garlic birds bento

31 01 2010

my bento for tomorrow’s lunch was a quick and easy combination of leftovers from tonight’s nice dinner.  for an entree, we had whole wheat pasta with vegetarian meatballs and tomato-garlic-mushroom sauce, and on the side, we had toaster-roasted butternut squash.

sometimes brownish-red chunky entrees don’t photograph well, so i tossed the leftover pasta in the back of the box and topped it with some grated parmesan and parsley, as well as a few halved baby tomatoes and two yellow music note food picks.  in the front of the box, i fanned a few pieces of the butternut squash, added three crinkle-cut cucumber slices, a food cup with blueberries and kiwi flowers, and a few pea pods to fill in empty spaces.

for a fun accent, i made a family of garlic bread birds.  the birds are cut with cookie cutters from a pita flat that i brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic powder, and then toasted; after the cut shapes had cooled, i added cheese wings.  have you noticed that i’m practically obsessed with birds lately (see exhibits A, B and C)?  not sure why that is… but birds sure are cute in bento!

all in all, this bento only took about 15 minutes to put together — no fancy cutting, no application of nori with tweezers, just a simple and easy work-night option.

by the way, the boxed beverage in the background of this picture is banana ooyoo (바나나맛우유) — banana milk.  it tastes like what’s left in the bottom of your bowl after you finish a heaping portion of sugary cereal with banana slices on top; in other words, it’s awesome.  you can become a facebook fan of banana ooyoo here (the fan page informs me that “girls generation are banana milk drinkers”!), and the company’s crazy webpage with tons of widgets is here.

my contest post is all queued and set to publish at 8:30am EST tomorrow… so check back then if you’re interested in participating!


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31 01 2010
Susan Yuen

That is a great bento!😀 I love the garlic bread birds perched atop all of the yummy pasta, fruits, and veggies. I’m digging the butternut squash too!

31 01 2010
gamene

butternut squash is such a comforting treat in the winter. glad you like the birds too! thanks for your comment susan😀

31 01 2010
Melanie

This is so adorable! I love the music notes with the birds. Fantastic choice.

31 01 2010
gamene

thanks melanie! i love using that combo, evocative of birds singing – really brings them to life. glad you are on the same page😉

1 02 2010
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1 02 2010
notabrownbag

The birds are so cute – and definately an easy way of making lunch fun. note to self: Must remember to take pointers..

1 02 2010
Uniflame

You make a whole lot out of leftovers🙂 Your birds are really cute🙂

1 02 2010
gamene

thanks notabrownbag and uniflame! i hope you both get some mileage out of this easy leftovers-makeover!

1 02 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Awesome birds in bento–hope this flighty theme continues! Butternut squash is always a fave. Oh, and I’d love those veggie meatballs and sweet banana milk–thanks for the link!

1 02 2010
gamene

thanks jenn — i am glad you like the birds, and i hope you can find the banana ooyoo at a store nearby, it’s such a decadent little childhood-esque treat of a beverage!

1 02 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Whoa, gamene! My original comment said that this bento gave me a very happy “childhood-esque” feeling! Haha🙂

1 02 2010
gamene

great minds think alike jenn!😉

1 02 2010
Lia Chen

This is perfect Megan! Garlic bread birds are so cool! And good choice of clouds background … making your birds bento with such dramatic effect😉

3 02 2010
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