Monday, April 18, 2011

Ladybug Fried Rice Bento

Ladybug Fried Rice Bento by sherimiya ♥
Ladybug Fried Rice Bento, a photo by sherimiya ♥ on Flickr.
Today's bento has fried brown rice and quinoa with spinach, red onion, mushrooms, egg and Chinese sausage. I added a beet-dyed quail egg on top decorated with nori to look like a spring ladybug. Other side has chopped cara cara oranges, strawberries and grapes. It's a quick bento today.

If you're so inclined, please take a look at the newest Bento4Japan listings. We have added handcrafted items to the usual bento books and accessories. My contribution is a pair of origami crane earrings. There are lots of books, starter kits, and a very cute knitted and felt toy bento set - so please stop by and place a bid. All proceeds go to benefit Japan charities!



16 comments:

  1. It's wonderful that you use all kinds of grains for your fried rice. My family is open to whole grains & wheat for baked items but not their rice or pasta! I guess I'll have to slowly sneak those grains in bit by bit. ;)

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  2. sheri, your bento looks delicious and your letter bird earring is so cute too...

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  3. Cute tiny ladybug! The ladybug is so lucky can sit on your yummy fried rice next to fresh fruits garden :) Your origami crane earrings look so elegant! Great contribution for Bento4Japan (^.^)

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  4. I love the cute ladybug, and your fried brown rice looks wonderful. That would be a perfect lunch for me.

    The earrings are beautiful!

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  5. Sweet ladybug bento and the earrings are gorgeous!!!

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  6. Thanks Shaz, Oen Priyanto, Lia, Lyndsey and Susan!!
    I don't think they even notice the quinoa, actually. It adds a fun texture and looks cool. Plus it's high in protein, which is nice. Hope you can try adding it in rice.

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  7. Cute spring lady bug!! I never would have thought that quinoa can be mixed with rice, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks Lina; you can also add quinoa into oatmeal for breakfast! It's a fantastically useful grain. We love it.

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  9. Delicious looking lunch, the ladybug is soo cute!

    I love the crane earrings, do you coat them with anything to harden them or are they just paper? I am so curious!

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  10. The fruit section is so mouthwatering... OMG, your earrings are sooo adorable and pretty ^^

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  11. Those oranges are mouth-watering! I really need to get better at making fried rice because this looks amazing. What do you think of quinoa? I picked up a box of it at the store but it was a bit pricey so I decided against it. Worth it?

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  12. yum, your fried rice looks absolutely delish, and the pale pink ladybug is such a cute addition. looks like she's making a bee-line for those juicy strawberries!

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  13. So nice to use the round picks for the ladybug! I can see it, she is going *straight* to the delicious fruits ^_^, not a silly one right?
    I love your earrings! So charming contribution for the auctions :)

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  14. This post is a visual feast, I love how the festive jewel tones of the bento are shared by the gorgeous washi/bead earrings! What a beautiful way to contribute to Bento4Japan :D

    Adding quinoa to the fried rice melange is an awesome idea, I must try this! Another pleasing texture in the savory blend, yummy!

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  15. Thanks Jenn; I used paper sealant to coat the crane after it was folded. It helps keep the shape without adding too much weight.

    Thanks tatabonita and littlelotusblossom :)

    Heather, I like quinoa since it added a protein punch with such little effort and taste. It really doesn't taste like much to me, and you can eat it hot or cold, with dressing like a salad, or mixed into rice, which is how I usually use it. I buy mine in bulk. It might be cheaper that way.

    Thanks megan, karaimame and Bentobird :D

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