Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Wasa cracker with vegetarian lentil pate cut-outs (the pate was made by A-chan's godfather and it's delicious!), grapes, black olive, baby tomato halves, grilled soy turkey and cheese sandwich triangles, vegetarian vegetable soup.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Bottom tier: 1 sloppy joe, 2 halves of a small greek baked potato with two bites of broccoli.
Pretty much the same as above :)
A-chan's bento was a little bit different.
Top tier: Sloppy joe sauce in a cup since she won't touch hot dop buns of any sort, greek baked potato, broccoli and bamboo leaf cheese shapes. Also she only got one potato half so I could fit some corn into hers.
Bottom tier was an olive roll, corn, apple slices and japanese rock candy.
Snack bento: corn with cheese slices and black olive, black eyed peas with cucumber and dill.
Grilled Cheese Butterfly sandwich with fruit by the foot decorations, carrot circle cutouts, cheese body and origami paper face. Boiled broccoli surrounds the butterfly. ( I have found that taking frozen broccoli and boiling it for maybe 4-5 minutes makes it wonderful and soft as butter - no more cranky toddler not wanting to eat the stem, she gobbles the whole thing now.)
Animal picks with flower carrots and pineapple chunk hula dresses dancing on a bed of dried coconut shreds. On the side were four miniature pickles and a black olive.
The side bowl contains vegetarian vegetable soup and a heart veggie chip. This inexpensive set of bowls for toddlers are a great way to carry things like soup and are microwaveable as well!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Interspersed apple and cucumber hearts, soba noodles & veggie stirfry, pink rice with green pea decoration, veggie chips and 1 veggie gyoza.
The pink rice was a huge hit. "I like pink rice!" and "more pink rice?" were such nice refrains. It did look a little funny when soy sauce was poured over, but it wasn't as bad as the blue rice had been. :)
Saturday, February 17, 2007
These were fun to make and contained two of our absolute favorite foods, but we found out that they don't work very well in bentos.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Jasmine rice base with Maruchan teriyaki yakisoba 'mane', black olives for eyes, nose and mouth, carrots for ears and tongue, cheddar cheese for whiskers.
On the side was a slice of cheddar cheese, green grapes, black olives and sesame broccoli.
The lion was definately a huge hit. She ate almost every bit, it was awesome!
Top Tier: Jasmine rice with tiny carrot stars, a baked tofu star, tomato, homemade veggie gyoza and black sesame seeds.
Bottom Tier: Jasmine rice packed around a green pea star with baked tofu star and black sesame seeds.
My Husband's Bento -
Top Tier: Baked tofu dice with black sesame seed pips on a bed of green peas, baby tomatoes, homemade veggie gyoza.
Bottom Tier: Jasmine rice with carrot cut-outs and black sesame seeds, green peas and another baby tomato. (My husband calls the carrot cut-outs "soy sauce targets")
My daughter's bento -
Top Tier: Jasmine rice with Mrs. Dash 'furikake', green peas and carrot heart & star.
Bottom Tier: Baked tofu dice with black sesame seed pips, baby tomatoes and homemade veggie gyoza.
The baked tofu was the only thing that I could think of that would leave the tofu white enough to look like dice. It worked very well and the blandness of the tofu allowed our new favorite sauce, tonkatsu ala Cookingcute.com to shine! I just cooked the tofu cubes in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes, turned them over and cooked 10 more. The original tonkatsu sauce recipe is here: http://www.cookingcute.com/gallery/gallery_011806.htm I modified it by using HP sauce instead of Worcestershire cause the big W isn't vegetarian. And I'll take any excuse to use HP sauce, yummm!
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Our snack had Caldee's heart shaped veggie chips, pretzels, grapes and a babybel cheese bunny.
Friday, February 2, 2007
PBjs, black olives, grape tomatoes, broccoli cheddar bites (morningstar farms) with mayo dip, lychees. Not shown were tortilla chips and salsa, some pretzels for the strange man who doesn't like salsa.
I am horrified by the fact that my husband (a notorious picky-eater) like lychees and I don't! Normally I love anything new and exotic...but lychees have a texture that is a lot like pears and I don't like pears and apparently I don't like lychees. My husband ate all mine, and our daughters and his own and I am so shocked!
This was also the first time my daughter had ever had peanut butter. She was at risk of a peanut allergy (because of a soy allergy that thankfully went away) so she hasn't been allowed to have peanuts or peanut butter ever. It was definately a hit :)