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Brave Bento Box

brave bento

My kids’ favorite Disney movie is really a tie between Frozen and the Lion King. My favorite Disney movie, though, is Brave. I absolutely love the story between mother and daughter, the beautiful scenery, and the voices. That movie always makes me cry.

For the Brave bento, I wanted to do something fun but also delicious. I love highly stylized bentos, but so many that I see are so rice-dependent, and I wonder how they actually taste. This bento borrows heavily from Italian flavors, so it tastes great. Instead of a rice face, I used polenta. You can make your own or save some time and buy pre-made tubes of polenta at the grocery store. They don’t sear as well as homemade polenta, but they’re fine for this.

This is also great for leftovers – if you make corkscrew pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs for dinner, this bento is a snap.

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Let’s get started!

To make the little bear brothers, make your favorite meatballs in two sizes. I love this recipe for meatballs with sausage and beef, which I bake in muffin tins to help keep the ball shapes. You’ll need to make two sizes – small and medium. Grab the small one and cut it in half. Get a toothpick and cut that in half, too. Stick the halves in the big meatball and thread the small halves on top.

To finish the bears, you’ll need three tiny circles of mozzarella (I used an apple corer for the shape), and I used a nori press to cut nori seaweed for the eyes, nose, and mouth.

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Brave Bento Box

Delicious and adorable, this fun version of Brave will bring a smile to any child's face.



nori cutters

apple corer

two toothpicks

silicone muffin liner

mini-alphabet cutters

sharp knife


three small meatballs and three medium sized meatballs (I love this recipe but omit the teriyaki glaze for this)

small piece of white cheese

nori seaweed

1 slice of polenta, sauteed in olive oil

some leftover corkscrew pasta tossed in marinara sauce

1 kale leaf

cantaloupe or other melon

fresh fruit


  1. Assemble the bear meatballs according to the instructions above.
  2. To finish out the rest of the box, grab a silicone muffin liner and fill it with fruit.
  3. Get your cantaloupe, cut it about 1/2 inch thick, and press the letters BRAVE in. With a sharp knife, cut out an arrowhead and feathers and insert onto the toothpick.
  4. Put the polenta in the bento and cut a small piece of the top or side for Merida's neck. Add pasta around the sides for her hair. Wrap the neck with kale so it looks like her shoulders/cape. Using nori cutters, cut your seaweed for her eyes and mouth. Press on the warm polenta to make sure they stick.



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