Monday, May 10, 2010

a panini bento

My oldest child is my second pickiest kid. He doesn't like sandwiches because he doesn't like bread (!!!), UNLESS it is toast or crunchy garlic bread. Enter the panini maker. He will happily eat a panini of garlic-y bread (drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of garlic salt) with a thin layer of Italian cheese blend in the middle. I don't usually put these in his school lunches because it takes more time than I'm usually able to devote in the morning. Not only does it need to cook, but it needs to cool down before being packed so that it doesn't get soggy from trapped condensation in the box.
panini bento
It sure looks pretty in the bento box though! I love the grill lines of the panini juxtaposed with the checkered apple. :) Carrots and Sunchips (garden salsa flavored- YUM!) make up the rest of his lunch.
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Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

I love the panini in the bento! It looks great, and I bet it was delicious :D

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

how do you do the checkered apple? so cool! For what it is worth, my kids don't like sandwiches - seems un-American! Your lunches are an inspiration. Thanks for posting them.

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

Oooooooh! Pretty!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hey Laura - Jenn (she commented just above you!) has a great tutorial on the checkered apple that is easy to follow. You can check it out here:

It really DOES seem un-American to not like sandwiches! I am so thankful that my little eats them! I've even started the baby eating them already. I'm priming him young! :p

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

oops, that's supposed to say "so thankful that my little girl eats them". :)

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I L.O.V.E your blog. I love reading new ideas on what to pack (and even tried to convince my husband to buy me a bento pack the other day..he claimed it was an impulse buy and moved on down the aisle). I have to did you do that to that apple? I sat staring at it for 5 minutes trying to figure it out! ;)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, thank you!!

The apple isn't difficult to do, but it is time consuming (which is why I don't do too many of them!). Basically you cut the piece of apple you want to use and then score the lines in it (in this case a checkered pattern), then using a paring knife (or whatever sharp knife you find easiest to handle) you simply cut away the peel in between the areas you have scored.

It is deceptively more tricky to not mess up the pattern of a checkerboard than you think!

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