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Quinoa, Thai Chicken, and Salad Bento

Sometimes you need to get creative where creativity is lacking. Such was this bento box. I had leftover quinoa and Thai chicken. Both delicious, neither had any color (even though the quinoa had a bit of tomato sauce).  When the going gets tough, the tough use a lot of accessories to beautify the box:

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On top of the quinoa and chicken, I used a regular cookie cutter to cut out a large piece of red bell pepper into a heart-shape and used a couple of picks to make it look like arrows going through the heart. Then, I used small cutters to create flowers (to which I attached stem picks).

Finally, I cut up a salad out of cucumber, carrots, and kohlrabi in all kinds of shapes, which was really the main color added to the meal.

When assembling your bento box, don’t forget the 5-color rule: Have at least one food of every color to make sure you are getting as many vitamins and nutrients as possible. While I don’t always have 5 colors, I really try to have at least 3, both for the health and for the natural colorings of the box.

This was actually a box for me and everyone at work asked me to make them lunches going forward – bento isn’t only for kids!

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