Packaging up a child’s lunch is an art form in some circles in Japan. Called bento, the idea is to make lunch as visually appealing for kids as it is tasty. Traditional Japanese ingredients might be rice, pieces of fish and even seaweed. While your kids might shy away from having seaweed in their lunch, the idea of presenting your child’s lunch in a fun, creative way is sure to please! And you don’t necessarily need a bento box – a well-made Tupperware box will do the trick just fine. These recipes can help inspire you from making sandwiches that look like a cat and mouse to cheese shaped like giraffes or bears.
Putting together a bento box involves packing all your child’s lunch ingredients snuggly so they won’t move around in her backpack. Check out how to make a bento box lunch from Just One Cookbook for all the tips and tricks you’ll need.