January 22nd, 2009

  • mushmo

Bento #75 - Marbled Tea Egg & Spring Rolls

Today I have marbled tea eggs.  Most of the traditional recipes call for star anise, which I don't like, so my version has ginger instead, it's a lovely flavor with the tea and soy.  Here's lunch:

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Top Tier:
1 - Shrimp (seasoned & broiled)
2 - Spring Rolls
3 - Sweet Chili Sauce (in little red container)

Bottom Tier:
1 - Broccoli (stir fried with ginger, garlic, & sesame seeds)
2 - Marbled Tea Egg

WW Flex Points = 7

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  • micka

I'll be better in February

So I've had a busier month than I originally planned, and only managed 2 bentos last week and NONE this week. What a waste of produce... when I can't make bentos, fruit and veggies die in my fridge.

I got my egg molds in and gave them a shot. But since I used the Extra Large eggs instead of regular large eggs, they smooshed in transit, and came out looking like smooshed, weird shaped eggs.

Hard boiled eggs, turkey, cheddar, and pepperoni rolls, edamame, grape tomatoes, Tony Chachere's seasoning on eggs and in the Monkey.
Blood Oranges and sliced green grapes.

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  • domynoe

Jan. 22, '09

Well, I loved my fritters, but the baby, apparently, did not. :P (She does seem to be going through a fussy eating stage though, so not sure if she didn't like or just didn't want to eat.)

Jan. 22, '09

Top Tier: 2 Chicken Corn Fritters, 1 Shrimp, Blueberry Bread Pudding in the large red heart cup
Bottom Tier: Lite Creamy Ranch in small cup, Carrot & Celery Sticks, extra Fritter that didn't fit in top (even without the shrimp), 2 Cream Wafer cookies

Next time I need to remember the honey to drizzle over the pudding, but I'm just happy it survived the freezing/reheating process and still came out like it should and tasted wonderful. :)

Next time, though, I put the fritters in a sidecar and fill the 2 tier as usual. I've been trying to cut back, but this just isn't quite enough. And since the old, old food pyramid (with fruits and veggies on the bottom, and which is still used by the Mayo Clinic) allows for as many fruits and veggies as one wants, I have a good filler for the extra space. I was just trying to be frugal here, both for my eating habits and for our budget's sake. :P

Besides, I really thought this could have used some nice, red, cherry tomatoes. ;)

Fritter recipe here.
Blueberry Bread Pudding recipe here.
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Bento Bunny

This yummy bunny is made of steamed rice with a carrot face and boiled eggs for ears! Under the ears there is edamame and around the bunnies face are flower shaped carrots!
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Cheese Roll-Ups

 This bento was inspired by Taco Bells cheesy roll ups. I have done wraps before but not with just cheese. These wraps have Monterrey Jack and Cheddar cheeses inside. I warmed them to slightly melt the cheese and then rolled them up and cut them into smaller portions for the bento box. Also in this bento there are shelled edamame, red grapes, pineapple and a mini blueberry muffin that has a cute little monkey peeking up out of it!

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4th bento

We need to do a produce run in my house so lots of meat and bread today


We have corn in the cupcake paper, peanut butter and strawberry jelly tortilla roll ups, bbq pulled pork with melted cheese on top in the heart foil, kettle popcorn for filler, and heart shaped toast to make a sandwich out of the pork.


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Bento bento everywhere...

Poor Rob is having a stressful week. He didn't need a bento yesterday as he knew he'd have a business lunch again, but here's today's and Kat's for this week, and my older daughter Ahmetia's bento for today...


Top Tier: Salad w/ southwest roasted chicken, grape tomatoes and carrot flowers

Bottom Tier: Kiwi, clementine, red grapes and blueberries filling in between the heart cups, cucumber slices, red pepper slices and Giardiniera
Lite Ranch on the side for veggies and salad

Kat's bento for today:


Tier 1: Flower onigiri w/ carrot center and Japanese curry chicken

Tier 2: Blueberries, red grapes, strawberries

Tier 3: Salad w/ dressing in the watermelon cup and banana rice candy from the Japanese grocery

Ahmetia's Bento for today:


She has 3 classes today from 8:30am to 7:30pm with two about 2 hour breaks, so this is for 2 meals

Single Tier: Turkey sandwich, red grapes, a banana rice candy

Top Tier: Chicken veggie stir-fry w/ noodles

Bottom Tier: Banana flowers, strawberries, more red grapes and 2 apple gummies

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Back on the Bento Wagon

Even though I'm making them for myself, I like the efficiency of making two at once (and don't mind eating the same stuff twice in a day)

Left bento, counterclockwise from top left: Red lentils w/ Mung Beansprout spacer, chick pea salad w/ red pepper, jalepeno, korean daikon and mung bean sprouts salad w/ lime dressing, fried chunks of tilapia (I don't mind cold/slightly soggy fried food), lime wedge and mayo/avocado/basil dressing, white rice w/ "wtf" face.
Right bento, counterclockwise from top left: red and yellow roasted peppers w/ beansprout spacer, tandoori roasted potato chunks, white rice w/ random-ish pepper decoration, aforementioned chick pea salad, fried tilapia chunks and lime wedge.

Tamagoyaki and meatball bentos

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Contents of preschooler bento lunch: Vegetable gyoza with dipping sauce, blueberries, tamagoyaki (rolled egg, see my tutorial), and sauteed asparagus and red bell peppers with vinaigrette dressing.

Morning prep time: 13 minutes, using leftover tamagoyaki and frozen dumplings. In the morning I quickly boiled the dumplings with help from my electric kettle, and sauteed the vegetables while the dumplings were cooking. Full details with a review of the Disney Cars nesting/stacking bento boxes are here at Lunch in a Box.

Meatball bento lunch for preschooler

Contents of preschooler bento lunch: Fresh pineapple, sauteed asparagus in Korean barbecue sauce, meatballs (Costco Italian meatballs) in a tomato-based sauce, and cornbread mini muffins.

Morning prep time:
10 minutes, using frozen mini muffins and leftover meatballs in sauce. In the morning I put the frozen muffins directly into the box to defrost naturally, cut up some pineapple, and sauteed two stalks of asparagus. This is an example of how keeping a stash of lunch staples like mini muffins in the freezer can speed up morning prep. Full details are here at Lunch in a Box.

Bento # 481

I'm not sure if this one falls in the "too much of a good thing" category. It all started out with us having pizza leftovers from dinner. Then my big kid wanted a hardboiled egg, and so I kept finding things that could go into this. But.. the end result got a little messy I'm afraid. Of course the fact that the yaki onigiri fell apart didn't make it better... Oh well...

Bento # 481
Bento # 481
Yaki onigiri, heatshaped, pink coloured egg, green asparagus, pizza bites, cherry tomato and skewered mini meatballs.