Today I’m going to share four bento lunch ideas that are all made in our Lego lunch box. This lunch box is a big favourite of Small Child’s, and it’s a box that I use quite regularly, despite our ever growing bento box collection. It’s the perfect size for bento style lunches, and if you have the super cute matching mini snack boxes (which work perfectly as dividers) it’s even better!
Today is the first day of the school holidays, hurrah! This term I haven’t managed to share many of the bento lunches I’ve been making for Small Child, but I have still been making them daily, and though I haven’t always got around to photographing them I have got quite a backlog of photos to share with you, which is why I’ve pulled together four different lunches to share today. These are all fairly easy to make lunches. The simple box design of the Lego lunch box means that you have to be creative in the foods that you use and the way that you pack them – food needs to be packed tightly in order for it to not shift around too much, and the mini snack boxes boxes are of a size that I find myself hunting the cupboards for little things to pack inside them!
In the first lunch I packed some roast beef sandwiches, which were made with seeded granary bread, cut into rectangles and decorated with circles cut from the bread scraps to look like Lego blocks. I ‘glued’ the circles onto the sandwich with a dab of cream cheese to hold them in place. I also packed Lego block carrots, which I made by cutting into rectangle blocks and impressing with a tiny circle cutter (the end of a plastic straw would probably do the same job, or you can find mini bento cutters in the Eats Amazing Shop), mini Organix cheese crackers, which I thought looked quite Lego-like, a clementine, peeled, halved and decorated with our homemade Lego picks (lego blocks hot glued onto cocktail sticks), a mini Babybel cheese, which I turned into a Lego block by cutting some tiny circles from the wax to decorate, a few dried apricots and a Bear yoyo (dried fruit strip). I finished the lunch off by popping in a little Lego mini figure, though Small Child told me he was worried the tiny robber might steal his lunch!
The second lunch was an easy Spider Man themed bento. In this lunch I packed more ham sandwiches, this time on wholemal bread, raw carrot sticks and sugar snap peas, mini cubes of cheddar, fresh blueberries and fresh raspberries. I decorated this lunch with Spider Man cupcake rings and polka dot bento picks in the Spider Man colours of red and blue.
The third lunch was a very simple one indeed. In this lunch I packed an English muffin, split and filled with a ham, lettuce and a little mayo, raw carrot and yellow pepper sticks, some fresh cherries and some Organix sweetcorn rings. I also added a mini Babybel cheese, with circles cut from the wax to decorate as before. Small Child then took control of decorating this lunch and sprinkled it liberally with gemstone bento picks!
Last but not least the fourth lunch had a simple robot theme. In this lunch I packed ham sandwiches on granary bread (I pack altogether too much ham in Small Child’s lunches it would seem!), wedges of cucumber, some mini sour cream pretzels, fresh strawberries and another mini Babybel cheese, this time decorated to look like a robot, with features cut from the wax and a single polka dot bento pick popped in for his antenna. I decorated this lunch with a couple of robot cupcake rings, we love them!
Small Child enjoyed all of his Lego lunchbox bento lunches, this really is one of his absolute favourite lunch boxes!
Items used to make these lunches: