Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Or at least elephants.  I'm learning the art of Bento, and I'll work my way up to other animals but so far all I've accomplished is an elephant out of a hot dog, and some vegetable flowers.

What do you think?

The elephant is resting on a bed of homemade lo mein.  Easy, easy recipe! 
1 lb spaghetti or rice noodles
2 cups broth
About 2 cups assorted veggies, diced
leftover bits of meat, optional
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
I used fresh carrots, peeled and sliced, half a yellow onion, and a handful of frozen peas in this dish.  I like broccoli or cauliflower in it but I didn't have either one.  Really, almost any veg will do.  I've even added leftover homemade eggroll filling.
Dice up the veg and start sautéing in a little oil.  Meanwhile, start cooking the pasta according to package directions.  Undercook it just a little so you can finish the cooking in the sauce and let it absorb all that yummy sauce goodness.  Once cooked, drain the pasta.
When the veggies are ready, add meat if using, then add the broth and bring it to a boil.  Stir together the cornstarch and soy sauce, then stream into the boiling broth, stirring all the while.  As soon as it starts to thicken, remove from heat and toss in the drained pasta.  Stir til all the pasta is coated and cooked thru.  Top with bento elephant and flowers, or not.  Serve with sweet chili sauce, if you have some.  That makes it FABULOUS.
This post is included on a linky party at frugallysustainable.com.  Go check out the other great ideas there!


SheilaPCT said...

How cute!!!

Linda Shields said...

How cute! How can you stand to eat it up?

Penny said...

I didn't eat it, but Drake had no problem! Next time I'll know to make a "herd" of them, one just made him want more. He even ate the flowers, after telling me for months that he doesn't like cucumbers.