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Happy Back To School Season, everyone! We started our first year as homeschoolers on Sept. 1 and it’s been a big adjustment. We’re still finding our rhythm, so between that and my ongoing surgical recovery, it’s been quiet over here at Bento Ninja. If you’d like to read more about our homeschooling and get more of a window into our daily life, please check out my new personal blog What’s Up, Ninja? and follow me on Instagram.
I’m getting the hang of things more and more each day, so I should be back to my normal publishing schedule now – I’ve missed sharing lunches with all of you! Today’s back to school bento was inspired by a lunch my friend Rebecca from Licious Lunches made recently.
In our PlanetBox Rover
Cut any sandwich with a rectangle cookie cutter, color top slice green using a food marker.
Top with message cut out of mozzarella (or any white) cheese with letter cutters – use peanut butter (or sunbutter if you need to be nut free!) to “glue” the letters to the sandwich.
Stack crusts and “glue” to the bottom of the chalkboard to make the ledge, cut a small rectangle of cheese to make a piece of chalk, “glue” onto ledge.
Pirate’s Booty, accented with a school cupcake ring
Strawberries on “Read” and “Write” picks
Apple Shaped Apples, packed in a square silicone cup
Carrot Sticks with a “Learn” pick, packed in a square silicone cup
A MySuperFoods Chocolate Hero Cookie – because we’re going to have a SUPER year!
I’m often asked about the apples I pack – Do they brown? What do I do to prevent browning? Well, it depends – if I’m packing in an airtight box (Yumbox, Bentgo Kids, ThinkSport GO2, for example), I do nothing. The apples are fine at lunchtime, even if I pack the night before. If not, sometimes I’ll dunk the slices in diluted apple juice or cider and gently pat them dry before packing. Others use a diluted citrus juice (orange, lemon, pineapple), but my kid doesn’t like the slight taste difference, and we don’t usually keep juice in the house. But lately I haven’t done anything to my cut apples, including the ones I’ve packed today! Instead I’ve been buying Envy Apples at Trader Joe’s – they are crisp and delicious…and best of all, they do not brown after being cut for 10+ hours.
Happy Lunch Packing, everyone!