Friday, January 15, 2016

Penguin Snack

A Penguin Snack: A Fun Food Idea for Snack Time!
Happy 2016! I had meant to share this cute snack before the break, but I got sick - so I'm sharing it now. Considering We JUST took down our Christmas decorations it still works! I was sick all winter break, so I have no problem extending the holiday cheer well into January! (Yes, I'm that person that would keep up the Christmas lights until February..)

I'm happy to start off the year with this fun snack and review of the latest bento book: Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids.

I first need to congratulate my friend Ming from She makes the most incredibly detailed bento and fun food creations and I am always in constant awe of everything she makes! She is such a talented food artist; every plate is such a work of art!

Her book is absolutely AMAZING and also where I got the inspiration for the penguin snack!
Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids has SO many fun bento ideas. There are over 70 bento and food art recipes, and then (to my surprise) there were over 60 FOOD recipes (I can't wait to try the chicken Teriyaki, the Veggie Pork/Beef rolls, and the lemon chicken!) There are step by step instructions AND picture tutorials for everything. 

If you love cute food, and are interested in trying out bentos this is a must have book. Literally a bento "bible". Everything you need to know to on how to begin, where to start, how to naturally color rice (I NEEDED this!), how to make egg sheets, how to make steamed cakes, what bento tools to get, and even explanations and descriptions of all the bento boxes and tools you could get. Along with the step by step instructions and picture tutorials you will be able to recreate these bentos easily!

I loved all the chapters, but I did love the bread-based bentos chapter best. I typically make my lunches with bread, so I'm glad there was a whole chapter of fun ideas we can get inspiration from!

I made our cute penguin snack, inspired by one of the Penguin Sandwich in the book. I decided to make it into a snack and the girls enjoyed it after school! Here is a sneak peek of the pages, so you can see how detailed the instructions are, and how great the picture tutorials are (for every bento/fun food plate!)
I didn't have blueberries, so I used mini chocolate chips as the eyes. But that is just another way to show how you can easily substitute other ingredients if need be!

Both of the girls have LOVED going through the pages and picking what we will make next. Eliana, who has never really cared for rice bentos, has now showed a sudden interest in making them after she looked through everything - So I guess we will be trying some new ideas this year!

Again, I highly recommend this book -- You will have ALL the information you ever need to start and make bentos! I am so happy for you Ming! Congratulations on your book!! We loved the book and look forward to making your recipes!

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**Disclosure: I was sent this book for the purpose of this review. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own**
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  1. The book looks really great, thanks for sharing! Plus the penguin snacks looks so cute and quite easy to make

    1. Thanks Miss D! It is really an awesome bento book! The whole family is loving it.


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