“That was the best lunch EVER!” Okay so those may not have been T, A or X’s exact words complimenting my (overly?) customized Bento Box lunch prep on a recent school day but they have been known to make such enthusiastic declarations in the past (for example, just after tucking in Xander one night, he said to me, “I love you more than God and Santa”. Wow I thought, that’s pretty high praise there).
But I digress, so back to my Super Amazing Fun Time Bento Box lunches. If there’s one thing I’ve learned serving the kiddies any kind of food, it’s all in the presentation. If it looks fun, it’ll taste fun. Plate it up on a skewer, for example, proceed to play it up and you’re good to go.
Digression No.2: I’m the savory guy and Irene is dessert queen, which does not go unnoticed by the kiddies; as Troy will regularly pronounce, “Papa is the chef and Mama is the baker. He makes really good dinners and she makes great cupcakes.” Athena nods her head in agreement while licking the homemade cream cheese frosting off her pumpkin muffin.
Final thought on the merits of the compartmentalized lunch: a trio of little things tends to go over much better than a larger sandwich that can come back to you nibbled at and/or balled up — not to mention the hassle-free clean-up when their respective Bento containers have been licked clean.