Summer is great, but sometimes lunchtime seems a little boring. Just as I get tired of the same old thing...so do my kids. So, I decided to try something a little different. I only wish I'd tried out and learned a few tips sooner. Time for a fun bento inspired meal...at home. So, I skipped the "box" and served it on square plates to give it a more "boxed" feel Can't forget the chopsticks, either! Of course, I packed the extras into a bento box for my husband to enjoy when he got home.
Of course the easiest way to make lunch more fun is with some cookie-cutters. I love my old Pampered Chef Kids Cutters set. I've used it so many times! The flower is big enough that it doesn't waste much from a standard sandwich bread slice...so it's perfect for a cute sandwich minus the crust. Of course, I cut out the lunchmeat and cheese to match. I also use the Pampered Chef Creative Cutters Set, too....for things like meat/cheese for crackers or to cut shapes in slices of fruits/veggies.
My kids do like hard-boiled eggs, so I thought I would make them a little more fun. So, I bought some egg molds. I boiled my eggs and following some recommendations, then I began getting the egg molds wet. As I peeled each of the warm eggs, I placed them each in a mold, locking the mold, and placing it directly in a bowl of ice water to cool. I left them in the ice-water for a bit to ensure they would hold their shape.
I ordered a "sushezi" to make some sushi-type rolls and thought I'd give it a try. Worked great. Next time I will wrap my roll(s) in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a while before serving, though.
I wasn't so sure about this... I have to say that it turned out better than I thought. Sliced into thin strips, pan-fried and placed in the center of the "sushi" roll. It was yum.
Thanks to Costco, you can get small sheets of seaweed easily! It's a nice and salty snack even on its own, too. I just used these little sheets to wrap my "sushi" roll. They worked out pretty well.
One of the tricks I learned was to make "sticky rice" you need to soak the short-grain rice for at least 30 minutes prior to turning on the rice cooker. I have to tell you that it really worked great. I used rice molds on some of the extra rice, too! They held up great! Mmm...I got to enjoy some sweet sticky rice later with sweetened coconut milk.
My name is Candie. Many labels describe me including wife, mom, friend, and independent consultant. However, alone, none of them capture all that I am or love and there are too many to list. Some of my likes include cooking, crafting, and creating. Reading, camping, and spending time with my family also bring me joy. I love my life...