Make an out-of-this-world Toy Story-inspired lunch for your young Space Ranger with Alien cucumbers as a crisp centerpiece.
Alien Bento Box
- 3 whole wheat mini pitas
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1 boiled egg
- Cream cheese/hummus to hold design together
- Small piece of uncooked spaghetti
- Varity of small cookies & pretzels
- Small knife
- Small circle fondant cutter
- Cutters, decorating tips or various sized straws
If your kids aren’t fans of egg salad, fill the mini pitas with mozzarella, a small bit of tomato sauce and pepperoni for a take on the Aliens’ Pizza Planet beginnings.
Cutting should be done by an adult.
Slice cucumber into rounds, about 1/4 inch thick.
Using a small knife, trim 2 pointy ear pieces, then join them with a semi circle to make the head. Save the extra piece for later.
With a small circle fondant cutter, cut one circle out of a slice of boiled egg white for the middle eye. Line up the cutter to the edge of the first circle to cut two crescent side “eyes.” (Hint: If you do not have fondant cutters, a fatter straw will work too.)
Adhere the eyes to the top of the cucumber with tiny dots of cream cheese or hummus. A toothpick can help position the eye pieces.
From the extra cucumber piece, slice off a thin layer of outer peel. Using cutters, decorating tips, or various sized straws, cut three smaller circles for the eyes and one slightly larger circle for the mouth.
Attach eyes and mouth with cream cheese/hummus and a toothpick.
Cut one more circle from a thicker piece of cucumber and peel, approximately the same size as the mouth.
Break a small piece of spaghetti noodle (1/2 to 3/4 inch), poke through the last circle and into the top center of the alien’s head to make the antenna. Keep the extra pieces of cucumber for lunches or salads, use the remaining boiled eggs for egg salad pita sandwiches.
Mini pita sandwiches: make egg salad from remaining boiled eggs and mayonnaise. Slice the top of a mini pita and fill with egg salad.
Cantaloupe stars: slice cantaloupe into thicker slices (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick) then cut stars using a small cookie cutter. Save extra pieces for fruit salad or just for underneath the stars in the bento.