One of the challenges I ran into while making bento boxes is making sure the food I sent was both healthy *and* something they’d really enjoy eating.
After all, I didn’t want them to feel like they were missing out on what other kids were eating at school. Fortunately, they dislike a lot of the cafeteria foods, but when I’m sending lunches, I want them polishing most of the food off instead of discarding various bits like they would off a lunch try.
Here are some more attempts, which aren’t always the healthiest (see those fries? yeah….), but still manage to balance out quite nicely:
- Homemade pizza pockets
- Peanut butter and crackers
- Dried pineapple chips (they taste like laffy taffy!)
- Orange slices
- Homemade roasted red pepper hummus (not pictured)
- Pork onigiri rice balls with soy sauce
- Baby dill pickles (they look like sweet gherkins, but they’re dill)
- Vegetable straws
- Pretzel crackers
- Fresh strawberries
- Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
- Orange (I ran out of time to peel or slice)
- Cucumber, tomato, red onion Greek salad (but they call it Canadian salad because I made it the first time after a trip to Vancouver)
- Overstuffed chicken fajita with chicken, peppers, onions, salsa
- Boiled egg on a bed of sprouts
- Homemade beef jerky
- Peanut butter banana sandwiches by request
- Spaghetti with meat and olive tomato sauce
- Chopped pink eggs with funky colored yolk sunshine
- French fries
- Homemade dried pineapple chips
- Frozen strawberries
- Ketchup packages for the fries (totally going with the traditional Japanese bento here, huh?)
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
They way to mine? Well, I don’t know if there *is* a way. I do know that food will get you major brownie points, though. Mmm, brownies….
No, focus! Chocolate. Pizza. Chocolate pizza. Mmm….
Chocolate rice krispy-like crackle crust. Chocolate discs of pepperoni. White chocolate mushrooms. chocolate green peppers. Chocolate cheese drizzle. Oh, and some nuts….which go perfect with, mmm, chocolate. :P
Where was I going with this? Um. *Rereads* Oh right, how to get brownie points with me.
Mmm, brownies… I love food, but I have a special place in my stomach heart for chocolate. And we all know how I love playing with my food, food art, funky creations, etc, as evidenced by this site if nothing else, right? So a chocolate pizza like this makes my creative food loving side chow down swoon.
Anyway, before I end up crossing out all of my thoughts, you should see a few more pictures.
It even came in a pizza-like box with a flip top, but I apparently don’t have a full picture of it. :(
I tried slicing it like a pizza, too, but it had been in the refrigerator and it caused the chocolate to crumble. Mom suggested I knock the chill off it a bit so it wasn’t as hard to eat, but a few seconds too long turned it into a chocolate puddle.
And the odd cheese drizzle ended up looking even more like mustard. I was hoping to make it look a bit more like cheese after that but well…
Yeah, at this point, I decided to just go back to eating my chocolate and leave the “playing with their food” to the professionals who crafted the chocolate pizza in the first place.
Mmm, chocolate pizza…