Now, I can't and don't want to take credit for coming up with this cute idea for Grant's bento lunch today. This was completely copied from a blog I read daily, Wendolonia....and I do believe her's is much "cleaner" than mine...but nonetheless, I think it turned out pretty darn cute and I can't wait until Grant opens his bento box today. Grant loves the game Angry Birds, which I usually only let him play when I need him to be distracted/quite (ie waiting room of the doctors office/urgent care...or when I need to devote attention to Gwen --like when she was taking her ISR swimming lessons). Last year, Grant referred to the game as, "Mad Ducks"...and since then, that's what we call it!!
I'm sure you can all tell, but this is made out of Babybel cheese, with mozzarella for eyes (seaweed from my dinner sushi roll for eyes/eyebrows) and cheddar cheese for his mouth. I stuck them all together by using a dab of honey. I will report if the "Mad Duck" survived until lunch today.
These bento boxes are some of my favorite--In fact, I probably use them 3x a week. The brand is Aladdin and I bought it at Target for $5.00. I really like them because they seem to be the right size for kids and they come with an ice pack that fits in the lid as shown below:
And my latest purchase from Pottery Barn Kids are these adorable ice packs. I use these in addition to the icebox in the bento box to keep their milk cold (have I mentioned it's been in the high 90's out here during the day?)
And here it is all assembled in his Star Wars lunch box: (on the side is a squeezable strawberry applesauce)
Now, seeing as though I have to pack two lunches, I TRY and give them the same things just to make my evenings a little less crazy (yeah right)...but Gwen doesn't love meat, so she really won't eat the turkey roll up sandwiches. She told me last night that she wanted a "pizza muffin", which, I happened to have stored in the freezer from the last time I made them. These little guys are really good! I used a recipe from The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue cookbook. For those of you that aren't familiar with her recipes, she uses different purees to "sneak" vegetables into foods that kids will like. Does anyone want the recipe? Leave me a comment and I'll post it--I just couldn't find it online this morning. The pizza muffins use a sweat potato puree and I have to say, they froze well...I removed the muffin wrapper and let it thaw overnight at room temp and it was ready to go for Gwen's lunch: which was basically the same otherwise from Grant's (less the Angry Bird cheese b/c she wouldn't appreciate it as much as Grant--substituted with oranges and popped her edamame out of the pods.
I used the same Aladdin container with ice lid...
butterfly ice pack
butterfly lunch box
MY lunch bento (originally purchased for the kids, but it's too big for them, so I use it), you may ask? Edamame, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, grilled veggies, pesto wheat pasta with tomatoes. The best thing about bento-ing, is you can control portion sizes and therefore have a variety of small portions of food.