Today I'm sharing a few more Valentines bento box ideas. I've made several Valentines themed lunches for Small Child in the run up to Valentines day at the end of this week, and I am delighted that Small Child is still loving his heart themed lunches, as last year I thought I probably wouldn't get away with it much longer. He may be a boy, but he still likes to know he is loved!
For the first lunch, packed in our Polar Gear bento box, I made cute love bug sandwiches. To make, I first used a circle cutter to cut four circles from wholemeal bread and cut circles from ham with the same cutter, putting them together to make round sandwiches. I then cut two more circles from sheets of Leerdammer cheese and trimmed them using the circle cutter and a sharp knife to make the bug wings. I finished them off by cutting hearts from the wings with a mini bento cutter and popping on top of the round sandwiches. I also added pink and red polka dot food picks for the antennae - Small Child loved them! In the second layer of the bento box I packed red grapes and raspberries, topped with mini heart forks, some strips of raw red pepper and a couple of slices of cucumber, which I decorated by cutting hearts from the middles. Despite the long description above, it took very little time to make this bento lunch!
The second lunch was packed in our Yumbox Panino, and I used a cute Loveheart cutter and stamp set to make the sandwiches, which were roast chicken and mayo on wholemeal bread. On the side I packed a mini Babybel cheese, decorated with hearts cut from the wax using mini bento cutters, some raw mange tout (under the cucumber) and cucumber slices, also decorated with heart cut-outs, a clementine, peeled, broken into segments and topped with mini heart forks, and some raisins, topped with a few love heart sweets.
The last lunch was also packed in our Polar Gear bento box - I find that lunches in this bento box always seems to look so pretty! In this lunch I packed tortilla spirals (tortilla wrap topped with houmous, ham and cheese, then rolled up, cut into pieces and popped onto plastic skewers), some raw mange tout, cut into bite size pieces and topped with hearts cut from cucumber, and an apple, cored and halved with heart shapes carved into the skin to decorate. I brushed the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning and popped them in the bento box, scattering some dried mixed vine fruits around them.
Small Child really has been enjoying his Valentines themed bento boxes, though I suspect I'll have well and truly had enough of hearts by the time this week is over! If you're not utterly fed up of hearts too, then you can click here for some more fun Valentines food ideas!
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