy for the kids like fruits, vegetables, cooked fish, meat, etc.. Being a mother of a picky eater who only knows Yakult and Lava Cake/Whatta Tops for his snack, I spent my whole day thinking what should I bring to school. Can you guess?

I present to you my Healthy Bento Im-bento Baon. It is composed of a peeled orange, slices of apple and banana, mixed vegetables (peas, beans, carrots), cooked rice, and cornflakes coated chicken breast.

As you can see, I have no skills in designing this bento. When God showered skills, I was asleep. So there.

Anyway, here is a sneak peak of their Nutrition Month short program.

Satisfying My Picky Eater with Mixed Vegetable Fried Rice

My son happens to be a picky eater. A very picky eater. He is known as the boy who doesn’t want to try new food. He is not adventurous when it comes to food unlike his cousins. He doesn’t want coconut water, vegetables, fruits, and anything that you can think of. He will just stick to white rice, hotdog, nuggets, fried chicken, sinigang, sausages, and repeat. Seriously, this kid makes me insane. Introducing him new food will only start a fight.

Elijah is the kind of kid who knows that your spoon has a vegetable in it no matter how small it is. A super power that comes in handy when we are eating fish because he can debone the fish by himself. Teehee!

Having picky eaters at home is kind of frustrating and I feel helpless. My son is not getting enough nutrition because he is only sticking to the food he wants to eat not to mention that most of them are processed. Bad mama eh? I know. That is why when I heard that there is an ongoing Ajinomoto cooking challenge, I joined without hesitation as I am looking forward that their new product will help me in my misery.

The new PORKSAVOR™ All-in-One Seasoning Mix is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes. Which means it can turn vegetables taste like meat. Hmmm. Interesting.


Mixed Vegetable Fried Rice with AJINOMOTO PorkSavor™ Recipe



4 cups of rice (cooked)
1 medium sized onion ( red/white)
1 small sized carrot (diced)
1/4 cabbage (finely chopped)
1 can mushroom (7 oz) (sliced)
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
cooking oil
1 pack Ajinomoto PorkSavor™ Seasoning Mix





  1. In a pan, heat cooking oil. Add the onion and saute until golden brown.
  2. Add carrots, mushroom, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and mix well. Mix gently for about a minute.
  4. Add the cabbage, then sprinkle with Ajinomoto PorkSavor Mix.
  5. Garnish with spring onion. (optional)
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.