Making Lunch Fun, One Box at a Time

ben·tol·o·gy (ben t äləjē) Noun : The study of making nutritious and fun lunches for my daughters.

I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs. So, in hopes someone might get some inspiration from me, I've decided to post some pictures here.

This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.Proverbs 3:7-9

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Girl Scout Bento

Tonight my daughter has her bridging ceremony as she moves from being a Girl Scout Daisy to a Girl Scout Brownie.  So, her lunch today celebrates that.

- 2 Trefoil-shaped sandwiches (stacked) with a Girl Scout pick
- Carrots with ranch
- Daisy shaped cheddar cheese
- Red and golden raspberries in the shape of a daisy
- And, of course, a daisy shaped brownie for dessert!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sail Away Bento

  • 2 sailboat-shaped sandwiches (stacked) decorated with provolone cheese and food safe markers
  • Peas
  • Blackberries and raspberries
  • York Peppermint

Camp Bento

My daughter's 1st Grade class is doing a program at school this week called Camp Skeeter -- they pretend like they are away at camp, while learning things about animals and the environment.

I made her a lunch to go along with her day at camp.

  • Sandwich cut with the Pampered Chef sandwich cutter and "CAMP" picks
  • Pretzel (logs) and cheese (flames, decorated with food markers) campfire
  • Cherry tomatoes and snap peas with ranch
  • Cherries (pitted)
  • S'Mores (Golden Grahams, milk chocolate chips and mini marshmallows)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Musical Bento

My youngest has her 1st grade musical today so we made a simple bento to celebrate.

  • Sandwich cut with the Pampered Chef sandwich cutter and a cheddar musical note
  • Babybel with a musical note cutout
  • Peas
  • Raspberries and blackberries with musical note picks
  • York peppermint
Bento Lunch

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I'm a Little Tea Pot

A tea party lunch on a pretty spring day.

  • 2 teapot-shaped sandwiches (stacked) with a teapot pick.
  • Cucumber and tomato slices with ranch
  • Watermelon and blueberries with a teacup pick
  • Brownie bite

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Field Trip Bento

Today, my youngest is going on a class field trip.  They had to pack a completely disposable lunch.   I used a strawberry container as the box and lined it with a piece of wax paper to protect everything from the slits in the box.  I used paper, rather than silcone, cupcake folders to separate the food.   
  • 2 butterfly-shaped PB&J sandwiches
  • Carrots with ranch (disposable ranch cup from a fast food restaurant)
  • Red grapes
  • Cheddar flowers
There is what it looked like all packed up and ready to go...I added an extra piece of wax paper to the top to help keep everything secure. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cinco De Mayo Bento

Since Cinco De Mayo falls on Saturday, we are celebrating a little early:

  • Cactus sandwich with cucumber features and icing eyes.   He's wearing a plastic sombrero.
  • Carrots, sugar snap peas with ranch
  • Red grapes with a pinata pick
  • Babybel with a "5" cut-out
  • Mini Milky Way

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sunshine Day

Looking forward to summer!

  • Sandwich cut with the Pampered Chef sandwich cutter, decorated with a cheese sun with a cucumber peel mouth and icing eyes
  • Strawberry and blackberry flower
  • Peas
  • York Peppermint

Buzzy Bee

This one didn't turn out as cute as I imagined and then photographed even worse but that's ok ;)

  • 2 Peanut butter and honey sandwiches (stacked) with provolone wings and a cheddar body, decorated with food marker and an icing eye
  • Blackberry and strawberry flower with a bee pick
  • Broccoli with ranch
  • Milky Way candy bar