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Fried rice and home-grown goodies (Bento #306)

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I blame Twitter. For some reason, over the last few days, I have seen so many tweets about fried rice. So guess what I developed a craving for? This morning I made myself some fried rice with ham, egg, carrots, corn, peas, and half of a kung pao pepper from the garden. It wouldn’t all fit in the bento, so I ate the rest for breakfast. Yum!

I’m so excited about this bento! See that green bean? Yeah, I grew that. See those radish sprouts on top of the fried rice? Grew those too. And the mustard sprouts by the green bean? ^_^ Aren’t they adorable!

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I can’t wait for the next few months to go by because my vegee garden is blooming like crazy! I love the process of watching the plants grow and bear fruit, but, it takes a long time. I needed some instant gratification so I started a kitchen sprout garden. I am loving it! The Hubs and I love to eat sprouts. Right now I’m growing mustard, radish, and alfalfa. I’ve also started some sunflower sprouts but they take a lot longer to grow. I can’t wait until they’re ready, but in the meantime...

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Chicken and lotus root stir-fry (Bento #254)



Hubs and I were overdue for some good fried rice and stir-fry. Mmmmm comfort food! The stir-fry has chicken, lotus root, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini and the fried rice has onion, carrots, peas, corn, and scrambled egg.

Speaking of scrambled egg, I made another tamagoyaki. This one was a bit more difficult because I added a layer of ham and it made it a little tough to get the roll going. But, it turned out pretty and delicious in the end. I filled up the rest of the Lunchbots Eco with caprese salad, a Mini Babybel cheese, and orange wedges.

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Getting back to normal... right? (Bento #224)



I’m pretty sure I said that life was supposed to be getting back to normal. Seems like that was just wishful thinking, lol! On the bright side, what I’ve been super busy with is dinners with family, birthday parties, and getting ready for the holidays. All of which are a lot of fun so I guess I can’t ask for much more than that.

I used Izumi’s gorgeous bento box again and filled the bottom with vegetable fried rice topped with sakura shaped sweet potato slices. The sakura cutter came from her too! The top tier has some rather odd looking mini sausages, carrot sticks, tomatoes, and sauteed zucchini. I was excited about the mini sausages but they turned out a bit bumpy and weird, they still taste good though. :)

My contributions to Thanksgiving dinner this year are going to be an apple pie and roasted brussels sprouts. What are you guys making?

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Warm autumn colors (Bento #219)



The cool weather is starting to crop up more and more often these days. We are still getting hot and humid afternoons but the nights and mornings are delightfully cool. Here in mid-south Florida we don’t see many fall colors. Palm trees don’t tend to turn orange and red, lol. So I’m getting my Fall colors bento style.

The majority of this bento is delicious fried rice. Hubs says my fried rice is one of his favorite things to eat. I think he must be buttering me up for something. Hmmm. I wonder what he wants? :)

Along with the fried rice is a cup of soboro, persimmon and kiwi wedges, a few celery sticks, and a cauliflower.

Have a great Friday!

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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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Spicy sausage fried rice (Bento #180)



Do you see it? That odd looking hairy thing on the right? It’s a rambutan! I’ve never had them before but they were at the market today and I couldn’t resist. I hope they’re tasty!

Paired with the rambutan I packed a nectarine and some edamame in the Lunchbots Pico. For the main part of the lunch I packed some spicy sausage fried rice with a little Sriracha on top for an extra kick in one of the long black 1-tier bentos. I find that my favorite bentos are the 1-tier ones with wide open spaces so I’m going to try to branch out and use some of my other boxes.

I’m so excited about trying rambutan for the first time. What’s the last “new to you” food that you tried?

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Does corn in my fried rice count? (Bento #175)



Tonight is the Twitter corn party! Yeah... I completely forgot. I love Twitter food parties but this one just slipped my mind, lol. There is some corn in my fried rice though... does that count??

I had a bit of a break tonight because Hubs and LG are visiting some friends and I have the house all to myself. That also meant that I only had to cook for myself! I made some fried rice with andouille sausage, corn, peas, beans, carrots, onions, and green beans and paired it with some steamed edamame. Yum!

The lunch portion is packed in the Lunchbots Uno bento and I threw some fruit into the Pico to take to work for breakfast. Pretty simple, but so delicious!

I’m off to check out all of the amazing Twitter corn party entries and you should too! There are some unbelievably creative corn dishes being made!

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Sometimes, you just need lunch (Bento #159)



Sometimes, more often than not, there just isn’t enough time to make a fancy lunch. Today was one of those days. It doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty though!

I threw leftover fried rice and grilled turkey sausage in a Lunchbots bento box along with a cup of fresh fruit.

After making it I realized that I picked up a lot of the colors from the bento bag I made yesterday so I threw it in the photo to make things prettier. I hope the rest of the week stays this bright! Happy Monday everyone!

Linked up to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Hot-diggity-dog (Bento #155)



I was in a rush to take these photos and didn’t realize how close up I got. One should never be that close to a hotdog. Lol!

This is just a super simple small bento with octo-dogs, fried rice, kiwi, and black-eyed peas.

Last night we finally made it to my mom’s house and I gave her the Mother’s Day gift I made. I haven’t taken pictures of it yet but we’ll be back on Saturday so I’ll take some photos then. She had bought me a sewing machine for Easter so I thought it was only appropriate to sew her something. Before getting the machine I had never sewn so I made a bento belt and a utensil pouch then decided to make a 4 foot by 4 foot quilt. Yeah, I’m that brand of crazy. It actually worked though! There are a lot of mistakes but it’s not falling apart, lol. Anyway, I’ll try to post some pics of it this weekend.

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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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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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