Diego's Wild Animals Bento Box

Diego's Wild Animals Bento Box

Your preschooler will roar with glee when you serve these wild bento boxes. Turn a hardboiled egg into a lion, then use a slice of salami to make a hippo.

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Diego's Wild Animals Bento Box
Healthy Pick
This recipe is a healthy choice for your preschooler. Prepare it together to familiarize your child with its good-for-you ingredients.
Party Snacks
Try this recipe at your child's next party. Double the ingredients or divide them in half, depending on the size of your celebration.
Parent Supervision Needed
This recipe requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or hot pans.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 30 min.


  • For the lion bento box:
  • 2/3 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 green beans cut on the diagonal
  • 1 hard boiled egg, peeled
  • 2 slices Cheddar or American cheese
  • 1 slice salami
  • 1 black olive
  • 1 spring dill
  • For the hippo bento box:
  • 2/3 cup cooked rice
  • 2 curly lettuce leaves
  • 2 small carrots, sliced
  • 4 slices salami
  • 1 slice white cheese (American, mozzarella, Swiss)
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 black olive


  1. Diego Lion Bento Box

    Follow these steps to assemble Diego's lion bento box:

  2. Step 1

    Spread the rice in the bottom of a small tray or container. Arrange the broccoli and green beans over the top, stem side down for the broccoli.

  3. Step 2

    Cut the hard-boiled egg in half, crosswise. Trim a thin slice of the white end of the egg for the eyes.

  4. Step 3

    Cut the cheese into 4 main shapes using flower and round-shaped cookie cutters. Cut 4 small circles with the egg white slice to make the eyes. Cut very small rounds from the black olive to make the pupils. Place on top of the egg whites. Cut two half inch triangles for the lion's nose.

  5. Step 4

    Arrange 2 cheese slices, overlapping slightly for the mane on top of the egg slice. Add the eyes, nose and 2 small sprigs of dill for the whiskers. Add the 2 lion eggs to the tray.

  6. Diego Hippo Bento Box

    Follow these steps to assemble Diego's hippo bento box:

  7. Step 1

    Spread the rice in the bottom of a small tray or container. Arrange the lettuces, curly leaf side up around the tray.

  8. Step 2

    Cut the carrot slices into small flower shapes using a small cookie cutter, cookie cutter template or paring knife.

  9. Step 3

    Place 2 salami slices together on a cutting board. Cut out the hippo head shape with a small knife. Cut out the ears from the scraps. Repeat with the remaining salami.

  10. Step 4

    Cut 4 small circles with the cheese slice to make the eyes.Cut very small rounds from the black olive to make the pupils and place on top of the cheese. Add the eyes and the ears to the salami head. Arrange the pieces on top of the lettuce and rice. Add the carrot flowers and tomatoes.

Nurtition Facts

  • Calories: 676
  • Total Fat: 29g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 282mg
  • Sodium: 1,824mg
  • Total Carbs: 73g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 31g
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