Yes, we love pasta bento over here. The kids who don't care for rice can suck down the pasta like crazy, even plain. What?! So here my boy gets tricolor pasta all in one section, with the mix-ins in the next section: pan-fried chicken-artichoke sausage, mushrooms and spinach (just tossed in at the end to wilt slightly), with roasted cherry tomatoes and brussels sprouts. Will he actually "mix it in"? Nah, I bet he won't. For fruits I added red grapes and a strawberry, and for decoration I placed two sweet potatoes cut out with my goldfish cutter. I put a whale baran and a fish pick to try to suggest a fishy theme so it's not so haphazard. Did it work? Monday always finds me not really interested in spending a lot of time with the bento. It's a bit drab, but believe me, it's really yummy! I'm a big fan of roasting veggies to bring out the natural sweet taste. All I did after roasting in olive oil is sprinkle some garlic powder. Total yum!
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 9yo (4th grader) son & my 5yo kindergartener girl 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 ^-^!