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Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

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It's back-to-school season once again! Are you baon-ready? If you are still looking for baon ideas, here are a couple of bento lunch and snack ideas that you can make for your kids!

My 6 year-old daughter is a picky eater and I always worry about her eating properly at school. There are days when she would come home, her baon box still filled with the snacks I sent with her. Sigh. But one thing that I noticed was that if the food looks pretty and cute to her, she would not hesitate to try a few bites! This is why I thought of trying out making bento lunches and snacks for her.

I'm no expert in bento-making but if there's a will, there's a way! I had so much fun making these for her and I look forward to making more! 

For a lunch baon idea, I made panda rice, sweet corn-avocado and pineapple salad, meatballs in mushroom soup and paksiw na lechon manok. 

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Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

I used Jolly Products in some of the recipes on this post, I love, love, love Jolly products because they are affordable and yummy! They make a mom's life so easy in the kitchen! They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year by the way, a true mark of a quality and trusted brand!

Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

For the salad, I just mixed a can of Jolly Whole Corn Kernels, Jolly Pineapple Tidbits and chopped avocado. This will yield  a batch good for 4-5, I just set aside the rest for our lunch at home and scooped a kiddie portion into her lunch box. 

In a separate bento container, I placed my daughter's favorite viand, the Meatballs in Mushroom Soup. She loves meatballs and she also loves mushroom soup, so both of them in one dish? Winner!
Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

For the panda rice, I used a mold to make it easy for me, you can find a lot of bento tools online. I then filled the mold with warm rice and popped the rice into the lunch box. It came out perfectly! I just used raisins for the eyes, nose and ears. Looks cute in my books! The pechay leaves were just for decoration and you can use any other leafy green vegetables that you like or leave it out.

We had Lechon Manok the previous night and had left overs and my mom kindly cooked it into Paksiw. Just how your would cook Lechon Paksiw. Just place left over lechon manok in a pot, add soy sauce, vinegar, and pepper corn and leaf. Simmer until done. 

Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

For her snack, I simple put together some of her favorites. Cat-shaped sandwich, banana, Lotus Biscoff and Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk. I was tempted to eat the shaped sandwich while I was making this! 

Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

Can you see my love note for my daughter? I just placed a spoonful of chocolate spread into a small plastic bag and cut a tiny hole on the end and used that to write on the biscuits.
Jolly Bento Baon Ideas

For the cat sandwich, I just pressed a mug onto a sandwich to get that circular shape and cut it on the edge using a pair of scissors, just make sure to give  your cat a pair of ears but leaving triangular shapes on both sides on the upper part of the head. I still used a plastic bag filled with chocolate spread to draw the eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers. So easy and fun!

There you go! A fun and cute bento snack idea for your little one! You can find so many bento tools in Lazada or your nearest Japanese Shops. 

What do you think? Cute, right? If a bento novice like me can create these, I am pretty sure you can make it too! Got other baon ideas? Share them with me in the comments!

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