First Bento Post

This is my first bento that I ever made.  Simple, not very cute, but for a first result, I didn’t consider it too bad.  It’s in the Lunch To Go Fit and Fresh container.
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We have a bagel sandwich with turkey, colby jack, and fresh spinach, a berry mix of blackberries, raspberries, and kiwi stars, some crackers and a hard-boiled egg.

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This is my most recent bento that used up my leftover Easter food.  I’m of Polish descent, so Easter breakfast is all sorts of fatty tasty foods like kielbasa and pierogi.  My boyfriend (who is also Polish) couldn’t find normal sized pierogi, but he found mini ones.  The moment he showed them to me, I said “Bento!”

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I’m actually really proud of this bento.  I arranged it pretty for the camera and everything.  Here we have a very large salad with mixed greens, cucumber flower cutouts, egg, craisins, carrot stars, and sunflower seeds.  In the container is some Italian dressing.  On the side we have some spiral pasta with sauce and parmesan, cheese for the salad, chocolate, and orange slices.  The fluffy thing on top is called  “Cheddar Bay Biscuit”, and it’s supposed to be like the ones from Red Lobster.  My boyfriend made some, and I couldn’t resist packing one in my lunch box.

For my friends who don’t know what bento is, it is a boxed lunch, normally meant to be eaten at room temperature.  The term is Japanese, but the concept apparently has shown up in Korea, the Philippines and elsewhere.  Bento used to be filled with traditionally Japanese food, such as sushi or onigiri (rice balls), but even in Japan, today, about any kind of food, as long as it will keep well, will work.  Bento can be microwaved, or refrigerated, and there are even fancy thermal bento for those who like hot meals.  The other neat thing about bento is portion control.  Most bento boxes, especially the pretty ones are very small, like my little blue one above.  A lot of Americans accidentally think they are kid sized.  The key to packing bento is to not pack junk food, and to fill all the space as best you can.  If you want to know more about bento, I can provide some very informative links, or you can ask me.  While I’m not an expert, I have been reading up and developing a serious obsession.

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