All posts tagged: finger food

Friday Easy Bento

After yesterday’s very labor intensive bento, I just wanted a very easy lunch that I could throw together in the morning with minimal fuss. Therefore today baby A. got an easy sandwich bento. The sandwich is made of brioche bread, home made hummus, ham and lettuce. I used a cutter to turn into a cute little piggie. As a side I made mini sausage “octopi” and just threw some berries in the container and called it a day. The hummus is what took the longest out of everything, and I threw that together fairly quickly the night before. I found these cute little cans of chickpeas that are perfect for making a smaller portion of hummus. I also made a very simple recipe since it was for a five year old, here it is: – 1 8oz can of garbanzo beans – 2 Tbsp of tahini – 2 garlic cloves – The juice of half a lemon – 1 green onion – salt and pepper Blend all of the above in a food processor, add …

Easter “Nests”

I saw a picture of this on pinterest, and I just knew I had to come up with a recipe. They were adorable, healthy, appropriate for the season, and frankly just looked so appetizing that I knew all of my guests for Easter dinner would love it. So last year I developed a recipe and then have fine tuned it to our taste. Basically think of it as a caprese salad in nest form. You can also make it with a poached egg if you want to serve it as a main dish in an Easter (or any occasion) brunch. Ingredients: -roma tomatoes halved (medium sized tomatoes) -basil -sprouts -mozarella pearls -balsamic vinegar -1 lemon -olive oil -salt and pepper Halve your tomatoes and test for stability. You need them to be able to hold the contents without tipping over. If they are not stable, cut a little piece at the bottom for them to sit on, make sure not to cut all the way through and making a whole in the tomato “cup”. Once you …

Dumplings: Delicious Pockets of Goodness

Dumplings, oh how I love thee!! Little pockets of deliciousness that make my heart soar. Every country has a kind of dumpling: Japanese gyoza, Korean mandu, Italian ravioli, Chinese shumai, Spanish empanadas, etc. It is very versatile, and since there are so many recipes from all around the world, the combinations are endless! The best part is that they are a great freezer food! You can make as many as you want on a free day and flash freeze them to be enjoyed at a later date. Not only that, they can be cooked in so many ways: fried, steamed, sauteed, baked, etc! A couple of months ago I invited my family over for the weekend and had them help me make a huge batch. Ha Ha! Entrapment! *Cough* I mean, a great family activity! We made gyozas, shumai, and crab rangoons, then I flash froze most of them to be divided among both households, and had a lot of them for dinner that night. We were in dumpling heaven! Freshly made gyozas, right before being …

Bento Series #8 — Jalapeño Poppers Salad

Jalapeño poppers are a very easy treat to make. They are great for appetizers, as hors d’oeuvre at parties, as a dish to bring to potlucks or barbeques. They are little peppers filled with cheese wrapped in bacon. Now some people might be scared to try them because Jalapeños have fame for being spicy. However most of the spiciness is located within the seeds and ribs, so if you clean them really well there is nothing to fear! Some tips when handling Jalapeños. Use rubber gloves so that none of the capsaicin (the spiciness) gets under your nails, which will cause you some discomfort. Also DO NOT touch your eyes when handling the seeds and ribs or you will be in a world of pain and agony (queue sinister music). But other than that they are super safe ^_^ Bento Components: Jalapeño Poppers Salad Greens Sausage Octopus Radish Flowers Lemon Wedge Jalapeño Poppers– Ingredients: – 8 jalapeños (about 2 per person) -1 block of cream cheese at room temperature -3 green onion stalks, diced -bacon (1 slice per …

Bento Series #6 — Finger Sandwiches

As you might have gathered from my posts, I tend to run a little short on time some days, which causes me to come up with recipes that are delicious but fast to make (Ain’t nobody wanna spend the night in the kitchen). These Finger Sandwiches are one of the quickest lunches I can whip-up. Now you might say: “Silvia, all sandwiches are finger sandwiches, you eat them with your fingers, duh!” To you I say, WRONG! Finger sandwiches are smaller in size which makes them great as appetizers, for tea time (so sophisticated), or perfect to put in a bento. Ha! I have silly conversations with myself sometimes -_- Bento Components: Egg Salad Sandwich Spicy Ham Sandwich Cheese Sandwich   Egg Salad Sandwich– Ingredients: -6 hard boiled eggs (makes two sandwiches) -1/4 cup mayo -1 tsp Dijon mustard -1/2 tsp sesame oil -1 tsp soy sauce -salt and pepper to taste (salt might not be needed) -1 tsp lemon juice -1 Tbsp sriracha mayo or spicy mayo -1 green onion chopped -2 slices of a …