Gyoza salad bento (Bento #143)

We still had some leftover gyoza so I added them to a salad for today’s bento. The salad has a mix of butter greens, romaine, olives, purple cabbage, jicama, tomatoes, radishes, and mango. I added a pickled plum on there too ^_^

Still no Easter themed bentos for me and I fear I have run out of time. I have a ton of work to do tonight and may not even have time to cook. *sigh* Guess I will have to wait until next year.

Speaking of all of that work.... gotta run!

Happy Bento-ing!

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!!!

Happy Bento-ing!

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!