What makes me happy about making bento is making my daughter happy. This morning she came up to the kitchen counter, stretched herself up and looked over at what was prepared for her for the day, and said “Wow!” with a huge smile on her face in the most genuine manner.
This – is worth more than anything.
It looks like spinach, but tastes more like a mixture of garlic chives and Chinese cabbage. It makes a great side dish when simply sautéed with either olive oil or sesame oil, with a pinch of salt & pepper.
Today I cooked fried rice with chopped Komatsuna along with jako, dried baby sardine. Just stir fry chopped spring onion with a table spoon of sesame oil, add chopped Komatsuna, then rice, and sprinkle a little bit of salt, pepper and konbu dashi powder (or konbu tea powder) to taste. In order to avoid making the fried rice soggy, make sure to stir fry Komatsuna well. Sprinkle some sesame at the end.
Menu: Komatsuna fried rice, Sausage, Boiled green beans, Cucumber sticks, Cherry tomato & broccoli omelet
Apple bunnies for dessert
Menu: Komatsuna (boiled, chopped) mixed in rice with sesame sprinkle, Grilled salmon marinated in saikyo-miso, Omelet with ao-mori powder, Cherry tomato
Mandarin mikan for dessert
I heard somewhere that komatsuna can be even more nutritious than spinach. Our daughter always eats it if it’s mixed with something else, so today I mixed it in freshly cooked rice. Sesame sprinkle on top.
Menu: Spaghetti with komatsuna & bacon, Boiled egg, Cucumber sticks, Cherry tomatoes
Banana & mandarin mikan for dessert
Our daughter turned 4 today. As part of her birthday celebration I used a new bento box this morning. The picture on the lid of the other bento box got washed off half way and was looking ugly, so we replaced it with the one with no picture on the lid from the beginning. Since she still cannot really read, I just put a post-it note cut out in heart shape with the number “4” in gold on it. Hope she’ll get the message☺️
Menu: Grilled Menuki fish marinated in saikyo-miso, Komatsuna omelet, Boiled green beans, Cherry tomato, Rice with black sesame
Kaki (persimmon) for dessert
Menu: Stir-fried chicken teriyaki, Komatsuna omelet, Cucumber sticks, Cherry tomatoes
Apple mousse and sweet potato mash for dessert….
But our daughter demanded she eat the apple and sweet potato combo for breakfast. Hence….
Mandarin “mikan” for dessert