Stuck for lunches? Think outside the box and go bento!
Okay, let’s imagine it’s a few weeks into school your kids are already crying out for something different for lunch (or maybe this is your current reality). So you’ve already stepped up your lunch prep skills and learnt how to make some healthy lunches, and now you’re ready to take your creativity to the next level.
How about thinking outside of the box, and trying out changing up how you pack the (lunch)box? Go bento!
What is bento? It’s the Japanese style of packed lunch focusing on a carefully prepared assortment of ingredients, usually rice, fish or meat, with some pickled or cooked vegetables. The Japanese then take lunchbox packing to greater heights by designing the packed lunch to look like characters from cartoons, video games and comics (the style called “kyaraben”), or even picturesque scenes including animals, plants and buildings (“oekakiben”)!
Here’s a step by step video for a Spongebob-themed bento:
There’s no better way to challenge yourself than to try something a bit different. It can help get the kids excited with trying new foods (if you’re sneaky enough you might be able to slip in some extra veggies) and keep them entertained, hopefully making them hungry for what new creations might be in store for them in the next bento!
Stuck on where to get some bento accessories?