Mealtime Monday: Caterpillar Bento Box

August 12, 2013 by FloMoDiva  
Filed under FMF Blog, Mealtime Mondays

Kids Caterpillar Bento Box

Bento boxes are the perfectly balanced school lunch for kids.  Not familiar with them? A bento lunch is simply a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box.  Packed in reusable containers, they reduce lunch waste such as plastic baggies and disposable containers, and allow you to pack a wider variety of food for lunch. Picky eaters may be tempted by an attractive presentation of a variety of foods.  If you are interested in trying bento boxes for the school year, take a look at this website for some great bento boxes for kids (and adults): www.laptoplunches.com
Caterpillar Bento Box
1. Crisp celery slices make the perfect caterpillar feet.
2. You can make the caterpillar segments with anything that can fit into a mini round size: meatballs, mashed potatoes, mini quiches, mac and cheese, and cut up fruit or veggies with dip are a few options.
3. Tuck in ham flowers (see below for a step-by-step photo guide on how to make them) and serve with colorful berries, or any fruit
How to make ham flowers:
ham flower step 1 ham flower step 2 ham flower step 3
Step 1:  Cut lines in the middle of ham, but not all the way. 2. Fold the ham in half 3.  Roll up the folded ham.
ham flower step 4 ham flower step 5
4. Make sure to keep a fairly tight roll to keep the “stem” of the flower together. 5. Fan out the petals of the ham flower and tuck into a bento box lunch.
Thanks, parenting.com for the cute idea!

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