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My Favorites of 2010 – Bento Edition


I’ve picked a few of my favorite bentos I made in 2010 to share. I’ll be adding recipes and tips for some of these dishes as I re-make them in 2011 so be on the lookout!

I love Trader Joes Bento

I love Trader Joes bento

[gnocchi, roasted veggies, eggplant, and fresh cantaloupe]

This bento was made mostly from ready-made goodies from Trader Joes. They make it so easy, fast, and cheap. Another reason I love shopping there? They have beautiful chalkboard signs to highlight products and specials!

Trader Joes Tea Time Sign

Party in my Tummy Bento

Party in my tummy bento

[Pesto turkey bacon sandwich, mac & cheese, crackers w/ pepper jack cheese, mini cupcake, white chocolate raspberry truffle, and pineapple]

This bento was made up of some leftovers from my friend’s birthday party celebration, the highlight being the mini cupcake, yum! My friend and I planned this all-girls LBD (Little Black Dress) party from the menu to the decorations, but my favorite was the DIY photobooth I set up as my b-day surprise to her!

Mini-Spam Musubi

Mini-Spam Musubi Bento

[Mini-spam musubi, chicken and potato stew, marinated cucumber, fresh pineapple, apple, & cherries]

One of the first bentos I made and my first time making Spam Musubi. I had the perfect sized rice mold (from a local Daiso) to be topped with the cooked spam (cut into 3 pieces) and wrapped with nori.

Rice Mold

♥ Fried Rice Bento

Heart Fried Rice Bento

[Fried rice, ♥ fried egg, fresh veggies, cherries, and cream puff dessert]

Fried rice is such a great way to use up all your left-over veggies and meats. I added some kimchi to this for some extra kick and it was perfectly delicious.  I topped it off with a heart-cutout omelette (cut out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter from Sur La Table) for a little peak inside and some cute appeal.

Picnic Bento Feast

Picnic Bento with food

[Egg salad sandwich, turkey/cheese sandwich, pickle spears, Trader Joes Mediterranean pasta salad, corn bread muffins w/ packets of honey]

This picnic bento was packed for a co-worker and I to enjoy on our weekly lunch hours together. It was the perfect, sunny, picnic weather, until lunchtime came around. So unfortunately, we ended up eating indoors..but the food was good anyways! I can’t wait to get more use out of this picnic bento box when it gets nice outside (purchased from Tokyo Lifestyle store in Southcenter, Seattle)

Picnic Bento - top viewPicnic Bento - Side View

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bento Enthusiast permalink
    01/12/2011 5:46 pm

    Looks quite delectable…keep up the good work!

  2. tammy permalink
    01/12/2011 10:09 pm

    <3'd it! and yes, the photobooth was the best part!

    which reminds me — gotta make more pesto sandwiches. they were SO good the next day!

  3. Cathy permalink
    07/02/2011 4:03 pm

    Ugh – Trader Joe’s discontinued the Mediterranean Pasta Kit! Please contact them to bring it back – we already did. Thanks, Cathy

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