Tennis Lunch for Your Athlete

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tennis Bento Lunch

Recently my blog was featured on Good Morning America! I had the pleasure to make personalized lunches for three of the hosts and a few other GMA logo lunches. The great thing about these is that they are all simple enough for anyone to do and you can replace the names with whomever you are making the lunch for. Since my daughter is on summer break, I thought I would share the recipes for these lunches over the next couple weeks. But don't worry, there is plenty of other stuff in store as well!

This might be my favorite lunch that I made for GMA. I am sharing it this week because Wimbledon just wrapped up so if you have a tennis fan in your family, this is an easy and fun lunch to do! You can customize the name on it for the person you are making it for. Special thanks to Kendra from Biting the Hand that Feeds You for the tennis ball idea. It is made in an Easy Lunch Boxes container.
Tennis Bento Lunch
2 Green Apples (you will only need one, but it helps to have a backup in case you mess up)
1 lemon
Mixed nuts
Green M&Ms (ONLY green, just buy a regular bag and pick the green out)
Butter snap pretzels (must be this variety, they look like nets)
Two slices whole wheat bread
1 bag shredded coconut
Green food coloring
1 resealable bag
Sliced provolone cheese
Sliced turkey lunch meat

Tennis Bento Lunch

1. Put half bag of shredded coconut in resealable plastic bag. Drop in 10 drops green food coloring. Seal and shake until the coconut becomes green. Put in 1-2 more drops if necessary. Arrange coconut in main container to cover the bottom.
2. Cut slice of bread into tennis racket shape as shown in picture. Repeat with second slice. Cut turkey lunchmeat and cheese into small circle and place between bread “rackets” to make a sandwich. Put sandwich in main container.
3. Cut thin slices of provolone cheese and arrange in a grid on top of sandwich.
4. Cut green apple in half and carefully make shallow cuts that just break the skin to form the seam of the tennis ball. For shape see picture. Gently stick knife underneath edge and pry up apple skin along the cut until only white is showing.
5.  Immediately slice a lemon and rub the wedge along the back of the apple and anywhere else you made a cut. This will prevent the apple from turning brown. Place apple slightly on top of tennis racket sandwich as shown.
6. In one side dish place pretzels. Use slice of provolone cheese to cut out Lara’s name. Arrange on pretzels.
7. In second side dish put mixed nuts and green M&Ms.


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