Munchkin’s First School Bento!

12 09 2011

Blue "Bonjour, les Fleures!" box with cheese mini-sandwiches cut into flower shapes and picks of jellybean tomatoes and hot dogs. Not Shown: Green grapes (added later) and Pirate Booty cheese puffs in butterfly container.

My first bento for Munchkin to take the school. It was so much fun to make and she LOVED it! The box came back completely empty…which never happens. (Well, empty of food that is, thankfully, she only managed to lose one pick) We did run to the grocery store to pick up more ingredients for her bentos this evening. So now I’m pondering what to pack for tomorrow (provided she doesn’t insist on continuing her pattern of eating in the cafeteria every other day).

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Bento #25 ~ Frozen Foods Are Our Friends!

8 10 2008

Whipped this up in about 5 minutes. It’s all frozen with the exception of the fruit cup. I love the snap lock boxes now. I can fit much more into it and just toss it into the microwave to heat it all up tomorrow at lunch. Yum yum!

Boneless teriyaki chicken wings with vegetable and pork gyoza, on top of a bed of vegetables and garnished with broccoli. Tropical fruit cup on the side.

Boneless teriyaki chicken wings with vegetable and pork gyoza, on top of a bed of vegetables and garnished with broccoli. Tropical fruit cup on the side.





Bentos #23 & 24 ~ More Two-For-One

1 10 2008

I’ve been a lazy photographer lately. Been taking the pics, but not uploading them here. Below are today’s and tomorrow’s bentos, with commentary.

Today’s Bento

container of soy sauce and more ketchup, yakgwe cookie.

Vegetable fried rice with egg leaves and ketchup, baby carrots, and kawame salad. In lid: container of soy sauce and more ketchup, yakgwe cookie.

 Please kindly ignore the ugly kitchen floor in this pic…one of my “backdrops” was in use elsewhere (my eco bag), and the other was in the wash (my cherry blossom shirt). I swear once I get some extra money, the first thing I’m doing is getting new tile in the kitchen. But anyway…on to the bento. It looks quasi-pretty, but was all in all, a bit of a disappointment. Cold to room temperature fried rice is not yummy at all…at least not the kind I make. The ketchup blobs were supposed to be veins on the leaves, but turned out all wrong and ended up as just…blobs. Note to anyone who bought the super-cute compartmentalized mayo containers at Ichiban Kan: they are NOT leak-proof. Thankfully, I had it tucked in my lunch bag with my bento and not in my eco bag with my workout clothes because I ended up with half the soy sauce all over the inside of my lunch bag and all over my bento…and I was being very careful not to jostle it too much for that very reason. Lesson learned. This bento was veggie-heavy due to a weekly Biggest Loser challenge I’m partaking in at SparkPeople…we’re tracking our daily vegetable servings (GO Green Team!). Anyway…onward to tomorrow’s bento.

Greek finikia cookie, frozen strawberries.

Left tier: Pork and napa cabbage gyoza, shrimp and edamame shurai, baby carrots, all on top of soma noodles. Right tier: Greek finikia cookie, frozen strawberries.

Lots of brown in this one, I know…but hopefully it will be tastier than today’s. The gyoza are not burnt, I just did a little experiment and pan-fried them in dumpling sauce which gave them a crispy, carmelized look. Finikia cookie is from the Greekfest…mmm….I could eat a dozen of these at a time. They are sooo good!





Bento #22 ~ A Taste of the Mediterranean

29 09 2008

A fun little blend of Italian and Greek, inspired by the local Greekfest that we attended this past weekend. Please excuse the gawdawful choice of bento boxes for this (pepto pink just doesn’t engender feelings of the Mediterranean, I know). Hubby had done dishes and my bento box drawer was a jumbled mess….I just grabbed the first complete box I could find. 😛

Top: Six-cheese tortellini with Bertolli Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cabernet Sauvignon pasta sauce. Bottom: Mediterranean vegetable mix (from Schwans), Baklava from the Greekfest





Bentos #20 & 21

25 09 2008

It’s a two-fer-one deal today since I forgot to post my today’s bento last night. As you can see, I’m getting the creative juices flowing again. It also helps to go to the Asian market and find lots of fun goodies to put in my bentos. 🙂

Today’s bento was soma noodles….lots and lots of noodles. They were really good, but I could not eat them all. My original intent with this bento was to mix in the contents of the smaller tier, but the noodles were such a huge, tangled mess, there was no way I could do it without making a horrible mess everywhere. Thankfully, I eat my lunch in my semi-isolated office space where my co-workers couldn’t see me trying to eat the Noodle Mass. I should’ve rinsed them with cool water before putting them into the box. Ah well…lesson learned for next time.

Choco-banana Pocky

Bento #20: Left: Soma noodles with surimi (fake crab), boiled egg and edamame. Right: More surimi, boiled egg and edamame. Lid: Choco-banana Pocky

 

Rice cubes with egg and nori furikake, rolled egg, surimi, and broccoli

Bento #21: Top: Spinach "salad" with grape tomatoes, baby carrots and a cheese "leaf", chocolate mushrooms. Bottom: rice cubes with egg and nori furikake, rolled egg, surimi, and broccoli





Bento #19 ~ Gyoza Galore!

24 09 2008

Yes, I was in a dumpling mood today…or rather, I was a lazy butt and just tossed in what was quick and easy. This is definitely not my best bento…but at least it was yummy!

Veggie gyoza, pork and napa cabbage gyoza, grape tomatoes, mango Fruitery Jelly, fish bottle of dumpling sauce...all on top of a bed of edamame. Korean yakgwa cookie on the side.

Veggie gyoza, pork and napa cabbage gyoza, grape tomatoes, mango Fruitery Jelly, fish bottle of dumpling sauce...all on top of a bed of edamame. Korean yakgwa cookie on the side.

Rollups are such a great quick and easy breakfast treat. I wanted to do the banana rollups again, but didn’t have time to freeze them…the pb&j ones were yummy, though a bit messy.

YoPlus strawberry yogurt)

Breakfast bento: PB&J rollups and red plum (not shown: YoPlus strawberry yogurt)





Bento #18 ~ BBQ Yaki Onigiri

18 09 2008
smoked turkey, grape tomatoes, and baby corn on picks, mango Fruitery Jelly, mixed nut moon cake wedge

Top: BBQ yaki onigiri, hard-boiled egg w/ curry powder, on spinach Bottom: smoked turkey, grape tomatoes, and baby corn on picks, mango Fruitery Jelly, mixed nut moon cake wedge In Lid: Choco-banana Pocky

I’m in a BBQ mood lately…can’t you tell? I decided to try a variation on Biggie’s Ketchup Yaki Onigiri (found here) and used BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup. They smell wonderful…we’ll see how they taste tomorrow. 🙂