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Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Options: The Lion Sleeps Tonight Bento Box

October 4, 2010

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For the past several months, I have been addicted to two types of blogs: foodie blogs and Bento blogs. The latter has been especially fascinating as I am new to the Bento scene.

Bento boxes are a type of meal preparation that originated in Japan but are also big in Hawaii and starting to spread throughout the U.S. The concept is simple: creative meals utilizing small containers for efficient storage.

For the school-aged Bento lunch crowd, Moms use decorative toothpicks, rice and egg molds, cookie cutters, punches and a whole host of other supplies to turn school lunches into works of art.

With animal sandwiches, caterpillar veggies and lunches centering around a specific theme, these meals are exciting, different and sure to appeal to a child’s imagination.

For my final Flatout Bread Back to School Lunch, I decided (FINALLY) to try my hand at creating a fun, out-of-the-ordinary lunch. Did I have all of the fancy Bento containers and tools?  Um . . . no. I had a knife and a few cookie cutters.

And, a song: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Yes, the past few days, while visiting the Little Lady’s grandmother, our girly falsettos have been wafting through my mother’s house. Of course, we only know the part of the song that’s sung by Timon on “The Lion King.” (sigh)

Since the Little Lady was being very “three” on this day, her cousin, Isaak, volunteered to help me with my first foray into the world of Bento. . . with the help of Flatout Bread.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight Flatout Bento Lunch

Jungle Trees:

  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets, washed
  • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt Dip*

Fruit Stars:

  • 1 pear, peeled and sliced
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

Jungle Stars:

  • ½ slice of Colby Jack cheese

Lion Sandwich

  • 1 Flatout Bread Healthy Grain with Flax wrap
  • 3-4 Baby carrots, washed and vertically sliced
  • 1 slice of Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 1 and ½ slices of Provolone Cheese
  • 1 Black Olive, sliced
  • 1 – 2 tsp of Mustard


  1. Using a mini-star cookie cutter, cut out the Jungle Stars; these will be placed on top of the Jungle Trees when assembling the Bento lunch.
  2. Using a small to medium sized star cookie cutter, cut stars out of each pear slice.
  3. Using a a small bowl or biscuit cutter, cut two circles out of the Flatout wrap; spread mustard on each wrap circle and then layer the Turkey and 1 slice of Provolone Cheese between the circles.
  4. Place the carrot slices on one end of your lunch container; place the sandwich on top of the carrots. (in the instructional vlog, you’ll see that I curved the slices up the side of the container, allowing the “carrot-mane” to show through, even after the sandwich was placed over the carrots.)
  5. Using a knife or cookie cutters, cut out two “eyes and the lion’s muzzle” from the remaining ½ slice of Provolone; place the cheese pieces on the sandwich face.  Put one olive slice on each of the “eyes” and one on the muzzle (the “nose.”)
  6. Place the Jungle Trees (broccoli florets) along the bottom side of the sandwich, creating a divider between the sandwich and the rest of the lunch.
  7. Sprinkle the Colby Jack Jungle Stars over the Broccoli Jungle Trees.
  8. Place a muffin cup in the Bento container (silicone work best) and put the kiwi slices and pear stars in it.
  9. If room in the Bento box, add a leak-proof container of the Greek Yogurt dip.
  10. Put the lid on the Bento container and . . . Done!

*Greek Yogurt Dip

  • 8 oz Greek Yogurt
  • 2-3 tsp of Garlic Salt
  • 2-3 tsp of Onion Powder
  • 2-3 tsp of Dried Parsley

Mix the spices into the yogurt and blend well – add more spice if needed.


If you’re interested in trying a Bento lunch, here are few kid-friendly Bento sites where you can find tips, tutorials, and lots of pictures: Bento Lunch and Another Lunch.

It’s been so much fun creating Back to School lunches for Flatout Bread with the rest of the “Moms” – I hope you were able to get a few ideas from us!

~~Rachel (primary blog) (preschool blog)

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • Have you made a Bento lunch box before? If so, what was your favorite combination?

Bon appetit!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 6:43 am

    Rachel – that is amazing!! I have to do that … then again, my kids will want it everyday –hehe

    • October 6, 2010 11:02 am

      LOL — the nice thing is that you can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. Since the lion bento, my others have been MUCH simpler.

  2. October 7, 2010 11:15 am

    Rachel – so amazing! So creative! Forget my kids… I want one for my lunch! 🙂


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