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Kids' Turkey and Cream Cheese Spread Bento Box

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"Here's a whimsical bento box that is sure to delight any kid. Inside the box are turkey slices, crackers, cream cheese spread, carrot cat and penguin cut-outs, cucumber tomato rolls, apple slices, and grapes."
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Ingredients

45 m servings 689
Original recipe yields 2 servings

Directions

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  1. Cut a slit from top to bottom into the side of each jumbo olive. Ease the olive open slightly to insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese, forming a penguin belly.
  2. Cut a small triangle-shaped notch out of 9 carrot rounds to form feet; press 1 triangular piece (trimming if necessary) into each small olive to create the beak.
  3. Thread each jumbo olive onto a toothpick lengthwise through the existing holes. Anchor the toothpick onto a carrot slice (line belly up with feet); set a small olive on top (beak facing forward). Place penguins on a plate; refrigerate until assembly.
  4. Combine shredded carrot, onion, pimento peppers, and celery in a bowl. Mix 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt in a separate bowl; beat until fluffy. Fold carrot mixture into cream cheese; mix well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before use.
  5. Toss green apple slices, red apple slices, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice together in a bowl.
  6. Cut carrot rounds into decorative shapes using vegetable cutters. Wrap in a wet paper towel and place in a plastic bag; refrigerate until assembly.
  7. Pat cucumber slices dry. Place 1 half-slice tomato at the end of a cucumber slice; roll up together and secure with a toothpick.
  8. Arrange 1/2 the carrot shapes in a bento box. Place 1/2 the sandwich spread in a small silicone baking cup; place 4 crackers in another cup. Arrange 1/2 the green apple slices, red apple slices, and grapes. Add 5 cream cheese penguins, 4 turkey slices, and 3 cucumber-tomato rolls. Use remaining ingredients to create a second bento box. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Slice cucumber into long slices using a mandoline.
  • Use vegetable animal cutters to cut carrot slices. If you don't have animal vegetable cutters, just cut carrots into circles.
  • Use small silicone cups to hold the cream cheese spread and crackers.
  • Use any lunch meat you like in place of turkey.
  • Here is the Cream Cheese Penguins recipe I used:
  • Here is the Party Vegetable Sandwich Spread recipe I used:

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 689 calories; 38.3 65.3 28.5 124 2311 Full nutrition

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