There is something about buffalo sauce that I just can’t resist. The spiciness, the tanginess; sometimes I just can’t get enough. These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs will satisfy all your buffalo cravings without the mess of wings. They’re also the perfect packable lunch!
Speaking of packable lunches, with kids going back to school, I figured it would be a good time to chat about how to build a bento box! What’s a bento box you ask? Well, it’s essentially a single-portion takeout box that’s common in Japanese cuisine. You can use whatever leftovers you have and it’s like your own personal buffet. Simply fill the compartments with a variety of delicious items.
When talking to Paleo folks it seems that lunch is the hardest meal to plan for when you can’t hop into the kitchen and whip something up come noon. You need something pre made, quick, and nourishing and that’s what I have for you today! Along with the recipe for the Buffalo Chicken Meatballs I’ll show you how to pack an easy bento box that anyone would love! Kids and adults alike.
Let’s jump into how to build a bento box!
Bento Box Filling Ideas:
- deli meat roll-ups
- side salad
- fresh fruit
- sliced vegetables
- leftovers…like these meatballs!
- trail tix
- dried fruit
- vegetable chips
Depending on how many compartments your box has simply pick a few different things to throw into the box.Try and at least get a fruit, a vegetable, and a source of protein for a well rounded lunch.
For items like apples, pears, and avocado that tend to brown simply squeeze a bit of lemon or lime juice over them. Also, for kiddos you can cut the fruit, vegetables, and sandwiches into shapes!
It’s really as easy as that. When you stop viewing lunch as a single cohesive meal it becomes instantly easy to throw together something tasty and nourishing!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
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- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/4 green pepper diced
- 3 green onions thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
- paleo ranch dressing for serving
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
- Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix ground chicken with all ingredients except the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.
- For mixture into balls and bake for 20 minutes. Toss with warmed buffalo sauce and serve with ranch dressing.
***If you can’t find ground chicken you can simply use a food processor or blender to finely mince the chicken.
***If packing for lunch these are delicious cold as well! There's no need to warm the buffalo sauce before tossing if this is the case.