Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hedgehog Bento

I find hedgehogs simply adorable, so I hope I did them justice with this bento!  I was inspired by an e-mail my mom sent me yesterday containing a photo of a hedgehog.  When I saw the picture, I recalled a bento I saw many months ago and knew I wanted to make this one today.  It was very simple, but a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed making it.  
What's in the Box?
Hedgehogs - Homemade Tuna Croquettes, Cheese & Sesame Seeds
Noodles, Carrots, Sautéed Garlic Asparagus
Tomatoes, Cucumber, Cantaloupe & Lettuce


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mamegoma Baby Seal Bento

I absolutely LOVE the Kawaii Mamegoma Baby Seals that are so popular in Japanese pop-culture.  We have a local Japanese store that has many items containing these precious characters.  I recently saw a bento on Pinterest following this theme, and immediately knew I wanted to make one for my sweet kiddos.  
Mine isn't as cute as the one I saw on Pinterest, but my children loved it!
What's in the Box?
Rice Bed, Seals - Cheese w/ Nori & Canadian Bacon Accents
Canadian Bacon, Carrots, Snap Peas
Salad (Mixed Greens & Herbs, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Dressing)
Blackberries, Blueberries & Clementine

Monday, August 6, 2012

Teddy Bear Bento

Who doesn't love a teddy bear??  
What's in the Box?
Bears - Panko Covered Brown Rice Ball w/ Fish Ball Ears, Cheese & Nori Accents
Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Snap Peas, Bell Peppers, Broccoli
Lettuce, Blueberries & Blackberries

Friday, August 3, 2012

Buzzy Bumble Bee Bento

Both of my kiddos asked to have tuna sandwiches for lunch today.  I happily complied, but not without fitting them into a fun bento!  I had the leftover yellow rice from Wednesday's Back to School Bento, so I was initially going to make a sun.  As I was making the face on the sun, I was inspired to change gears and decided to make a big yellow bumble bee, instead.  I used a small piece of the sandwich for the wing, and was thrilled with how it turned out.  The kids agreed that it was way more fun than just having a sandwich on a plate with a side of veggies!
What's in the Box?
Bee - Turmeric-colored Rice, Nori & Cheese accents w/ Tuna Sandwich Wing
Tuna Sandwich w/ Nori Accents
Carrots, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Olives
2 Varieties of Plum

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to School Bento

Today was our first day back to school (it's just too hot in August to do anything else), so I thought it would be fun to make a Back to School Bento for the kids.  I didn't make many bentos during our summer break, so it was a lot of fun to get back into the swing of things!
What's in the Box?
Pencil - Rice colored with Turmeric, Jack Cheese, Canadian Bacon, Nori Accents
Steamed Veggies (Broccoli, Peppers, Celery, Carrots, Snap Peas)
Salad Greens, Canadian Bacon
Clementines & Green Grapes 

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