Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello Kitty bento lunch (for two!)

This little Hello Kitty bento lunch garnered some big smiles from my little girl this weekend. Gotta love when that happens. :)

Hello Kitty Bento Box
This box is deeper than most bento boxes, so it was able to accomodate a stacked sandwich (cut in half, halves stacked), but not quite deep enough for the small apple to fit in whole, so it is sliced and contained in a jumbo-sized silicone cup. I like how the silicone cup sorta looks like a heart from being in the corner at the bottom and squished in at the top. :) A few cucumber slices and grapes fill out the remaining gaps with a little grassy baran separating the moist items from the sandwiches.  The cute little blue bow bento pick was ordered from allthingsforsale.

The decorative Hello Kitty cheese pieces are made using this Hello Kitty veggie cutter.
Hello Kitty veggie cutters

First I used the outer cutter piece to cut the shapes, then I used food safe markers to color the impression piece and lightly stamped it over the cheese cut-out to transfer over the Hello Kitty face details. Easy Peasy!

This specific bento box has a tray insert that fits in the top to hold a fork and spoon, but by leaving the tray off it was a perfect fit with the food packed to the top. Otherwise, the contents would have needed to be about a 1/4" from the rim. I *LOVE* this bento box. It is very nice quality and the lid attaches just like a Lock & Lock box - nice and secure, but easy enough for the kiddo to handle herself.

Hello Kitty Bento Box

This one compact little bento box was enough food to feed both my four-year-old girl and my two-year-old toddler boy. They each had a sandwich half and shared the produce. I'm not sure my son was as impressed with Hello Kitty as his big sister was though. :)

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Any special tricks to keep that beautiful apple looking edible???? :)

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Anonymous... I don't know about Melissa but I dip my apples in Pineapple juice to prevent browning.

Looks like I will be buying allmthe Hello Kitty daughter just saw this post and fell in love.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I dip the apples in whatever juice I have on hand. We really aren't big juice drinkers, but I try to keep something on hand for this purpose. In this case it was a juice box of organic "punch". I just squeezed a little out of the juice box into a saucer and then dipped each of the cut apple sides into it. Stays nice and fresh. :) Any fruit juice will do as long as it has ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in it. :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

My kids love lemony apples. I keep one of those plastic lemon juice lemons on hand. Or, for spiral apples or less tart a small bowl of lemon water to dip in works well.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said... [Reply to comment]

Very cute! Check out the new bento meme at Bento Blog Network. This week's theme is Anything Goes and you can post your bento links until 8pm CST on Tuesday and then voting will be enabled for people to pick their favorite, which will become the featured bento of the following week. This theme specific meme is posted each Friday. Next week's theme will be Smiles.

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