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Friday, August 6, 2010

PB & Banana Roll Up Bento

Today was an on the go bento. We headed to Grams house to hangout and rummage through her closet of clothing she has been holding onto literally since the 80's. Big shoulder pads, funky prints and denim galore. It is time to purge and buy a new wardrobe!

I found this yummy trick in my Sunday coupons! Peanut butter and banana roll up in a tortilla..how delish! The girls loved it and thought it was pretty cool. Also in the boxes are single serving hummus with baby carrots, diced leftover rotisserie chicken, mini baby bell cheese and C has baby heirloom tomatoes.

Stay Tuned for a NEW LOOK! I was contacted today by Jessica at So Stylilized. Seems my number has come up and it is time for a free makeover! That's right I said Free baby! A while back she posted on TwitterMoms about her new up and coming blog design business and was offering free work. I of course jumped like a bunny at the chance and now it is my turn... squeal!! So over the next few weeks we will be working together to create something new for this little 'ol blog of mine. Thanks Jessica!!!


Anonymous said...

I must say I love the lunches you make! Great ideas! I do have a question though....what is the meaning/point behind the bento?

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

Thanks keastfamily2006. For me the meaning is fun and enjoyment of food. Having picky eaters is always a challenge but since I have been involved in Muffin Tin Mondays and now bento making I have seen my girls not only eating their food but are excited everyday about what we will do next and are actually getting into exploring new foods like recently quail eggs and Lychee's. Plus I know it is a balanced healthy meal and when C looks at me and says "you make the best bentos ever", it just melts my heart. :)

I eat them because it is great portion control and we as mommies need to remember to do for ourselves as well as our family.

Here is info on where and how bento making started....

Bento (弁当 bentō?)[1] is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.

Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or "character bento". Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon characters (anime), characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento", which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

There are similar forms of boxed lunches in the Philippines (Baon), Korea (Dosirak), Taiwan (Biandang), and India (Tiffin). Also, Hawaiian culture has adopted localized versions of bento featuring local tastes after over a century of Japanese influence in the islands.

***Sharon*** said...

Love the banana/tortilla roll up! YUMMY! :)

Janet said...

What a cute and healthy lunch! Stopping by from SITS today. Congrats on the upcoming blog makeover. I'll have to come back and check it out!

Melissa said...

I also love the pb banana roll-up idea! I wonder if my daughter would like that. I'll be trying that one out soon. :) Cute bentos, as always!!

Veronica Lee said...

The banana/tortilla looks really good.
Congrats on the makeover. LOL, will it have lots of cute buttons to match your cute blog?!!

Have a blessed Sunday, Steph dear!

Unknown said...

Peanut butter and bananas go so well together, I love the idea to make the wraps...I would so love to eat that! BTW I saw your little dialog at the start of the comments...I'd venture to add that Bentos can also be a form of creative expression.


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