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Ni├žoise Salad {bento for grown-ups!}

nicoise salad

This is probably my husband’s favorite lunch. It’s filling, healthy, and delicious. If you think salad won’t keep you full at lunch, try this – it’s hearty and will keep you going all afternoon.

New Baby Meal Recipe Round-Up

new baby meal ideas

Some friends of ours recently had a new baby, and we signed up to bring them a meal. I don’t think there’s much more comforting and delicious than a perfectly roasted chicken.

crispy roast chicken

Radish, Fennel, and Brie Pizza

spring recipe ideas

This pizza was totally the result of a “what on earth should I put on this dough?” kind of moment. I had a languishing wedge of brie, the green part of fennel that the recipe I used the white part for said to just throw away, and some gorgeous Easter egg radishes in lovely shades of purple, crimson, and pink.

Minion Cheese Toast

My little girl woke up on the wrong side of the bed last Saturday. I could tell it wasn’t because of anything in particular, just a case of the grouchies that everybody gets. Coaxing doesn’t work with her, but cheese toast does. Whenever she spends the night at her Mimi’s house, she has cheese toast for breakfast the next morning. It is an almost magical food for her because Mimi makes it.

I grabbed a loaf of bread, one of my recent baking experiments, cut a slice, and put it under the broiler with a piece of cheddar. While it was toasting, I cut some simple shapes out of nori seaweed (you can grab a packet at a health food store or well-stocked grocery store), and cut a circle out of provolone cheese with an inverted shot glass. You use what you have, right?

easy minion food ideas

The minion features took about 2 minutes to make, and it turned her frown upside down.


Madeline Bento

When we went to the library last week, my preschooler picked out a book called Madeline and the Cats of Rome. It wasn’t terribly surprisingly since her main goals are becoming a veterinarian and acquiring 100 cats. She also loves the Madeline books, but that’s very secondary to the cat phase we’re going through.

But I thought Madeline would make a fantastic bento. I threw in two leftover pasta bowties and a few cherry tomatoes with cat picks since she’s into the Cats of Rome book. The MADELINE letters are made from yellow bell pepper – here’s a great tutorial on how to cut them out easily.

madeline bento