Like many folks, I am in the process returning to a lighter, pre-holiday way of eating. This bento is part of that effort! It was made with some lovely Japanese soba noodles flavored with green tea, purchased on my recent Mitsuwa spree. Here's the pretty package--love the refreshing Mt. Fuji imagery:
And the fine, gray-green noodles within:
I combined the cooked soba noodles with a light ginger dressing, garlic buds, shrimp, avocado slices, pickled plums, yuzu, snow pea shoots, tobiko, myoga, mitsuba and enoki mushrooms:
A refreshing and vitamin-rich papaya-kiwi smoothie:
To make: Place two peeled kiwis and the flesh of one papaya in a blender, add one cup of milk/almond milk/soymilk, a cup of water, and a tablespoon of vanilla-flavored whey or your favorite protein powder. Add a dash of cinnamon and blend until smooth and creamy.
Some holiday treats remain around the house, like these French macaroons from my dear friend, Sharon:
I'm trying to savor the box slowly, January-style...!