My four-year-old son, Jack, goes to preschool five mornings a week. Before the school year started, he asked if he could stay for lunch one day a week so that he could play more with his best friend, who is in the extended day program. I agreed, and now I have the pleasure of making a cute bento-style lunch for him each week. He loves it and always gobbles up every bite, even if the lunch contains foods that he doesn’t always eat at home (e.g., hard-boiled eggs, rice balls, chicken drumsticks). I’m taking advantage of this enthusiasm while I can — I know that before too long, Jack will be too cool for cutesy lunches.
This week, I made a Halloween-themed lunch, heavily inspired by the Halloween bento boxes featured on Wendolonia. I used the two-tiered froggy bento box from Old Navy — a steal at
$5 (correction: now reduced to $3 for certain styles)!
Top tier: two black cat sandwiches and a ghost sandwich, decorated with food-safe markers, and home-grown cherry tomatoes.
Bottom tier: diced persimmon and mozzarella cheese cubes (I just sliced a cheese stick) on Halloween-themed cupcake picks, a hard-boiled egg molded into a car shape (I used these molds) held in a silicone muffin cup, salami roll-ups and a peeled clementine orange decorated to look like a jack-o-lantern with food markers. I also used disposable baran sheets to keep the foods separate from each other, since the salami is kind of oily. After taking the picture, I laid the orange down flat in the box and wrapped the egg cup with plastic wrap to prevent egg smell from infiltrating the entire lunch.