Last bento of 2010 (Bento #98)

Well, I didn’t make it to 100 bentos before the end of the year, that’s OK though, I’ll be there soon!

This bento is pretty simple, just stir-fry with beef, broccoli, and white crab mushrooms next to pear slices, rice, and ume, and some enoki mushrooms. The rice is separated with a slice of purple cabbage. I love purple cabbage!

Here’s to a wonderful New Years!

Happy Bento-ing!

New stuff update

OK I updated the store with all of the new bento goodies!!!

Click here to see the nori punches and new fun shaped sauce containers.

Click here to see the new forest friends bento boxes. They come in both blue and pink and contain an elastic strap and chopsticks.

Hope you enjoy!

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Green with envy (Bento #97)

Wow! It has been 2 weeks since I’ve made a bento! Time flies when your having fun! I’ve been seeing all of the gorgeous and tasty bentos online and was completely green with envy, so here is my green with envy bento.

The green: spinach, kiwi, and spinach noodles.

The non-green: gyoza!!

This is my first time making gyoza and I think they turned out pretty tasty. The bottoms are all brown and crispy/chewy and the filling is wonderful. I filled them with ground turkey, grated ginger, chopped garlic, pepper, chopped cabbage, and chopped green onion.

The darker ones on the left were steamed with beef broth which gave a lot of extra flavor. The lighter ones were steamed with a miso broth (miso paste and hot water). This is my first time buying and using miso, to be honest I was a little scared, but the miso gyoza were my favorites! The miso gave them a delicate salty flavor that I really just can’t describe as being anything but a miso flavor. Before cooking it, the miso smells like beer to me, but it didn’t taste like beer.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the miso! I bought the smallest package they had but a little goes a long way. Any ideas?

I hope you all had wonderful holidays! We had a fantastic time hanging out with family. I’m dreading going back to work today, I’m liking my Christmas break a little too much! At least I have a bento to take with me though!

On a side note..... We got some new goodies for the store! They aren’t up yet, but I’ll give you a sneak peek!

Yup!!! We finally have nori face punches!!!!! Yay!!!! Sorry, I’m a little excited about them ^_^ I’ll let you know when they’re up in the store!

Almost forgot.... its Wednesday!!

Happy Bento-ing!

New sale ^_^

This week, the space, flower, and driving themed cutter bundle is on sale for $6.75! Bought separately these would cost $9.00.

Click here to go to the sale and check out the other new bundled items we have.

Bento Bundles!

Yay! I put up some bundled bento items in the store for a discount!

If you have ideas or requests for bundles let me know and I’ll do my best to get it posted!

Here are a couple of bundle examples....


Red bunny bento on sale!

This adorable red synthetic lacquerware bunny bento box is on sale 10% off until Sunday December 26th at 5:00PM Eastern.

This is one of the nicer boxes we have, it is not the typical plastic, it is actually synthetic lacquerware. This gives the box a much different feel than the normal plastic ones, it is also a good bit heavier. The box is microwave and dishwasher safe with the lids removed. The outer lid has a beautiful metallic design with rabbits and flowers.

The two tiers hold 230mL and 330mL of food. Fully assembled the box measures approximately 5.25" long X 4" wide X 3" tall.

Happy Bento-ing!

Rabbit food (Bento #96)

Mmmmmmm I love rabbit food! Lol! Today’s bento is just a salad, but not just any salad, a super colorful yummy salad. It contains.... romain lettuce, yellow summer squash, green olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and purple cabbage. Sometimes it even comes with a little white and pink kitty cat!

I packed it in the Lunchbots Uno (these are totally our new favorite bento boxes) which is on sale this week. Also, every single order at the store gets a free bento gift! Woot!

Speaking of kitty cats, my little Stinker is growing up so fast! I got all sad about it this morning because for the first time, to my knowledge anyway, she jumped straight up onto the kitchen counter from the floor! There is no way she should be big enough to do that, I’m not ready for her to be grown up yet ;)

Are you all ready for the holidays? I’m not. I still haven’t even started! No joke! Not a single decoration, not a single gift, not a single cookie, not a single thing baked, not a single Christmas song, nothing, absolutely nothing except 3 walls of a gingerbread house. To be honest, I think we might actually skip having a tree this year, there is just too much going on and we work too much to have the time for it. Not to mention Christmas is only a week away now! Makes me sad, this is going to be the most un-Christmasy Christmas we’ve ever had. *sigh*

I’m not sure how many bentos I’ll get to make between now and the new year but it should at least be a few.

I hope all you have wonderful holidays! Don’t be stressed, just enjoy yourself and the company of your friends and family!

It’s Wednesday!!

Happy Bento-ing!

Holiday bento shopping

To celebrate the holidays, we are giving away bento presents :) From now until December 24th receive a free gift with every purchase from the Ohayo Bento Store!!! No minimum order required!

The bento doppelganger (Bento #95)

This is the doppelganger bento! It looks a lot like yesterday’s bento, but it will taste totally different. I still have cucumbers, apples, and blueberries but the bulk of the bento is drastically different.

We had taco soup for dinner last night so I mixed it with rice for the bento. Taco soup is awesome! My mom gave me the recipe but every time I or she makes it it’s always different. I love it because it is so flavorful and healthy and unbelievably easy!

To make taco soup.....
1) Make taco meat, just like you would for tacos but add some onions (it’s great with beef, turkey, or a vegetarian version of ground meat).
2) add a can of tomatoes
3) add a bag of frozen soup vegetables
4) then add anything else you want (can of beans, salsa, extra corn, green beans, sausage crumbles, really add anything)
5) fill it up with water to cover and let it simmer

For yesterday’s dinner I added some medium salsa and a can of red beans. Usually I like to add garbanzo beans but I was in the mood for red beans. I usually also modify the spices by adding garlic, hot sauce, and maybe a little bit of cumin.

Today’s snack is white rice (I know it’s not on the Operation Booty Shrink diet, but I’m out of brown rice) with an ume and plum flavored sesame seeds, apples, and blueberries.

I actually started on my gingerbread house yesterday!!! Yay!! Now I just hope I can finish it before I start eating it! Lol! This diet is going to be hard!

It’s Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!


Never enough time (Bento #94)

I never seem to have enough time to do any fun bentos anymore, life has just been too crazy. I still haven’t managed to make a Christmas one either! Lol! So once again I just have to throw lunch together, and this is what we get.

Sorry about the funky colors in the picture, my camera was going all crazy on me.

The grains are a store bought blend including brown rice, black rice, millet, oatmeal, and tons of other grains and a few lentil looking bits, I topped it with some chopped pickled ginger.

I made baran out of summer squash and cucumber to separate the grains from the apple slices, meatballs with tonkatsu, sharp white cheddar cheese, and blueberries.

My snack bento today is just a simplified version of hubby’s bento above but I added some chopped pickled plum. I can’t seem to eat enough of those! :)

I totally ran out of time this weekend and still haven’t started on my gingerbread house! Lol! That’s my life :) I’m determined to take some time this week and play with it, I need some good crafty time. The bad side is that I’ll have a giant candy billboard beckoning me to eat it!

I’m taking Stinker kitty to the vet for the first time to get her shots and the basic healthy tests done. Wish us luck!

Happy Bento-ing!

Sammy and a salad (Bento #93)

No need for a snack bento today because we are having the Physics Department Christmas Party. They usually have a pretty good spread with tons of fruit and veg, so I’ll just snack there.

Lunch today is a cracked pepper turkey sandwich with baby spinach, purple cabbage, and cheddar cheese. On the side we have a baby spinach salad with some tomatoes, green olives, and sharp white cheddar. I threw a chopped up ume in mine :)

I bought some candy and pre-made gingerbread so, hopefully, this weekend I’ll actually be able to build a gingerbread house! What holiday crafts are you doing?

Take care and stay warm!

Happy Bento-ing!

First snack (Bento #92.5)

Operation Booty Shrink is in effect! The mission has 1 goal and 3 ways to achieve it:
1) Making simple substitutions in my food (ie. exchanging white rice for brown, using avocado in place of mayo, ...).
2) Bringing an afternoon snack so that I don’t starve then gorge.
3) This is the most important...... GET MOVING!

This is my snack bento for today. I didn’t have enough vegees in the fridge to fill the whole thing, so I made brown rice. It also contains an ume, green olives, cherry tomatoes, and cherries.

I’m using the smallest of the LunchBots, the nano, to be my snack bento, it’s so cute!

Today, I will not starve then snack myself to death! I also did a little bit of exercising this morning by playing on the Wii Fit. I can’t bear to bring myself to a gym at 6AM so the Wii Fit will have to do for now. I actually built up a sweat though, so it had to do some good.

Happy Bento-ing!

Missing blue and violet (Bento #92)

I almost have every color of the rainbow, just missing blue and violet (if you count the pasta as yellow, lol). This is hubby’s bento for tomorrow, I have the same thing but a smaller version. This is the second time that I packed his lunch in the LunchBots Eco bento (which is on sale right now 10% off!!) and he has almost forbidden me from packing it in anything else! (I think he’s trying to get rid of Hello Kitty bentos!)

Lunch contains some pasta with a cherry tomato, broccoli, carrots, a hard boiled egg, and lemon pepper chicken strips.

I went to the doctor this morning and the most dreaded thing happened ... they weighed me! OK, it’s not that much of a surprise being that they weigh me every time I walk in the door but today, ... today was bad. I have gained another 8 pounds. :( I’ve gone from being about 10 pounds heavier than I’d like, to being almost 20.

So, why am I telling you all of this? I figure that if I don’t get serious about losing the weight and committing to a healthier lifestyle, that includes exercise, then it is only going to get worse. This means my bentos are going to change a little. D and I do eat pretty healthy, I make almost all of our food from scratch and we eat a ton of fruit and veg, but apparently it’s not enough.

I am going to make a conscious effort to make my bentos healthier and with less carbs. I’m going to try to use mostly whole grains and minimal bad fats. To be honest, I don’t think the bentos will actually change that much, but hopefully a few substitutions will make a difference. Any time I do replace something with a healthier option, I’ll definitely make a note of it.

As far as my eating habits go, I’ve noticed that I’m satisfied with a small bento at lunchtime, but then I’m chomping at the bit for food at 3PM and I tend to go for sweets then start snacking as soon as I get home. To attempt to fix this cycle of doom I’m going to try to start packing myself a small lunch bento and a small snack bento full of fruit, veg, and protein.

Phew! Wish me luck, I’m going to need it! Obviously today’s bento doesn’t really count toward the diet, that pasta is evil!

Exciting news!!! I was randomly selected as this month’s B.O.M.B. winner!!!! Yay! If you haven’t entered a B.O.M.B. yet, you definitely should!

Aso, I added a Contact form on the website. Through it you can easily message me or sign up for the Ohayo Bento Store Newsletter! Yay! I’m trying to streamline the site and make everything a little more user friendly and fun, so if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!

Happy Bento-ing!

Mixed noodle bento (Bento #91)

Today is my first LunchBots bento! I bought the Uno for me and the Eco for hubby. New bento supplies are always so exciting!

Lunch is a mixture of somen and noodles made from black rice. The black rice noodles color the cooking water so I cooked each batch separately then mixed them together. They each have a different flavor and texture so it should be an interesting combination, plus it looks cool ;)

The rest of the bento is pretty standard fare: cherries, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, an ume, and leftover chicken from Chinese takeout. I also threw in a soy sauce fish this morning but it didn’t make it into the photo.

Added to What’s For Lunch Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!

Introducing LunchBots!

Yay! We finally have LunchBots in the Ohayo Bento Store!! So, to celebrate, this week the LunchBots Eco is on sale for 10% OFF!

Check it out!

LunchBots are 100% Stainless steel lunch boxes. The lids are enameled and fit snugly. LunchBots are top rack dishwasher safe. Do not put them in the microwave.

Happy Bento-ing!

The bento that shouldn't be mine (Bento #90)

I made this bento for hubby before he got home last night so that I could get it out of the way. Then he gets home and says he doesn’t need lunch today. *sigh* I was going to make mine this morning but I had to take his instead. I’m not a big meatball fan but I’ll choke them down ;)

The meatballs are drizzled with tonkatsu and paired with my first ever yaki onigiri! I hand formed rice patties and grilled them on the stove, they’re pretty good too (I ate one of the extras last night). Since this is now my bento I threw an ume in there this morning before I left the house.

The other tier has a sliced plum, steamed sweet potato, and seaweed salad.

This time, instead of having a tiny bit of a lot of stuff I have a good portion of a few things. It’s not super pretty but it will be tasty.

Guess what? I made an Ohayo Bento fan page on Facebook!!!! Yay! If you’re on Facebook come and “like” me here...

FaceBook Page

I hope I linked to the right thing! If not, let me know.

Happy Bento-ing!