Monday, June 25, 2012

Train Bento - I Choo-Choo-Choose You!

Tuesday, 6/5/12 - While we had no morning plans, she just expects a "beautiful lunch" whenever we get in the car now. Plus if she doesn't eat it all before school, it's already ready to go for after-school! And we had t-ball practice that evening as well.
Since I still had some train cheese cut-out scraps from her preschool snack the previous week, I decided to go with a train theme in our EasyLunchbox!

I Choo-Choo-Choose You!
PB-Nutella sandwich with (dye-free) gummy vitamin bears,
raspberries w/blueberries, cheese, carrots, broccoli, Ranch
I had used a mini train cutter to make the cheese trains for preschool snack, and managed to keep some of the "negatives" intact.
I chose a white muffin cup initially to be a cloud of steam from the engine, but the blueberries stuffed inside the raspberries look more like little people. So maybe it's the platform at the train station?
I didn't bother doing anything fun with the veggies, mostly because I couldn't think of anything. I put her Ranch dip in a mini blue silicone cup.
For the sandwich, I used a train sandwich cutter from the Lunch Punch Vrrrrrrm! Set, which makes an engine and a little car. The little bears are her two daily artificial flavor- and dye-free gummy vitamins. I got these at Fred Meyer, but Trader Joe's carries a slightly cheaper brand as well (like, $1 or so less!)

I'm so behind on posting lunches, so I don't recall for sure, but I think she ate most everything. Except the blueberries.

In hindsight, I should have taken the time to cut circles out of cheese or a fruit leather to put over the wheels. And maybe a square for a window. Oooo or cut a window out of just the top slice! But I'm still so stuck on the "add details with food pens" mindset, that while prepping a lunch, I forget there's even a box to "think outside of" for alternatives!



  1. Very cute! Totally hear that title in Ralph Wiggums' voice too :)

  2. Yum! I love that you used the negatives of the train. I need to do more of that. Super healthy & cute!


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