I am totally loving this. After making fun food fridays for over a year, it’s a nice refreshing change. Kirsten has been helping me make her school lunches and she decides what foods she wants. I love involving her in the process. My bento boxes are not elaborate by any means and they really don’t take any longer than packing any lunch for your kiddos. I usually just add 1 or 2 cute elements to each box that takes very minimal prep and time. Here’s some bento’s from this week:
This was a great bento for her afternoon nutrition break. A ham and cheese sandwich on a multigrain roll with a little cheese whale and fruit leather spout. I used my food safe markers to draw on the little eye. A container of blueberries and a peeled clementine orange.
This was for a morning nutrition break. I made homemade blueberry muffins, which I absolutely love. I also made a blueberry, cherry, apple smoothie. I make large batches of smoothies and freeze them ahead of time in freezer jam jars and take them out the night before and leave them in the fridge. They help keep the lunch cool and are defrosted by her morning break. If you’re serving one for lunch, you might want to take it out the morning of, and not the night before. I also gave her some red grapes. The smoothie container unfortunately doesn’t fit in the bento, so I had to pack it outside the box. She’s really been enjoying the smoothies in her lunches.
This was for an afternoon nutrition break. I made pinwheel pasta sauteed with butter, broccoli and parmesan cheese. I made this for supper and served the leftovers in her lunch. A sliced kiwi and some crackers with dino-shaped cheese.
Here’s another morning nutrition break bento. I cut my homemade chocolate zucchini bread into an elephant (she got 2 pieces) and put an icing eye on the top. Vanilla yogurt with a piece of elephant baran and a sliced nectarine with an elephant pick. Just so you know, I wrap the yogurt in tinfoil before packing her lunch to prevent it from spilling.
Here’s another afternoon nutrition break bento. A turkey and cheese sandwich on an multigrain roll. Little cheese fishies with food marker eyes. Goldfish crackers and fresh raspberries.
And another afternoon nutrition break bento. Turkey bologna roll-ups, some wheat thin crackers with little cheese birdies. A sliced up apple with adorable little tree picks. I dipped the apples in pineapple juice to prevent browning.
Here’s some of the stuff I used to make these bentos: