Friday, April 29, 2011

bento #78

Another snack bento... maybe I should start a "snack bento Friday" or something.  Speaking of snacks, there's a bento group on Flickr for that (of course)!

- a few veggie dumplings
- meatballs with tonkatsu sauce
- broccoli and green pepper
- apple slice

Thursday, April 28, 2011

bento #77

Taco rice bento!  I think there's a similar idea in Just Bento... but I don't remember for sure where I saw this.

From left to right:
- corn chips
- lettuce
-taco meat
- rice
- a few cherry tomatoes and an apple

I wasn't sure how this would taste, but I liked it!  I'm not always sure about rice with various foods as I barely like rice, but everything tasted great.  I'm sure the corn chips helped.  ;)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

bento #76

More leftover Chinese... I have a weakness for it... it's the cheapest takeaway and gives me several meals.  It's almost as cheap as going to the grocery store.

- pork stir fry... I know it looks disgusting and brown.  It is... brown, but not disgusting!
- with some rice on the side
- blackberries, cherry tomato
- red cabbage slaw
- a few orange slices

Whoops... where's the green?  You'd think that would be easy enough to incorporate!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

bento #75

How I love this heart-shaped bento box.  <3  However, the highlight of this post is the chopstick rest.  It's Jiji, the precocious cat from Kiki's Delivery Service!  I got it in a One Tiny Thing Miyazaki swap on Craftster... and actually, they're a set of four.

- leftover lo chicken mein
- red cabbage salad
- carrot sticks and a cherry tomato

Rather boring looking overall, but at least I got in a few colors.  And a cute chopstick rest.  ;)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter bento

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!    Kristus z mŕtvych vstal! Skutočne z mŕtvych vstal!

Since I knew I'd be out to church on Easter, I packed a picnic bento to eat afterward.  It was supposed to rain... but didn't... and the weather was mild.

Not at all my typical food!
- fried chicken... frozen, from a box.  :)  Much better than anything I could make myself.
- deviled egg and asparagus spears
- ambrosia/5 cup salad (pineapple, mandarin orange, mini marshmallows, coconut, and I used yogurt instead of sour cream for the base.
- coleslaw with a cherry tomato and sugar peas
- dessert tray: strawberry cake, blackberries, and sixlets.

I also had a thermos of sweet tea... this bento has MUCH more sugar than I normally eat.  In a day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

bento #73

Wanted to try out another layout from Yum-Yum Bento.  I thought I'd like Just Bento better, but YYB is more visually appealing-- and more fun to look at!

- macaroni and cheese with peas... mouse face made from turkey lunch meat.  When I was putting it together, I thought "it looks like a bear.  no, a cat.  I guess it could be a mouse."  :P
- with a cherry tomato flower garnish
- red cabbage slaw
- carrot "flowers"... these didn't work so well
- hot dog flowers. 

Must have hot dogs with macaroni and cheese!  Can't get much healthier!  ;)  Some of them did get a bit too browned, but I tried to cut the ends into fun flower shapes... you just can't see it very well.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

bento #72

I have a few bentos that I made a while back and never posted... now, looking back through them, I'm thinking "I hope I remember what I put in them!"

- tuna patties
- red onion and parsley salad... it was just okay, but added nice color!
- some leftover asparagus
- cherry tomatoes
- cucumber slices
- orange slices

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

bento #71

Getting closer to 100!  Will be there soon... probably about a month!  Yay!

I still have a few snack bentos to post... Occasionally when I was working my evening job, I'd pack a snack bento and a normal one for lunch.  Actually, the snacks were more like my dinner.

- dumplings, with soy sauce in the fish
- a few meatballs
- green pepper, broccoli, and an apple slice

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

bento #70

I don't know about you, but the part of bento blogs I like best is the pictures, not the text.  Okay, I do skim the text, but there are only a few I read thoroughly.  I want the creativity the picture offers... and speaking of pictures...

- yes, more fish.  And tartar sauce
- asparagus spears
- half an orange.  Almost done with the big bag of oranges I bought... um... a long time ago!

Monday, April 18, 2011

bento #69

A picnic bento!  Okay, it doesn't look any different from my other bentos... but I did eat it outside.  We had a few nice, very warm days last week, and I thought some sunshine would be good for me.  I had originally planned to grade journals, but once I finished eating, I had to hike... I was at the park, after all!  Did a little over three miles.

- breaded fish with tartar sauce (in the green bird)
- also, a few apple slices
- rice ball.  I like cold onigiri... if it's white rice!  (I used a wrap that one of my swap partners sent me).
- red cabbage slaw.  Takes a long time to work through a whole head of cabbage, but I'm not tired of the slaw yet, so I keep making more.

Friday, April 15, 2011

bento #68

Snack bento!  Still working in the evenings.

- dumplings with a few meatballs, and soy sauce to sprinkle on top
- green pepper
- mango... it was a different type of mango, and I didn't like it very much.  Too sour.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

bento #67

I probably shouldn't be writing these posts at midnight because then all I can think to say is "look!  bento!  Aren't you proud of me?"  :D

- roast pork slices in the back
- rice... with kamaboko and hot dog mushrooms.  Turns out I don't like kamaboko... the taste is fine, but the texture is WEIRD!
- red cabbage slaw
- half an orange
- asparagus and cherry tomatoes

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

bento #66... more breakfast

Wanted to try a breakfast omelette... from Yum Yum Bento.

- cheese omelette.  The little cheese egg half on top got a bit melty.  ;)  But he's still cute.
- a few sausage links
- orange half
- tomato and cucumber salad.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

bento #65

Another snack bento for work.

- corned beef sandwiches on wheat bread
- snow peas, carrot sticks, cucumber, and a grape skewer

I actually had time to eat most of this on break... except some of the veg, which I ate on my drive home.

Monday, April 11, 2011

bento #64... breakfast

I have a few breakfast bentos to post... and, a breakfast bento group on flickr.  A few other people have posted pictures on it, so feel free to join us!

- sausage musubi.  I was going to make some musubi but decided to use leftover sausage instead of spam or hot dogs.  Not sure I can handle nori for breakfast, though!
- half a deviled egg
- orange half
- ketchup for the musubi... turns out I didn't need it as there was enough flavor with the sausage and nori!
- mango, yum!

Friday, April 8, 2011

bento #63

More snacks!  Yes, I eat frequently... but this snack is really like my dinner since it's my third meal of the day.

- leftover chicken and noodle soup
- wheat crackers
- cherry tomatoes and grapes

Thursday, April 7, 2011

bento #62

I've been brief lately-- working a lot.  My job in Indy takes about 35 hrs of my week-- and then there's the three classes I'm teaching.  The good thing is that I still have time to make bento-- because I have to eat!

- sausage balls, broccoli, and a few grapes
- a corned beef sandwich and a few grapes.

I ate the first tier as a snack at work and the second on my way home.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

bento #61

 Still working crazy hours... but that job will be over in less than two weeks.  Another snack.

- a few leftover meatballs in teriyaki sauce
- chicken and veg dumplings
- snow peas and a grape skewer that's hiding

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

bento #60

I had a chance to try out a few recipes from Yum Yum Bento!

- chicken rice ball.  I planned to make some baby chick tamagoyaki to go with them, but that didn't happen
- garlic asparagus
- pork and mushrooms... with ketchup and soy sauce for a sauce.
- bananas, cherry tomatoes, and grapes

The chicken and pork recipes are from p. 21 in Yum Yum Bento... except I they used shrimp instead, and I added the soy sauce.  Hey, I'm not good at following recipes!

Monday, April 4, 2011

bento #59

What?  mushroom risotto again?  Well, it's cheap, easy to fix... so, yes.

- mushroom risotto with button mushrooms and dried shiitake mushrooms
- mango and grapes
- leftover roasted vegetables
- grape tomatoes and snow peas
- orange.  wow, that's three kinds of fruit!

Friday, April 1, 2011

bento #58

Yay, snack bento!  I know these look like full meals to some people, and they pretty much are for me.  I'm limited to what I can eat in ten minutes, and that never fills me up, but I do my best.

- cream cheese, feta, and olives spread on turkey lunchmeat and rolled
- grape skewers
- half an apple
- cucumber slices

My workmates have been commenting on how healthy my snacks are.  :)