flowered meatballs bento

12 04 2011

for dinner tonight, we had a HUGE salad, and i’m bringing leftovers from that to work tomorrow.  because of that, i knew i only needed to pack something small for my actual bento.

the salad didn’t have much in the way of protein, so to compensate,  i took 3 frozen vegetarian “meatballs” (from trader joe’s), popped them in the microwave for 45 seconds until they were mostly defrosted, glazed them with a bit of bulldog sauce, and then topped them with cheese flowers.  i nuked them with the cheese for another 13 seconds so that the flowers melted slightly, and then stuck some peas on.  not a kyaraben, but quick and easy.

the back of this skinny tier has some steamed broccoli and brussels sprout halves, and two fresh mini vine tomatoes.  i guess it’s salad day, because i also packed myself a cute fruit salad cup (grapes and strawberries).  what are you having for lunch this wednesday?


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12 04 2011
Debra

Cute idea with the cheese and peas. Must try this myself. Whatever I’m having tomorrow, my lunch will not be a pretty as yours.

13 04 2011
gamene

thanks debra! i saw the cheese idea on akinoichigo’s blog a couple of months ago (http://aichigo.blog109.fc2.com/blog-entry-1224.html), but changed it up a bit.

12 04 2011
sheri

I think I’ll be having some of this… better keep a close eye…

13 04 2011
gamene

haha sheri, i will save you a couple of meatballs, plenty to go around😉

12 04 2011
bobo

simple idea yet perfect touch up on the meat balls.
Love the stripes baran, are those purple potato strips?

13 04 2011
gamene

thanks bobo, can’t take credit for the original idea which was akinoichigo’s (see my comment to debra above), but i agree it’s such an easy way to prettify the meatballs. and yes, that’s purple potato! it’s been photographing dark lately in my dining room (no natural light at night), but oh well.

12 04 2011
babykins

Cuute vege meatballs! I’ll definitely copy that idea. I’m impressed you can always pack that neatly.
Today I packed pocket sandwiches. Gonna post it soon🙂

13 04 2011
gamene

thanks izumi! i already copied and tried to put my own twist on it (see my comment to debra above), can’t wait to see your interpretation!

13 04 2011
yumyumyummers

food art! love it. those are quite possibly the prettiest meatballs ever.

13 04 2011
gamene

wow, thanks so much yumyumyummers! your blog looks great — lots of veggie goodness!

13 04 2011
ChantaleP

Is this ever cute! I also love the way you styled it.. Gorgeous!

13 04 2011
gamene

thanks chantale! i’ve been gradually working on improving my prop styling. the vintage milk cap and the plastic dessert/fruit cup are both from etsy.

13 04 2011
Ohayo Bento

I might have to steal this one from you! Looks delicious🙂

13 04 2011
gamene

it’s not stealing, it’s re-interpreting, and it’s what i already did with akinoichigo’s great idea (see my comment to debra above)… would love to see your spin on the idea!

13 04 2011
Lina

Hi Gamene,
I am so glad to found your blog, there are so many great ideas I can learn.
And I am curious to know what was that blueish purple behind each meatballs? Thanks.

13 04 2011
gamene

hi lina, that is a piece of steamed purple potato. thanks for your comment; i’m so glad you like my blog!

13 04 2011
Susan

Beautiful and delicious bento! I love, love, love the meatballs! What a cute way to decorate them.🙂

14 04 2011
gamene

thanks susan… they were soooo yummy!!

13 04 2011
Mrs. P

what a cute idea! love the arrangement too!!

14 04 2011
gamene

thanks mrs. p! i can’t take credit for the original idea, but i just had to try it😀

14 04 2011
theonlycin

Very nice looking blog, I chanced upon it browsing Foodpress and have spent ages looking at your lunches. Such good ideas for my daughter’s school lunches, truly inspirational, thanks for sharing.
Cindy, South Africa.

14 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much for looking cindy, and i’m so pleased to have given you some ideas… would love to see what you come up with for your daughter’s lunches!

14 04 2011
Gnoe

A lovely spring bento! Those veggieballs are looking soooo YUMMY… *drool*

14 04 2011
gamene

hey gnoe! they were DELISH! i assume you don’t have trader joe’s near you… can you get some other veggie meatballs though? you are so goid in the kitchen, i bet you can make your own🙂

14 04 2011
Gnoe (@ Graasland)

Nope, no Trader Joe’s here in Holland😦 The last few years we have been able to get veggie meatballs in several super markets, but they’re all made with egg and now that I’ve turned into a strict vegetarian… I should try to make my own! But I’m a bit reluctant because I always #FAIL at burgers and such! LOL Still, that should not keep me from trying.😉

14 04 2011
gamene

you can do it gnoe! if anoyne can, it’s you🙂

14 04 2011
Bentobird/Jenn

So very pretty!! Savory flavors would have me gobbling up this up this lovely lunch. Meatballs are great for bento–cute, flavorful, fun. Vintage milk cap is such an original touch, I love it!!

14 04 2011
gamene

thanks jenn! i pretty much did gobble it up… and it was nice to have a carb-free lunch for a change.

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