This is a simpler version of the Bento Box lunch, but has its own charm and appeal. Any lunch that will entice children to eat the contents is well worth a bit of extra preparation time. And considering that kids often prefer to eat little bits of various items when they are young, you really can't go wrong with this one! Originally from spoonful.com.
Butterfly Garden Bento Box
- Cheese slices
- Red pepper
- Deviled egg
- Wax-covered mini cheese wheel, such as Babybel
- Green leaf lettuce
- Baby carrots
- Black and green olives or mini sweet gherkin pickles
- Chocolate covered or "finger" type or wafer cookies for dessert
- Circular lunch container
- Make your child's favorite sandwich and cut into a butterfly shape with a cookie cutter. Use cheese and red pepper cut-outs to decorate the wings. The butterfly's body is a red pepper strip.
Cut the center of a wax-covered baby cheese into the shape of a flower, and decorate the center with a red pepper circle.
- Add a deviled egg to the garden as a "tulip."
Set the wax flower cut from the mini cheese on top of a clementine for more color.
- Fill the box with a background of green lettuce, arranging the butterfly and flowers on top. Use baby carrots, black and green olives (or mini sweet gherkin pickles) and strawberries as fill-ins for the garden.