Monday, January 30, 2012
Ahhh, Monday. The sun is shining but it is as cold as all get out! I've never been exactly sure what that phrase meant. My grandparents used it a lot as I was growing up and it is now part of my brain function whether I understand it or not. Might as well use it, right? Today's bento of leftover vegetarian Pastitsio is perfect for this weather and it's all for me. Happy Meatless Monday!
The package of sesame leaves that I picked up last night is the excuse for making myself a bento today. They looked so pretty and it's been a long time since I've done anything experimental food-wise. These are actually Perilla leaves which are related to Basil and Mint, but are often marketed under the name Sesame leaves. Since I'm allergic to Mint, today's experiment is very cautious. If I have no reactions today I will be more adventurous later in the week. I love how the leaf looks in the bento - can't wait to actually try tasting it!
A-chan chose Starfruit as her food experiment. So far she hasn't liked it, but I am so proud of her for trying it! And since she doesn't like it that just means more for me...
In the bento: Vegetarian Pastitsio, Perilla leaf, an almond, baby carrots, a huge cherry tomato, blackberries, steamed broccoli, a slice of starfruit and an orange slice.
Pastitsio is a Greek meat and pasta casserole. I adapted a recipe to be made with Morningstar Farms recipe crumbles. The recipe is posted on my other blog so if you're interested, go check it out. It makes a huge amount! (And you can substitute real meat for the fake meat if you happen to be a carnivore. Just sayin')