It’s really easy to take a leftover sandwich, throw it in a plastic bag, grab a bag of chips, and head off to work. But it’s also pretty easy to take 3 extra minutes and turn that sandwich into a colorful, healthy, appetizing lunch. I cut my sandwich into two pieces and added slices of cucumber, watermelon, a grape tomato, and some leftover sautéed barley with vegetables. So in 3 minutes, I avoided using throwaway plastic, eating unhealthy chips, and added fresh fruits and vegetables. Bentos rock!
In this bento, I used some new products that have just been introduced to the store: flower shaped silicone cups and grass silicone baran. I dearly love using silicone cups because they keep everything perfectly separated. Almost every single bento I make uses them, they are my staple bento supply! Along with the flower shaped ones, we also got in some star and heart shaped silicone cups. I’m also really excited because we have egg molds for the first time ever!! Yay!!
Until next time…
I totally cheated and bought a pre-made Cuban sandwich for lunch yesterday. I only ate half of it and the rest made for a perfect bento. In my Lunchbots Eco: Cuban sandwich, papaya chunks, strawberries, cucumber, and tomato skewers.
In case you missed it, I posted a radish star tutorial video yesterday. I really appreciate all of you watching the videos and for the great feedback :) Any requests?
Last night we had beer brats with Guiness mustard and topped with piles of sauteed onions and mushrooms. They were unbelievably good. In fact, they were so good that we ate them all! I had planned for this bento to be filled with a luscious beer brat hoagie, but alas, our stomachs got the better of us and I was stuck with an empty bun. :( This morning, a can of tuna came to my rescue (and put the cat in tuna-juice heaven) to turn this failed beer brat bento into an awesome tuna hoagie bento.
The rest of the bento is pretty self-explanatory: nectarine slices, blueberries, cucumbers, and a tomato. But the tuna salad is full of surprises with dried cranberries, slivered almonds, onion, and of course a little Guiness mustard :)
I haven’t actually been cooking very much lately. Between my crazy schedule, the house getting torn apart because of a pipe leak underground, and my husband working super late nights and weekends with the robotics club at his school, there just hasn’t been much cause to cook dinner. And if I don’t cook dinner, that usually means I don’t have a bento. :( Doug really needed to take lunch with him today so I took the easy way out with tuna sandwiches.
In the Lunchbots Eco: tuna sandwich rolls, a small salad, broccoli, and orange slices.
I’m determined and stubborn today and I’m cooking an awesome dinner whether there’s anybody here to eat it or not! :)
Coming back from a long weekend is tough on the bento making routine. I really didn’t feel like making one this morning but the thought of having to eat on campus was worse than my laziness. So, I made one of the easiest things possible, a tuna sandwich. To jazz it up a bit I added some dried cranberries and almond slivers in the tuna salad. I have to admit, it was pretty darn good. Well worth the effort!
In my Lunchbots Eco: tuna salad sandwich, cucumbers, carrots, golden and red grape tomatoes, and a nectarine.
I saw this sandwich on Pinterest yesterday, and I had to have it! Mine isn’t nearly as nice and doesn’t have all of the goodies, but I got the general craving out of the way. In today’s bento: egg salad sandwich, carrots, celery, and tomatoes.
The most important thing I learned today? I really need an egg slicer, lol!
We’re trying to eat up all of the black forest ham I bought at the store, so here is another ham sandwich bento. I’ve tried to make them look a little different every time, so we don’t get bored (see the bread-less ham sandwich and classic ham sandwich bento posts). Even though the basics in our lunches are the same, small changes here and there make a big difference.
Along with the sandwich I packed some snow peas, a Babybel cheese, yellow squash slices, cucumbers, grapes, and a few little mushrooms.
Oh this poor bento. As soon as I went outside to take it’s picture it started pouring down rain. Luckily I ran back in before everything got soaking wet, lol!
In my Lunchbots Eco, I packed a ham, cheddar, lettuce, and mayo sandwich, cucumber slices, apple bunnies, radish slices, broccoli, a Babybel cheese, and a little leftover chicken with garlic sauce that we had for take-out the night before. I haven’t made a sandwich for myself in quite some time, so it was a nice treat.
I’ve been seeing a lot of sandwich bentos floating around the internet lately and it gave me a horrible craving for egg salad sandwiches. Eggs and I have a love/hate relationship. Typically I’m not a huge fan, but every now and then I get a craving and go all egg-crazy for a day. Yeah, it was one of those days.
I’ve been a bit sick for the last few days and I’m using it as an excuse for not having any pretty decorations in this bento... and the last one really. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! In the bento: mini egg salad sandwiches, zucchini spears, sprouts, and nectarine and orange slices.
I admit it, I’ve been a lazy cook since summer started. I’ve even only managed about one bento a week! Well, I’m ready to get back in the kitchen and eating my own homemade food. The problem is that I don’t have any groceries, lol. This bento is the very last of most of my produce. Luckily we always seem to have sandwich fixings or we’d be going hungry!
In the bento: ham, cheddar, and greens sandwich, tomato and cheese salad, soy beans, cherries, raw sugar snaps, and carrot sticks.
Even though I have been lazy in the kitchen, Hubs and I have been crazy busy! On top of all of our regular work we are rearranging and spring cleaning the entire house! We’re moving Hubs’ desk and books out of the “office” room and I get to take the whole room as a craft studio! I’m so excited! It wasn’t even my idea, it was all Hubs’ idea! I knew I married the right guy :)
Right now my room is a giant mess because everything is being moved around. Once it’s all finished I’ll share some photos. I’ve never had my own craft room before so I’m beside myself with excitement!
In the meantime.... anybody want to come over and cook for me ;)
Wow, one week without bentos feels like an eternity! I spent all of last week volunteering at a conference on campus and didn’t have the time, or the need for that matter, to make myself lunch. It’s nice to be back to bento.
After reading Makiko Itoh’s posts on sakura, I’ve been wanting some preserved flowers and leaves. OK, want isn’t the proper word. I think obsessed is more appropriate. I’m going to make a pilgrimage out to our local Japanese market to see if they have any. If not, the online hunt continues. If any of you know where to order some preserved sakura blossoms and leaves please let me know.
In the meantime I had to satisfy my sakura fancy with a cookie cutter. For today’s bento I have sakura shaped honey glazed sweet potato, flower shape ham and swiss sammies, a hard boiled egg, cucumber, asparagus, and a strawberry and pineapple fruit salad.
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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!
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I decided to make myself a simple and healthy snack bento for tomorrow since my schedule is a little “up in the air”. I packed it in the Lunchbots Pico so I can easily take it on the run. The left side has ham sammy rolls and edamame while the right side has a ton of persimmon slices, half of an egg, and some giant grapes.
Lately, every time I get a spare 30 minutes I’ve been working on some giveaway crafts for the holidays. I got really inspired by all of the gorgeous washi tape at Omiyage. (I got some washi tape and stationary from them. I can’t wait to place another order!!) I’m making some paper ornaments and tags using pretty scrapbooking papers and washi tape. I have to admit, I think washi tape is going to be my newest obsession, lol!
Be forewarned, if I have your address you may get a random letter from me! I can’t wait to use this beautiful stationary :)
The crafting bug has bit me pretty bad this season. Oooh maybe I’ll use this bento as a mid-crafting snack!
I can’t believe it’s December already! I know everybody says that, but since I spent most of the month of November laying on the couch sick, I am really behind. It’s actually a little comical that I’m still sick, it just won’t go away, lol. I should say that I can’t wait to get caught up at work, but really, I can’t wait to get caught up with blog reading, responding to emails, and talking to all of my twitter friends, lol!
I made this bento for Hubs to take to work tomorrow. It has flower shaped sammies, a Babybel, peppers, carrot sticks, blackberries, brussels sprouts, and raw zucchini slices. I’m also going to send him a little container of ranch dressing to dip the vegees in.
I can’t wait to start checking out everyone’s holiday bentos!
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Putting this bento together was less about making a pretty bento and more about cleaning out the fridge. I used the last of the ham, mini sub rolls, cherries, cucumber, and carrots. It wasn’t quite enough to fill the box so I added some salami rolls and red sweet peppers to pack everything tight.
I’m so happy today is Friday! It’s been a tough week and ended with me having to stay home today because I was sick. Nothing serious, just some tummy issues. I think I needed the break mentally as well. I’m looking forward to a long weekend of relaxation, friends, crafts, and lots and lots of sleep.
Have a great weekend!
It’s the first Friday since school started so I wanted to make Hubs a really casual lunch. This one is packed full of finger foods for taking a quick bite, snacking, and leaving one hand free so that he can play some chess with the chess club.
I packed carrots, zucchini spears, and snow peas in the small Lunchbots Pico along with some spicy hummus for dipping. The other box has a fruit salad with pluot slices and honeydew next to 2 PB&J pocket sammies. I made the pocket sammies using the squisher tool here.
Wishing everyone in Hurricane Irene’s path a safe weekend!
We are desperately in need of groceries. I usually do my shopping on the weekend but we spent the whole weekend getting PADI Open Water Diver certified! The course was a lot easier than I expected it to be. Hubs and I are naturally comfortable in the water so we didn’t have any issues, just lots of fun! We’re already planning dive trips to the Florida Keys at the end of the summer. I can’t wait!
On top of all that, Hubs’ little girl (I don’t want to use her real name online so I’ll call her LG for little girl) is coming down for her summer visit tomorrow. We’re in the middle of spring cleaning so it’s a mad rush to get it done before she arrives. We have so many cool things planned once she gets here so we don’t want to have to spend any time on the house.
Today’s bento was a desperate run through the kitchen. I have a ham sammy with no mayo (we’re out) just some really awesome mustard, the last of the blueberries, two cheese wedges and pita chips. I decided to throw in some little crispy snacky things too. I don’t know what they’re called but they taste like peanut butter.
The bag is one of my latest bento bags. I think I’m finally ready to start making some for other people, lol. I have so much gorgeous fabric, I can’t wait to use it! I’m sure with LG here I’ll have little to no time to sew, but hopefully by the end of the summer I should have a few in the store!
This summer is turning out to be insanely busy but crazy wonderful all at the same time. I hope you’re all having as much fun as I am!
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When it rains it pours. Hubs and I have way too much going on all at once. I’m sure we’ll survive though. I had to throw something together in about 10 minutes before work this morning so this is what I get.
I packed a tuna salad sammy, cherries, lychees, and olives in the Lunchbots Eco. Then for a snack I packed some pita chips and a creamy cheese wedge.
Time to run and try and get something accomplished, lol!
I thought of a name for this bento, yay! Probably has something to do with not feeling so sick. :)
Today’s bento for Hubs is just a simple ham sandwich and a salad. Nothing fancy, but sometimes, a plain old sandwich is just the right thing.
After hubs took this bento to work I uploaded the photo to my computer and noticed the wonderful lighting job on the salad. Lol! It’s so dark! I promise it doesn’t look that way in real life ^_^
Today’s bento was really simple. Just a roast beef sandwich, cabbage salad with mango, olives, and tomato, and some tuna salad stuffed peppers.
The tuna salad isn’t just any old tuna salad. Instead of using mayonnaise I used the last of the ricotta that I had in the fridge. It’s nice and thick and creamy. Yum!
After our lab group meeting this morning I’m off for my weekend getaway. Have a great weekend!! See you Monday!
Today’s bento is pretty simple, just a sammy and a salad. The sandwich has turkey, tuna salad, chipotle mustard, lettuce, onion, and cheddar cheese.
On top of the salad are two chinks of the most amazing parmesan cheese I’ve ever had! My mom and I found it at the store. It’s imported from Italy and kind of pricy but it’s worth it! I didn’t know parm could taste that good.
After the long weekend of exploring and trying new things, it’s nice to have something simple and tasty.
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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!
This weekend was so busy! We drove 6 hours Saturday morning to make it to our family reunion at noon, went to the reunion, hung out with family, then drove 6 hours back home on Sunday. What a trip! I took a few photos of the feast but haven’t downloaded them all yet, so I’ll post them next time, the food was fantastic as always!
When we finally got home I realized that we didn’t have any food in the house so I had to make a grocery run. Needless to say, I was not going to cook. So we ate Publix subs for dinner and I put this sammy roll-up bento together for D.
The roll-ups are made with a pesto wrap, ham, Muenster cheese, and lettuce. He also has a little salad and I packed him a peeled orange as well.
After this crazy busy weekend, D starts to leave to go to work (at 5:30AM) and guess what? ........ his car won’t start. :( I can’t think of a better way to start a Monday. Arggg!! So he takes my car and I plan on getting his fixed then going to school. Of course I then remember that we are having a lab safety inspection at 9:30AM and I don’t have time to get it fixed. I ended up having to walk to school and got all hot and sweaty. :(
I did treat myself to a Smoothie King breakfast though, since I had to walk right past it ;)
I hope all of your Monday’s are starting out better than mine!
I added a Stinker kitty picture to make myself smile. :) After I took this photo I realized that she had bad eye crusties so I wiped them off for her and she didn’t even fight me. So sweet. This pic makes me want to walk all the way back home! Lol!
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D’s stomach was bothering him yesterday so he asked for some comfort food today. He has a salad, a salami, cucumber, and lettuce sandwich, and some nectarine slices stuck in there at the end.
Today’s post will be quick, lots to do, so little time. :) I’m presenting my research at a conference on campus tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Looks like we are on a sandwich kick lately. Today’s sandwich is just a smidgen healthier than the last sammy made with bacon. This one is full of turkey and salami. If I had just left it at turkey it would be healthier but oh no, I had to go and add salami to the mix :) Sometimes it’s just worth it!
Along with the sandwich D has grapes, a gorgeous white nectarine, and hummus with pita chips on the side.
I have a long day at work today and I purposely didn’t make myself a bento so that I could try the bento restaurant I’ve been drooling over. Hopefully I won’t have a repeat of last week and I’ll actually have time to go and eat today.
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Mmmmmmmm bacon! We had breakfast for dinner last night so I used the leftover bacon to make D a bacon, lettuce, mayo, and sprouts sammy. Unfortunately I didn’t have any tomatoes. I cut it in half and tucked it into this deep box next to an enoki mushroom forest and a salad. The salad has lettuce, cabbage, palm hearts, green olives, carrots, and pickled ginger. Since the sammy took up so much room I had to pack his nectarine in a separate container.
I only made lunch for D today because I’m taking myself out for a special lunch! I think I saw a bento restaurant by my house!!!!! I can’t be totally sure but it just opened and it is called the lunch box and the logo looks like the M4SB (magic 4 square bento) that I’ve seen on other blogs. Oh I really hope it is a bento restaurant! I’ll bring my camera and take photos :)
Well, the week is almost over. It was so busy that it felt so slow yet so fast at the same time. I hope you all had a fantastic week!