A whole lotta frittata (Bento #147)

I had to help Hubs give an exam last night so I threw this frittata and bento together before we left. I have to say, it turned out pretty good. I used leeks, sweet potato, and a little cheddar cheese. Yum, yum, yum!

In the bento there are 2 stacked slices of frittata, a pickle spear wrapped with ham, seaweed salad, a tomato, and fruit all packed in the Lunchbots Uno. I’m jealous of this bento, lol! I want one too!

Have a great weekend!

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Simply Lunch (Bento #146)

I thought of a name for this bento, yay! Probably has something to do with not feeling so sick. :)

Today’s bento for Hubs is just a simple ham sandwich and a salad. Nothing fancy, but sometimes, a plain old sandwich is just the right thing.

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The "I can't think of a name for this bento" bento (Bento #145)

Ugh. I’m sick. I hate being sick. I hope this one goes away fast. I still managed to make Hubs a nice bento though. It looked prettier in real life (darn you artificial lighting!).

There’s a big fruit salad with a campari tomato, seaweed salad, fried rice, and slices of a pork roast.

I had a pretty good laugh putting this bento together. I was disappointed that I didn’t have more room for the fruit salad and the tomato was just a little too tall for the top tier. After about 5 minutes of messing with it I realized that I could use the larger bottom tier... *gasp* You mean... use the large meat and rice tier for something other than meat and rice!?!?!?! Seriously, I have gotten so stuck in my ways that it didn’t occur to me to use the other tier. I don’t even know how I had originally decided that the bigger tier was only for meat and rice. So, here’s to throwing the “rules” out the window!

I posted some new bundles last week so I’m starting to put them on sale. This week it’s 10% off the round silicon cup bundle. I like this bundle because it gives a nice variety of size, color, and height. The bundle usually goes for $7.75 but it’s 10% off for a total of $6.98.

The bundles have been really popular so I’m going to try to put together a few more. If you have any bundle ideas let me know and I would be glad to make them!!

Until next time...

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Go Bolts!! (Bento #144)

I wanted yakisoba so bad today and all I had was somen, but I made it anyway. ^_^ Along with the noodles I packed an egg, seaweed salad, pickled plum, tomatoes, melon, and some frog eye salad.

Frog eye salad isn’t made from frog eyes, awww shucks, but from little teeny tiny pastas called acini di pepe. My mom made it so I’m not totally sure what all goes in it but it’s sweet and I know it has mandarin orange slices, coconut, and pineapple. Yum!

Last night Hubs, myself, and a friend went to see the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs! I really don’t know a lot about hockey, I’m much better at football, but it was still a lot of fun. The stadium was packed and I spent the whole night making tons of noise with my thunder clapper. Those things are louder than you’d think! We won 4-2 and I say it was all because of my extra noise, lol. We have to win the next game in Pittsburgh to go the next round of finals. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

It’s been hard getting motivated to be back to work today after the 3-day weekend. I just want to play! Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Added to What’s For Lunch Wednesday!

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Gyoza salad bento (Bento #143)

We still had some leftover gyoza so I added them to a salad for today’s bento. The salad has a mix of butter greens, romaine, olives, purple cabbage, jicama, tomatoes, radishes, and mango. I added a pickled plum on there too ^_^

Still no Easter themed bentos for me and I fear I have run out of time. I have a ton of work to do tonight and may not even have time to cook. *sigh* Guess I will have to wait until next year.

Speaking of all of that work.... gotta run!

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Potsticker madness (Bento #142)

Can you tell? I missed my little window of sunlight :( It is definitely time to look at some lighting options.

I love potstickers (gyoza)! It’s been a while since we had them so I thought it was about time.

I made the filling a little different. I had the usual: ground beef, ginger, garlic, chopped green onion, soy sauce, and little mirin. But I also added some of those really fine clear noodles (the package doesn’t have any English and I can’t remember what they’re called, hahaha!). I really like the addition of the noodles, it broke up the meat chunks and added a good texture.

To go along with it I made some fried rice and attempted to make green beans. I had these gorgeous fresh green beans and decided to just heat them up in the oven with a little butter and salt (I like them super crunchy, not cooked, just a little warm). I checked on them when they were almost done, turned the oven off and made a mental note to take them out in about a minute or two. Half an hour later I opened the oven... Lets just say that they looked like they had aged 100 years, lol! All the water had been cooked out of them and they were dull green wrinkly sticks of bleh. That’s what I get for not just steaming them on the stove.

So, there isn’t any green in today’s bentos, *sigh*, but they are still really tasty. Hubs’ bento is the one in the Lunchbots Uno and mine is packed in the 3-tier sakura bento. They both contain potstickers, fried rice, orange slices, mango, and grape tomatoes.

There are only 2 more lunch days this week and I still haven’t made an Easter themed bento! I don’t even have any ideas... yet. I’m still waiting for the spark of inspiration. If you have an Easter themed bento and want to link to it in the comments I would LOVE to see it!!!

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Ginger lime chicken (Bento #141)

I decided I wanted to make some ginger lime chicken and of course I had to make it from scratch. Well... most things I attempt turn out pretty good so I was due for a dud. I don’t know if I put too much ginger, or should have added something else, but it was just “meh”. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t un-edible either.

I served it on a bed of shredded cabbage, to keep the carbs down, and topped it with chopped tomatillos and mango. The topping was really good!

For lunch I packed hubs the chicken, orange slices, and vegees (green beans, radish, jicama, and tomatoes).

After last night’s dud I’m hoping that the gyozas I’m planning on making tonight turn out good. *crossing fingers*

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Grilled pork and salad (Bento #140)

My mom and I had a wonderful time visiting with family this weekend. Now it’s time to catch up with all of the house work that didn’t get done!

We had a quick and simple dinner of grilled pork chops, rice, corn on the cob, and a salad.

For tomorrow’s bento I added seaweed salad, tamagoyaki, oranges, and green beans to the leftovers. Once again I was able to take my photo before the sun went down. Yay! I love sunlight!

Time to go unpack! I hope you have a great week!

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Sammy, salad, and stuffed peppers (Bento #139)

After hubs took this bento to work I uploaded the photo to my computer and noticed the wonderful lighting job on the salad. Lol! It’s so dark! I promise it doesn’t look that way in real life ^_^

Today’s bento was really simple. Just a roast beef sandwich, cabbage salad with mango, olives, and tomato, and some tuna salad stuffed peppers.

The tuna salad isn’t just any old tuna salad. Instead of using mayonnaise I used the last of the ricotta that I had in the fridge. It’s nice and thick and creamy. Yum!

After our lab group meeting this morning I’m off for my weekend getaway. Have a great weekend!! See you Monday!

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Mochiko mahi-mahi (Bento #138)

Do you see it? Do you see it? I finally have pickled plums again! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Notice something else? I actually managed to make a bento before the sun went down. Ahhh the beauty of natural light filtered through the trees makes me wish every bento was made during the day.

So what’s in it? Rice with a pickled plum and plum flavored sesame seeds, mochiko mahi-mahi on a bed of shredded cabbage, sauteed summer squash, seaweed salad, and fruit.

The mahi-mahi was wonderful. I mixed a ton of nanami togarashi (Japanese 7 flavor chili pepper) in the mochiko (glutinous rice flour) with a little bit of salt and garlic powder. All I did was sprinkle some salt on the fish pieces, dredge them in the flour mixture and pan fry them. The mochiko gave them a really light crispy but chewy texture with a little bit of heat at the end. Delish!

I can’t wait for the weekend to get here! My mom and I are going up to North Florida to visit family. What this means is that my weekend will be filled with Pollyanna, rummy, awesome food, and maybe, just maybe if I’m really lucky, some of my Aunt Bonnie’s famous Bear Cake! Mmmmmm!

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Chicken or the egg? (Bento #137)

Which comes first? The chicken or the egg? Seeing that this is hubs’ bento I’m guessing the egg, he loves hard boiled eggs. The cauliflower has that yellowy color because I cooked it with some Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base. That stuff is so good I could eat it on toast! Lol!

I didn’t take a photo of my bento because I got so frustrated with my little “photo shoot” that I figured it would be better to give up than to throw the camera out the window. I really need to try to make my bentos during the day, I’m in desperate need of natural light.

My bento was mostly fruit with an egg and a miso stuffed onigiri.

Speaking of miso... hubs is pretty good at trying new things but miso is one of those ingredients that he’ll only eat if he doesn’t know it’s there. Last night I asked him what he wanted on his rice and he said ‘whatever you’re having, I don’t care’!!! Tee hee hee! So I put a generous portion of rice mixed with miso butter on his plate and he, not only ate the whole thing, but he asked for more! Looks like we have a new miso convert. :)

Today is going to be a crazy day. My schedule has been all wonky for the last week so today is the first time where I get to play catch-up at work. Then maybe tomorrow I can attempt to play catch-up at home. Most importantly though, I really need to do laundry! No joke, my laundry pile is taller than I am! I am almost completely out of clean clothes. I keep promising myself that one of these days I will become one of those eternally organized, calm, and happy people.... one day.

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Soup and sides (Bento #136)

The other day I enjoyed my miso soup lunch so much, that this morning miso soup was all that I wanted. I loved it so much, that this time, I made enough for two bowls.

The miso soup has the basics: tofu, miso, and green onion. But it also has some shredded cabbage and snow peas to shake things up a little. On the side I have an orange, mango, tomatoes, and snow peas.

Have a great weekend!

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Meatballs and gravy (Bento #135)

Aahhhh meatballs and gravy over pasta. A classic! I used panko instead of regular breadcrumbs in the meatballs and added finely chopped broccoli. They were delicious! The texture, which I’m attributing to the panko, was so smooth and tender. Yum!

The rest of the bento has the basics: snow peas, tomatoes, mango, cucumber, and little bok choy. It’s all packed up in the Lunchbots Duo.

There’s a new sale going on in the store. The tamagoyaki pans are 10% off!

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Miso Soup (Bento #134)

Mils over at Not a Brown Bag made a miso soup bento the other day. What made it awesome was that she put all of the miso soup ingredients in a bento then added hot water when it was lunch time. I immediately fell in love with idea.

Hubs has a leftover baked savory apple from last night with all of the fixings so it wasn’t too interesting to look at. I wasn’t going to make myself a bento, but I started thinking about Mils’ miso soup and I couldn’t help myself! ^_^

I packed it in the 3-tier Sakura bento because I thought it was the perfect size to hold the miso soup ingredients. For the soup I have miso balls, tofu, and green onion. The vegee tier is pretty self-explanatory. The dessert tier is special though. It has mango (so excited about not having mango allergies!!!), grapes, and a little sweet treat I found at the market this weekend.

The treat is an ooey gooey chewy sweet rice cake with mung bean filling. YUM! The only problem is that it makes me want to make more almond butter mochi.

I have to ask for some advice. What do you think of the styling in the photo??? I’m trying to venture away from my white background comfort zone. I’d like to find a better light source too if you have any suggestions. I wish I could use the gorgeous Florida sun but I always make my bentos at night or early in the morning before the sun comes up :(

There are still new items being auctioned off for Bento4Japan!! Including some amazing wooden bentos! Go check them out!

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Twitter apple party

I love Twitter Food Parties! This month’s theme is apples and I had so much fun with this one. I wanted to do something hearty so I made savory stuffed apples.

The apples are stuffed with tons of grilled bacon and onions, almonds, broccoli, and ricotta cheese. I cooked the bacon and onions before mixing everything together to make sure they got fully cooked. When the mixture baked in the apples the apple juice seeped in and really brightened the flavor.

I really love the texture combination here too with the almonds... heaven! The best bites have a big apple chunk with a scoop of filling so that you taste everything together.

I obviously had to hollow out the apples so I used all of the bits and made an apple coleslaw. That way we got to have cold crisp and bright apple slaw and the savory baked apple.

All of this apple fantastic-ness was paired with some mushroom herb couscous.

If you haven’t joined up for a Twitter Food Party, you should! Just tweet your photos or link with #twitterfoodparty and this month with #twitterappleparty.

I hope there’s enough leftover for lunch tomorrow!

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Spring bento and a spring boat trip (Bento #133)

Now that spring has arrived I’m trying to add a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet. This bento has orange, grapes, tomatoes, olives, and tuna salad in a cucumber cup all packed in a Lunchbot. I couldn’t help myself though and I also made a miso stuffed onigiri to bring along. ^_^

There were giant cucumbers at the store today so I cut them into logs, hollowed them out, and filled them with tuna salad. Makes for a healthier alternative to bread.

The cup above is from Hub’s bento. I put it on my pink Himalayan salt block, which I keep forgetting I have, lol! I need to use it more often.

Last Friday we took the day off and went to my parent’s house to spend the day out on the water. It was a gorgeous afternoon! Hubs and I really enjoyed seeing all of the family. It was us, my parents, both of my sisters, and my nieces and nephew. We boated all around, had a picnic, and walked along the beach on a little island.

It had been so long since we enjoyed the Florida weather and scenery. I can’t wait to go back out! Here’s a little peek into our day, hope it brings you a little of the serenity it brought us.

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