This is MisterMan's first bento for his summer session. Just in case I am out of practice, I decided to use my reliable MRB, which has served me well all school year long. I've had this 3-sectioned round bento box a long time, and it is one of my favorites. Not only does it keep everything separate, but it comes with a tight-sealing clear latched lid under which I have about a half inch of clearance to place decorative touches on top of the inner boxes.
I am easing back into bentomaking, using store-bought rotisserie chicken for this bento. I sliced a few pieces and lay them in a green lettuce leaf in one section. I did cook rice, using a mixture of white, bulgur and red lentils. The red lentils are smaller than regular lentils and cook faster, so they kind of fell apart in my rice cooker. I mixed them all in anyway, and didn't hear any complaints. They actually gave the rice a kind of sandy hue. If I had taken the time, I could have made a cute beach scene with a towel and beach toys. But since my boy's not a big rice fan, it might have gone to waste. I did make a little riceball rolled in furikake, and placed it in the next section, along with a piece of steamed broccoli. The final section got a big juicy strawberry, sliced peach and black grapes. And for a summery touch, I cut some orange and yellow carrots to look like slippers (or slippahz, more accurately), which is what we all lived in last week. Okay! I think the bento thing is coming back to me now. ^_^
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 ^-^!