Archive | August, 2011

Remember to Separate the Tofu

10 Aug

Simple Mac & Cheese

This was a fast and simple mac and cheese bento.  It shouldn’t have taken too long to make, but Little Sweet Pea was up, and whenever he is up that early in the morning, life is always a bit sweeter but more hectic.  After looking at the bento, I feel like I should have put some type of decoration in the tofu section, but ah well…  This bento is a perfect example of why you need to divide your food. Tofu is watery and needs to be separated from other food.  If you plan on putting tofu in your bento, be sure to separate it from other food, and keep it cool.  I generally always include an ice pack in Ms. Little Bubbles bentos, and today was no different.

I love this bento box (it is one of my favorite, and the first really good bento box that I purchased) because it has three divided sections.  Given the sections come out, I’ve also used them in other bento boxes.

Contents: Mac and Cheese, strawberries, tofu, and carrot flowers.

Bunny Onigiri That’s SUPER Easy to Make

9 Aug

Bunny Musubi

If you are stumped on what to do and think you cannot make a onigiri (but I believe you can!) just get a wrapper.  This adorable onigiri bunny wrap is so easy to use!  It’s kind of like arts and crafts day at school.  I handmade the chicken onigiri, and just put a bunny wrapper around it.  It’s basically a square wrapper with a twisty tie, and bunny sticker ears.  And voila!  You are done! This is definitely one of the easiest bentos I’ve made, and one of the most adorable!  🙂

I can’t remember where I got these wrappers from, but I think it may have been from Marukai.

Contents: Chicken onigiri, strawberries, carrots and crackers.

No Brown Apples in my Bento

6 Aug

This was a bento I did earlier in the week and didn’t have a chance to upload it.  I think there is a total of three gyoza bentos this past week!  Yes, I made a lot of gyoza.  For this one, I made yaki soba noodles to go with the gyoza.  I purchased the yaki soba from a Japanese grocery store in the area, then added peas, kamaboko and hot dogs.  For the fruit, I put strawberries and apples.  To keep the apples from going brown, I dipped them in salt water. I didn’t leave them in there too long as I didn’t want it to get salty.  I’ve tried lemon juice in the past, but I didn’t like the taste of the apples after I put the juice on it.

Contents:  Gyoza, noodles, broccoli, carrots, strawberries and apples

 

Noodles & Gyoza

Pandas love Meatloaf

6 Aug

Mmmmm... Pandas Loves Meatloaf

 

I know, I know…. Meatloaf bento??? I was uninspired for dinner last night and we ended up with meatloaf. However, it didn’t cook in time so we had to eat leftovers. Go figure. 🙂

Bentos definitely don’t need to be Japanese food only, and this proves that. However, rice is a staple in my house, so the bento has rice instead of mashed potatoes. 🙂

Contents: meatloaf, rice, strawberries, kamaboko and steamed carrots.

Happy Thursday Sandwich Bento

4 Aug

Just Another Sandwich Day

Happy Thursday Everyone.  The weekend is almost here.

I struggled with this morning’s bento.  Originally, I was going to do a simple sandwich and not do a bento.  But I have a hard time doing that.  I always feel like I need to spruce it up.  🙂

Today’s bento is rather simple.  This is a good example of a bento with no accessories.  Well, unless you consider the lettuce as an accessory.  I cut the ham and cheese sandwich into four and arranged it in the top section of a two tiered bento box.  I added the carrots on the side to make everything fit tightly.  The bottom tier has strawberries, Japanese crackers and kamaboko.  The kamaboko adds a nice punch of color to the bottom tier.

Contents: Ham and cheese sandwich, carrots, strawberries, kamaboko and crackers.

Gyoza and Rice

2 Aug

I decided to actually cook something this morning for Little Miss Bubbles. Last night we had leftovers for dinner, and she said “meatballs again?!?!” so, I felt bad if I gave it to her for lunch.

What is quick and easy to make? I thought gyoza. Basically, put it in the pan, add water and you are done. Oh…I made frozen gyoza. Making fresh, handmade gyoza…. Uh, no! 🙂

Contents: gyoza, strawberries, carrots and rice.

Gyoza and Rice

Happy Musubi Boys

1 Aug

Happy Musubi Boys

This bento makes me happy, I hope it made my daughter happy!

When I was growing up, my grandma taught me how to make onigiri by hand.  First, I splashed water on my hands and then added salt.  I was instructed to put the warm rice in my hands and alternate my cupped hands until a triangle formed.  As I got older, I used molds that you can buy from almost any Asian market.  But after reading posts by other bento lovers, I realized there is nothing like a hand molded onigiri (musubi).  Except, now I use plastic wrap!  Wow… the plastic wrap makes it so much easier and is not as messy.

The two happy boys were made by hand using plastic wrap.  One boy has black sesame seeds as hair, although, it’s a little sparse and makes it look like he is balding.  The other boy has no hair.  hehehe.  Once again, the pics add the cuteness to the bento.  I just love these little hat bento picks. So cute.

Contents: Onigiri, nori for the face, sesame for the hair, chicken, carrots, green beans, and a variety of fruit.

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