Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Time to get serious about bentos!

So about a month ago I came up with the idea to make bento lunches to send to school when my daughter starts Kindergarten in a few weeks. I've had fun with it so far, but I haven't been pro-active. I've just thrown together bentos with what I have on hand in the house without much forethought. It's time to really put some thought into these lunches! I have checked out Yum-Yum Bento Box from the library and I need to spend time reading up on it. I also need to be bookmarking blog posts that have great ideas. My daughter has loved all the simple things I've done so I don't have to go super fancy, but I need to stop making the same foods over and over.

We had a friend over the other day and threw together these pink & green meals in school supply boxes. Both have a heart shaped turkey sammich with cheese cut outs on top, with cherry tomatoes on picks, grapes, carrot sticks, and ranch dressing for dipping in the sauce containers. Our friend had never had a meal served in this fashion and she quickly gobbled everything up!
A few days later I picked up some edible markers and helped my daughter put together this bento. She asked for sammich cut-outs that she could draw flowers on. She also put flower shaped beads in the box for decoration.
I think the big thing lacking in my bentos is food dividers & the food being packed into a container. I am still figuring out what I am going to do for containers. What I have been doing so far works because are are just eating at home, but I need to practice packing soon!

Time to go peel some (HOT) hard boiled eggs for our egg molds!