As much as I like to make homemade kale chips and pack leftover quinoa salad for lunch, peanut butter (or almond butter) and jelly will always have a place in our bento rotation. Always. Invariably bento bloggers like me come off as “uppety” for packing uber-healthy stuff that seems to take hours to whip up. But trust me; I love peanut butter and jelly. It’s the ultimate comfort food, packs in protein and calories that my kids need, and is just. so. easy.
Of course, nothing says defeat more than a smushed PB&J sandwich in a ziploc. So on those days when this delicacy is a must, I try to have fun with it and present it in a new way. Within the past couple weeks, I pulled out all the stops:
Here are the deets:
1. Charlie Brown
- baby spinach leaves
- pb&j shaped with a Charlie Brown cookie cutter from Boetech
- checkerboard apple (here’s a good tutorial, and another one)
- persian cucumber
- Lunchbox Love note
tip: when using cookie cutters on bread, roll the bread flat first, or press with your hands to make a nice, flat canvas. Then, press the cookie cutter HARD.
2. The Spiral
- pb&j spirals, or “sushi”
- fruit salad of kiwi, nectarine, strawberries, blueberries
- mini cucumbers from Costco
- Goodbyn Bynto container
3. We All Scream for Peanut Butter and Jelly
- pb&j sandwich shaped with the outer cutezcute cutter (full review and tutorial here)
- checkerboard apple
- carrot sticks
4. Peanut Butter Panda
- pb&j sandwich using the cutezcute cutter
- carrot sticks, cucumbers
- blueberries, raspberries
Who said PB&J had to be boring, right? Hope these pics inspired you to think outside the crust!