Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Bentos by Cocyte

This week’s Great Bento Ideas are by Cocyte, who makes beautiful bentos in Bordeaux, France - a country that could be considered the mecca of bento-ing in Europe, if not the world. Cocyte’s bentos are a mix of traditional and non-traditional, and always have a gorgeous mix of colorful vegetables.

Take this bento, which features petits farcis - a tomato and a rond de Nice summer squash stuffed with a mix of cheeses (see Cocyte’s recipe here). It’s beautiful, well balanced, and looks delicious!

Bento Petits Farcis

Here is a fun bento that has a small muffin decorated to look like a bunny, with sliced avocados for the body and cucumber ears. The sugar carrot decoration is a cute accent. The orange carrot puree looks interesting too.

carrot champion

And finally here is a simpler bento that uses the colors of radishes really well. The sesame seed decorations on the avocado slices are a really nice touch. A bonus: it’s gluten-free!

Bento Ratatouille

See more beautiful and healthy bentos in Cocyte’s flickr stream.

Look out for another Great Bento Idea post next week!

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Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

Those are some super cute bentos! I love the colors - So pretty!

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

Beautiful colours and so healthy too! I haven't made any bentos in a while but now armed with a new fully equipped kitchen in my new house the excuses are running out! I'll certainly look at these as good super healthy options as my wife and I are trying to shed a few pounds at the moment.

Whilst I'm here, has anyone made baba ganoush (roasted aubergine "puree") for a bento? I did try it once when I had some guests around for a dinner but didn't have the same success on subsequent attempts... Just curuous.

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

(sneaky promo alert) I actually have a recipe for baba ganoush in my book ^_^

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

maki wrote:

(sneaky promo alert) I actually have a recipe for baba ganoush in my book ^_^

Haha!! Shameless plug! Love it ;)

Yes, I will almost definitely be ordering it and no doubt it will endure many a greasy thumb and splat as a frequent kitchen companion (these are good things I must add!).

Whilst we're on shameless plugs, I literally started a food blog with my wife last night - a project which we've pondered over for a long time so hopefully one day I can also share in our culinary journeys. We just made our first post http://wenniesaffairs.com

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

Very beautiful and they sound so tasty! I'd love to know what kind of pasta that is in the gluten-free bento...or is that something else under the avocado?

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

She says they are 'gluten-free pasta' on the original photo page there, though doesn't say what kind.

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

Wow ! I was wondering why I had so many visitors on my Flickr page latley !
Thanks Maki I'm honored !

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful bentos with us! ^_^

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

These are Shär gluten free pasta (they're made of corn flour, rice flour and pea protein) , in France you can find them in organic food stores .

Re: Great Bento Ideas: Colorful Vegetarian and Gluten-Free ...

Cocyte has many beautiful, non-bento box food photos on her flickr page. There might be more info with some of them.

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