A New Bento Box and a Special Lunch to Go in It

While my parents were visiting, we made a trip down to IKEA and I found bento boxes at a Swedish store!  ;)  My DH is amused by this - or at least he was - until he saw tomorrow's lunch.  This is a BIG bento intended for all day grazing.  The new bento box has two layers measuring 10" x 6" x 1.5". There's lots of room to spread out ingredients but nothing can be very high at all.  DH has been having a hard time getting through his school days and is a little run down.  I think he needs a little more TLC than usual, so here we go . . .

Layer 1 contains the vast majority of the fun stuff in this meal.  Working from left to right, we have herbed goat cheese (the small wedge in the upper left corner), smoked salmon, slices of cheddar and Swiss cheeses, tomatoes, carrots, black forest ham, salami, peppers, cucumbers, and peanut butter filled pretzels.  This is all served on a bed of lettuce. 

Layer 2 contains crackers, Swedish toast, strawberries, blackberries, and orange slices. 

This looks like a HUGE amount of food, but there isn't really that much here.   I've given DH 8 little slices of cheese plus a small wedge of goat cheese.  There isn't much smoked salmon.  There are 1.5 slices of ham and 2 slices of salami.  The key here is that there is a lot of variety and it is arranged to look more substantial.  Even the fruit is not a huge amount: 2 strawberries, 1/2 of an orange, and 7 blackberries.  I will admit, though, that there are a lot crackers in this bento. 

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