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Halloween Kitty Bento 6

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Debra

It’s a special Meatless Monday Bento!  Today is Halloween as well as the last Monday of the month!

What’s so special about the last Monday you ask? Read the rest of this entry →

Happy Halloween Hello Kitty Bento 10

Posted on October 30, 2010 by Debra

Not very scary but for this year’s Halloween party, Hello Kitty  donned her black wig and transformed herself to Aloha Kitty!

A hardboiled egg is Kitty’s head with nori for hair, flowers are watermelon radish, tomatoes, and takuan.  Thai black rice, romanesco (my first time!), enoki mushrooms and shiso leaf recreate her tropical paradise!

Happy Halloween everyone!

October B.O.M.B. 52

Posted on October 22, 2010 by Debra

Wow, so many wonderful, scary, fun, cute and fabulous Halloween bentos!  Thank you!

Announcing the B.O.M.B. for October!

It’s time! It’s time!  For the Halloween B.O.M.B!

So exciting…can’t wait to see the spooky ghosts, goblins and of course the Jacks!

Now if these icons of October are  not your “cup of tea”… you can submit a bento celebrating The Harvest, the pumpkins, or the festive colors of the season!

Be as creative as you’d like.

Just add your link and describe your bento in the comments.  I’ll post the photo for you.

If  you don’t have a hosting site for your photos, you can email them to me and I’ll add it for you.  Just remember to comment so I know where to place it.


The October B.O.M.B. guidelines are:

1. The B.O.M.B. Challenge starts now.

2. The last day to submit will be October 31,  2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

3. Your submission must be a  “Halloween or Harvest” themed bento!

4. You can enter as often as you like.

5. The B.O.M.B. will be selected randomly so don’t be shy!

6. Have fun !

The bento above is from the archives.  Veggie pizza, corn pudding, purple carrots, strawberry and piece of sweet potato cut with an acorn-shaped cutter.  Kind of looks like  a human heart which given the season, totally works!

The “Lost Caramel Apple” Bento 8

Posted on October 10, 2010 by Debra

Bringing another bento “back to life”.  Made with tofu, rice, egg, bell peppers…

Here’s the link to the original post during  Halloween 2009!

Insalata Caprese “Side Car” Bento Box 17

Posted on October 08, 2010 by Debra
Feed me...Feed me...FEED ME!!!
Feed me…Feed me…FEED ME!!!

I’m “digging up” some bentos from last year’s Halloween and fall season and bringing them back-to-life!


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The Forest Floor… 3

Posted on October 29, 2009 by Debra
Forest floor is littered with leaves and.....a caramel apple?

Forest floor is littered with leaves and.....a caramel apple?

Thought I would post another view of the bento box.  Thanks for all your encouraging comments!  Read more about this bento box.

Fun Halloween Boxes 6

Posted on October 24, 2009 by Debra
Packing a holiday specific, themed bento box is a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. In recent weeks I’ve been on the lookout for inexpensive Halloween items to “get in the mood” and I found just the thing. These cute bat and Frankenstein snack boxes, about the size of an average apple, bought from one of the big craft stores. The perfect sidecar to accompany a lunch bento box or stand alone snack box. I’m not sure what to pack and I have a few more days to think on it. Maybe a musubi or some roll ups. Do you have any ideas? I’m open to suggestion.

Not a Bloody Halloween Bento Box 4

Posted on October 14, 2009 by Debra

We had torrential downpour this morning and the rest of the day remained chilly with this season’s first real soaking. The Pacific Northwest easily releases summer without ever looking back. So along with the gray sky and wind, autumn brings comfort food. Too bad I didn’t have time to cook any… so we are settling on pizza! A vegan pizza, as sumptuous and comforting as a vegan pizza can get. Whole wheat crust with pesto, olive, pepper, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. I can’t eat enough of it and I struggle to tuck some away for tomorrow’s bento snack. Corn pudding, strawberry and an “acorn” fit’s in there too. Now, about the carrot pick… I actually stabbed myself in the finger with this horrible instrument of death, disguised as a cute bento pick, as I tried to poke through the last carrot. It drew blood, REAL BLOOD! Ouch. Talk about a Halloween trick! Don’t worry, no trip to the ER was necessary. It will be a struggle, but I think I’ll survive another day to pack more bento boxes. And before you ask… yes, I did switch out picks, because otherwise would be kind of gross, even if it is a Halloween bento box.

Egg Foo Young Bento Box 1

Posted on October 11, 2009 by Debra

I broke out the wok for today’s featured bento box. Egg Foo Young, Sweet Sour “Pork”, and “Beef” Stir Fry. All vegetarian! Fake meat. Instead of pork or beef, I used seitan or some folks call it “wheat meat”. These “stir fry” recipes are basic, tried and true, and can be interchanged with any type of protien. Really. The Egg Foo Young is veggie too, with carrots, onions, and bean sprouts. A Halloween pick holds both colors of sliced sweet potatoes. I cannot however, proclaim this a vegetarian bento as there is a small slice of chikuwa holding the carrot bouquet. It was the last piece in the fridge and Saba Man is omniverous so I gave it a home. One regret… I should of used snow peas instead of edamame for garnish, but that’s all I had.Egg Foo Young Bento Box

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