Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bento (173) - Three-Topping Bento with Roasted Pineapple

Sorry for the slew o' posts.  As you can probably tell, I fell behind in posting (if not in making :P) my bentos over the last two weeks.  It's the return of the three-topping bento accompanied by roasted pineapple/dried cherry salad, sweet simmered mushrooms, and mini-mochi!

 For J.'s bento, I used tomato salad mixed with chopped basil and shiso leaves. Since I ran out of peas for the three-topping portion, I substituted chopped zucchini.

My bento supplies were running low which forced me to use the two yellows (pineapple and eggs), but I think using the dried cherries to "break up" the color scheme helped slightly.  You laugh, dear bento reader . . . but I actually do think of my foods in color groups.  :P

Bento (172) - Spaghetti with Pepper Stars

The morning I made this bento, I woke up exhausted and told Goose he was going to have to take a Lunchable, because mommy was too tired to bento.  He looked at me with wide eyes and said "But, Mommy, I don't have any Lunchables."  (Of course, now I'm wondering if I should admit to occasionally feeding my child Lunchables on a bento blog . . . . but ::shrug:: I guess the damage has been done.  No one is perfect interwebs.  No one.  :P).  Long story short, I was overjoyed to find Olive Garden leftovers in the fridge . . . and for a five minute bento, I must admit this one came out quite nicely.

I used a small shaped veggie cutter to punch out the sweet pepper stars.  Upper right is more pepper stars and a cup of mini-mochi.  Lower right is grape/blueberry salad.  I take no credit for the spaghetti.  Olive Garden makes awesome spaghetti.  Oh!  One nice bento tip . . . lining the container with lettuce leaves nicely protected the white plastic from spaghetti stains. :)

Bento (171) - Egg Salad Sandwich Bento

This bento was a twist on the ham sandwich bento I discovered this summer.  Instead of a ham sandwich, I creatively used egg salad.  Ok . . . ok . . . it may not win any awards, but give the lady an "A" for effort!  :)

Upper right is blueberry/raspberry salad and lower right is chopped pickled garlic and an orange sweet bell pepper.