Mermaid Salad Rolls Bento

Make your next bento a deep-sea adventure by adding these mesmerizing mermaid salad rolls.

 

Mermaid Salad Rolls - Learn how to transform regular salad rolls into mermaid salad rolls, by filling them with mermaid noodles! 100% natural dye technique that is shockingly simple! Recipe at loveatfirstbento.com | bento box, bento, lunch box

Mermaid Salad Rolls - Learn how to transform regular salad rolls into mermaid salad rolls, by filling them with mermaid noodles! 100% natural dye technique that is shockingly simple! Recipe at loveatfirstbento.com | bento box, bento, lunch box

Warning: Eating these mermaid salad rolls might just turn you into a mermaid.

Okay, that may be stretching the truth just a teensy bit; but, I can at least guarantee that you’ll feel like a mermaid after eating them. Who doesn’t want to feel like a beautiful mythical creature come lunchtime?

Watermelon Onigiri

It’s time for Monthly Onigiri! For August, we’re making Watermelon Onigiri!

 

Watermelon Onigiri - Fun to make & delicious to eat, watermelon onigiri are the perfect summer bento box or picnic lunch item! Learn how to make these adorable summer rice balls by visiting www.loveatfirstbento.com (includes video tutorial!)

Watermelon Onigiri - Fun to make & delicious to eat, watermelon onigiri are the perfect summer bento box or picnic lunch item! Learn how to make these adorable summer rice balls by visiting www.loveatfirstbento.com (includes video tutorial!)

You guys, it’s already happening. People are talking about autumn. Exclaiming how it’s less than 1 month away. Counting down the days until Starbucks brings out the you know what. Yes, the pumpkin spice bomb has officially dropped. But hold up: Can we just consider for one quick second here how we still have 26 days of perfectly good summer left?

That’s why this month’s onigiri is cranking up the summertime feels to maximum output: I’m talking watermelon onigiri, here to show summer that we haven’t forgot about it just yet.

4 Easy Ways to Decorate Eggs

Up your hard-boiled egg game with these 4 easy & adorable ways to decorate eggs.

 

4 Ways to Decorate Eggs - Step-by-step tutorial (+ video!) for making colored eggs, dinosaur eggs, flower eggs, & chicken eggs. Makes the perfect addition to any bento box! Works on hard-boiled quail or chicken eggs. | www.loveatfirstbento.com

4 Ways to Decorate Eggs - Step-by-step tutorial (+ video!) for making colored eggs, dinosaur eggs, flower eggs, & chicken eggs. Makes the perfect addition to any bento box! Works on hard-boiled quail or chicken eggs. | www.loveatfirstbento.com/4-easy-ways-to-decorate-eggs/

An excellent addition to any bento box, eggs are a great way to add some extra protein to your lunch and fill up empty stomachs. But, let’s be real here: plain, hard-boiled eggs aren’t all that exciting. I’m talking about whole hard-boiled eggs, which just look like awkward white masses when placed inside a bento box. One way to overcome this is by cutting the egg in halves, slices, or wedges – all perfectly feasible choices, and great for adding to more traditional bento boxes. But what if you want something a little bit cuter, a little bit fancier, for that adorable bento box you just prepared?

Rilakkuma Rice Balls Bento

Rilakkuma Rice Balls – a must-have addition to any Rilakkuma fan’s bento box. Super easy to make, and almost too cute to eat!

 

Rilakkuma rice balls are a must-have addition to any Rilakkuma fan's bento box! Easy to make, delicious to eat, and an adorable upgrade from plain white rice bentos. Video tutorial included! | loveatfirstbento.com

Rilakkuma rice balls are a must-have addition to any Rilakkuma fan's bento box! Easy to make, delicious to eat, and an adorable upgrade from plain white rice bentos. Video tutorial included! | loveatfirstbento.com

Let’s talk rice balls. Like, literally, rice shaped into cute little teensy balls that you can just pop into your mouth and eat in one bite. We’re going to step up our rice ball game today and multiply their cuteness times 1 million. Behold: Rilakkuma rice balls, featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori. They’re deliciously adorable, easy to eat, and a fun upgrade from a boring old white rice bento. 

How to Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Here on Love at First Bento, we feature an all new onigiri recipe every month in a series called Monthly Onigiri. This month, we’re going to learn how to make classic onigiri – a bento box staple! Plus, an easy onigiri filling that will take you less than 10 seconds to prepare.

 

How to Make Onigiri (Rice Balls) - a classic bento recipe, made even simpler with the help of a rice mold. Learn just how easy it is to make this quintessential Japanese lunch item at www.loveatfirstbento.com (video tutorial included!)

How to Make Onigiri (Rice Balls) - a classic bento recipe, made even simpler with the help of a rice mold. Learn just how easy it is to make this quintessential Japanese lunch item at www.loveatfirstbento.com (video tutorial included!)

To kick-off our first EVER Monthly Onigiri post, we’re going to dissect, reassemble, and admire the classic, triangle-shaped onigiri. Before we dive head-first into that, however, there’s one thing we should probably clear up: what, exactly, is onigiri?

Known as “rice balls” in English (and also sometimes called musubi), onigiri are those cute triangular bundles of rice ubiquitous with the Japanese lunch scene. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be filled or sprinkled with all sorts of mouth-watering goodies. So, why are they called rice balls if they’re actually rice triangles? Just chalk it up to a translation thing.

Flower Garden Soboro Bento

Unleash the flower power with this beautiful flower garden soboro bento box. Learn how you can easily transform this classic bento into an edible work of art.

 

Flower Garden Soboro Bento Box - Learn how to easily make a beautiful flower garden soboro bento that's almost too pretty to eat! Plus, a secret tip that makes decorating even easier. Recipe at loveatfirstbento.com

Flower Garden Soboro Bento Box - Learn how to easily make a beautiful flower garden soboro bento that's almost too pretty to eat! Plus, a secret tip that makes decorating even easier. Recipe at loveatfirstbento.com

Have you ever grown your own plants before? I can’t say I have a lot of experience with this myself, but just this summer, I decided to give growing some of my own herbs a try. When I say give it a try, I mean “go to the grocery store and buy their pre-potted herbs” kind of try. That still counts though, right? I ended up with a parsley plant, as well as a cute little shiso and mizuna plant I found at my local Japanese store.

In the beginning, I was quite diligent with my watering duties, and even used some of the parsley in an omelette (such a proud plant-mama moment). Fast forward a few weeks, however, and my parsley and mizuna plants had, quite literally, dropped dead. Needless to say, I am now tagged in every meme about killing plants on Facebook.

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