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Kiddie Bento – Molded Israeli Pasta (Ptitim) and veggies – Recipe included

People often ask me how I have time to bento when I have 3 kids who are 3 years old and younger. My answer: I do it in 5 minutes.

Obviously it takes practice, and this is something I point out more than one time at the workshops I give, but the more you bento, the faster you get. You learn your boxes and learn what the best way to fill them is, and you learn how to plan ahead.

This is a bento dinner I literally through together in 3 minutes for my daughter:

 

Kiddie Bento

The Israeli pasta (ptitim) was left over from the night before (I am a big fan of leftovers for bento), so first I heated it up and then I put them in the rice molds. I was very happy to discover that ptitim mold just as easily as rice – don’t forget to wet the rice mold before you put them in!

Once I had the ptitim in, I decorated them with nori punches, added some veggies and hummus, and a couple of strawberries for dessert. Of course, she ate the strawberries first!

I threw in a few cute picks, and of course – she was excited and pretty much ate it all. 🙂

My recipe for Israeli pasta (ptitim):

  • 200 grams ptimtim of any shape
  • 230  ml water
  • Chicken soup powder
  • Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Hot paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Directions:

In a pot, cover the ptitim in the oil, only until all covered. Add the spices, mix, and then add the boiling water. I like to mix the tomato paste into the boiling water before putting it in the pan. Bring to boil and then bring down to medium heat. Partially cover and mix periodically until the water has evaporated. Turn off the stove and cover for 5 minutes.

Bon apetit!

 

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