March 17th, 2009

Bento 8.

Lunch for tomorrow.

Top tier: Fun Size Twix; banana and strawberry skewers.

Bottom tier: Knorr RiceSides Chicken & Broccoli flavor rice; chicken breast fried in butter and spices tossed in a little lite ranch dressing; orange bell pepper pieces.

Evil Never Looked So Good

Not a traditional Irish lunch...

But it is a family recipe from way back and since my whole family is very Irish I decided it counts...

Pasta, homemade meatballs, mozzarella stringy cheese.
The sides are Blood Oranges (looove them) and celery and peanut butter.

I have to work two jobs today (16 straight hours of work yuck) so I figured I needed all the protein.

PS I love this lunch box, it was $10 at the grocery store - the Light and Fit brand stuff. Its awesome I highly recommend it! It has an ice pack to keep it all cold, a bottom compartment, and the two sides. Its the perfect size.

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Muhammed Ebi

Lunch Box 637: Say cheesecake!

Today I have some more Greek chicken, rice, and steamed broccoli. The last time I bought chicken I made a big batch of the Greek stuff. I also have some blood orange segments - Kroger has them again this week for 50 cents each, yay! - and a slice of low-calorie cheesecake. Now, that last item may not sound so good, I know. Low-calorie foods tend to be hit or miss. But I got this recipe from my sister, who is not a foodie but was taken by how easy and good-tasting it is. I tried it myself and deemed it worthy to pass on to those discerning souls who visit my website.

(Website post, with links to recipes.)

My First Bento!^^

This is my very first bento, I am so excited! I finally got my Hello Kitty Bento Box in the mail, so to celebrate I made lunch!:)

In the top compartment I have steamed asparagus, tamagoyaki (it doesn't look that great, but was still delicious!), and plain yoghurt with a bit of honey on it. In the bottom compartment plain rice (I attempted to cut out a flower shape- ha ha), and some dried fruit.
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3/16 Bentos #104 i

Yesterday's Bentos
Breakfast bento for Little One. He asked for huckleberry waffles (again). He also had strawberry yogurt, strawberries, and grapes. Little One is at the "Why " stage (he just turned 3). But he's not just "why mommy, why, why , why". I'm getting the craziest questions lately, what does blood do?, what does zero do?, what is a grave yard, where do dreams come from? Man, sometimes it's hard to explain some of these things so a 3 year old brain can understand, lol. When CDC was this age I remember him asking me where his dreams were when he was awake, "are they in the sky mommy?"

CDC's lunch - left over french dip sandwich from dinner, french fries, sauteed mushrooms and zucchini,
strawberry, grapes and strawberry lemon-aid jello





3/17 Bento #106 - St. Patty's Day Bento

Where is all the green? Well, I had this planned out better, but when I woke up this morning with a migraine I was very happy I did a bunch of prep last night. I just threw in the things I had done and all the finishing touches were left out. I made chicken pot pies with a 4 leaf clover, fried shamrock potatoes, rainbow fruit skewer, and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (lemon-aid jello). A mini chocolate cupcake with Irish cream frosting for desert. I used some really cool green & white flowering kale for filler. I had planned some steamed cabbage with shamrock decor and fresh parsley on the potatoes. And the pot of gold jello was actually supposed to be jello coins. And I forgot to use my shamrock pick for the fruit skewer :( But all in all I think it turned out pretty good considering how crappy I felt this morning. I do regret the lack of green though.

Happy St. Patrick's Day :D

I decided at the last minute to add a little touch of St Patrick's Day to Rob's bento - too bad I hadn't thought ahead to maybe think of something better - like coloring the mac salad green etc... :D


Top Tier: Mac Salad w/ Nori clovers and Giardinera (Italian pickled veggies)
Bottom Tier: Chef's Salad - Salad Greens, Ham, buffalo chicken and mozzarella pinwheels, pumpkin shaped boiled egg w/ Nori clovers and american cheese clovers
He also had light ranch on the side for his salad

Kat's Bento:


Top Tier: Roasted Red Potatoes, Boiled Egg - pumpkin shape, but she turned it upside down so it looks more like a 4-leaf clover - wish I'd thought of that for Rob's!, Broccoli, Mac salad w/ american cheese clover and nori clovers

Bottom Tier: Coconut Rice treat (from the Asian market), pizza goldfish crackers, broccoli again, apple gummy and mango


Frozen minced chicken saved the day

I found myself out of any form of meat and two bento to make for lunch the next day. Ugh. There was rice leftover from dinner, and extra vegetables, but I did not buy enough chicken to have dinner leftovers.

Thankfully, I remembered there was a little stash of minced chicken in the freezer (extra from a meal). I defrosted it overnight and made chicken cakes the next morning. They were pretty quick to make. Just add 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp sake, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp corn flour. Mix well with hands, shape into small patties and pan fry in a little bit of oil. (They are essentially like the nori wrapped chicken cakes I made some time ago, except I had no time to fuss with nori sheets.) It would have been bettter if I actually made them and then froze them. Still, they did not take too long, about 20 minutes, while I reheated the rice and boiled vegetables at the same time.

Chicken rice (rice cooked in chicken broth, with minced ginger, garlic and screwpine leaves), chicken cakes, kailan and bokchoy in oyster sauce, and little container of chopped spring onions, garlic and soy sauce dip.


Bento 9

Just using up whatever's around - need to go shopping soon. 

Top tier: two flour tortillas ripped into strips; Fun Size Twix.

Bottom tier: Salsa mixed with extra canned corn; strawberries with pick.

Boring bento.