A few days ago I posted about how I get my son to eat well and see healthy food as a fun reward option. Today he specifically asked me for a "silly lunch" for school. My heart melts when he makes a request like that because it means he really appreciates the energy and the love I put into those lunches.Having no idea what to send him, I decided to give Pinterest a try. And lo! There was this adorable lion sandwich that I simply could not resist copying. The one on Pinterest looked MUCH better, much more "professional" if you will. Especially since I don't have a single fancy lunch making tool, and also because I could not buy any special ingredients. We do our groceries once every two weeks now, and I simply had to make do with what we have on hand.
But here it is, my little lion bento lunch for Walter.
What I used:
- whole wheat hamburger bun
- ham and cheese (or other sandwich filler)
- white cheese
-bento box (or any hard re-usable container)
I do not typically buy olives by the bucket or pack such fancy cheese in the school lunch of a four year old. Both were left over from our annual wine and cheese party That Guy and I hosted on the weekend.
First, you will want to fill the hamburger bun with sandwich filling as you normally would. Do take care that the fillings are not visible from the outside.
|No visible sandwich fillings|
Two olives halves plus toothpicks equals lion ears.
After cutting a thin slice from the brick of white cheese I used the "wrong" side of the pastry tip to punch out circles from the cheese. These were whites of the eyes. Also from the cheese came a semi-circle for the lions "snout". Using the small end of the pastry tip I punched three holes in each side to suggest whiskers.
|Wrong side of pastry tip|
|correct side of pastry tip (those are the hands of That Guy, since I am unable to take a photo while trying to perform culinary magic. My hands are slightly less mannish ;)|
|He's looking at you :)|
As I said I did this all only with ingredients we already had on hand and without a single special tool. This is something you could do too, either as a lunch box option or as a special dinner or lunch at home. I would love to see what you, gentle readers, can do with your food!