Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mucho Yogurt Bento

From left to right: Vegetarian vegetable soup in a microwaveable container, parmesan cheese for the soup in the orange kitty, circular grilled cheese sandwiches with flowers cut from cheese slices on top, apple bunny, a pretzel, baby tomato with an elephant pick, container of yogurt with two tiny apple flowers on top.
The lesson that I learned with this bento was to put a layer of saran wrap over the really, really full yogurt container BEFORE I put it into the bento. Because once it's there it's extremely difficult to get back out without spilling it everywhere!

Sweet Potato Bao Bentos

A three tiered bento box makes for a great way to carry a three person lunch! The top one was my daughter's, the middle mine and the bottom was for my husband. They all contained pretty much the same stuff:
A sweet potato bao (purchased frozen from Super H Mart and steamed in the microwave for 1 minute), steamed broccoli, sesame carrots, onigiri, steamed baby corn, blueberries, tangy corn snacks and little bits of tomato. The onigiri lions in my daughter's bento were very simple to make - just small round balls of rice that I nestled into some carrot peelings and then applied the nori faces onto.
If you've never tried a japanese sweet potato, you don't know what you're missing! They honestly are as sweet as cake. I've only found the actual potatoes at the Farmer's Market in Decatur so far, but these bao are soooo delicious.