Finally made a Halloween bento! (Bento #216)



I finally made a Halloween bento! I wanted to be a lot more ambitious but I just ran out of time. I spent most of the day making mummy pops to give away at work. Isn’t he cute? I cut most of the stick off of this one so that it would fit in the bento. They are all over the internet so I’m not going to attempt a link to the original, lol. It’s just a double stuffed Oreo on a stick dipped in candy melts. The eyes are M&M’s.

Along with the mummy pop I made a really mean cheese with enormous teeth, a sweet potato Jack, meatballs with bones sticking out, carrots, checkerboard zucchini, a radish flower, and a tomato.

Last year’s Halloween bento is below. I like it a lot better. Anything with a black cat has to be awesome, right?



I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Simple vegee pasta bento (Bento #215)



My vegetable stash is a bunch of odds and ends right now. There wasn’t quite enough of any one thing so I threw it all together and made a simple vegetable pasta. I sauteed carrots and onions in a little butter and seasoned it with Vegeta. Once the carrots were mostly cooked I threw in the zucchini for a minute or two, then threw in the pasta. At the last minute I tossed it with some baby spinach leaves and enoki mushrooms. Once again, it seems that the simplest things are the most delicious.

For lunch, I packed Hubs the pasta with a chopped up tomato (his request), apple chunks, grilled sausage, edamame, raw zucchini slices, and a few enoki stems.

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Chicken and the egg (Bento #214)



Yup, I have baked chicken strips and a hard boiled egg in this bento. The important question is... which came first? :)

I’ve decided that I need to get better at making sure everything looks right in my photos before the sun goes down. See the tabouleh in the middle with the lime wedge? See how it’s pushed away from the container on the top side? *sigh* I swear it didn’t look like that in person. As soon as the camera gets involved I seem to become a little disconnected from what I’m seeing. I think a tripod will help because most of my focus seems to be on keeping my hands as still as possible. Any other tips you guys care to share???

Photography issues aside, this is a pretty tasty bento. I have baked panko crusted chicken strips, an egg, tabouleh, yu choy greens, and some beautiful dragon fruit. I left the peel on because I couldn’t resist the color!

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Spinach wrap burritos (Bento #213)



Look! It’s my first white dragon fruit! I was going to pass them up in the market until I realized that they were the white fleshed variety. They do taste a little different from the pink ones I’ve had in the past. They’re a little less sweet with a slight hint of lemon but still a very mild flavor.

I made a giant batch of taco meat and fixings for our friends this weekend and had plenty of leftovers for lunch. This time, instead of a regular tortilla I used Flatout’s spinach wrap. I spread the whole thing with a thin layer of refried beans then sprinkled on taco meat, sour cream, shredded cheese, and shredded lettuce.

Along with the burrito and dragon fruit I packed Hubs some enoki mushrooms, tomato wedges, zucchini spears, carrots, and a Babybel cheese.

Don’t forget to check out the Super Bento Box Sale! Every single bento box, including the Lunchbots stainless steel boxes, are 10% off.

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Easy ravioli (Bento #212)



Yeah, I was lazy. I made frozen cheese ravioli with spaghetti sauce for dinner last night. I didn’t even make a side, lol! Honestly, it made for a pretty boring dinner, but after jazzing it up a bit with fruits and veg it became an exciting lunch.

In the bento: cheese ravioli with spaghetti meat sauce, orange slices, cucumber slices, green olives, mushrooms, carrot sticks, 1/4 of a hard boiled egg, and another pretty radish.

Today is going to be a busy day. I’m training 3 new people on the AFM (atomic force microscope) that I work with. I hope I have time for lunch! :) This week is just flying by, I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! There are so many things that I want to accomplish... better get to work!

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First radish flower (Bento #211)



Sheri at Happy Little Bento had a bento the other day with the prettiest little radish flower. I’ve been meaning to make one for the longest time but never seemed to remember to buy radishes, lol! Then when I did buy radishes I would forget to make them into flowers. Sometimes my brain just doesn’t want to work. I promise that when you look at it straight on it looks prettier, lol!

Along with the radish I have a mini-Babybel cheese with a funny star cut out of the wax, steamed cabbage seasoned with a little chicken bouillon, half of an egg, cucumber slices, grilled chicken, and a little bit of mushroom couscous.

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Papa Johns Pizza bento (Bento #210)



Hubs and I got a free pizza from Papa Johns for their million pizza giveaway! Free pizza is always a good thing! This morning, I almost threw the last two slices in a plastic bag and walked out the door. But, I couldn’t help myself so I made them into a bento instead.

I used a circle cookie cutter to cut out the pizza and added, cucumber slices, half of an egg, half of a tomato, a green olive, pomegranate seeds, plum slices, and edamame. I already had hard boiled eggs in the fridge so it really wasn’t time consuming to make this bento. Taking the photo took more time than actually putting it together, lol!

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Taco soup and the poor crow (Bento #209)



What’s my favorite thing to cook when I don’t really feel like cooking? Taco soup! This one is a bit different though because I used kielbasa instead of ground meat. The reason I love it is that is so easy to make and always seems to hit the spot. This time I sauteed the sausage and onions, added a little water and a taco seasoning packet, two cans of diced tomatoes, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, and a can of garbanzo beans. Then just let it simmer until the flavors come together.

For bento packing I put down a layer of rice and spooned the bits from the soup on top with just enough of the liquid to flavor the rice underneath. See that giant tub of spicy hummus with sesame seeds? Well, it was supposed to go with the little container of pita chips that I left on the kitchen counter this morning, lol. I ended up eating it with the cucumbers and tomato though, so it didn’t go to waste.

I decorated my desk at school for Halloween and decided that I was in need of a crow to sit above my cubicle and watch the rest of the room. Before I could take it to work Stinker kitty went inside a big paper bag, pulled out the plastic bag with the crow, got the crow out of the bag, and proceeded to kill it for me. I’m sure she thought she was doing me a favor so how could I be angry? Plus, I think he even looks a little more Halloween appropriate now. :)

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Spicy baked chicken strips (Bento #208)



This was my first attempt at these chicken strips and I’m definitely going to cook them again. I used breast meat, which has a low fat content, because I coated them in a Sriracha/mayo mixture then dredged in panko. The fat in the mayo heats up and soaks into the first panko layer which lets them get really brown and tasty. I was impressed by how crispy they were on the outside because the inside wasn’t dry in the slightest. Plus, anything with Sriracha is goooooood!

We ate them with roasted carrots and sauteed polenta slices. For lunch I added the last of my dragon fruit, cucumber, tomato wedges, grapes, and nectarine slices.

It rained for the entire weekend so Hubs and I stayed home and had two full lazy days. It was almost like taking a vacation without leaving the house. I think it was just the break we needed because I’m starting this week with loads of motivation... until I think about all of the chores I didn’t do, lol!

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Hodge-podge (Bento #207)



Last night we had a fantastic dinner of roasted kabocha squash, steamed yu choy seasoned with soy sauce, and some super tasty chicken sausages. It was a great dinner. It was so good in fact, that we ate pretty much everything I cooked which left nothing but one tiny chicken sausage for this bento.

Given the lack-of-cooked-food circumstances I just threw a turkey sandwich, nuts, a banana, and a tub of leftover fried rice in Hubs’ lunch bag and figured that I would eat out today. Then 6:30AM hit and I started feeling guilty for not making a bento. Combine that with the fact that I would rather spend that lunch money on more fabric and I threw a hodge-podge bento together at the last minute.

Most of this bento is pretty obvious except for maybe the soy beans, tuna salad, and big chunks of aged parmesan. I could snack on parmesan chunks all day!

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Just plain good (Bento #206)



Spending most of the weekend away from the house made me behind on my chores. Yuck! So instead of cooking a big meal I picked up a rotisserie chicken and made some vegee filled fried rice to go with it. For lunch I wanted to add a little extra veg so I defrosted some frozen edamame and threw them in along with dragon fruit and pomegranate seeds.

I was afraid that the pomegranate wasn’t ripe, but it’s the sweetest one I’ve had in years! My mom picked up two of them for me this weekend and I’ve been eating them like crazy. I don’t think they’re going to last very long, lol!

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Exploring Greece with spanakopita (Bento #205)



I wish I could say that I made this spanakopita (spinach pie) but I didn’t. Hubs and I spent most of the weekend at my parents’ house and the spanakopita is leftovers from last night’s dinner out. The salad is also leftovers and it has romaine lettuce, cucumbers, calamata olives, and huge slices of feta. My mom bought me some beets at the market and I couldn’t resist adding them to the salad.

I was lucky enough to find some more dragon fruit this weekend too! It reminds me so much of a mild kiwi that I thought it would be funny to have the two side-by-side. I know it’s a lot of fruit but I didn’t eat much fruit over the weekend and I have some pretty hearty vegetables waiting for me to cook them this week.

Since it’s officially October I decided to decorate my desk at school for Halloween. I only have a couple of little things so far. I am in dire need of some bats! Hopefully they inspire me to make some Halloween bentos!

Have a great Monday!

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