Saturday, May 1, 2010

butterfly garden bento box

A butterfly garden bento for my little girl. :)
butterfly flutters by in EasyLunchbox

The top section holds a butterfly pb&j sandwich (cut with my new Critter Cutters butterfly sandwich press by The Lunch Punch!). Surrounding the butterfly sandwich is: cheddar and jack cheese cut into butterfly shapes, butterfly crackers, a small flower cup holds organic yogurt covered raisins.
The bottom sections hold raspberries and cucumber flowers with carrot flower centers.

This butterfly lunch is packed in an EasyLunchbox container. :)

The sandwich butterfly is decorated with fruit leather, I cut the shapes out of fruit leather using mini-cookie cutters.
The cucumber/carrot flowers were made using two different sizes of mini-sized flower shaped cookie cutters, layered together. My daughter doesn't really care for carrots, but these were too cute for her to resist. ;-)

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Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

oh! I love butterflies and I love that lunch!
Where do you find the butterfly crackers?

Sandra said... [Reply to comment]

ok, that's just adorable!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

The butterfly crackers are made by Peppridge Farms. They taste like Ritz. :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

And, THANKS! :)

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

I love the butterfly! Lunch looks delicious!

Casey said... [Reply to comment]

oh, what a great idea! So cute :)

lyndalaird said... [Reply to comment]

Love your ideas! I am getting ready to become a stay at home mommy ... with a 16-month old and a baby on the way (due in October!). Thanks for sharing.

Probably a silly question but ... what is a "bento?"

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hello lyndalaird! :)

Not a silly question! "Bento" refers to the Japanese method of packing meals. Traditionally, it is a meal packed compactly in a single container. There can be a lot of complexity to that simple answer though, from the size of the box (traditionally calculated and determined using a specific equation taking age of person, size of person and even gender into account!); with a specific ratio of food types packed (4:3:2:1 - being 4 parts rice, 3 parts meat, 2 parts veg, 1 part "other")... but I've found in American culture for "bento" to have become synonymous with a waste-free lunch, and more so, a waste-free lunch that is presented in a single container, so that all food is available at once, and available to eat at once, as soon as the lid is opened. :)

Here is some exhaustive info:

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

So cute!! love it.
nice link to you on facebook from the Jamie Oliver Food revolution!! AWESOME! Healy Lunch mama

Nicole Feliciano said... [Reply to comment]

My 5 y.o. would swoon for that lunch! Great inspiration.

Mrs. Ed said... [Reply to comment]

Waaaay too cute!

Lisa Carosa and Tim Sivils said... [Reply to comment]

Your bento lunches are awesome! I love this! ~Lisa~

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you everyone. You are all very sweet. :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Adorable! Love this springy bento!

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

I just can't get over how bright your pictures are. I am so jealous. I will have to save up for a better camera:)

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

that was my birthday!!

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