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Christmas Bento

christmas lunch

My five year old starts every day the same way: she puts an ornament on the Advent count down and requests a reindeer mug full of milk. So I thought we needed to spread some Christmas cheer to lunch time. This bento box is full of healthy foods that are fun!

I used Winter pasta (Snowman shapes? Little sleds? Heck yes) that I found at Home Goods, but any pasta will work.

Christmas Bento Box



a burger (I used a pinto bean burger)

1 slice of provolone cheese

Small piece of nori seaweed

bottom part of a red bell pepper

optional tools: nori punch for Santa's mouth, scissors, small circle for punching the cheese eyes (I used the bottom of a large piping tip)

Veggies and Dip

Hummus (I used storebought edamame because it's green)

Cherry tomatoes

optional: red silicone cupcake liner, holiday themed toothpick (I found them at Michael's)

Veggie Pasta

Holiday shape pasta (check out stores like Marshalls and Homegoods)

Red and green bell peppers chopped into bite sized pieces

A splash of your favorite dressing

optional: tiny fork (I found them in the paper goods section of my grocery store)



Pasta Salad

  1. Before you start making the bento, bring a pot of water to boil on the stove and cook the pasta according to the directions on the bag. Rinse well with cold water.
  2. Add the bell peppers and the dressing. Toss.


  1. Cut the provolone cheese so it fits on to Santa's face like a beard.
  2. Punch out two small circles for Santa's eyes. If you're worried about them wiggling, stick them on with a smidge of mayonnaise.
  3. Cut out two tiny triangles for Santa's pupils and a smiley mouth. The nori will stick to the cheese on its own with a little bit of time.
  4. Pop the bell pepper bottom on to Santa's head and wrap a strip of cheese around it.

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