Hi everyone! I'm finally back to bento. I'm out of practice, though, so it may take me awhile to relearn how to do it nice...
Here's a roasted salmon, and yes those are chili flakes. MisterMan ate some kimchi over the break, and I am hoping it means his taste buds are becoming more tolerant of the spicy stuff ('cuz his dad & I LOVE spicy!). He ate it for dinner, and didn't say anything about it, so I'm gonna try more hot stuff too. Yippee! I also threw some garlic powdered fingerling potatoes in the pan along with some balsamic vinegared brussels sprouts. Tossed with olive oil and left for about 20 minutes. I'm another one who often makes the whole meal in the toaster oven; it's sooo convenient, and you often don't need to add much to the vegetables when you cook this way, retaining their healthful qualities.
I added some cherry tomatoes dressed up as cherries for a pop of color, and I also put in some real cherries, and the winter necessity - apple bunnies. I rarely make apple bunnies because there are so many other (better--sorry apple bunnies!) fruits available throughout the year that I use those when I can. But, in the winter the pickings are slim, and here's when I turn to those dependable apples to help my bento look nice. *sigh*
And those cool pencil chopsticks! I have to say Thank You to gamene, for sending them to me as a sweet new year's surprise waiting for me in the mail just today!
Happy New Year, friends. Are you resolving to make more bento this year?
I am a former research scientist turned stay-at-home-mom of 2 who got started with bento in an effort to help my kids learn that eating healthy and nutritious foods can be fun and cute. I make a bento lunch for my 10yo (5th grader) son & my 6yo (1st grader) daughter every school day, and post the pictures on my sherimiya ♥ flickr photostream. Here in this blog is where I describe each bento, and you'll also get a peek inside our family adventures. Thanks for taking a look, and please let me know what you think ^-^!