Contrary to popular belief, making bento lunches is not hard at all and for the types of lunches I make, it is not time consuming at all. These lunches are quick and easy. I spend about five minutes making Little One’s lunches.
Why do I make bento lunches for my child?
Simple answer? I enjoy doing them. I love being creative and that’s no exception when it comes to food. Though my bento lunches are not as intricate or as masterful as many I have seen on Pinterest or on fellow bento mamas’ blogs, I like making meals fun and different for my child. I love surprising her with her lunches. She never knows what she’s going to get! They’re mostly just leftovers, only made pretty because they’re put in colourful silicone cups or the fruits and vegetables are cut out with a cookie cutter.
Another reason for the bento lunch is that my daughter isn’t much of a sandwich kid. I can occasionally sneak in a bagel or a croissant in her lunch, but she’s not much of a sandwich kid otherwise. She loves her vegetables, proteins and would rather have soup or pasta. With having her lunches in her PlanetBox, I make sure she gets food from all food groups. One of the things I taught Little One when she was a toddler was that she needs to eat a rainbow at every meal. By eating food from a variety of colours like oranges, reds, and greens at every meal (vegetables and fruit), she “eats a rainbow”! This is a concept she knows, understands and loves. The PlanetBox is a great way to do this.
Here are some easy Halloween Bento Lunches for kids:
- Mini Bagel Pastrami Sandwich, bat carrots, pickles, clementines, eyeball cookie, smoothie, water.
- Mini Bagel with Speculoos. I sent this bento to work with the student who lives with us. I don’t send anything like this to Little One’s school lest there be any traces of nuts. Little One goes to a nut-free school. Also included in this lunch: Mini Babybel cheese, cucumber, yellow pepper, yogurt, water.
- Leftover roast beef, carrots, and potato, cracked wheat bread with homemade strawberry jam, Mini Babybel, clementine, strawberries, water.
- Leftover Mediterranean pasta, prosciutto, cucumber, yellow pepper. Mini Babybel, crackers, grapes, Girl Guide cookie.
- Summer Sausage, celery, cheese, crackers, banana, homemade applesauce, water.
Which one of the above easy Halloween bento lunches is your favourite?
It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to make easy Halloween bento lunches for Little One. For the the spooky decorations, I used candy eyeballs, raisins, cranberries, plastic eyeball picks, and AmeriColor Gourmet Writer food decorating pens. The bento accessories are all from BentoUSA.
I love the fun notes from LunchboxLove. Little One is in grade one now and is learning how to read on her own. The notes are great for practicing reading. There are motivational, positive notes and some of them also have trivia or jokes on them.
Though I don’t normally give Little One sweets, on occasion I will bake cookies or treats that are fun to add to her lunch. For Halloween, we baked and decorated these cookies for her classmates. They’d be really cute as part of a bento lunch! The AmeriColor Gourmet Writer food decorating pens make decorating easy!
Have a fun and safe Halloween and happy bento lunch-making!
Disclosure – I am part of the #LBLmoms program with Lunchbox Love. As always, all thoughts and opinions on this blog are honest and my own.