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Thursday, October 7, 2010

mixed grains and autumn veggies bento

 I've been so inspired this week by the creative and savory whole grains at hapa bento--as so often happens, Debra bentos just the seasonal flavors and textures I'm craving (or that I start craving once I've seen her latest post!)

So today's vegetarian bento combines green mung beans, black rice and a seven-grain Japanese mix with rice and barley varieties and sesame seeds along with butternut squash and mushrooms for a very October-flavored lunch...and added it to this month's B.O.M.B. event chez hapa bento!

mixed grains and green mung beans before cooking:
vibrant squash at the farmer's market:
 in the bento: over yummy mixed grains, a goat cheese autumn bunny and butternut squash ginkgo leaf, snow pea shoots and a baby bella mushroom, mashed butternut squash, golden tomatoes, Japanese burdock pickle, and a mini tart filled with mushrooms and Greek yogurt...plus half of a crisp granny smith apple and honey-dipped walnuts...


yay, it's almost Friday!






28 comments:

Lyndsey said...

You bet! I need Friday to be here! I hope I'm the first one to comment, because I was the last one to last time! Love looking at the fall colors.

I like your mixed grains, and rice! Isn't it fun and tasty doing that? You've created another beautiful bento, just right for the season. Now what your bentos have me craving is squash!

Happy almost Friday!!

Kuusou said...

Wow, the colors in your bento really reflect the current colors of nature! Looks so beautiful and comforting.

bentobird said...

hi Lyndsey! thanks so much...and yes, it really was fun and tasty, so many other combos to try :) Squash tastes like the essence of fall and its so healthful, too, yay...

Hope the upcoming (long) weekend will be super relaxing and enjoyable for you!

bentobird said...

hi there Kuusou, thank you, great comment! have a lovely weekend, buddy!

Emily Ng said...

Prefect bento to match the autumn season. I love those golden color leaves..so pretty. Your are alway GOOD in presenting your bento. ^.^

bentobird said...

hi Emily, thanks for such sweet comments! Loved your latest charaben, it was really special :)

KidsDreamWork said...

Wow! You really captured the Autumn colours in your bento!

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

whoa so creative! haha cheese bunny :)

Lia Chen said...

This is a great entry for the BOMB! Mixed rice looks nice. I want to try too and perhaps mixed a simple one first for the kids to try :) Have a great weekend Jenn!

tofugirl said...

Aw, a goat cheese bunny! Cute :D Your bento is so vibrant and festive and perfect for the fall! Have a great weekend :)

bentobird said...

Thank you Ai Ping, hope you'll have a great weekend!

bentobird said...

hi there Jennifer and Jacklyn, I love goat cheese both for its taste and its wonderful clay-like moldability ;)

bentobird said...

hi Lia dear! I saw this B.O.M.B. event at the last minute, just got this done in time. Looking forward to your mixed grain bentos which will of course be stunning and make me go "ahhhhh!" Happy weekend!

bentobird said...

hi Carol, what a sweet cheery comment! yep, looking forward to the long weekend which will include a visit to a special Japanese restaurant serving traditional and seasonal cuisine...I'm sure you'll be up to (foodie) fun as well, have a GREAT one!

Angeleyes said...

Awww.... I just love the colors of autumn!!!
What a sweet looking bento you have there! Love the little bunny!

bentobird said...

aw, thanks so much Angeleyes, so sweet of you...happy weekend!

cherry bento said...

The honey dipped walnuts are making my mouth water, sounds and looks delicious. I love vegetarian bentos.

tatabonita said...

The mixed grains sound fantastic, I have never tried to have that huge combination hehehe. The best combination I had so far is only made from rice and sticky rice ;p. Oh, that colorful pumpkin, Indonesia doesn't have that kind of pumpkin, beautiful!

OhayoBento said...

I have been drooling over the mixed grains as well. This combination sounds great! The fall colors are beautiful!

Lexi said...

WOW this bento glows with autumn colours, Jenn! Beautiful!

bentobird said...

hi there cherry bento! walnuts are so good, and as honey is one of my favorite flavors I loved them together! I agree about vegetarian bentos--a good way to think more creatively about veggies and try new combinations :D!

bentobird said...

hi Ta! this grain combo was a great example of bento-community inspiration...don't you love getting new (really yummy ideas!) from folks? hope your weekend was lovely, my dear pal!

bentobird said...

hi Heather, I'm so glad you liked this bento! off to see what new colorful bentos you've put together, I always find your photos inspiring :D!

bentobird said...

many thanks Lexi! we've had a really mild and luminous fall so far, I'm luxuriating in it as I'm no fan of colder weather! hope all is well with you :D!

Susan Yuen said...

Once again, another beautiful bento! I love the little bunny!!! :)

bentobird said...

Eeeep, thanks Susan! Bunnies and bento go so well together, LOL!

megan said...

wow, can't believe i didn't get a chance to comment on this one until now! i LOVE your technique with the sesame seeds (looks like needlepoint to me), such a beautiful detail on this vibrant ginkgo leaf. the whole box is just bursting with fall color and flavor!

bentobird said...

thanks so much megan! when I saw your STUNNING dark grains/ginkgo bento right after I posted this I was amazed not only that we had these motifs in common but how yours resembled a magic carpet of autumn leaves...need to check if its up on flickr so I can fav it :D!