Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you had a wonderful holiday 🙂 We had my parents over for dinner to celebrate and I made this bento from the leftovers. In the bento: fiesta lime grilled chicken, cucumbers, green beans, tabouleh (with cilantro, avocado, red onion, lime juice, and tomato), and watermelon.
For the grilled chicken, I marinated it in a lime and garlic sauce. Then served it with sautéed assorted peppers and red onion with cilantro and lime juice. The topping is really what made the dish. It has to be done on extremely high heat so that it sears. Add a little salt and pepper and… delicious! It would have been great with some chopped jalapeños!
I’m not sure how much I’m liking WordPress, it ate my blog post, lol! This bento was supposed to post on Monday but got lost somewhere in cyberspace. Oh well, here it goes again.
My general outlook to bentos has always been to keep it simple. Using leftovers, easy fridge-to-bento items, and trying to cook as little as possible. These days I’m so busy that simple is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.
This easy bento makes use of a leftover steak sandwich, a simple salad, fruit, and a mini Babybel cheese with a sakura cutout. It ended up being a lot of food because the bottom tier of this box is really deep.
It has been quite some time since I’ve written a blog post or made a bento. I thought that after the new house was finished, that I would have a lot more time to devote to bento making and the blog, but to be honest, I don’t. This first year out of graduate school has been a wild and crazy ride! And I’m still trying to find the quiet moments to do things for myself. In reality, I made this bento almost two weeks ago and I’m just now getting around to posting it. I want to keep up with blogging, but I know that the reality is that it’s going to be sporadic at best. Because of that, I’ve decided to move the blog to WordPress, hoping that it will be a little easier to keep things updated. For all of the old photos, you can see them on my Flickr page. And of course, follow me on Instagram for more frequent pics!
This bento is really a ‘no frills’ start to try getting back in the game. On the left is my version of the Thai dish called larb (ground turkey, cilantro, chilis, lemongrass, ground toasted rice, thai basil, lime juice, and fish sauce) which is one of my new favorite things to eat. The cilantro and lime make it taste so fresh, and being made out of ground turkey, it’s quite healthy. The rest of the bento is just rice, pickled plum, and some carrots and thai basil for decoration.
Thank you all for sticking around and keeping up the amazing bento spirit!!!