A Picnic Bento

It is summer and that means lovely days filled with sunshine and my whole family (including DH) around me.  I'm not making bento as frequently because we are grilling outdoors.  But we are planning on taking the kids to Rocky Mountain National Park for an outing.  I decided that we needed bentos for the voyage and spent some time playing today.  As hot as the weather is, it is a real pleasure to stay inside with my bento supplies.  



I made a fake sushi roll.  It is not my greatest work but I learned a lot.  They are a light pink color because the only vinegar I had handy was red wine vinegar.  I put asparagus in the center and really could have put more into it.  Next are chicken wing pieces baked with salt, pepper, and garlic.  There are mini peppers, strawberries, tomatoes cut into flowers, and cucumber pieces that are meant to go into a vinaigrette in the little cup. There is also half a hard boiled egg.  I've added chive blossoms (fully edible) for a little onion flavor and purple color.  The cup holds some imitation crab meat.  On the far right is a tiny bamboo fork.

The coolest part of this bento is that it is 90% disposable.  At the end of the day, we will take home 5 silicone cups and 5 dressing cups.  The rest can go in the trash. Now, normally, that isn't a good thing, but I have wanted to find a good container for DH to use for field trips and so that I can pack lunches for our family outings where it is not as easy to tote around lunch boxes.  A baby requires enough gear that simplifying lunch is important.  Well, simplifying is a relative term here.  :0)

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I got new bento toys!!!

Thanks to DH, I made a big order at bentousa.com.  I got some neat decoration kits and other toys to play with.  Today, I took out one of them.


This is a cutting tool set with different shapes.  At first I thought the tweezers were silly but then I realized that in order to move the shapes, you need a precise tool because they are so small.  I used this tool to augment a smaller, simpler bento I made for DH.


This bento is a single layer containing a pork chop cooked with salsa, cilantro, and lime juice.  I've topped the chop with two flowers made of cheese and little circles of celery.  The cup holds a black bean, tomato, and corn sauté topped with little hearts cut from cheddar cheese.  There are also mini peppers and some Laughing Cow cheese.

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Last Day of School Bento

Today is the last day of school and DH has a long day ahead of him.  I made this lunch in about 20 minutes this morning.  It turned out quite well considering the situation - little to no groceries, a bit of a time crunch, and no plan.  It could almost be termed a fly by the seat of your pants bento.  :)


Layer 1 contains a salad of carrot, cucumber, and grape tomatoes.  On the other side is brie cheese, a few grapes and orange slices.

Layer 2 contains a stuffed portobello mushroom (I found one lone mushroom in the fridge and some herbed cheese).  There is also sauteed asparagus and a stir fry with ramen noodles, chicken and broccoli slaw.

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A Clean Out the Fridge Bento

You can so tell that it is the last week of classes!  I haven't really gone grocery shopping in two weeks.  We are dwindling down the stores of food and things are looking a little sparse.  For this bento, I had to search around quite a bit.  For better or for worse, here it is.


As you can see, it is one of the larger My Bento Meal boxes that DH loves because there is so much food.  My goal, as usual, is to fill him up with more fruit and veg than junk food.


Layer 1 contains ham and boursin roll ups in a low carb tortilla, a carrot, slices of white peach, orange, and grapes.  I tried for a swirl effect with the fruit in the center but it just didn't come together as I wanted it to.


Layer 2 contains carrot, green bean, and zucchini in a rosemary, brown butter sauce, some diced chicken (from the freezer), broccoli, and low carb pasta topped with flowers cut from purple cabbage.

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