Bento no. 70: Even Kale Can Become A Christmas Bento

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Bento contents:

Total calories (approx): 460 (how calories are calculated)

Time needed: 5-10 minutes in the morning (from leftovers of dinner the night before: see recipe for timing of kale dish)

Type: Not Japanese, gluten-free, theme bento

This is a decidedly non-Japanese, non-traditional bento. When I was working on the recipe for the kale, bacon and potato recipe, it dawned on me that the color combination was quite Christmas-y. So, this is my Christmas bento contribution for this year; not as cute as many others in the bento blogosphere (check out some great examples in the Just Bento flickr group), but taking a lot less time I bet — working with leftovers from the night before, it came together in just about 5-10 minutes, with much of that time spent making the cutout and arranging the potatoes neatly.

I have just arranged the kale-bacon in the box with the potatoes arranged around the perimeter, in a triangular box to emphasize the Christmas tree reference, with an angel-shaped cheese cutout (using one of my seldom used Christmas cookie cutters) as an accent in the middle. I like to think that the cranberries and bacon in the dark green kale look like little ornaments…

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The cheese fit surprisingly well with the kale-bacon-potato flavors. This is quite a healthy, vegetable-rich bento, besides looking festive. Kale for Christmas? Why not?

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Re: Bento no. 70: Even Kale Can Become A Christmas Bento

They are pretty good as bento boxes. I love the quality and the design of these. I'll write about them more in depth at some point!

Re: Bento no. 70: Even Kale Can Become A Christmas Bento

Merry Christmas Maki! This year became fabulous when I found Just Bento and began doing bento. Thank you for all your great ideas!

Re: Bento no. 70: Even Kale Can Become A Christmas Bento

I think this is a very creative combination. You have done some great work here and to think it only took a few minutes to come up with. Thank you for sharing and we will be sure to try one ourselves. casino online

Re: Bento no. 70: Even Kale Can Become A Christmas Bento

This is listed Gluten Free and could easily be so, but for people who are not familiar with cooking gluten free, regular soy sauce is NOT gluten free, but you can find gluten free versions

Re: Bento no. 70: Even Kale Can Become A Christmas Bento

I LOVE this recipe!!! I made it the other night (but we did it as a side since my hubby is a hardcore meat and potatoes boy). It was so easy and delicious. Thank you!!! I posted about it here...

http://mommyinthemaking.tumblr.com/post/331840853/kaleandclementines

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