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Three Tools for Wendolonia, a bento challenge

I have taken a major hiatus from bento-making this spring and summer.  When I was offered the challenge of using 3 specific tools by Wendolonia, I decided it would be a great motivator for sparking some creativity in my bento boxes.  

Please click the link below to see all 4 blogger’s creations with the same tools!

3 Tools, 4 Bloggers at Wendolonia’s blog

I consider myself a locavore.  I love to forage at the farmer’s markets and local places for fresh, seasonal ingredients.  Beets are one of the items I try to eat a lot of in the summer. The trick is to get my family to eat them happily too.  They are so great for you, but I have trouble getting beyond the taste sometimes.  I add them to smoothies with lots of fruit, normally.  

I recently went to VegFest in Golden, Colorado to explore some new vegan territory and meet lots of interesting people.  I was fortunate enough to meet Chef Alan Roettinger, (http://alanroettinger.com/) watch his cooking demo and purchase one of his newer cookbooks, Extraordinary Vegan.  In his book, he made a Raw Beet Wrap that looked delicious so this recipe was inspired by his.

I bought organic beets with the greens left on this week.  I cooked a 1/2 cup of red quinoa in about 3/4 cup of vegetable broth.  I added 1/2 a red beet julienned while cooking it.  When the quinoa and beets were done (about 20 minutes), I added 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest, 3 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese rice wine), 2 tablespoons of red onion finely chopped and 2 tablespoons minced celery.  In a small food processor, I chopped 1/2 cup raw almonds, 1/4 cup of basil leaves, packed, and 1 teaspoon sea salt.  I mixed the nut mixture into the quinoa mixture.  Then I wrapped the quinoa in the beet green leaves to make small wraps.  I added celery slices for garnish and a lemon wedge for squeezing on the wraps.

Beet wraps in LunchBots Trio by bentoriffic

In the bottom of the LunchBots Trio are sugar snap peas, local heirloom carrots cut into pretty spring shapes and a scalloped beet heart in the bottom garden of flowers and butterflies.  In the top left of the container are heart shaped strawberries on the bottom.  On the top is a large slice of dragonfruit cut with the lace decorative cutter.

Beet wrap in LunchBots Trio by bentoriffic-2

You can find Wendolonia’s new bento cookbook on Amazon now. It’s filled with loads of lunchbox inspiration to start the school year off right.

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Birthday girl bento and a princess crown

Today is Miss A’s 4th birthday, or as she tells me, she’s ALMOST 5 now.  She’s growing up WAY too fast as most children do.  Tonight’s party will be a small one at home with a Rainbow Dash My Little Pony theme at her request. I got up a bit early to make a fancier Continue Reading

Snowflakes and ornaments for lunch

I think the whole country is cold today!  We woke up to 45 here which is chilly for Florida.  In Minnesota where I grew up, it’s a balmy 19 degrees this morning.  I only miss the snow and winter for about a week at Christmas time.  My favorite thing as a kid was to go Continue Reading

Gingerbread men pita lunches

Run, run as fast as you can!  My girls love gingerbread men and anything bite sized.  I decided to make small armies of gingerbread men in their lunches today.  I used a pastry plunger to make them.  It’s a small plastic cookie cutter with a spring loaded plunger that imprints the outline on the bread Continue Reading

Snowflakes and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

As the rest of the country is under a blanket of snow and ice, it’s forecasted to be 83 here today.  A little difficult to get in the Christmas spirit.  I certainly can’t break out the cute boots and scarves with the tropical heat cooking here.  Anyone else feel like holiday shopping hit them too Continue Reading