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School Bento Accessories

{L: Salmon Rice, Assorted Veggies, Stone Fruit. R: Potato Croquettes, Veggies with homemade carrot ginger dressing}

{Cucumber and ham sandwiches, coconut rolls (GF), mango fries, and home-grown baby carrots}

It’s that time of year where your Facebook feed gets flooded with 1st day back to school pics. I love seeing them all. And I get envious of those who start AFTER the Labor day holiday. C’s school begins in mid-August every year when it’s still like 90 degrees out. Simply wrong.

For those who are looking to keep the school lunches exciting and new-consider how you cut things! A simple sandwich cut into finger sandwiches and mangos sliced up like fries can make all the difference in a kid’s lunch. Not to mention cute animal toothpicks.

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Bento Request

Balanced Bento

Sometimes happiness comes in a bento box. And this would be my C’s as she requested each of the items.

Menu: Tofu miso soup with kabu greens, vegetables, dumplings, rice, fruit (blackberries, bananas, and tangerine).

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Heart Day Bento

Heart Day Bento

I have never been a fan of Valentine’s day but I do *heart* my hearts. So how could I resist making a heart bento.

Menu: Animal shaped pasta (all the rave in our house now) with bolognese sauce, salami wrapped with cheese, avocado, carrots, and fruit (strawberry and apples). Not pictured: tangerine and pretz crackers.

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Turkey & Prosciutto Roll-ups

Turkey & Prosciutto Roll-ups

I personally have never been a fan of deli meat rolled up but C loves it. Turkey and prosciutto rolled up around cheese. I used string cheese so you can easily pull it to the size you need.

Menu: Rice with nori crack, fruit (raspberries and tangerine), turkey and prosciutto roll-ups, and veggies. Not pictured- pita chip crackers.

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Nori Crack

Nori Crack

Happy New Year! On our recent trip to Seattle, my mother starting making this bowl of rice with crumpled nori (seaweed) mixed throughout the rice and C started referring to it as “nori crack”. And of course while grocery shopping for meals, I asked her what she’d like for lunch, she requested nori crack. Luckily I had all the ingredients on hand. We normally buy the individual packs of nori from Costco. I have found them to be slightly salted with a generous portion of nori in each pack. All you need to do is just crumple the nori onto the rice and mix it in and repeat.

Menu: Nori crack rice, Turkey burgers, crudite with hummus, and fruit (apples and tangerine).

As for me, I am considering a nice winter detox (after returning from a holiday eating and drinking binge) and may post some of the recipes of winners I’ll incorporate throughout the season.

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Meatballs with Tonkatsu sauce

Meatballs with Tonkatsu sauce

There’s something about “bulldog (tonkatsu) sauce” that makes meat so delicious. Pour it on a can of cat food, and it could be a gastronomic “fancy feast”.

Menu: Turkey meatballs with tonkatsu sauce, mac n cheese, roasted cauliflower and green beans, and strawberries. Yes, the strawberries in SoCal are still quite delicious in mid-December.

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One Bite Katsu

One Bite Katsu

Obaachan to the rescue! I’ve been out sick, unable to do any cooking. So my mother has been making C’s bentos. Lucky girl today gets “one-bite katsu” in her lunch!

Menu: One-bite katsu, Braised kabocha, green string beans, one-bite rice balls with seaweed, and apples. Not pictured: yogurt and applesauce.

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Mother & Daughter Bento

Mother & Daughter Bento

I accompanied Ciel and her class on her first field trip. So, I requested my visiting-mother to make our bentos, just like the good ol’ days.

Menu: Salmon onigiri, tamagoyaki (egg omelet) soy sauce sauteed fish cakes, hot dogs, cucumber and watermelon.
Not pictured: Assorted fruit (persimmon and watermelon).

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Dumplings

Dumplings

Frozen dumplings are magical. They are always a bag of store-bought or homemade dumplings in our freezer. You can cook them in 10 minutes and with some rice on hand, you pretty much have an instant meal. I think I need to post a recipe on how to make some!

Menu: Rice with furikake, vegetable shrimp dumplings, bok choy, steam sweet potato slices, and fruit.

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Spooky Bento

Spooky Bento

Menu: Chicken shumai from TJ with sauce (maple syrup and soy sauce), broccoli, persimmon, scary rice, and apple sauce.

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