A Comfort Food Bento

Good Morning!

DH played paint ball with his students yesterday.  He came home tired and covered in paint.  It was too funny to see what his students had done to him.  Tales of battle and acts of valor made dinner quite fun last night.  I was glad to be able to send him to school today with a comforting bento that will fill him up and help him to forget those sore muscles.  I am sure he's going to be uncomfortable today.

My youngest daughter helped me to make this bento and is very proud to be helping take care of daddy.  She was so excited to be able to assemble the lunch and even more excited to know I was posting pictures online.

Layer 1: Cucumber and tomato salad with homemade vinaigrette, Greek yogurt and blackberries, blueberries, and some raspberries, a single chocolate covered strawberry, and two fruit candies from Perugina.  Yummy!

Layer 2: This is the comfort food section of the bento.  It doesn't look like much but it is a rich, warming meal.  There is creamed spinach with 3 types of cheese in it, turkey meatloaf stuffed with goat cheese, and potato topped with butter and herbes de Provence.

I can't take credit for this meatloaf recipe.  It was supposed to be a stuffed burger but it was really moist.  My fix was to turn it into a meatloaf.  Here it is: Stuffed Turkey Burgers.  It came from a site I absolutely love: Once A Month Meals.  This site has menus for freezer cooking.  It is a great resource for bento stash items that I can keep in the freezer and pull out as needed.  I also love their menu planning system and have been known to cook ahead meals, especially when I know life is about to get really busy.  They even have baby and toddler menus - a wonderful thing.

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