Truth in bento
Posted July 7, 2011on:
Anyone can do this. I had never heard of the word bento until 2005 when I moved to Portland, Oregon for a short spell. I didn’t know what a bento was. More traditional bento is Japanese in descent. It usually includes a takeout container or small box sized portion of a variety of foods like rice, fish, vegetables and meat. Again, this is traditional bento. My dear friend in San Jose, CA piqued my interest in the bento idea while she was posting fabulously fun meals for her boys. I have two little girls that aren’t always the best eaters so I wanted to try some fun encouragement of my own. I also wanted to Americanize my bento using regular ingredients already in the house so that my kids would eat it. After a ton of interest from friends on Facebook, I decided to attempt to teach others how to do the same. And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, copy away my friends! It’s how I learned. Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, positive feedback or recommendations for me. I appreciate it!
Today’s lunch is a fancy shoe cookie cutter with pink sprinkles on it (apply honey first). Leftover Annie’s whole wheat macaroni shells, strawberries, blueberries (with gem picks) and strawberry mushroom biscuits for a treat.
I also made my husband a turkey & provolone bagel sandwich with spinach and stuck some royal icing eyes on for fun.