Bento meals originated from Japan but have become popular in many other countries. They are associated not only with taste but more so with their unique food arrangements that are nothing short of aesthetically appealing. Japanese homemakers have been whipping up wonderful bento meals for centuries so why don’t we take some inspiration from them and get creative with our own bento meals?
What Are Needed to Prepare Bento Meals?
For homemakers and parents who would want to prepare amazing bento meals for their families, all they’ll need are some basic food containers preferably with compartments, some time, and a lot of creative juices working. This is one way of encouraging children to eat their food with more gusto and excitement. There is actually no limit in the end product as long as imagination is at work.
Bento meals often inspired by Japanese cartoon characters or anime. Characters from comic books and video games are likewise often used. This should not prevent bento makers from being limited by these designs.
Tips in Creating Bento Meals
1. Observe proper proportion
The ratio of 4:3:2:1 is recommended as pertaining to rice, side dish, vegetables, and dessert. Of course, this can be adjusted to be more suitable for the intended recipient. Children will appreciate seeing common ingredients prepared with a twist.
2. Opt for bright -colored food items
Bright colors are very attractive to children. They are also very nice to work designs on. A combination of vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients in the right color match and contrast produce exceptionally beautiful edible creations.
3. Create designs around a theme
Bento meals designed around a theme produces more cohesive results. Homemakers can choose a different theme everyday to create excitement and anticipation for a child. Children tend to look forward to meal time if they know they have something different to look forward to for the day.
4. Use stencils for patterns and shapes
Not everyone has the hand for creating exact patterns and shapes. With the use of stencils however, cut outs will look very professional and realistic. Some shapes can be cut in random sizes and forms thus using free-hand can also be expected.
5. Avoid soggy food
Bento meals are lunch boxes. The problem with lunch boxes is that Â food tend to be soggy when eating time comes because of the need to close the boxes even when they are still hot. It is highly recommended to let food cool before closing the box.