Rushing to go out of town, so no bento for the rest of this week. Cleaning out the fridge gives Muffin brown rice (boy, do I miss our semi-brown rice! Hubby bought this by mistake), hot dog slices, snap peas, cucumber, pineapple and pickled beets.
so I have a few boxes that I want to start using on a regular basis - this is a larger one as I want to increase my veggie intake...not cute, but very healthy
today I have jasmine rice topped with the crockpot lady's sugar chicken (really really good and not that bad for you - it is shredded as it just fell off the bone of the whole chicken) and then veggies topped with the sauce of the chicken
not sure how different the rest of the week will be as I have a LOT of chicken
1 cup rice
1/2 cup collard greens tucked under 3 oz Sesame beef
2 oz baby carrots
1 tablespoon dip
Not pictures is a clementine for a snack later in the day.
Total calories is around 530
The best part was stealing some extra spinach to stuff into my sandwich. Next time I might have to dress the spinach first and then add it in to make things a little less dry. Thanks for looking.
For more details and some more exciting bentos, please check out Boston Bento.
On a side note, I found out that CDC made it a personal mission to eat every star in yesterday's bento :) It was one of the rare times his lunch box came home empty. I ought to try that trick more often!
Contents of preschooler bento lunch: Pasta shells & cheese with sauteed enoki mushrooms, carrots, broccoli and Aidell’s chicken/apple sausages. The side car holds kiwifruit, a plum, and raspberries.Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using leftover mac & cheese. In the morning I prewarmed the thermal food jar with hot tap water while I cut the kiwi and warmed the pasta in the microwave. I added a little splash of water to the pasta before warming to help revive the texture. Details here at Lunch in a Box.
Contents of preschooler bento lunch: Pork stew with fennel, leeks and prunes, plus a side of bread for dipping and orange slices. I used a recipe from The Best Make-Ahead Recipe cookbook, by the folks at Cook’s Illustrated.
Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using leftover stew. In the morning I heated the stew in the microwave while pre-warming the thermal food jar with hot tap water, and sliced the fruit. Details here at Lunch in a Box.
I keep looking at everyone elses' boxes and they look so wonderful, so I'm a bit nervous about posting this up, especially since the photo isn't that great.
In the box on the bottom of the photo I have leftovers, rice and something with chicken (^^;; I don't remember what it's called but it is an Italian dish.) In the other box, I put pretzels, seaweed salad, and pickled radishes. The box is very small, but I'm surprised at how much food can fit in it.
And that concludes my first post! Thanks for reading. :)
Edit: The Italian dish is chicken in Riesling with carrots, potatoes, and other deliciousness.
Top:Grapes skewers(with my jewel picks), pasta salad
Bottom: Ham, swiss cheese
Left: Bread to make hot ham and swiss sandwiches with
I have never made a bento lunch before, hence I've done a bit of research beforehand. I was told that keeping food in a plastic container in room temperature is prone to bacteria, and I was recommended to put some rice vinegar in the rice. Can I use white wine vinegar as a substitute? Or does it not matter whether I just leave the rice at it is? (I am now in UK, and it's still rather cold. I suppose the bacteria in rice problem will be fine?)
I'm also planning to have pieces of steak in the bento. Shall I cook the whole steak first, then cut them into bit size? Or shall I cut them into bits before I cook the meat?
Thanks in advance!
This is my first time posting and making a bento. I think it turned out well :)
It's onigiri made with spanish rice (filled with meatless sasauge, broccoli and cheese), grapefruit, raisin and peanut mixture, and a sugar daddy. Besides the onigiri this was thrown together in a rush this morning, hopefully it'll be more creative in the future.
Dorayaki and In-N-Out fries!
For those of you who don't live on the West Coast or aren't familiar with In-N-out, they're pretty much the best burger chain ever. After a hard day of work, my boyfriend came home and was very happy to eat his leftover In-N-Out fries (and dorayaki too).
Sometime I might make a bento for him with their animal-style fries (fries with grilled onions, special sauce, and cheese).
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I'm sick, so I made myself a bento today. It made me feel a little better.
Discussion question: My favorite sick food is a tomato-based chicken soup from a restaurant in my hometown called Las Guitarras. If I had some right now, I would make it bento-friendly by serving it over rice. If you were sick, what would you want in your bento to make you feel better? If it's not particularly bento-friendly, what could you do to make it so (if there is anything you could do)?
Anyways, I think I have perfected my sandwich rolls. These look much better than the ones I made last time. I really like using these rolls for bento. It doesn't look like a lot, but those 6 rolls equal 1.5 sandwiches!
OK, as requested by the totally talented paisleypirate, some tips for making perfect, pretty sandwich rolls:
- Remove crusts and flatten bread.
- Roll up your ham, cheese, or whatever first. Then wrap your bread around the roll. Don't roll everything together at once.
- Use a bamboo mat to SQUEEZE it nice and tight! If you don't have a bamboo mat, you can use any flat bendable surface, like a place mat. Or just use your hands
- Finally, use a sharp knife to cut the rolls into bite size one inch pieces
It's like rolling sushi! But easier. Hope that helps! ^_^
Sorry for the crappy pictures..camera phone as hubby has mine with him in Yellowknife this week
Upper box is pretty self explanatory..lol...grapes and baby carrots..I need to get silicone divider cups but I just used what I had
Lower Level is sesame beef (3 oz) and almost a cup of sweet potato
When I bought this box on eBay it came with a matching little bag and a fork but ::face palm:: no elastic band to keep it in place and this box doesnt seal well so I had to improvise using something other than a rubber band (didnt have any)
It hold more than I though it would be since tomorrow is a 9hour shift I'm hoping it will be enough lunch for me. I plan to try and have a good large oatmeal breakfast and I'm brining a protein bar just in case....Fingers crossed:)
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