The Lorax Bento
I made a bunch of Dr. Seuss-themed bentos for Dr. Seuss week at my preschooler’s school, but this one is my favorite. The Lorax is by far my favorite of Dr. Seuss’ books. The story is so beautiful and makes me want to go spend time outside ASAP.
This lunch features melon truffula trees, a brown barbaloot, that famous haunting word “UNLESS,” and, of course, a cheddar cheese Lorax. My little girl said the carrot slices could be the humming fish, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch 🙂
I don’t have a Lorax cookie cutter, so I free-handed the Lorax shape with a piece of cheddar cheese and a wooden skewer. It’s totally easier than using scissors to cut. If you think you can’t cut out the Lorax, give it a shot (with a picture in front of you). It’s really very easy.
Prep Time: about 10 minutes
Lorax Bento Box
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
- a lunch box with compartments (like this Planet Box lunch box)
- striped straws for the truffula tree trunks
- mini-alphabet cookie cutters
- a wooden skewer
- candy eyes (or mozzarella and seaweed or black olives)
- small flower cookie cutter
- silicone muffin liner
- small container for dip
- cream cheese, softened
- yellow cheddar cheese and provolone or swiss (or other white cheese)*
- carrot coins (or other veggie)
- 1 recipe Single Serving Greek Yogurt Dip
- a bit of melon like cantaloupe and watermelon - grab some pre-cut from the produce section if you don't want a bunch
- a celery stick
- a bear animal cookie
- slice of whole wheat bread
- tiny bit of cherry tomato or strawberry
- Cut the straws in half (or thirds depending on the size of your compartments). Press the flower cookie cutter through the melon and pop the flowers on top of the straws.
- Spread the cream cheese on the bread and in the groove of the celery.
- Prepare the Greek yogurt dip and pop the carrots in the muffin liner.
- Press your letters into the yellow cheese to spell "UNLESS," and lay the letters out on to the celery.
- Looking at a picture of the Lorax (above) free hand "cut" the yellow cheese with a skewer. Place it on the cream cheese. Grab your provolone (or white cheese) and cut out a mustache with the skewer. Put it on the Lorax's face with the bit of cherry tomato for a nose and the candy eyes.
- Add our brown barbaloot to the middle compartment.
I prefer pre-sliced Applegate organic cheddar; pre-sliced cheese is much easier to work with for bento boxes than a block of cheese you slice at home.
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