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Sunday, July 18, 2010

steak and market greens bento

Monday's bento is based on leftovers from a big Sunday meal: hubby made organic New York strip steaks baked in a special Greek yogurt, basil pesto, garlic and pepper marinade:
Resulting in tender, delicious steaks:
We enjoyed them with a quinoa pilaf and big green salad of baby romaine, fresh figs, radish and red onion. The dressing was yummy and bittersweet: one tablespoon each of Dundee orange marmalade and stone ground Dijon mustard, mixed together and tossed with the greens which had received a light coating of sea salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar...
At Saturday's farmers market I found a new and interesting leaf: the dramatic violet and green Red Amaranth--its related to lovely quinoa. Here in the bento it serves as a wrap for thinly sliced steak (under the okra garnish). A baby roasted eggplant with pine nuts and basil, quinoa pilaf, radicchio also for lunch:
Dessert is a strawberry mochi given a wagashi look with a Korean melon bunny plus shiny blackberries...

Have a great week and happy cooking, bento friends!

20 comments:

Judy said...

Wow! This is beautiful.

Lia Chen said...

Beautiful bento! Amazing colors ... and of course love love love that mochi hehehe :D

bentobird said...

Hi Judy, thanks so much!

bentobird said...

Hi Lia, thank you! Looking forward to seeing your latest beautiful bento...here, please have some mochi :)

megan said...

love the idea of wagashi styling, that bunny is superb! and fantastic to bake the steak that way, seems like SO much flavor, but still healthful!

Lyndsey said...

What a stunning violet, red green leaf. It all looks so pretty I wouldn't want to mess it up...but it all sounds too delicious not to eat it! Yummmm! :d

Kuusou said...

Very pretty bento and it all sounds so very delicious! I'm hungry now...time to go eat my bento. :)

bentobird said...

thanks megan!--wagashi are so lovely, tried a DIY version here:D the steak was really good and you're right, healthier this way than broiling :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey! Hope your week is off to a great start, so glad you liked this color combo :D

bentobird said...

Hi Kuusou and thanks so much! Must go visit your blog to see what you had for lunch!

Sonoma Bento said...

Ooooh! So pretty! I have seen Amaranth for sale at my local farmers markets, but never knew what to do with it. This is really spectacular Jenn!

bentobird said...

Hi SB, you are so sweet. I saw these leaves with vivid colors and thought--must have! This is typical of my food shopping approach of late, haha!

anna2003 said...

Beautiful bento, amazing colours combination. Ooh .. I would love to try those shiny blackberries!! ;)
cheers/Karen

KidsDreamWork said...

Wow! Such vibrant coloured bento! And the steak definitely look yummy!!

bentobird said...

Hi Karen, thank you dear!

bentobird said...

Thanks so much KidsDreamWork, glad you liked these colors together...have a great day!

Jenny said...

Stunning! What a beautiful bento...Oh... and I can't stop staring at the steak. It looks so mouth watering....

Lexi said...

Beautiful leaf - so stunning!

bentobird said...

Hi Jenny, thanks for your lovely visit! Hubby really makes this dish well, we had to put some leftovers aside before all the steak disappeared :0!

bentobird said...

Hiya Lexi, thanks for coming by!