Archive for the ‘Bento’ Category

Bento Sauce Containers

How do you get your salad dressing to work in your salad container without pouring it on your salad and wilting the lettuce?  Use a Bento mayonnaise/sauce container!

You can see how it holds the sauce!

So cute!

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To separate food in my Bento lunches, I like to use silicone baking cups.  I got them at my local grocery store, in the aisle with cooking utensils.  I have jumbo and regular sizes, but you can also get minis.  Wilton (at craft stores) puts out fun shaped ones.

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Bento Veggie Cutters

They were so tiny when I opened up the package!

I sliced carrots into strips and used the cutter on them.  Next time, I’ll try slicing rounds and then use the cutter.

So cute!  I can’t wait to have fun with flower-shaped veggies in my next Bento lunch.  I’ll probably start using a larger variety of veggies.  I’ll definitely try the cutters with cucumbers.

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This was my first vegan bento.

Clockwise from top left:

  • apples (dipped in orange juice to prevent browning)
  • brown rice (with lemon juice)
  • 3/4 peanut butter and jam sandwich (natural PB, whole grain bread)
  • red bell pepper
  • raw carrots

I had rice in addition to the bread, because I was trying to have brown rice at lunch and dinner.  That’s why I did 3/4 of a sandwich.

I used a combination of large and regular-sized silicone cups.  I covered the rice with plastic wrap in case it decided to spill.  I really like how the cups are flexible enough to allow me to squeeze things in tightly.  I fit the carrots in vertically between the apples and peppers.

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Bento #1

This is a pre-vegetarian/vegan bento.  I made this before I went Vegan.

I thought it would be fun to try Bento lunch boxes.  I would have more variety in my meals, smaller portions, and hopefully more vegetables!  In the pictures below, I used the food on the left for lunch and snack, and I split the salad on the right over two days.

On the left:

  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Cookbook meatloaf and chickpea sauce
  • apple and cheddar chunks on toothpicks
  • carrots

On the right:

  • romaine lettuce and shredded cheddar
  • deli turkey
  • avocado
  • (I planned to add ranch dressing when I ate the salad)

I used the lunch containers I already had at home, instead of Bento boxes.  I also used large silicone cups.  They’re washable and flexible.

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