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Cinderella Bento Box

cinderella bento

My toddler has a new obsession – Cinderella. She has a Cinderella baby doll who must be with her at. all. times. She wants to hear “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” in the car on repeat. I learned last Saturday that it takes 4 playings of that song to get us to the farmers’ market.

All that to say, if it can be princess-themed in my house, it has to be princess themed.

I decided to try making a Cinderella themed bento box for my preschooler, and she devoured it.

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Cinderella Bento Box

A dream is a wish your heart makes, lunch style!


Here's what you'll need:

  • string cheese
  • cheddar cheese for letters
  • cherry tomatoes
  • carrot sticks
  • 1 recipe Single Serving Greek Yogurt Dip
  • a bit of pink apple for the star and the cheeks
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. short grain white rice cooked according to the directions*
  • a square of dark chocolate
  • a bit of powdered sugar and water mixed together in a baggie to make thick icing
  • nori seaweed
  • 1 egg

Tools you'll need

  • a container for your Greek dip
  • mini-alphabet cutters for "WISH"
  • cute toothpicks for the tomatoes (I found these at Michael's)
  • apple corer or some other small circle for the cheeks
  • star cookie cutter for the wand top
  • scissors
  • 1 toothpick


Cinderella's Face

  1. Grab your hot, cooked rice and a small bowl that's about the size you want Cinderella's face to be. Pack the rice into the bowl and then invert it.
  2. Put the smallest skillet (mine is about 5" across) you have over medium heat, and rub the inside with a bit of olive oil. In a bowl, whisk your egg until no streaks show, and then dump it in the skillet. Cook over medium until you can flip the egg disk to cook the other side.
  3. While the egg cooks, cut the nori into Cinderella's eyes, mouth, and headband. You can use scissors or lay the nori flat and use an x-acto knife, which is totally faster.
  4. When the egg is finished, cut into Cinderella's hair.
  5. Place the apple on her cheeks, the nori on her face, and the egg on for her hair. Put the headband on right before your kid goes to school when everything has had a chance to cool.
  6. Shove the toothpick into the string cheese. Use a cookie cutter to cut out a star shape, and push that onto the other end of the cookie cutter. If you have mini-alphabet cutters, cut your cheddar cheese into "WISH," and put that on the wand.
  7. You could just put a piece of chocolate in the lunch on its own, but I decided to make it into an envelope to be the invitation for the ball. I mixed about 1 T powdered sugar with a tiny bit of water in a plastic bag, cut off the tip, and "piped" the outline of an envelope.

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