Another quinoa salad bento

Another quinoa salad bento

Very quick, thrown together bento of quinoa salad and roasted sweet and new potatoes. This time around the quinoa salad contains; sweetcorn, cucumber, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and onion. This salad, was much better than the last one I posted about… could have used a little more onion, and it’s a tad on the bland side, however I do prefer mine to be that way so I can make a dressing, but I didn’t pack one this time. I simply sliced new potatoes and a sweet potato and roasted them in olive oil. Tasty and filling.

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Wednesday and Thursday’s bento, plus courgette flower fritter failure!!

A little late behind in terms of putting these up, but hey better late than never right? These are the bentos I took to work for Wednesday and Thursday just gone. All packed up in my new bento box. I’m totally in love with it!! It’s just so cute! Wednesday’s box:

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Bottom tier: piece of corn on the cob, and some asparagus seasoned with salt and pepper. Small silicone cup of canteloupe melon.

Middle tier: Healthy turkey spag bol. I love that the inner leakproof lid is domed, so you can stuff as much food in as possible! Hence it looks like it’s overflowing with pasta.

Top tier(bowl) Wholewheat zucchini and carrot muffin and a little rapeseed oil in the panda sauce bottle. I had to move the sauce bottle into the middle tier when I put the bento together because it wouldn’t fit in the lid space with the muffin. and then, I ended up forgetting to use it anyway. Doh! This lunch was incredibly filling and yummy! So at least now I know I don’t need a huge bento box to fill me up.

Thursday’s bento:

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A completely messy mix and match bento. Bottom tier: vegetable tian.  Middle tier; Chorizo and chickpeas, raw carrot baran, cold paprika spiced new potato and onion salad.Top tier/bowl; mini homemade wholewheat bread slices. I ended up losing half my tian on the floor…woops. It didn’t matter, since I’d seperately packed some fruit and nuts as well, I was more than full.

Absolutely ages ago, I read on Just Bento, Maki’s recipe for zucchini (courgette) blossom fritters…I knew instantly I had to try them, unfortunately where I lived at the time, it was difficult to find the flowers, and even where I live now, I have only just found a vendor on the market that sells them! Very expensive £2, for four blossoms….I was beyond excited to try this….but unfortunately I royally messed it up :(. I’m not sure how I managed it, but my batter was far far too heavy, and they ended up with a slightly chewy texture, rather than being light and crisp. They’re quite bland, no distinctive flavour, I’m not sure if the texture of the petals was caused by my dodgy batter, but either way I just didn’t like them. I also (despite thoroughly cleaning and checking the flowers) was a little paranoid I was going to eat a bug…and I’m generally not squeamish in that sense.  There are many other recipes for them out there, stuffed, sauteed, all sorts…but for now, for the price they are, I don’t think I’ll be trying them again anytime soon. So here is my awesome courgette fritter failure! Lol.

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Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!

The obviously a bento, bento

The obviously a bento, bento

Since yesterdays bento was practically identical to wednesdays, and I’m not sure when I’ll next be having one, I thought that I’d post some bentos I made before creating this blog. So here’s the first one. Pointing out the obvious, by creating a bento that states it’s a bento haha. I really liked this one actually. Brown long grain rice, adorned with red pepper lettering and a little red pepper star. Chicken seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder, sauteed in olive oil, garnished with a lemon wedge for a little extra burst of flavour. In the cupcake case is a warm balsamic vinegar tomato and onion salad, and beneath that (hidden) are green beans seasoned with a little nutmeg. Simple, healthy and delicious.