Ramen on the run (Bento #191)

Sometimes you just have to grab some lunch and run. I had a little time this morning but not enough to really cook anything and I used up all of the sandwich fixings making Hubs’ bento last night. I figured I could fill my belly with a little instant ramen, veg, and fruit so that’s what I did.

The box contains: beef ramen with green onion, a slice of fish cake, zucchini slices, grapes, mango, a raspberry, and a little tomato.

I once tried making ramen and transporting it in thermal jar. Once lunchtime came around the noodles had gobbled up all the soup and I was left with a carb loaded mush. So, to take ramen with me I cook the noodles and pour out most of the cooking water, leaving just enough to dissolve the packet. After swishing the noodles around for a bit and picking them out they’ve picked up just enough flavor.

Even though it is instant ramen, and a lot of carbs, it’s still better (and cheaper) than most of the fast food joints on campus. :)

Happy Bento-ing!

Pastrami rolls (Bento #190)

I spent most of the day laying on the couch with a bit of a cold. Luckily, it’s already starting to get better. I didn’t have the energy to cook dinner so for Hubs’ bento I made some pastrami sammy roll-ups.

Along with the roll-ups I packed some salt and pepper cashews, carrots, raspberries, mango pieces, and grape tomatoes.

I’m going to run off to bed early. Have a great night!

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Island Quinoa Salad with Lime-Ginger Dressing

It’s Twitter Food Party time again! I haven’t been able to join for the past couple of months so I am very excited today. Come on over to Twitter and search for #twitterfoodparty and #twitterlemonparty and join us!

The theme this month was lemon, lime, and yuzu. I’ve been craving lime/cilantro dishes lately so guess what I used? Lol! I’m calling it my Island Quinoa Salad with Lime-ginger Dressing. I tossed cooked and cooled quinoa with chopped grape tomatoes, tomatillos, mango, and cilantro.

Then I drizzled and mixed in a homemade lime dressing which contained the juice of 2 limes, a tiny bit of water, honey, salt, and a little ginger juice. I didn’t want the ginger to be overpowering so I “juiced” it with my garlic press. Just enough to give it a slight peppery-ness.

The problem is that I can’t stop eating it! It’s nice and tart and fresh with little bits of sweet mango. So good! Hopefully I’ll have enough left over for tomorrow’s bento.

Fresh miso soup (Bento #189)

The air conditioner in our new physics building hasn’t quite worked right in our new lab. Apparently the A/C in our nice comfortable new lab wasn’t blowing any cold air so they came and fixed it. We now work in the arctic tundra because in fixing the air part of the A/C they broke the thermostat controls. Being a lifelong Floridian, room temperatures in the 60’s practically give me frost bite!

To combat the snowy tundra of the lab I packed some deconstructed miso soup: tofu, miso balls, green onion, and fish cake. All I have to do is put what I want in a bowl and add some boiling water. I packed enough for 2 maybe 3 bowls, just in case I can’t get enough.

Accompanying the miso soup is a box full of fruit, veg, and hummus... yum!

I hope you all have a nice warm day!

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Finger food Friday (Bento #188)

It’s the first Friday since school started so I wanted to make Hubs a really casual lunch. This one is packed full of finger foods for taking a quick bite, snacking, and leaving one hand free so that he can play some chess with the chess club.

I packed carrots, zucchini spears, and snow peas in the small Lunchbots Pico along with some spicy hummus for dipping. The other box has a fruit salad with pluot slices and honeydew next to 2 PB&J pocket sammies. I made the pocket sammies using the squisher tool here.

Wishing everyone in Hurricane Irene’s path a safe weekend!

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Husband and Wife bentos (Bento #187)

I got sick and tired of having bentos without much color and seeing all of Sheri’s gorgeous, bursting with color, bentos didn’t help. So here is my carnival of color! If I dare say so... I love these bentos! All of the bright rich color makes me smile. I think today is going to be a great day!

Hubs and I have matching bentos except that I added some pita chips to his. I’m sending some hummus on the side as well. Packed up all nice and tight are grilled pork chop slices, carrots, corn, pluot slices, sprouts, and a little salad. The salad has golden cherry tomatoes, regular red tomato, and snow pea slices tossed with a little lime vinaigrette dressing.

Happy bento-ing!

My first Lock&Lock (Bento #186)

Yup, that’s right, this is my very first Lock&Lock bento set! Before I tell you all about it I have to give a huge thank you to Jenn from Not Exactly Bento for giving away this awesome set! Thank you so much Jenn, you rock! ^_^ The set I won contained 3 glass containers with locking lids and a fork and spoon that fit perfectly into the green bag pictured in the back. The bag is insulated, zips up tight, and has handles to make it easy to take with you.

The bento kit also came with two insulated travel tea infusing mugs. OK, these things are cool! You can just put your tea right in the cup and there is a mesh strainer that fits in the top to filter the leaves out while you drink. The bottom part even screws off so you can store more tea for later.

I have to apologize for the photo. I was so excited to use the Lock&Lock set but it was storming outside so I didn’t have any natural lighting. Trust me, this photo does not do it justice.

I packed Hubs’ lunch in the new Lock&Lock set because he specifically requested it! I think he’s as excited as I am, lol! It’s pretty much just leftovers: roasted chicken and carrots, quinoa with caramelized onions and zucchini, and honeydew. I also sent him with a little container of plum sauce for the chicken.

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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The cravings bento (Bento #185)

I actually stopped at the store on the way home from work yesterday because I was seriously craving some teriyaki-esque chicken and fruit. Mission accomplished! I made Hubs and I some teriyaki-esque chicken and broccoli over pasta for dinner. I’m calling it teriyaki-esque because my sauce didn’t quite turn out right, it tasted great though.

For lunch I packed the leftovers with slices of an amazing and crispy white flesh peach, golden cherry tomatoes, and sprouts.

Stinker the cat always comes out on the back porch with me while I take my bento photos. Usually she doesn’t leave the porch but all of a sudden she bolted off the porch and went chasing a lizard. She’s never actually caught a lizard before, so imagine my surprise when I look up to see her walking toward me with a giant lizard hanging out of her mouth! She had such a proud look on her face and I think she wanted to give it to me but I turned tail, ran in the house, and made Hubs take care of it.

Hubs made her let it go and surprisingly it ran away! I guess she just didn’t know what to do with him once she got him. My sweet little innocent baby girl has grown into a full-blown warrior hunter cat. Oh how time flies. ^_^

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Almost didn't make it (Bento #184)

I almost didn’t finish this bento before the sun went down. The photo is a bit dark but all of my inside lighting has an ugly yellow tint to it. Yesterday was one of those days where I had to scrounge through the freezer for easy pre-cooked food. Between writing, or at least attempting to write, my dissertation proposal and moving the lab to the new building I was exhausted.

Luckily I found some cooked ham and a bag of corn in the freezer. Add a little rice and voila! Dinner! For lunch I tried to punch it up by adding a secret layer of heaven (miso paste) in the rice, pickled plum, some enoki mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and some super ripe cherries.

Time to get back to work...

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Welcome home bento (Bento #183)

I cannot believe the summer is almost over. I didn’t finish half of what I wanted, but I had a great time. Hubs and I just got back from a diving trip in the FL Keys. We went on 8 dives! It was truly an adventure and I wish I could do it again. We saw hundreds of fish, numerous coral reefs, tons of jellyfish, and even some remains of wrecked ships. Hubs even got to see a few sharks but I missed them. My favorite part was slowly gliding into a huge school of little fish. If you go slow enough, they actually don’t mind you being there and they swim all around you in a giant group. It’s such a surreal experience, it’s like visiting another planet.

For our last night in th
e Keys we decided to go see an old friend... Kitty! Kitty lives at a great B&B in Key West called the Casablanca. It’s actually on the same block as Hemingway’s house. We knew that Kitty, and her millions of extra toes, would be upset if we stayed anywhere else so we booked a room, picked up some salmon flavored treats, and headed South. After 4 days of diving, it was nice to have a relaxing final night.

I came home a little battered and bruised (thanks to a bunch of jellyfish stings and my fins tearing up my feet) so it’s taking me a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things. We took quite a few underwater pictures but I haven’t had the latest ones developed yet. I hope they turn out!

I couldn’t wait to make a bento so I threw this one together at the last bit of sunlight. I tossed some frozen vegees in the rice as it cooked and packed it with some purple cabbage slaw, soy beans, and cherries.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer! I can’t wait to catch up on everyones bentos!

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Busy busy bee

Still no new bentos :( Hubs and I are leaving tomorrow to go diving in the Florida Keys! Once we get back things should start getting back to normal which means more bentos! Yay!

So, since Hubs and I are going to be having such an awesome time diving (as long as the tropical storm doesn’t come our way) I’m in such a good mood that I decided to extend the Back to School bento sale!

The sale prices and free gift with every purchase will be valid through August 9th! But, since we will be out of town, all orders will ship on August 10th. See you all when we get back!

Happy Bento-ing!