Step 1: Step One (Gathering Materials)
Your materials will depend on what kinds of food you want in your Bento. I chose Toddler safe items that are my daughter's favorites. I will list the items I used, but you may substitute your own. Everything I used can be purchased at Walmart and most grocery stores. You can include items that aren't asian if you like, anything that will fit in the Bento. Such as little sandwiches or even left- overs.
Match book Carrots
Multi grain Cheerios
Long Grain Rice
Imitation Crab legs
Athens Mini Fillo Shells
You will also need to gather all your cooking utensils and appliances you will need to prepare these items properly.
Step 2: Cooking and Food Preperation
Step 3: Assembly and Presentation
First Cup - Meat
Sticky rice (bottom layer)
Sliced Imitation crab ( A few pieces sprinkled on top of rice)
Tiny pieces of Shrimp (placed around the crab)
I used a tiny metal cookie cutter to "cut" a bunny out of my boiled egg, after it had cooled and been shelled. You can accomplish this by holding the peeled egg in your hand and gently pressing down with the tiny cookie cutter. Shaped eggs and rice (Onigiri) are one way that Japanese Bento artists prepare creative Bentos.
Second Cup - Meat
Bottom layer is a sprinkling of Rice Noodles
On top of that is the Pastry Shell
I filled the pastry shell with tiny pieces of Shrimp
Third Cup - Veggies
Alfalfa Sprouts (bottom layer)
Top layer is Sweet Peas and Match Book Carrots
"Fourth Cup - Desert"
Multi Grain Cheerios (bottom layer)
Top layer is banana slices and the tiniest gummy bears I have ever seen.
I included on top of the closed containers a fork, a spoon, a napkin (You could fold this into Origame for a cool Japanese twist) and a set of "practice" chops sticks, I cut them down so they would fit. Take the sleve of the chops sticks and fold it small. Place this little wad of paper between the chops sticks and add a rubber band or hair tie at the top (opposite of the part you eat with) and viola you have practice chop sticks for beginers.) You could also include spices in little containers or soy sauce, tooth picks, a breath mint or gum. You can place all sorts of creative and useful objects in a Bento if you can find the room for them.