I'm not sure whether anyone here remembers me, but I sure have been thinking a lot about you guys. It's been a bit crazy around here and my "bentos" have really been more like "food thrown in a box".
But I changed that tonight and worked a bit harder at my box.
Not the best picture, but you get the idea. Bottom holds some Mac and Green. Top holds raspberries, a few HUGE grapes, a couple of squares of chocolate, and a little container of tuna.
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It's good to be back.
Bottom Tier (which is on top in this photo!):
1 - Cheese cubes on decorative picks
2 - Gelatin cup
3 - Red pepper strips & dip (in blue container)
4 - Spinach sauteed with bacon
5 - Hard boiled egg teddy (rolled briefly in soy sauce for flavor & color)
1 - Grape tomato gap fillers
2 - Rice balls with grated carrot
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Top: Raw broccoli, homemade vegetarian meatballs of some sort, hard boiled egg
Bottom: White rice stirfried in vidalia onion vinaigrette with roasted red pepper marinade with veggies and meatless crumbles
I didn't have much to work with in the house so I did my best.
This was all constructed in a Tupperware cheese keeper container.
Canned chicken salad and crackers and a mini spoon (from a store bought kit), 2 mini brownies, 1 wedge of mini brie cheese (the blue foil) carrots, celery and a small cup of ranch dressing with a tiny bit of sweet pickle relish on top for color. I used standard toss away baking cups as dividers, foil for the brownies and mini paper (3 of them)for the dressing and standard paper for the crackers.
I almost cant wait for lunch!
First bento of the year! There's nothing new or exciting here, but a nice selection of some old faves.
Omurice and octodogs with catsup. I put a dash of soy sauce in the egg, which makes it a little dingy-looking, but tasty!
Home-made hot & sour soup with shitake mushrooms and water chestnuts.
Veggies with ranch -- it's under there somewhere.
A tangerine and fancy Pocky!
I also have a tangerine half I'll be eating with this.
From left to right: Comfort Casserole from www.vegweb.com (with lots of extra veg added), 1/2 cup brown rice and some leftover tofu and mock duck in black bean sauce with vegetables.
Took the photo with my camera phone. But it's almost as good as my digital at home... Sad. This is also a good example of a bento that's not in a pretty, fancy box. I knew this bento was going to be put in storage for a little while, so I didn't want to use one of my other boxes.
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Breakfast is my toughest meal even though I am a stay at home mom so I made and packed one to eat when I settled in after doing the AM stuff.
I keep wanting to name it something like "breakfast on the farm" because of the tamagoyaki, ham and cheese (chicken, pig, cow) and maybe a little because of the grapes. The proteins are made into a toasted sandwich on a flour tortilla.
How about "Farm Breakfast in the Vineyard"??
Surrounding is are relatively-healthy avocado maki, edamame, roasted chestnuts, and persimmon.
(Website post, with links to recipes.)
Semi brown rice with a mish-mash in the top layer including a pea house, tofu dog, radish, spinach leaves, carrots, and a clementine. Was very rushed this morning. I have fallen out of the habit of planning meals a week in advance, which means I'm facing the morning bento with absolutely no plan or idea of what to do. And I have to get it done in about ten minutes. Before too much longer I'll figure out what's wrong with that picture and fix it, but for now I'm rolling with it.
It's been a while since I spent as much time packing a lunch as I did this one - not that it's very kawaii or anything :)
Single Tier: Pitted Cherries, Kiwi, Baby Carrots, Red Pepper and Broccoli
He also had light ranch dressing on the side for salad and veggies
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Top Tier: Mexican Rice (leftovers from dinner), tamago and steamed cauliflower (also dinner leftovers)
Bottom Tier: Sweet simmered black beans, crab stick, petit pudding and pitted cherries
Ryvita with garlic and herb cream cheese and cucumber
Halved boiled egg
Lettuce with 3 Jelly Babies on top
I know I put the jelly babies on moist food again, after complaining about them absoring the moisture so much last time, but i ate this one straight after I made it so they were still normal jelly babies
My college is hosting a blood drive tomorrow so instead of going home to eat as usual, I brought a lunch so I can be healthy and stable before tomorrow's donation.
Top tier contains rice, teriyaki beef mixed with celery and onion.
Bottom tier contains peach yogurt, cheddar cheese on picks, and a chocolate.
Side car contains cucumber slices mixed in lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
This is my first post and first bento!
pasta salad with raw veg and greek salad dressing
chicken pot pie tart
carrots, cucumbers, fig bars, fruit and nut trail mix, pears and scotch mints
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