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Tortellini Caprese Bites

Tortellini Caprese Bites

Tortellini Caprese Bites


1 (9-oz.) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini

3 cups halved grape tomatoes

3 (8-oz.) containers fresh small mozzarella cheese balls

60 (6-inch) wooden skewers

Basil Vinaigrette

Optional, Included pitted Black Olives


Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Rinse under cold running water. Thread 1 tomato half, 1 cheese ball, another tomato half, and 1 tortellini onto each skewer. Place skewers in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour Basil Vinaigrette over skewers, turning to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours. Transfer skewers to a serving platter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Discard any remaining vinaigrette.

Jicama and Melon Salad

Jicama and Melon Salad

Jicama and Melon Salad


2 cups thin slivers jicama (to be extra, you can slice it thinly and cut with small veggie cutter into shapes)

2 cups cubed honeydew melon

3 T. fresh lime juice

3 T. chopped fresh mint leaves

1 tsp. lime zest

2 tsp. honey


Toss together the jicama, honeydew, lime juice, mint, lime zest, and honey in a bowl; cover. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Baked Tofu

Baked Tofu

Baked Tofu


These chewy, savory nuggets are an excellent make-ahead protein option for meatless lunches.


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut one 14 to 16 oz block of extra-firm tofu into 1 in slabs. Place a double layer of paper towels onto a baking sheet and arrange the tofu slabs in a single layer on top. Cover with a double layer of paper towels and set another baking sheet on top. Place a heavy cast-iron skillet or several large cans onto the baking sheet to weigh it down for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together 3 T. of soy sauce, 1 T. of sesame oil, and 1 T. of maple syrup. Cut the pressed tofu into 1 in cubes, gently toss in the marinade, and let sit for several minutes. Arrange the tofu in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet and bake until lightly browned, about 30 minutes, turning the pieces over halfway through baking. Makes about 2 cups [320 g].

Cheese Tortellini Antipasti Skewers

Cheese Tortellini Antipasti Skewers

Cheese Tortellini Antipasti Skewers


1 cup Cherry Tomatoes

1 Pack Salami Slices

1 cup Mozzarella Bites

½ cup Green Olives

½ cup Kalamata Olives

2 cup Cooked Cheese Tortellini


⅓ cup Pesto (thinned to dip consistency)

12 6” Wooden Skewers


Thread all ingredients except pesto on skewers.  Serve drizzled with pesto or with pesto for dipping.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Basil Shrimp

Prosciutto-Wrapped Basil Shrimp

Prosciutto-Wrapped Basil Shrimp

20 large frozen peeled deveined shrimp, thawed

1 T. chopped fresh basil

1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

10 (about 4 oz.) very thin slices prosciutto

Cooking spray

8 lemon wedges, for serving


Preheat broiler. In a medium bowl, combine the shrimp, basil, olive oil, zest, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Mix well and set aside. Lay the prosciutto slices on a large work surface, and cut prosciutto in half lengthwise so you have 20 pieces. Wrap the prosciutto around each shrimp, leaving the tail hanging out, and thread on an 8-inch skewer. Repeat with remaining shrimp for a total of 4 skewers with 5 shrimp each. Place the skewers on a broiling pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Broil the shrimp 2 minutes on each side. Serve hot with lemon wedges.


Serving Size: 5 Shrimp

Calories: 99

Fat: 5g

Fiber: 0g

Bagel Bear Bento

Bagel Bear Bento

Adorable bears made from half bagel, cheese, nori, and washi tape on stick.  I see sausage/hot dog cut into flower, hard boiled egg, and something i don’t recognize.  My kids would probably gag over the black rye bagel, but a single color is doable.  So cute!

Lamb in a Field Bento

Lamb in a Field Bento

Cuteobento posted back in the height of flickr and never had a blog (at least not in english) that I ever could find, so no idea whats all in there!

We can see cabbage, and cherry tomato and a nice blanket of egg sheet, but it was the color and egg sheet field decor that I liked anyway —

I love how she thinly sliced pea pod as the leaves, simple cuts in the sausage / hot dog rounds as flowers, and of course the cloud shaped cheese becomes a lamb with a few bits of nori.

Teriyaki Chicken Brown Rice Bowl

Teriyaki Chicken Brown Rice Bowl

Teriyaki Chicken Brown Rice Bowl

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup mirin

1/4 cup ginger wine

1 T. brown sugar

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

4 skinless boneless chicken thighs (approximately 600g)

2 tsp. vegetable oil

1 large carrot, peeled and spiralised

1 bunch Chinese broccoli, trimmed, chopped into bite sized pieces

1 cup frozen soy beans, thawed

1/4 cup pickled ginger

2 spring onions, julienned

1 tsp. sesame seeds

1 cup brown rice, cooked (to serve)

1 tsp. Japanese rice seasoning (bonito and nori furikake), optional (to serve)


In a medium mixing bowl, combine soy, mirin, ginger wine, sugar, sesame oil and garlic together, stirring to combine. Add chicken thighs, cover and marinate for 30 minutes. Heat a sauté pan over a medium heat. Add the chicken and marinade, cover and cook for 15 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through. Remove the chicken from pan and set aside. Increase heat to medium high and reduce marinade by two-thirds until it thickens slightly. Steam Chinese broccoli for 2-3 minutes, or until tender To serve, combine cooked rice and furikake together in a small mixing bowl, stirring until combined. Divide between four serving bowls. Top each bowl of rice with one sliced chicken thigh and a ¼ of each carrot, steamed broccoli, soy beans, pickled ginger, spring onion and sesame seeds. To finish drizzle over the teriyaki sauce.

Lion Bento

Lion Bento

I used to love those little round metal tins of pastillines candies!  Seems like you could get single flavors or citrus or mixes.  They were small bits of hard candy.  Ahhhhh


Sandwiches, cheeses, ham, nori

mini hotdogs

Corn (looks like a quarter mini cob), broccoli

meat patties


Hello Kitty Chinese Dragon

Hello Kitty Chinese Dragon

This may be my favorite sherimiya bento ever.  I always love her use of color, but look at the backwards pick used for the tail.  genius!

Ravioli, cheese, nori,

strawberry, blueberries

mandarin, cucumber, sugar snap pea

Smiling Daisies Bento

Smiling Daisies Bento

Are those smiling daisies cheese or egg sheets?  I don’t know!  I found out!

Hamburger patty


broccoli, tomato.

“My lunch has one teriyaki hamburger patty cut in half, a small sprig of steamed broccoli sliced in half, a piece of simmered kabocha that I sliced up and fanned out, and a baby Roma tomato cut in half for some red.

I think I mentioned before how the baby Romas are almost gone and it seems like ever since I said that, the basket just doesn’t empty! *sigh* I think I have about six more to go. For the flowers, I cooked a bit of egg substitute on low heat, then cut out the flowers with one of my sandwich cutters. The middles are simply sliced baby carrot. I didn’t even need to use a straw, I simply cut two thin slices off a thick carrot and added the nori faces.”

Double Baked Root Vegetable Chips

Double Baked Root Vegetable Chips

Double Baked Root Vegetable Chips

Nonstick Cooking Spray

2 Sweet Potatoes, Purple Beets or Golden Beets, peeled (or a combination)

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper


Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.   Use a mandoline to slice vegetables 1/16 inch thick. If using beets, place slices between layers of paper towels and press firmly to remove excess liquid. Arrange slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Spray tops of vegetables with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake 10 minutes. Remove and let stand 5 minutes.

Return baking sheets to oven. Bake 4 to 8 minutes more; check for doneness every minute after 4 minutes. Chips are done when centers no longer look wet. Cool chips on paper towels 5 minutes to crisp. Store cooled chips in an airtight container up to 24 hours. If necessary, recrisp chips in a 325°F oven 3 to 4 minutes.

Teddies Bento

Teddies Bento

Here she has coated the teddy onigiri with some flakes of katsuo bushi  after tinting the rice light brown with soy sauce. Under them is some chicken for support, the rest was sliced there.

Strawberry/carrot flowers


Broccoli, carrot stars


Heart “Pizza” Bento

Heart “Pizza” Bento

Looks like mini “pizzas” from puff pastry perhaps.

Grapes, strawberry, orange slices

Looks like some grape tomatoes tucked in

There are perhaps some of that pink fishy stuff in there.

Little piggy Baran piece.

She makes such uncluttered and pretty bentos.

Color Contrasts Bento

Color Contrasts Bento

I love the colors here, something about it is very striking.  I bought a pan to try and master that rolled omelet.


Peppers stuffed with …. cheese mixture?


Rice with Grape Tomato

Teeny Grapes

Car Ride Bento

Car Ride Bento

Cherry tomatoes turned into balloon and cherries with the picks



Sandwich Car, sausage, cheese, nori, and perhaps ham

Smiling Egg Bento

Smiling Egg Bento

In perusing bentos, I have noticed a lot of eggs in this or similar state.  I have never contemplated sending a sunny side up egg in a lunch box.  Not even sure it felt/feels safe.  But it is an adorable little sunny face with its nori smile and crab stick cheeks!  Mushroom looks easy enough with cheese and cold cut like salami.  I also see some mushrooms, crab sticks, a dumpling, and what is that vegetable?  I thought it was okra, but now I am not sure, and I’m not sure how its cooked in that coating.

Tonkatsu Bento

Tonkatsu Bento

Tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet).  You can buy tonkatsu sauce or make an approximation with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce and sugar.


Salad, Broccoli, Yellow Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Radish