Space Bento Box
Wendy Thorpe Copley
Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go
Published by Tuttle Publishing
Editor's Note: You don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to eat an incredible lunch! This recipe for Space Bento Box is a creative and refreshing take on the typical turkey and cheese sandwich. It's also healthy and filling, as the lunch is packed with grapes, crackers, and cookies. The outer space-themed decorations simply take this lunch to the next level. This easy lunch recipe is kid-friendly, but let's be honest. Aren't you ready to pack this for your own lunch at work tomorrow?
Blast into outer space and explore this out of this world lunch! You’ll find sun and moon sandwiches, grape planets, and billions and billions of stars made from cookies and crackers.
Make Ahead RecipeYes
Occasional Fresco, Picnic
Recipe CourseAppetizer, Main Course, Snack
MealDinner, Lunch, Snack
- Sliced sourdough bread
- Sliced Cheddar cheese
- Sandwich condiments
- Sliced turkey
- Space-themed crackers
- Star-shaped cookies
- Single-tier bento box with inner containers
- Medium circle cutter
- Small rocket ship cutter
- Small star cutter
- Flying saucer or other space-themed decorative pick
Cut four circles from the bread.
Lay one of the bread circles on a slice of cheese and cut a square the same size as the diameter of the bread circle. Repeat with a second slice of cheese.
Place the two slices of cheese on one of the bread circles, offsetting them so that they form a star. Add your desired condiments then top with another of the bread circles, taking care to hide additional items underneath the bread. Place the sandwich in the box.
Cut a small rocket ship and a star from the leftover cheese.
Sometimes it can be difficult to remove cheese from a small cutter with your fingers. If this happens, gently ease the piece of cheese out of the cutter with the tip of your knife (a toothpick also works well) taking care not to mark the cheese too much.
Cut circles from the turkey using the same cutter you used to cut the bread. The turkey circles don’t need to be perfectly shaped, but using the cutter will ensure the meat doesn’t stick out of the sides of the bread.
Layer any leftover cheese scraps on the third circle of bread along with the turkey and condiments. Top with the last circle of bread, then place the rocket ship and star-shaped pieces of cheese on top of the sandwich and put it in the box.
Thread grapes onto the flying saucer pick. Place more grapes in an inner container and put the grape skewer on top.
Fill any remaining spaces in the box with the blueberries, space-themed crackers, and star-shaped cookies.
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Copyright 2014 Wendy Thorpe Copley