Friday, March 29, 2013

15 Minute Friday #2

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Welcome to "15 Minute Fridays" - Week 2!
My fellow bento bloggers and I often receive inquiries regarding the amount of time it takes to make the bentos we post on our blogs.  Bentos don't have to be much more time consuming than a standard lunch!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.  I was so excited to see so many beautiful and fast lunch ideas!  

Do you have a cute, easy bento that can be made in 15 minutes or less?  If so, feel free to join in!  It's simple!!  Copy the URL of your blog post (not your home page) and enter it into the linky below.  Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps.  

It isn't necessary for your blog post to show a timer, but feel free to include that if you would like.  

I would love for you to include a link back to my blog!
Bentos on the Bayou

My 15 Minute Friday Lunch
(took just over 10 minutes to make)
What's in the Box?
Leftover Spaghetti
Ice Cream Sundae: Toast, Colby Jack Cheese, Ham, Cherry Tomato
Baby Carrot, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Watermelon Radish Stars, Cucumber, Celery
1/2 Apple, Strawberry, Blackberries, Clementine Sections

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Super Tot's Blankie Bento

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My sweet little buddy is sick right now.  It's just a cold, but he's pretty miserable.  I can't complain too much, though, as we managed to stay well all winter.  Anyway, I thought I would make him a special bento today to cheer him up a bit.  He has a special Blankie that he has had since he was a baby in Korea.  It's pretty much his Linus blanket.  It goes almost everywhere with him and really gives him comfort.  I decided to make a Blankie bento for him.

I didn't have a duck cutter, so I had to improvise with a little chick.  I added the pink bill to try to make it more duck-like.  It isn't perfect, but he liked it a lot!  And despite being sick, he actually ate most of it, too!
What's in the Box?
White Rice, Yellow Bell Pepper Ducks w/ Pea & Ham Accents
Lettuce, Ham, Raw Corn, Snap Peas, Celery
Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower
Strawberry & Blackberries

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Butterfly Garden Bento

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Happy Spring!
This bento celebrates the lovely season we call spring.  Whether you are enjoying the warmer temperatures yet or not, I hope this will be a reminder to you of the beauty and new life that is on its way.
What's in the Box?
Blood Orange, Granny Smith Apple, Grapes
Carrot Seasoned Brown Rice, Organic Kosher Hot Dog
Broccoli, Corn, Carrot Hearts, Cucumber Flowers, Watermelon Radish Butterflies

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Friday, March 22, 2013

15 Minute Friday #1

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Welcome to "15 Minute Fridays" - Week 1!

My fellow bento bloggers and I often receive inquiries regarding the amount of time it takes to make the bentos we post on our blogs.  Bentos don't have to be much more time consuming than a standard lunch!  

Do you have a cute, easy bento that can be made in 15 minutes or less?  If so, feel free to join in!  It's simple!!  Copy the URL of your blog post (not your home page) and enter it into the linky below.  Click on the "Add Your Link" button to add yours and follow the steps.  

It isn't necessary for your blog post to show a timer, but feel free to include that if you would like.  

I would love for you to include a link back to my blog!
Bentos on the Bayou

My 15 Minute Friday Lunch
I have to be honest.  The lunch I made for today's post took 15 minutes + 2 seconds.  I figured that was close enough and I hope you agree!  

I started with only my cutting board and timer on the counter.  I set the timer to countdown from 15 minutes and got busy!  
When the timer went off at 15 minutes, I literally had one flower left to place in one of the lunchboxes.  I went ahead and placed it and added a flower pick, which combined took 2 additional seconds.  
My 15 minutes did not include clean-up, but that only took a few minutes.  It did, however, give me time to make 2 quick and healthy lunches, plus my own lunch which consisted of the scraps from the bentos.  I do not believe in waste, so I always find a use for my scraps.  I also pre-wash all of my produce when I get home from the grocery store, so I did not have to include that in my bento prep.  
What's in the Box?
Apple Sandwich with Sun Butter & Raisins
Kidney Beans with Orange & Yellow Carrot Flowers
Lettuce, Celery, Broccoli
Flowers made from Cucumber, Golden Beet & Watermelon Radishes
Strawberry & Blueberries
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My own lunch wasn't as pretty, but it still tasted good!
 I hope you will link up and I can't wait to see all the fast & healthy lunches you have made this week!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Bunny Garden Bento

THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS I was so excited to find two of my favorite produce items after church yesterday, and I couldn't wait to use them in today's lunch.  The items are golden beets and watermelon radishes.  They are both so delicious (we eat them both raw) and add such a beautiful burst of color!  

With Easter less than 2 weeks away, I thought a little bunny would be a perfect addition to my colorful garden bento!
What's in the Box?
Noodles (colored with spinach), Provolone Bunny w/ Food Safe Markers
Watermelon Radish & Carrot Flowers, Cucumber Flowers
Golden Beet Butterflies
Broccoli & Cheese Cubes
Clementine, Grapes, Strawberries & Blueberries

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Little Corn Bento

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Today is cleaning day at our house, so I didn't have much time to prepare lunch.  I was able to throw this one together in about 5 minutes.
What's in the Box?
Raw Corn w/ Nori & Ham Accents
Toast Flowers
Lettuce, Raw Broccoli, Orange Bell Pepper
Kosher Hot Dog, Cheese Cubes & Black Olives
Clementine, Strawberry & Blueberries

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