I made lunch for the four of us today and decided to use the same items, but to configure the lunches 3 different ways.
The ingredients were pretty basic: Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Raw Corn, Baby Cucumbers, Baby Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, Red Bell Peppers, Strawberries & Grapes.
This first lunch was for my son, who is 5. I've been wanting these large skewer picks from Bento USA for awhile and finally ordered them. I am so glad I did. I love them even more than expected, and so does he!
Next up is my 13 year old daughter's lunch. Hers is basically the same as his, but I cut the corn off the cob for her since she currently has braces. That being considered, I am not counting this as a different configuration. She was a big fan of the skewer picks, too.
This next lunch was mine. I basically threw my mini-sandwiches into a silicone cup, rather than using skewers. I also lined my box in lettuce.
This last lunch was for my husband. His was prepared as a standard sandwich with the veggies arranged around the box wherever I could squeeze them in.
I think we all agreed that the skewers were the most fun and the favorite format across the board. It was fun to prepare the same food in different ways. I always use any bento scraps in a salad for me or in other recipes, but this was a slightly different approach, as it was entirely the same food. I think something as simple as a different arrangement of the same food would help keep lunch boredom and monotony at bay.
Bento tools used for these lunches: