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Recycle Your Take Out Containers – They Make Great Airplane Bentos

21 Aug

Field Trip Bento

This bento was created using a recycled container from a take out place. I tend to save containers that are rectangular in shape and have lids – they make perfect on the go bento boxes, especially for airplane trips (cheaper than buying a meal on the plane) and field trips for the little ones.

I took this picture earlier in the year, and honestly, I can’t remember if it was for me or Ms. Little Bubbles. I kind of think it was for my daughter as it has a sweet treat in it (the little pink wrapper), but if it was for a field trip, I don’t know if I’d pack meat and noodles. Usually for her field trips I pack a sandwich or musubi as it doesn’t need an ice pack. I may have made this for one of my trips. Well, either way, the same concepts apply to making this bento. I used leftover food and made sure they were tightly packed in the container. I kept it simple as I knew I would have to recycle the container and not bring it home.

Contents: Noodles, chicken, musubi with furikake, carrots and a sweet treat

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.

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.

Miss Musubi

25 Jul

Musubi Girl

This is another bento I made for the magazine that will be published in August.  I made these bentos the day after I arrived back from vacation, so I didn’t have any leftovers in the house.  Therefore, the chicken in this bento is from Trader Joe’s.  Which by the way, is a really good stand-in for my usual teriyaki chicken.

The musubi girl is made from rice that I hand molded.  The eyes and mouth are nori, but the eye lashes are black sesame seeds.  I cut the flower carrot with the new cutters that I got from Marukai.  LOVE them!!! They come in two sizes and are awesome.

Given I just returned from vacation, I didn’t have a lot of fruit in the house either.  So, the cantaloupe is from Trader Joe’s too – pre-cut, making it so easy to use.

I usually like to use a colorful background for my bentos, and also take the photos in my kitchen.  But to ensure the best light, I decided to take these photos outside.  But, much to my dismay, it was an overcast morning, so the natural light wasn’t so great.  Although, using my black sweater as a backdrop did work out quite well.  Who knew… 😉

You are a monkey

21 Jul

As a working mom, most of my bentos will consist of leftovers. Today’s bento is no different.

Let’s see, we have spaghetti with cheese (my daughter is in an anti-sauce phases), chicken, fruit and sweet potato fries with a little bit of ketchup in the monkey container.

The monkey container is really cute, it has a small banana spoon!

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