For quite some time, I’ve looked for glass containers to use as bento boxes. Nothing has quite worked, leaving me feeling a bit like the Goldilocks of Bento Boxes. Some containers were too small. Some containers were too large. And none were just right…until now. I was given a gift certificate to Sur la Table as a combo Christmas/birthday present. It was a sweet and pleasant surprise from a good friend. I hadn’t had a chance to go to Baton Rouge to do anything fun in quite some time, so one Sunday I went by Sur la Table to check out the offerings. I knew right away what the gift certificate was going to: a food grinder for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. As I walked to the store, past its big display windows, I saw a rack of storage containers. It had been quite some time since I’d browsed SLT, preferring to spend less for my kitchen supplies at the restaurant supply store. I found three glass containers that seemed perfect for my bento needs. I used one of them last week for chili.
This week, I put a bit more thought into the packing of my bento lunch, and this is what I came up with. In the center is meatloaf. Good old standard meatloaf recipe. Though, this meatloaf is a bit more special than usual (think food grinder). Around the meatloaf, I have steamed carrots, baked sweet potato, and pieces of zucchini and onion from pan-friend skewers that I made.
The two smaller containers I picked up contain apple cake and an egg with vegetarian eggrolls (store bought). The eggroll/egg container I think I might eat as an afternoon snack. I’m looking forward to it! It will be something a wee bit different from Spree. Yeah, I know. Not the best, but I’ve been on a Willie Wonka candy kick lately. The apple cake will be my dessert for lunch. The recipe is basically the apple torte recipe, multiplied.
I really like these containers and look forward to using them…often. In fact, I wouldn’t mind another set. And for as expensive as Sur la Table can be, these didn’t hurt the pocket book too greatly. The largest was $5 and the two smaller ones were $3 each. $11 is cheaper than having a cheap plastic bento box flown in from Japan, since I don’t have a way to purchase them any longer (sniff… I miss Ichiban Kan…sniff).
Happy Monday and be the bento everyone!