A bento is a small lunch usually packed for a single portion to take out for lunch or school. Traditionally in Japan, the bento will hold rice, fish or meat, cooked or a pickled vegetable in a container. These are ways to get your children to engage with you as you prepare their food, but it is also a great way to make something healthy and simple and let your creative designer go crazy on.
Instead of the regular seaweed and rolled rice sushi, go for a more innovative finger sandwich with tuna salad. To make it look like a sushi, after you make the sandwich with tuna, carrots, cucumbers and avocado, roll this sandwich into a roll and cut into one inch or thicker slices. You can customize the sandwich according to your child’s preferences for a happier meal. This is a great way to make sure the kids lunch boxes are empty when getting home.
Summer squash sauté
Make sure to add colourful items in the summer when you can make sure your lunch boxes for kids look the best among all their friends. The squash sauté which uses zucchini, squash, basil and tomatoes is healthy and also tasty. Make sure to cook it in a crock-pot and also add a bit of sugar to make the children eat it without much fussing and you can also freeze it in lunch portions for future meals.
Beans and rice wrap
This is also another item you can customize according to your child’s taste palette. For the traditional bean and rice wrap you use black beans, rice, spinach, cilantro and cheddar cheese to make sure your child gets all the nutrients in one go. You can cut the filled tortilla into slices and serve with the other things in the bento.
Vegetable mix up
Steam or bake all your child’s favourite vegetables and then cut them up into fun animal or other shapes to add a fun and cute element to the bento which is also nutritious. You can add the favourite sauce or topping on top to make it even more delicious.
Always make sure to add some fresh fruit on to the side of the bento as the bento always comes with a dessert in it too. You can make it the favourite pudding or other sweet item that you child will like too. if you are using fruits, try to use some cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes so that the bento would not look boring.
A bento is a great way to make sure your child’s lunch looks great and makes him or her want to eat it.