Desktop dining is unhealthy, throw in certain lunch options and it’s double trouble.

Teenager Bella Pearson is on a mission to lighten up lunch breaks for young and old alike. The 13-year-old, from the International School of Choueifat, helped host a workshop at the Dubai Food Festival, which outlined fun and healthy choices, which closed on Saturday.

She said: “I got bored of sandwich and fruit lunch boxes. What got me into cooking was trying to do my own twist and be creative. It is about making lunches fun and nutritious, (how to) have proteins, carbs, veggies and fruits in one place.”

Bella’s Minion Bento Box

– 1 box, Al Islami Chicken Nuggets, cooked as per package instructions
– 1 small, lettuce of your choice (or blanched kale)
– 1 small, carrot (blanched if desired)
– 1 small, cucumber
– 1 small, capsicum
– 3 – 5 pieces, strawberries
– Handful of blueberries
– Cooked wheat pasta, brown rice or quinoa or any healthy grains
– 1 piece, muffin of your choice
– 1 slice of cheese
– Ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard

Bento Tools

– Nori or Japanese seaweed paper
– Gourmet pen or food writer
– Cupcake liners
– Fruit / veggie cutter (to your desired shape)


– Wash all the fruits and vegetables thoroughly.


– Tear up lettuce (or kale).
– Slice carrots, cucumber and capsicum, use the fruit / veggie cutter to create exciting shapes.
– Line up the rest of the fruits and veggies.
– Cut a strip of Nori and stick it to the nuggets using a dab of ketchup or mayonnaise.
– Cut a small circle out of the cheese slice and place it on top center of the Nori strip (use ketchup or mayonnaise as the glue).
– Draw the eyeball and the mouth of your minion using a gourmet pen.


– Place lettuce (or any greens of your choice ) on the bottom of your lunch box.
– Pour in the cooked pasta, brown rice or quinoa or any healthy grains.
– Arrange Al Islami Chicken Nuggets minion on top.
– On the separate lunchbox compartment, place the strawberries, blueberries and muffin.