Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Colors Bento and Giveaway Winner!

Hi bento friends! Sorry I did not post this sooner, I got distracted by something shiny. LOL. So here is a quick bento filled with lots of great Halloween colors. I was so thrilled to find the two shades of cauliflower at the Farmers Market this weekend. They rock! And they taste good.

In this bento: purple and green steamed cauliflower from Ma and Pa's Garden, tamagoyaki omelette slices, leftover emerald chicken curry from California Thai, a yakionigiri rice ball from Trader Joe's, a cherry tomato, steamed edamame, and champagne grapes from Schletewitz Family.

And now for the winner of the simple recipe contest... there were 18 different entries. And the randomly selected winner is...

mommypants! mommypants sent in a great recipe for a simple pasta salad. This would be a great addition to any bento and the fun thing is that you can make endless variations depending on your tastes and what you have in your cupboard/refrigerator. Thanks mommypants! Be sure to check out her blog for more fun parenting ideas. 

Mommypants Simple Pasta Salad

2 cups pasta cooked al dente (I like bow-ties or ziti)
2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
6-8 oz fresh mozzarella (can be diced, or those tiny balls from store)
1/8-1/4 cup low fat balsamic dressing 

Just mix them all together in a bowl, and let it marinate. I like to bring some extra balsamic with me to add a bit of freshness to the salad.

Goes great with a piece of bread and last night's Chicken Parmesan (I always make lots of extra breaded chicken to go along with lunches).

Thanks to everyone who entered and for sending in great recipes for bento lunches. I will have the rest of the simple recipes up on its own page on Sonoma Bento soon. Thanks! Have a great week!


  1. All the bentos you prepare are very healthy.I am glad I found your blog!!

  2. Cool! I like your tamagoyaki; it turned out great!

  3. Colorful bento! I like the purple & green cauliflowers in your bento. They are not available here so I just can admire bento with those two ingredients hehehe ... (^.^)

  4. Thanks Rina! I am glad you found my blog, too. :)

  5. Thanks sheri! This is my second tamagoyaki pan. I made the mistake of using the first one for something other than tamagoyaki. Ooops!

  6. Thank you Lia! I just love the variety of colorful veggies at the market this time of year.

  7. That bento looks so delicious!! :)