My timing was a little off for today’s lunch. I forgot to prepare the rice cooker last night (timed to be ready at 6:00 am) so I was a bit panicked this morning.
Boiled egg in bunny shape (photo is a bit blurry), roasted beet stars, blanched edamame, and mini boiled hot dogs with their little pattern were quickly assembled.
Then started a frantic inventory of quick, easy, and healthy starches. Without rice, onigiri was out of the question. My husband recently fell off the multi-grain bread wagon, and had surreptitiously bought himself a loaf of WHITE, fluffy (conventional) bread – this was out of the question for me. Soba noodles didn’t inspire me, and I ruled out making yakisoba (pan-fried) noodles due to time constraints.
I found a bag of organic vegetable pasta twists, which I boiled up, and seasoned with Trader Joe’s basil marinara sauce. This will just have to do.
In the meantime, the little one had a glimpse of her sister’s bento before breakfast, and I then had an extremely defiant and cranky child pushing away her Oatios, and asking for “Mama, bento, edamame, edamame, edamame, MINE!!”
I then had my older one retort, “It’s MY bento, NOT YOURS! MY EDAMAME!”
A cacophony followed of defiant “No, not yours!” and “MY BENTO, MY edamame!!”
Ah… just another typical work morning…