Category Archives: Vegan

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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