I found the most adorable bento box online and I asked for it for my birthday. So my mom ordered if and it came all the way from Japan right before our trip to Mass. I’ve been kind of obsessed with bento recipes lately, but I don’t have time to make them as intricate as some people do. I decided that it would be a good way to incorporate colorful, cheery food into my lunches, and also a good way not to pack too much food into my lunchbox.
Here’s the bag that came with it:
And here’s the box all assembled (it came with a garter belt to hold it closed):
And finally, my first bento box lunch. I decided to use the first tomato harvest from my garden out back, so I used yellow tomatoes and two kinds of red tomatoes soaked in balsamic and olive oil. In the top section, I put freshly cubed mozzarella with fresh basil from my garden (and a little salt on top). I also brought a small container of macadamia nuts because i wasn’t sure that I’d be full with only tomatoes and cheese:
I went to a park and had a very relaxing and enjoyable lunch. I’m not sure if it was the fact that I grew the majority of my lunch, the bright colors, the new bento box, or a combination, but I had a very cheery and energizing lunch. I’m planning to pack lunches in there more often! And of course, I won’t always pack Italian food in the Japanese lunchbox 😉