I have decided to have some fun with my kid's lunches and experiment with bento boxes. My sister-in-law inspired me with pics of the fun lunches she was doing for her kids.
What is bento? Another Lunch a bento food blogger has this definition:
- Bento is a way of packing meals in a compact way in a single container. Bentos should be visually appealing and be comprised of assorted foods - smaller portions of each, but providing more variety over all.
Tidbits from wikipedia-
- Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.
- It is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.
- "Bento" originates from the Southern Song Dynasty slang term meaning "convenient".
PB&J with heart sandwich cutter
snowflake and snowman cheese
and a candy cane.
Snack Time: A bento for snack at the playground.
Cheese bits from the leftover cheese scraps.
It's quite an orange snack isn't it!
Ham and cheese flower pressed sandwiches
thin apple slices
cucumbers on pick
and candy cane.
PB&J sushi roll sandwiches
oatmeal applesauce blueberry mini muffin (recipe post to come)
chocolate dipped marshmallows (post to come)
greek yogurt for one and orange pepper for the other