My Mom, brother and two cousins from Ireland visited for a few days. We did a lot of sightseeing but I still wanted to prepare homemade meals for them. I made 5 versions of this same lunch in the morning and it was an excellent meal between visiting attractions. I desired an easy lunch but also wanted my guests to experience my bento lunch because cute lunches have become such a part of my life. I savor showing my love with healthy and cute food. I made this easy and cute by creating simple garnishes for each section.
My Mom prepared the pasta and my cousin Peg helped me assemble the 5 lunches.
Pasta: Mini Penne with Zucchini Pistou (My Mom made this while I cooked breakfast for everyone). We used toasted walnuts instead of pine nuts, reduced the garlic to 2 cloves, and we forgot to add the shaved Parmesan on top. I added a cherry tomato half and small basil leaf as garnish.
Vegetable: Diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese with a little olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. A mozzarella cheese flower was the garnish.
Fruit: Strawberry Melon Spinach Salad – We added the dressing right before eating. It was delicious! When I prepared the melon for this salad, I cut flower shapes for garnish. I added a fresh blueberry with a small piece of angel hair pasta. It softened by lunch.