Thursday, September 4, 2014

How To Make A Bear Bento Box


bento bear

        I wish bento meals were more popular back in the days when I was in elementary. So then my school lunches would look more interesting and enticing. Have you seen the things the Bento Mommas can do?! Mind blowing!!! And I'm happy to say that I was lucky to have learned this rice bento from them!

        So here, as promised, here's a simple step by step on how to create what may be your first bento rice!


bento

        Ingredients: Nori sheets, mayo (to use as paste), Brown rice, white rice, some protein (we used Chicken), some veggies (we had some broccoli and corn), and some fruits (we used apples and grapes). Bentos should be created with a mixture of protein, vegetables, carbs, and fruits to ensure a completely balanced healthy meal for your little ones.


bento tools

        These are some of the tools you will need. Of course you will need a good bento box. Something spill-proof and air-tight. The colorful paper cup looking thingy serve as great food dividers to prevent the natural juices of each food from mixing. Not to mention it adds more color to the bento.


bento cutter

        This is a small carving knife. This is what we used to carve patterns on the apple skin.It's pretty easy to use! But make sure you keep it out of children's reach of course. For a rice bento you will also be needing zip locks to help mold the rice without it sticking to your hands. Okay let's start!!! 


bear bento

First, scoop up some brown rice and make a ball. (Rain tried to "help" but she wanted to just eat the grapes hehehe)

bear bento

Flatten the ball of brown rice like so, and put it on one corner of the bento box.

bear bento

        Next, make two smaller balls of brown rice this time for the bear's ears. Use a little bit of mayo to use as glue to help stick the ears to the head. 

bear bento

        Next, the snout of the bear. Ball up a medium-sized ball of white rice. Flatten it as well and place it on top of the brown rice like so. 

bear bento

        Then the tricky part... use the nori sheets and cut out shapes for the eyes, nose, freckles, and other facial details for your bear. You may use a small puncher to help you make perfect little circles. That's it for the rice!


apple in sprite

        For the apples, slice them and drown them in some Sprite / 7up. This is to keep the apple slices from turning brown so that by the time your little one opens her bento box in school, the apples will still look pretty! (We learn something new everyday!). Then use the cutter to draw patterns on the apples. I just did a simple checkerd pattern. (Sorry I don't have a solo photo of this hehe)


bear bento


        Then just put all the elements in the box, using food dividers, adding some veggies, some fruits, maybe some Oreo cookies for dessert, and of course, don't forget your protein! Make sure there is no empty space left so that the items won'ts shift during the travel to school, etc.


bento


        Tadaaaaa!!!! :-)  I've said it before, but let me share with you again what I learned: You don't need to be an experienced cook to create beautiful bentos. You just need the will, the patience (It's not as easy as it looks because it requires time), and of course, you need to let your imagination run wild!


6 comments:

  1. ayun plaaaaaaaaaa. super curious ako kung paano iprevent mangitim un apples etc pag nacarve na.. yun pala ibabad lang sa sprite. thanks for this post Mommy Rina. pwede na rin ako mag-try neto hehehe. :D

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    1. Yaaaaay glad this post helped! :-) Yep babad lang sa sprite for a minute or so :-) Galing no? :-)

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  2. Ay, yang browning of the fruit ang hindi ko nasama sa post!!! It's wonderful you were able to share it here. Ang ganda ng bear mo!

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    1. Hehe thank you Michelle! First time kasi kaya ayan picture ng picture hahaha! Thanks too for having me! I had a blast!!!:-)

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    1. Aws, actually quick Lang. Like you're molding play doh :) yung cutting of nori yung medyo matagal kasi small pieces :-) everything else ilalagay mo nalang. Oh and yung carving of apples din takes a bit of time. Depends on your design. I'd say if it's your first time din, allocate an hour in the morning?:) so you have time for trial and error :-)

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