Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Star Wars Bento

Star Wars Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
May the force be with you! I squeeled out loud when I saw the storm trooper and Vader cupcake decorations. I was beside myself when I saw the lightsaber picks on amazon.

Star Wars Bento

Star Wars Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.

May the force be with you! I squeeled out loud when I saw the storm trooper and Vader cupcake decorations. I was beside myself when I saw the lightsaber picks on amazon.

Pirate Bento

Pirate Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Pirate theme blog in honor of national speak like a pirate day September 19th.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Zoo theme bento

Zoo theme bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Boiled egg alligator,  Hippo salmon cream cheese onigiri, tempura shrimp, broccoli, baby corn, orange, grapes.  Getting back into the the swing of things with bentos so many more post to follow. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chalk board bento

Chalk board bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Chalkboard made of nori and cheese on top of a grilled cheese sandwich with steamed broccoli, baby corn, and a raw carrot with side car apple with strawberry and grapes.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back to school bento

Back to school bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Back to bentoing after a crazy move across the contry.  So glad to be back.  And what better than to start the new school year with a back to school theme.  School bus onigiri with catfish, broccoli, cauliflour and a side car of fresh fruit. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sea turtle

Sea turtle, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Kiddos are studying seaturtles so another theme bento idea in the making!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shark Bento

Shark Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
The shark bentos are a special request from my daughter who is currently studying ocean animals at school.  So in the attempt to get the right color for the shark I made my first colored egg sheet.  Very easy process so the bento options are now endless. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Robot Rosie bento

Robot Rosie bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
When deciding to enter the Robots contest I sat and pondered who is my favorite robot and instantly Rosie from the Jetsons came to mind. In recreating Rosie I boiled rice lasagna noodles and colored them with blue food coloring. Then made a template and used a craft knife to cute the pieces out. Rosie is seating on top of jasmine rice. To the side there is fresh catfish dipped in mustard then coated with corn meal and fried to perfection, a beautiful red tomato, broccoli, carrots, grapes and fresh pineapple. I tried to keep the bento componets simple as to not compete with the details of Rosie herself.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Catfish Bento

Catfish Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Nothing says summer like a trip to the lake taking the kids fishing.  My active children amaze me by sitting motionless on the bank of the lake waiting patiently for the tug on the line.  In this bento we have catfish, rice onigiri with fish cheese on top, broccoli, clemetine, grapes, and a few snow peas and carrots. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Go Rangers

Go Rangers, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Texas Rangers are back in full swing and we are cheering them on.  Baseball diamond bento to get the kiddos excited about going to the ballpark this weekend.

Princess egg

Princess egg, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dinosaur bento

Dinosaur bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4
Dinosaur onigiri with dino shaped chicken nuggets, fresh fruit and veggies.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Little Red Riding Hood made of colored rice and cheese with fresh fruit and veggies on the side with a few white meat chicken bites.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Bunny Bento

Easter Bunny Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Homemade bread bunny that the kiddos helped create last night, a decorated boiled egg, fruits and veggies with crab and a little basket of sweets with edible grass.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Bunni...wich, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Quick bento today
Nothing is worse than running late in the morning when you have a cute bento plan in mind.  Today we improvised and threw together bunny sandwichs, organic bunny crackers, tiny tangerines, grapes, strawberry, peas and carrots. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bunny Musubi

Bunny Musubi, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Spring bento contest entry
Turkey spam musubi
Potato Salad....Texas style
Apple bunnies
Tiny little tangerines
I had fun putting this together and it was a hit at lunch the number one goal.  There are so many tv specials on right now about the obesity rate of children and it is heartbreaking seeing these children struggle with weight at such a young age.  Everyone seems so confused on what the cause is.  If they would open their eyes and see the processed high fat junk they call a healthy school lunch they could stop this cycle.  Sorry to step on my soap box.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Bunnies!, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
My new favorite is falafel made it for the first time and so glad I made a double batch. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Kids have been asking for very unphotogenic soups for a while now so glad to pack something a little more pleasing to the eye. Tarragon chicken salad, croutons, baby carrots, baby potatoes, broccoli and orange cauliflour, baby clementine, grapes, strawberry and blackberries.

Tarragon Chicken Salad
- serves 6 -

3 pounds boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 celery ribs, cut into 1 inch long pencil strips
1/2 cup shelled walnuts (optional)
3 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, or 1 tablespoon dried
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cover with 1 cup of the yogurt in a snug roasting dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

2. Whisk together remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Shred cooked chicken or cut into cubes and mix into the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Target has been really good to the bento addict in me lately.  In the easter section they have these adorable Mickey mouse easter eggs that are perfect for holding ketchup and sauce.  And in the freezer section they have organic chicken breast mickey nuggets. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

March in like a Lion....

March in like a Lion...., originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Well true to form March had come in like a Lion we have storms today. Lion is made of rice and quail egg, sauteed cabbage, brussel sprouts, snow peas, strawberries, grapes, and chicken breast nuggets.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Duckies, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.


Froggies, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Soup not pictured.  Prince frog marshmallow, carrots, strawberry, pear and broccoli with a thermas of chicken noodle soup.


Piggies, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Ham and cheese sandwiches, pear, clementine, strawberries, broccoli, carrots and quail egg piggie.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Panda madness!

Panda madness!, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Panda overload!!!  Panda onigiri, chicken bites, green beans, carrots, strawberries, grapes, clementine, and the cutest panta cookie.  My preschooler had the wonderful idea to put her panda stuffy in the picture.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Veggie tales Preschooler lunch

While out grocery shopping with my preschooler this morning we wondered into the wonderful easter aisle where the bento possibilities are endless!  We found these wonderful Veggie Tales gummies and chocolates and my preschooler shreiked!!!  Mommy can you make me a Veggie Tale bento for lunch!!!!  This is the result.  They also have a wonderful selection of unique easter eggs that would be great in bento's or to add a washcloth to the lunch bag.  Check back to see us use the clue eggs in upcoming bentos.


Chicks, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
New chick onigiri nesting set that I just love love love!  Under the chick made of cheese is my daughters current favorite peanut butter and jelly.  The required fruit selection and veggie section.  I think this set is going to be an all around favorite with many packing possibilities.


Batman, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Leftover bowtie pasta with edemame beans, crab, garlic pepper, and parmesian cheese.  Strawberries, grapes, broccoli, carrots, cheese bat and ranch dressing in the repurposed batman easter egg. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Batman comfort food lunch

Batman comfort food lunch, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Comfort food today!
Taco soup/stew, broccoli, clementine, strawberries, grapes.  The thermal jar is a really awesome dark knight design recently received in a swap. 

Friday, February 12, 2010


Valentine, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Heart shaped onigiri made with very pink rice, with cheese and cupid nori punch accents, broccoli, carrots, grapes, blueberries, strawberry and chicken breast nuggets.  Continuing with the valentine theme. 

I heart you bear onigiri bento

, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
At the beginning of the week I thought I would be resourceful and make a big batch of pink rice knowing I would be doing a week full of fun valentine theme lunches.  Hope hubby doesn't mind a pink bear in his lunch today.  I normally keep his lunch cuteness to a minimum but figured I would give him a special valentine theme lunch as well.   In this bento there is of course a very pink bear onigiri holding a heart shaped boiled egg, baked garlic pepper chicken, broccoli with cheese I love you, strawberry and clemintine.  On the heart pick I cut string cheese and decorated it with nori and folded turkey pepperoni to add some interest.


Valentine, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.


Valentine , originally uploaded by texasmomof4.

Heart shaped onigiri with dill mayo chicken salad stuffed inside, broccoli, carrots, grapes, strawberries, blueberries and a kiss of chocolate.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
It's a cold rainy day in Texas today so I sent a little warmth to school today.  Kids love ravioli which is very filling and includes a full serving of vegetables so I added a small side car of fresh fruit and carrots.  The little kitten is an adorable marshmallow we found in the valentine section of the grocery store.  (The boys have the same lunch with a frog prince marshmallow)  My daughter has decided that everything should be dipped into peanut butter, carrots, strawberries, grapes the works so the pink heart container contains a dab of peanut butter. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Hearts, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.

With so many possibilities for Valentine theme lunches I thought I better get an early start.  Today I took classic brought lunch food fodder and ramped it up a bit with some valentine style.  We have the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Carrot and celery sticks with peanut butter to dip them in (I like you heart)  A boiled egg in a heart shape and cherry tomatoes.  And of course the fruit assortment in the side car.  The adorable hand crafted heart bag on the right is from a fabulous swap with Jewelmaker.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ducky Calzone Bento

Ducky Calzone Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Busy moms these calzones are for you!  For these tasty beauties I thawed Rhodes brand frozen roll dough for a few hours then rolled each out into a circle on a floured surface.  After the dough was rolled out I filled each with ricotta cheese, turkey pepperoni, broccoli and mozzarella cheese.  Fold the dough over and twist and press to seal.  Before baking I brushed the tops with egg white for a nice shiney crust.  Bake at 350 until golden brown. 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Dinosaur sandwiches

Dinosaur sandwiches, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Super simple, do I really want to get out of bed this morning, bento lunch.  Dinosaur sandwich cutter purchased at the dollar store was used to create two cute litte dinosaurs.  Kids requested raw veggies with ranch to dip them in and of course fresh fruit.  On stormy sleepy days I am glad they request something simple yet healthy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Zebra zoo theme bento

Who doesn't love a family trip to the zoo?  I am longing for spring with beautiful weather for outings to the zoo.  So todays bento has a zoo theme.  Filled with yummy teriyaki flavored chicken nuggets, a cute as can be Zebra onigiri, okra, broccoli, lion and giraffe quail eggs grapes and strawberries.  The zoo animal picks are intended to be cupcake picks but I tend to look at everything and try to picture bento possibilities. Yes I am a bento junkie!
Zebra zoo theme bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.

Monday, January 25, 2010


Piggies!, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
I believe this is my favorite bento set! Pig bento items are always so cute!  Todays bento is pig-a-riffic!  I made salmon patties, cole slaw, carrot, roasted red potatoes and of course fresh fruit.
Salmon Patties

•1 can (16 ounces) salmon
•1 small onion, finely grated
•2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
•ground black pepper, to taste
•2 large eggs, well beaten
•1 to 1 1/2 cups fine dry bread crumbs
•3 tablespoons butter

Turn salmon and liquid into a medium mixing bowl. Flake with a fork, removing OR mashing any bones (they are edible). Mix in grated onion, parsley and pepper. Mix beaten eggs with salmon. Add enough bread crumbs, about 1/2 to 3/4 cup, to make thick enough to shape into 12 small patties. Roll patties in 1/2 cup bread crumbs. In a large heavy skillet over low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter; add patties. Fry patties slowly on one side; add remaining butter, turn patties and fry until brown on the other side. (I used panko to coat the patties this time and also added a teaspoon of dill)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rodeo bento

Rodeo bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
As you can probably conclude from my posts I take themes from our life for inspiration in bento.  Last night we took the kids to see the Ft. Worth stock show and rodeo.  The kids had such a wonderful time watching the bullriding and seeing all the animals I carried the theme over into lunch to bring a smile to their day.  The onigiri is cumin flavored with food coloring to give the nice brown color with a southwest pork filling.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.


Stars, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.

Soccer Bento

Soccer Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
How many soccer balls can you see?  While that was not the intent you could make a counting game out of this bento.  The sandwich is made with whole grain round bread with veggie burger inside. 

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hello Kitty Bento

Hello Kitty Bento, originally uploaded by texasmomof4.
Who doesn't love Hello Kitty?  I know we love her around here.  Today my daughter gets a special Hello Kitty theme lunch. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010