Meatless Monday (Bento #237)



I couldn’t stop craving the miso sauce I made for that vegee pasta last week. I wanted to do something a little different with it though, so I used it to coat some pan seared tofu. Hubs has decided that he doesn’t care for the texture of tofu. :( Oh well, I tried.

Along with the tofu we had fried rice and pan seared okra. For lunch I packed the leftovers with some carrots, cheese, cucumbers, a tomato, and a fruit cup. Simple and tasty!

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Miso vegee pasta (Bento #236)



I’ve been trying to stay away from pasta lately but I was in dire need of some comfort food. We lost a dear family pet this week. My bird Pretty Bird passed away after being my friend for 24 years. The last few days have been hard, to say the least.

I’ve made vegee pasta a few times but this is the first time that I added a miso sauce to it. My vegee pasta will never be the same. Right before serving I tossed it with a sauce made from miso paste, mirin, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and a touch of sesame oil. Oh my deliciousness!

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Finger food madness (Bento #235)



Hubs and I haven’t decided if this bento is going to be his or mine... a serious game of rock/paper/scissors may be in order. :) It’s a pretty simple bento full of easy to eat finger foods. It has an egg, black olives, cheese, roasted brussels sprouts, ham/provolone rolls, a radish, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, a strawberry, blueberries, and cherries. Phew, that was a lot!

I was so excited this weekend because I made my first successful batch of macarons! I really want to make some to give away to friends at work for Valentine’s Day. I want to have a couple different flavors but not anything too hard to make. Here are my ideas so far... lavender cookies with chocolate ganache filling, strawberry cookies with chocolate, strawberry cookies with cheesecake, almond cookie with cheesecake, pistachio cookies with chocolate, and hazelnut cookies with Nutella.

Any suggestions??

Also, for those who are interested, I just added a ton of new stuff to the store! Mostly bento bags but a couple of new silicon cups. :)

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Must love spinach (Bento #234)



Mmmmmm spinach! I think spinach is probably one of the most polarizing vegetables. You either love it or hate it. Me? Oh, I love it! We had a big batch of spinach last night that was cooked with a ton of caramelized onions and garlic. I just hope it isn’t so much garlic that everything else in the box will end up tasting like it, lol!

The rest of the bento has a tiny pumpernickel, turkey, and cheese sandwich, tomatoes, blueberries, cherries, celery and some ham, cheese, and celery rolls.

My New Year’s resolution this year was to learn how to (and then get good at) making macarons! Why? Because they’re awesome, hard to find here, and expensive when you do find them. I’ve decided that I want to make a few flavors for Valentine’s Day so I need a few practice batches... oh darn. I’m all excited because I’m going to try my first batch in the next couple of days. If you’ve made them and have any tips I would love to hear them!! Wish me luck!

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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My first omurice bento (Bento #233)



I know this bento doesn’t look like much but I’m so proud because it’s my first omurice dish! Omurice is an omelet wrapped chicken-rice dish. I used the instructions from Cooking With Dog and though my omelet skills aren’t even close to hers, it still tasted fantastic.

I’m heading over to California at the end of February to go to the Biophysical Society Meeting and I need some must-do’s and must-eat’s in San Diego. I’m staying in the Gaslamp quarter to be close to the convention center. Any recommendations for food or fun things to do in the evenings?

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Colorful breakfast (Bento #232)



I made a tuna sandwich for lunch today so I decided to make a bento to take to work for breakfast. It’s pretty and colorful but very simple. I cooked some spinach with soy sauce and sesame seeds, steamed some asparagus, and boiled an egg. Other than that, everything else (mango slices, strawberry, cherries, and blueberries) came straight out of the fridge. Easy peasy!

Hubs and I spent our weekend bottling our first batch of home-brewed beer! We brewed it and let it ferment for 10 days before bottling. Technically it’s beer right now, but we have to wait a few weeks for the yeast to create the carbonation for us. Even without the carbonation it was pretty tasty! I was really impressed, it was a lot better than I thought it would be, lol! Have you guys ever made your own beer?

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Turkey/tofu patties (Bento #231)



Hubs has decided that he wants to start eating more tofu! I’m so excited! I love tofu, but he hasn’t really been into it in the past, so I thought a gradual transition would be a good idea. For the first tofu introduction I made these tofu/turkey patties (basic instructions below) and pan fried them. Luckily... he loved them!

Along with the patties we had vegee pasta with spinach, mushrooms, carrots, onions, peas, corn, green beans, and garlic. I know we should watch our carb intake, but man, that pasta was good.

For lunch I paired our dinner leftovers with some cucumber and yellow squash slices, a Babybel, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries.

For the tofu/turkey patties: scramble 1 block of drained firm tofu with a fork so it is all crumbles and mix with ground turkey, finely chopped onion and mushrooms, a little soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, and whatever other savory seasonings you like. Then patty them, dredge in panko, and pan fry. Easy peasy and delicious! A little hot sauce on top makes them perfect!

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Happy New Year! (Bento #230)



Happy New Year!! I hope that 2012 turns out to be a fantastic year for all of you. Hubs and I had a great break. We spent most of our free time just hanging out at the house and it was wonderful. I’m not all that excited about going back to work but all good things must come to an end.

To cheer up my first day back I packed myself this bento and it has rice with a pickled plum, sauteed mushrooms with a little teriyaki sauce, a Babybel cheese, ham slices, 2 gorgeous strawberries, nectarine slices, and some greens seasoned with soy sauce and sesame seeds.

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