A Week of Christmas Bentos

by Wendy Copley on December 6, 2016

Wow! It’s been awhile since I posted a full week of bentos, but my Christmas bento box game has been strong this week and I’ve somehow managed to make one every single day for six school days in a row.  An event like this calls for a celebratory blog post! Woo hoo!

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Tuesday

Christmas Bento #1 for 2016

I kicked off the Christmas lunches a week ago today when I decided to get my holiday bento gear out of storage on the spur of the moment. Augie and I were talking about his lunch as I was making it and we decided his sandwich needed to be way more fun, so I dug my stuff out of the cupboard over the fridge and pulled a couple things out to decorate his already completed lunch. He had candy-striped apples, rice crackers with an elf ring and a sunflower butter and jelly sandwich with a Santa ring tucked between the two halves. This was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Wednesday

Christmas Tree Bento Box

The next day I had a little more time to think about what I wanted to put in Augie’s lunch and this is what I came up with: candy-striped apple, Tannenbaum chips (from Trader Joe’s), mini salami sticks, a sugar snap pea Christmas tree with carrot ornaments, hummus and some crackers. This was packed in a green Yumbox original (Ooh! Festive!).

Normally I wouldn’t put in both crackers and chips but I ran out of time while I was making this and suddenly had one minute to finish it so I panicked and filled the last compartment with the first thing I could find — the crackers. Thank goodness for crackers! They’ve saved a lunch more times than I can count.

Thursday

A Very Pokemon Christmas Bento

I was part-way through this lunch when Augie announced that he wanted it to be a Pokemon Christmas lunch. I hadn’t made his sandwich yet, so I grabbed our Pikachu cutter and used that. We both agreed that Pikachu needed a Santa hat, but I didn’t have a Santa hat pick so I had to improvise. I ended up using a Santa pick and sliding his face under the bread so all you could see was the hat. I think that worked out pretty well. (The pick I used was made entirely of paper so I told Augie to be careful to get it all out before he ate his sandwich. Nothing ruins a sandwich like a big wad of paper in it.) The rest of the lunch (packed in a PlanetBox Rover) was: cucumber ribbon trees, Mandarin oranges with a Santa pick and Christmas tree chips with a few sprinkles.

Friday

Christmas-y Meatball Bento Box

Friday morning I was in a rush again, so I toned things down a bit: Christmas tree chips, red and green veggies (cukes and tomatoes), apple chunks and some meatballs from the freezer that I warmed up and threaded onto cute Christmas cupcake picks. This was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Monday

Super Santa Christmas Bento Box

Yesterday’s lunch was all Santa: alphabet pretzels with a Santa ring, a Christmas stocking cupcake decoration, Mandarin orange slices, cucumbers with a different Santa pick, and stamped Santa and sleigh sandwiches. I also spelled out “SANTA” with the alphabet pretzels. (Packed in a PlanetBox Rover.)

Tuesday

Just Barely a Christmas Bento

And finally, let’s keep things real. I was fresh out of inspiration this morning and this lunch was as much as I could come up with: meatballs, oranges, rainbow carrots, holiday Ritz crackers, tomatoes and a peppermint candy.

Is it as decorative as the other lunches I posted? No, it is not. Was Augie as excited about this lunch as the others? Yes he was. Never underestimate how powerful adding a single piece of candy to a lunch box can be!

A week of fun Christmas lunch ideas. So CUTE!


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A Pokemon Bento Box

by Wendy Copley on September 2, 2016

Pokemon Bento Box featuring Pikacho and a variety of Pokeballs

Like seemingly everyone else in the world, my family became obsessed with Pokemon GO this summer. We downloaded it the first week it was out and we’ve been enjoying taking regular family walks to try to catch them all. I mean…I don’t want to brag or anything, but as of this morning I have 67 different Pokemon in my Pokedex. (But now that I write this, I see there are 147 Pokemon varieties so maybe that’s not very good? Hmmm….) We’re all pretty into the game, but my kids have also reignited their passion for Pokemon in general and so there are cards on the floor of literally every room in my house. They are Poke-obsessed.

Naturally, this means that I needed to start making Pokemon lunches for Augie! (Wyatt — now a middle schooler! — is not interested.) This first Pokemon lunch had a sunflower butter and jelly Pikachu sandwich, a Babybel cheese Pokeball, snap peas, cucumber slices, cantaloupe and a strawberry. I packed it in a Yumbox Panino.

To make this lunch, I began a couple weeks ago by gathering my supplies. First up was this Pokemon sandwich cutter set that a friend pointed me to on eBay:

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It includes stamping cutters for Pikachu, Pichu, Chikorita, and a Pokeball and a few mediocre bento picks. If you can’t find this particular set, I noticed a lot of other cool looking stamping cutters that were made with 3D printers on eBay. Amazon has a pretty good number of Pokemon cutters as well.

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The cutters in my set work very well and I’d recommend them for making quick, good-looking sandwiches! If you’d like some tips for making perfect stamped sandwiches see this post: How to Make Kick-Butt Stamped Sandwiches.

After I made my sunflower butter and jelly Pikachu sandwich, I converted a Babybel cheese into a Pokeball using this tutorial at Cute Food for Kids. It might look a little fussy, but it’s pretty easy. I recommend cutting out a few of the black strips at once to speed up the process if you want to make more Pokemon lunches in the future.

I cut the cucumbers into rounds and used a melon baller on the cantaloupe to enhance the Pokeball theme but the lunch looked a little boring so I decided to make a couple Pokeball picks as well. I had tried to find some Pokemon cupcake picks on Amazon when I ordered the cutters, but holy crap they were expensive! I guess the people who have Pokemon merchandise know they have a good thing going. I also looked for Pokemon stickers so I could make picks using toothpicks, but couldn’t turn anything up at a reasonable price. These Pokeball picks worked out pretty well though.

To make them, I punched a circle out of sticker paper (for printing stickers), then I drew a circle and a stripe on it using a sharpie. I cut half the sticker away, like so:

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And then carefully put the rest of the sticker on a plain red circle pick. (Sorry — I couldn’t find a current source for these.)

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I poked the picks into the cucumbers and melon and now my lunch had an extra bit of pizzaz!

Pokemon Bento Box featuring Pikacho and a variety of Pokeballs

Are you making Pokemon lunches? I’d love to see what you’re making!


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