For several years now, I have been fascinated by bento box lunches, but I never attempted to make one. There was always a reason: I didn't have the ingredients, I didn't have a pretty box, I didn't have the time, I was too poor, I don't have the artistic talent to assemble such a beautiful thing.
But then, upon a rereading of the justbento archives*, I came to a decision. I didn't need to be artistic, or rich, or spend a huge amount of time, or have a fancy box. I could use the container Tyler was already using for his lunches, I could use everyday ingredients, I could make stuff ahead. Most imporntantly, I could send my love to school with a lunch far better than a sandwich full of overly processed sandwich meats, and cheaper than buying a lunch at the cafeteria.
This is my first attempt.
link: the prettiest of bento lunches). The colors are a bit bland, but I assure you the flavors are not! This lunch also fulfills my meal rule: Protein, Carbohydrate, Vegetables. It's a simple rule, but simple is good.
And that's it folks. Maybe later I'll show off the other bento lunch items I prepared - pulled pork and miso marinated eggs.
*I have been a huge fan of Maki's sites, justhungry and justbento, for years. She is the reason my younger siblings think I am some sort of magical foreign-food-cooking wizard when I visit home. I highly recommend visiting her sites.