Getting started with bento boxes
When making a bento box-style lunch for you and your family, it is essential to include lots of textures, colors and a well-rounded assortment of food groups. Most importantly, have fun knowing the joy you'll be bringing to the child (or adult) who will love your lunch creation!
For this Funny Face Bagel Lunch, there is a funny face turkey sandwich with baby spinach hair, cherry tomato nose, olive eyes and turkey pepperoni tongue. For the sides, there are carrot hearts on top of fresh broccoli, with grape and strawberry hearts for dessert. Let me show you how easy it is to create this bento box lunch for your loved ones.
Grab your container
First, gather your lunch container. For this bento box lunch, I am using an EasyLunchBox, a silicone muffin cup and some food picks. The silicone muffin cups are a great way to add color, are removable for reheating and are microwave-safe. Don't have any food picks? Toothpicks will work just great for this lunch.
Start with the sandwich
Next, let's make the main attraction of this lunch — the funny face! I used a bagel thin, but a regular bagel would also work just fine. Start by creating your child's favorite sandwich. Here, I am using turkey, cheese and mayo. Line the top half of the sandwich with baby spinach to make the "hair."
Add the face
For the face, I am using two black olive slices for the eyes, a cherry tomato nose and half a slice of turkey pepperoni for the tongue.
Create the mouth
To create the mouth, carefully cut a small incision the size of your pepperoni. Slide the pepperoni into the incision. Push it in until you feel it is secure.
Add the eyes and nose
Lastly, put on your olive eyes and place the cherry tomato nose into the center hole of the bagel. I used a dab of mayo to hold the eyes in place. If you have older children, you could also use a couple toothpicks to attach and hold eyes into place.
Create heart carrots
Now let's move onto our heart carrots. Make two angled slices at both ends of a baby carrot.
Form a heart
Place those ends together, to form a heart.
Insert food pick
Secure the carrot heart with a food pick or toothpick.
Create strawberry hearts
To make your strawberries into hearts, simply cut a small "V" out of the top of the strawberry. Place them on food picks with some grapes, pineapple or melon, and you have a healthy, beautiful dessert any kid would love!
Add to lunchbox
Place all of your bento box lunch creations in a lunchbox, and you have made your very own Funny Face Bagel Lunch.