Over Rainbow Bento

Monday, March 14, 2011

Over the rainbow bento

The box: EasyLunchBoxes
In the box:

  •   Rainbow bread ham sandwich
  • tangerine slices, red & green grapes
  • Terra veggie chips

I have been wanting to make rainbow bread for weeks. What a great sandwich for St Patty’s day. The kids are going to love it.

To make the bread, I used my regular whole wheat bread recipe, divided it into 4 sections and then added food coloring. Get more specific directions here: http://lunchfitforakid.blogspot.com/2010/09/recipe-rainbow-pain-de-mie.html



  1. inbento.co March 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Hi, hope you can spread the word that this week 100% of bento sales in www.inbento.co will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society for their relief efforts in Japan. Thanks

  2. sheri fujihara chen March 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    So pretty!

Mini Pizzas

The box: Laptop Lunches
In the box:

  • whole wheat flat bread
  • pizza sauce in small green container
  • mini turkey peperoni
  • mozzarella cheese
  • GoGo Squeeze applesauce **see note below**
  • clementine

GoGo Squeeze Applesauce~I found these at WalMart and was surprised at the ingredients list!
Ingredients are Apple & Cinnamon

Click here to check out more flavors
My kids really like them.

Fat Fighting Mom said…Once you get enough bentos together you need to print them out in book form. I’m sure lots of people would buy them to keep on hand in the kitchen for ideas. My kids would flip over the pizzas.

For the applesauce, we just buy the individual cups and poke a straw through the top. Works perfectly and might be a cheaper alternative. That tip is on my list of future blog posts. 🙂


March 11, 2011 8:08 AM

Jennifer said…How much was the applesauce? It says we can get them at Publix,HT,& Walmart.

March 11, 2011 8:25 AM

Colleen said…I’m going to have to look for the applesauce!! I’m on a hunt for veggie straws too—wish I could find them!

March 12, 2011 6:19 PM

Linsey said…FFM~ Thank you for the applesauce idea!!!
Jennifer~ I will look for my receipt
Colleen~I found the veggie straws @ WalMart

March 12, 2011 8:28 PM

PB & J “Sushi” bento

The box: Gel-Cool
In the box:
  • Pb & j sushi roll on wheat bread
  • mini carrots
  • grapes
  • graham crackers
I really liked the way today lunch turned out! To me it’s just simply and very cute.
It’s been very busy for us lately (more so than usual)…I spent the weekend milking our new mama cow every 2 hours. She had mastitis and frequent milkings are the best remedy.  Today is Tex’s birthday & Bella has a Dr’s appointment. I must get to baking the birthday cake.

I love you bento {{Banana Art}}

The Box:
In the Box:
Nutella rollup
Honey Wheat Sticks
Heart Candy Box 1 pc of heart shaped candy
Orange slices
Mini banana with banana art *instructions below*
Asparagus Bundles *recipe below*

Lunchbox Love Notes for Kids  enter code: LBLCMP for 10% off

 Banana Art: Use a tooth pick to write or draw on a banana peel. Within minutes it begins to darken. 😉

Aparagus Bundles
1lb asparagus
3 slices of bacon cut into thirds
1 stick of butter
1/2cup brown sugar
1tsp teriyaki sauce
1tsp garlic salt
  • Heat oven to 400degrees
  • In a small pot: melt butter.  Add in brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, & garlic salt. Once boiling remove from heat.
  • wash & break off ends of asparagus
  • wrap 1pc of the cut bacon around 4 pieces of asparagus, secure with a toothpick
  • place bundles in a greased pan
  • pour sugar mixture over bundles
  • Bake for 20 mins

Linsey’s Lunch Foods

I’m a list maker. One of my most used lists is of lunch foods.
 I hang it on the inside of the cabinet door.
When meal planning or preparing lunches in a hurry, my list saves me a lot time.
Speaking of meal planning: I FAIL big time at that! =)
You can download Linsey’s Lunch Foods
Go ahead download and print it!

Mrs Octo Dawg

The Box: EasyLunchboxes.com
In the box:
  • Mrs Octo-Dawg with bun & ketchup (pink container)
  • Cucumber umbrella
  • Sweet Potato fries
  • Watermelon & blueberry kabob

*Mrs.Octo-Dawg instructions*
Cut legs then boil to make the legs curl up.
Cut cheese for eyes & mouth.
I used ketchup to stick her eyes & mouth on.

We have a crazy busy day today!
Walker gets his glasses.
I have a Dr’s appt
Shopping for kids outfits to wear to a retirement reception
that we are going to this afternoon.
Scarlett & Clayton have t-ball practice.
Oh yea, almost forgot, we have to milk the cows also.

Linsey’s Lunch Foods List (printable)

More bento ideas? What’s for Lunch


  1. KidsDreamWorkFebruary 23, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Aw, an octodog in love, so cute!

  2. HeatherFebruary 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Love the hat on top of octodog!

  3. Bar 7 RanchFebruary 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    So cute!!

  4. The CooksFebruary 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    So were the headaches caused from needing glasses? Cute Bento

Pac Man Bento

 The Box: Gel Cool Polar Bear
In  the Box:
  • Mr & Mrs Pac-Man (Mini Babybel Cheese)
  • Ghosts (quail eggs died in food coloring)
  • Red beans and rice
  • Sugar Snap peas
  • Carrots
  • Ranch

I just love this bento! This was my niece, Kayla’s idea. 🙂
My kids have just started playing Pac-Man. So this will be a huge hit with them.
I just checked out the Foodista website! LOVE IT!


Jessica said…

This is so cute. My little one saw it and went nuts.

Amy said…

Love the pacman Bento!! My 8 year old would too! Pac Man is the only game he has on his nintendo DS. 🙂

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kellybmomof3 said…

One of my favorite bentos so far! Brings back memories!

Alisa said…

I am so loving your bento box ideas.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this bento box widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about bentos,Thanks!

Linsey said…

Thanks so much ladies! 🙂 Alisa thanks for the invite! Foodista is a great site!!

Stuffed Pizza Bread

Astrid over at Lunches Fit for a Kid posted for Stuffed Pizza Bread
Recipe is here & lots of beautiful pics .
pic by: Lunches Fit for a Kid
I didn’t have time to make pizza dough, I had my family of 6 mouths plus 2 teenage nephews and 1 teenage niece to feed.
Pizza dough (your favorite recipe or store bought)
***I used Crescent Rolls: notes at end of post***
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Your favorite pizza toppings (cooled if cooked)
Grated Parmesan cheese
olive oil
*Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a pie plate or a large tart pan with cooking spray.
*Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness 
*Cut dough into squares about 2″ wide.
*Place a small amount of filling in the center of each square (about 1 tablespoon of filling per each square)
*Pinch together the corners of each square, taking care to keep all of the filling tucked inside.
*Place the rolls in the prepared pie plate or tart pan, working your way from the outside in.
*When the pie plate is full, brush olive oil over the top of the rolls, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
*Let them rest for 10 minutes to rise a little, and bake for ~20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
***My Notes*** I laid out the crescent rolls, pinched the seams together, and then used a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Next time I want to try it with whole wheat dough.
***My Review*** These things are AMAZING! Remember all those mouths that were waiting on me to get lunch ready? They all loved the Pizza Bread. It is very rare that all of my kids agree on a meal. Stuffed Pizza Bread is a keeper at our house. If you make them: leave a comment.

Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a Goodbyn Lunchbox!!!


Astrid said…So happy that you liked them! Using cresent rolls is a wonderful idea. Do you have a bread machine? I love mine for making pizza dough – toss the ingredients in, and dough is ready an hour and a half later. 😀 (you can even freeze it for future use)

Thanks for being a great reader!
-Astrid, Lunches Fit For a Kid

January 16, 2011 5:21 PM

The Cooks said…Love it! I printed it last night when I read it on LFAK!!! Thanks for the idea of the crescent!

January 17, 2011 3:06 PM

Bento boxes! What, why,& where


Several friends have asked me for more info on the Bento boxes.
I love food and I love being creative with food.
This has been a HUGE hit at our house with eating healthier, saving money, and having fun!
And who doesn’t want to eat healthier, save money, or have fun???
  •  We have drastically decreased the # of fast food drive-thru trips!
  • Tex has started taking a lunch instead of eating out
  • Kids are eating more fruit and veggies
  • Finally able to stop buying white bread.
  • I have 1 child that had a really hard time letting go of the white bread,since the Bento not a word about the wheat bread!
  • It’s like unwrapping a gift everyday, just ask my kids
For the boxes:
Goodbyn Lunchbox, Red/Orange:
This box is big and with lots of room.
If you have small kids I would go with a smaller box. My kids loved decorating these with the stickers that comes with it.
Much better quality than the disposable ones you can buy at the store.
Easy to store and a great size for kids and adults


Several different sizes are available.
I love this box! Very compact, food fits nice and snug.
Not microwave safeThey sell the Fit & Fresh one at Target (pic below)
  It does take time and some days I can spend 30 minutes putting together 6 lunches.
MOST days it takes 15 minutes, depending on how creative I want to be. For my family to enjoy eating healthier foods, I will gladly spend those extra minutes playing with my food ;-)PART 2 What you will need