I don’t create many cute bento box lunches, but if I had a little tyke, I’d probably pack a school lunch like this one!
Sandwiches are simple to make and depending on the fillings, healthy and most importantly very “ bento-packable”!
Today’s back-to-school bento features a grilled cheese sandwich. Actualy two grilled cheese sandwiches…there’s another one under the pumpernickel automobile. Grilling the sandwich will toast the outside of the bread which keeps the inside soft. It kind of “seals” the sandwich.
If grilling or toasting is not an option, and you want to avoid the ”soggy-sandwich-syndrome”, try building your sandwich like how I described in this post.
The other items in this small lunch are carrots and blueberries wrapped in thin slices of cucumbers. You can substitute the cucumbers with pickles. Just slice them (like I did with the cukes) using a mandolin for the same effect.
As with a sandwich, grapes and cherry tomatoes are easy to eat with fingers. The theory for not using utensils is it’s easier for your little ones…and there’s less risk for losing that “kawaii-cute” matching fork!
I added vegetarian ham on the side instead of placing inside the sandwich just to keep things interesting. If cold-cuts aren’t your child’s “thing”, then small sausages or a chicken drumette would work here too!
Here’s the bento showing the bottom sandwich which is made with potato bread for color and flavor contrast. The bottom sandwich is just a plain rectangle shape that fills most of the bento.
The car-shaped sammy was created by using a cookie cutter. I advise cutting the shapes out before grilling. I did it both ways, but when I tried cutting out after grilling , the bread surface cracked. I embellished the car with pickle, cheese and carrots, but it’s not necessary. You can clearly see the intended shape so your child will recognize that it’s a car-shaped sammy!
It really didn’t add much time for these extra touches. Try it out and see for yourself!
I can’t emphasize enough that packing bento box lunches for school or for work should be stress-free! Take some time now before school restarts (although I’ve read that some areas are already in session) and practice your techniques and time-management.
The bento lifestyle is not for everyone. But you won’t know if it’s your lifestyle unless you give it a try! :)
An unsolicited note about this bento box from Japanistic. It’s one of my favorites as the lid allows for “head room” and doesn’t squash the contents. It’s perfect for “small-kid” lunches or Saba Man snacks!
This bento has been added to “What’s for lunch Wednesday”.