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Inspiring Lunches: Lovely Little Bentos

Aug 19 2013 - 12:45pm

When I pack my next day's lunch at 11 p.m. the night before, the last thing I consider is what it looks like. Sandwiches get shoved in plastic bags, and leftovers are unceremoniously crammed into old Tupperware. But making Japanese bento [1] is not just about delicious food; it's about harmonious construction and pretty presentations. We turned to the marvelous bento designs of Flickr user gamene [2] to inspire our next yummy lunch creations!

Ladybug and Garden Bento

That cute ladybug crawling through a rice and veggie garden is actually a Japanese pickled plum decorated with toasted nori.

Source: Flickr User gamene [3]

Flowered Sandwich Bento

Roasted veggies are a healthy counterpart to a whole-wheat sandwich decorated with lovely beet "flowers."

Source: Flickr User gamene [4]

Vegetables and Fried Rice Trio

Hot dog fried rice hosts pretty purple potato blooms and a bounty of fruits and vegetables.

Source: Flickr User gamene [5]

Kimono Bento

An artfully made bento features a woman in a traditional kimono made of cheese!

Source: Flickr User gamene [6]

Corn and Carrot Salad Bento

Falafel and corn and carrot salads are vibrant counterparts to fruits and veggies.

Source: Flickr User gamene [7]

Vegetarian Buffalo Wing Bento

Vegetarian buffalo wings spice up a colorful bento alongside purple and yellow cauliflower and tiny multihued tomatoes.

Source: Flickr User gamene [8]

Banh Mi Bento

Banh mi in a basket turns to fruit, veggies, and a decorated Babybel cheese for support.

Source: Flickr User gamene [9]

Aquatic-Themed Bento

Radish slivers moonlight as octopus slices beside miso salmon and yellow wax bean "coral" in this trompe l'oeil bento.

Source: Flickr User gamene [10]

Thai Leftovers Bento

Thai leftovers make for a great lunch, especially when given a happy face!

Source: Flickr User gamene [11]

Korean Soft Tofu Soup Bento

Don't forget the soup! Leftover Korean soft tofu stew fits nicely in one compartment of this pretty bento.

Source: Flickr User gamene [12]

Chicken and Rice Bento

Soy nugget chicks peek out from the vegetable garden.

Source: Flickr User gamene [13]

Burdock and Lotus Bento

A more traditional bento of burdock and lotus roots gets its stripes from Japanese pickles and sprinkled seasonings.

Source: Flickr User gamene [14]

Roasted Halibut Bento

Roasted halibut and zucchini risotto are a Western take on a traditional Far East bento!

Source: Flickr User gamene [15]

Mushroom Slider Bento

A mini portobello mushroom slider nestles among cherry tomatoes and olive skewers.

Source: Flickr User gamene [16]

Corn Dog and Chili Bento

A corn "dog" sniffs his surroundings for nearby vegetarian chili.

Source: Flickr User gamene [17]

Rainbow Bento

A few dumplings and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables take flight in this bento box.

Source: Flickr User gamene [18]

Sandwich Bento

Veggies and fruit frame simple little sandwiches.

Source: Flickr User gamene [19]

Spring Roll Bento

Spring rolls cozy up to a wheat berry salad in a filling boxed lunch.

Source: Flickr User gamene [20]


Source URL
http://www.yumsugar.com/Pretty-Bento-Designs-23132974