Even though I don't pack my daughter's lunch for school yet, I found lunch goes much more smoothly if I make hers in the morning while the kids are eating breakfast and I'm getting The Man a lunch together anyway. It solves the 'We're just back from an outing and she's starving and I'm scrambling to get my shit together' problem. We walk in and I set her up [with her videos] at the kitchen table and grab the lunch out of the fridge.
In this dollar store dish (that came with a lid,) in the big section is a silicone cup of cucumber slices, some grape tomatoes with three picks and a silicone cup of meatballs (left over from dinner) with another pick. The smaller section holds a fruit salad of raspberries, cantaloupe and blueberries.
My food photos are wonky and not all that appealing, I'm afraid. I have to research how to do it better. I was a photo major in undergrad (TFS!) and when we were assigned a 'Food Photography' lesson, I failed miserably. At the critique, my teacher said my food looked like it was going to slide off the table. Not much has changed, I guess.
In this container: silicone cup of apple slices (dipped in OJ to stop them from browning), carrot 'coins', raspberries, a babybel cheese with a cut-out shape and a few TLC crackers. In the smaller side: some grape tomatoes on a pick and a silicone cup of pickles.
This was the first bento that ever made it out of my house! It's a snack bento box that I ordered online. It has a cute locking lid. In it is a silicone cup of yogurt raisins, some organic turkey rolled up on two animal mini-forks, some carrot coins and some blueberries.
Are you noticing that my kid LOVES HER SOME GRAPE TOMATOES? lmfao. Also, that I have but TWO silicone cups? (I bought very limited supplies, not wanting to invest a lot of money until I decided if I liked this way of serving food.) Big part has grape tomatoes on a dolphin pick (my kid also loves her some picks!) A cucumber with the seeds HACKED OUT with what is supposed to look like a star, a silicone cup of Giant White Bean Salady thing from Wegman's olive bar. There are some stars cut from organic American cheese.
The small part has some olives (with American cheese star) and a piece of barran to separate out the OVER-GARLICKED pasta salad.
My girl is not partial to sandwiches, but I wanted to give it a try. In the big part: strawberry slices, cucumber slices and a PB & J that I cut with a butterfly cookie cutter (cheapie from the dollar store.) I put a piece of fruit leather that I cut with a smaller cookie cutter. (My daughter found it too hard and didn't love it, so I'm replacing it with some softer, only fruit in it fruit snack.)
In the small part: the rest of the bean salad, some ever-present grape tomatoes (can't wait for our gardens' to be ripe) and a small cup of yogurt raisins.
All these are going to start to look the same, I think. Anyway, there's a silicone cup with organic applesauce, with a little cinnamon sugar on top and some cheddar-jack cheese that I cut into teeny-tiny sticks (for whatever reason, this appeals to my kid,) some organic turkey that wouldn't roll, chunked up and held by animal mini-forks and some raspberries.
The small section holds The Effing Grape Tomatoes, cucumber slices and olives.