Today is Wednesday which means it’s time for another episode of 3 Tools, 4 Lunches! Each week for the next several months, four bloggers will use the same three tools to make a lunch in their own unique style. My hope is that youâ€™ll get some fresh inspiration for using fun bento tools and also discover some wonderful blogs you may not have visited before.
Here are the tools we used this week:
- EasyLunchboxes — These popular boxes have a large main compartment and two smaller side dish compartments. They come in a set of four and are a sturdy and economical choice for bento lunches.
- Fruit and vegetable cups — This set has three small silicone cups shaped like an orange, cherries and a peapod.
- Eye picks — These decorative picks with little googly eyes on the ends of them are one of my favorite tools in my bento collection right now. Stick them in a sandwich, poke them into fruit or cut a slit in a meatball and add one of these to the top to turn your food into a silly character. These instantly make lunch fun.
And here are the lunches our bloggers made with them:
The first lunch is from Jackie at Loving Lunches. The top section of her adorable owl bento box holds lightly steamed broccoli with ranch dressing and an owl made of sliced cheese. The next section holds blue & blackberries with sliced cheese stars and and a frozen yoghurt moon. The main area has a small owl made of sliced egg and carrot and a large owl sandwich filled with jelly. In an ingenious move, she used the cherry cups to hold the owl’s eyes. So clever! You can learn more about this lunch on her blog.
Jackie started packing Bentos in late 2011 when she returned to part time work and her daughter entered day care. Her favorite thing about packing bentos is the conversations she has with her little girl about what’s in her lunchbox.
Stacey Camilleri from Student Bento made this cute sushi lunch. It includes a maki sushi roll made with bbq pork, leftover pork in the blue cup, pita wedges, green and red grapes, a cheese triangle (under the cherry cup) and cashew nuts.
Stacey packs bentos for herself (and occasionally for her boyfriend) so her bentos are geared more toward adults. Stacey says she likes to make bentos “because I am trying to lose weight and save money. I used to spend at least Â£5 a day ($8) on lunch at university, so decided to start packing my own.” Her favorite thing about packing bento is releasing her creative side.
This “Two Peas in a Pod” bento was created by Jenn Christ from bentoforkidlet. Her blog is about the American-style bento lunches she makes for her 13 year old son. She has been packing lunches since her son was in 1st grade — 7 years!
This lunch is made up of two peanut butter roll sandwiches, pistachios, green grapes, cherries, and oranges. I love how she put oranges in the orange cup and cherries in the cherry cup. Her favorite thing about packing bentos is that she is always learning new things. She says, “Just when I think I may be out of ideas something will pop up to inspire me!”
Finally, we have this vegetable garden bento that was made by…me! I started with a carrot-shaped cheese sandwich. In addition to the cheese inside, I placed a slice of cheese on top to make it orange like a real carrot would be. I also added eye picks and drew on a smile with a black food-safe marker. The carrot “greens” are made of sugar snap peas that I cut vertically into strips and stuck into the top of the sandwich. I also placed cherry tomatoes with eyes in them in the peapod cup and sprinkled sliced black olives around the bottom to mimic soil. One of the side containers has celery sticks with eyes poked in it. The other has black bean dip with leaf picks and clover picks that are meant to be plants sprouting from the soil.
Do you have these tools? How do you like to use them?
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